Museums in Denver This Week

Searching for Home - History Colorado Center

The Searching for Home: Homelessness in Colorado History is a thought-provoking and beautiful exhibit on the history of economic struggle and the deep complexities of homelessness. With a goal of impacting and harming the long-standing, often incorrect, stereotypes of homelessness, this exhibit is a must see!

Robots Rising

The Longmont Museum, located a little ways out of Denver, has an amazing hands on exhibit for your family. It only goes until January 3rd, so make sure you get the kids there before break is over.

The exhibit looks at how robots work, robots in pop culture, and you even get to drive a robot through a simulated disaster scene!

Feeling Artsy?

Denver Art Museum has a some amazing events and exhibits. To name just a couple: Strong Statements is an exhibit of the deep work of six different Native American artists. Robert Bayer’s exhibit of paintings are also one to be sure that you visit.

The Power of Poison - Museum of Nature and Science

The Power of Poison exhibit is free with admission and explores poison in animals and nature as well as historical uses of poison in magic.

A great exhibit for the family, and entrance gets you into many other amazing areas of the museum, including the Egyptian exhibit and more.

Clyfford Still's "Replicas" at the Clyfford Still Museum

Famous artist, Clyfford Still’s “Replicas” is an amazing exhibit that features works that were showcased at some of the world’s most renowned art museums. His unique, and ingenius take on Abstract Expressionism is not one to miss witnessing.

Sherlock Holmes Exhibit - Museum of Nature and Science

The Sherlock Holmes exhibit is designed to test your powers of observation, set in a Victorian London exhibit. A fun choice for the whole family!

They even have a special showing of Sherlock Holmes for teens on December 30th.

Upcoming Winter Activities in Denver!

Escape to an Amazing Estes Park B&B!

We work with some phenomenal people here at Axium, and we were lucky enough to get our clients and realtors a deal at Murphy’s River Lodge in Estes Park.

  1. Sunday through Thursday Check-In: Two-Night Stay for Two in a Standard Non-River View Room for $169, includes a paint and sip class for two.
  2. Friday or Saturday Check-In: Two-Night Stay for Two in a Standard Non-River View Room for $199, includes a paint and sip class for two.
  3. One-Night Stay for Two in a Standard Non-River View Room for $85, Any Day of Week

All options include:

  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Framed portrait of you in the lodge’s signature rocking chair
  • 2-for-1 wine tastings at Snowy Peaks Winery
  • One margarita per person at El Mex-Kal with the order of an entree, 2 coupons per voucher

Combine unlimited vouchers for an extended stay!

About Murphy’s River Lodge:
Murphy’s River Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado is nestled along the beautiful clear flowing water of the Fall River with spectacular views of both Old Man Mountain and Castle Mountain. The entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is only 4 miles away making it convenient to experience a variety of year-round activities. Relax and soak your muscles at the end of day in our heated indoor pool and spa. We also offer complimentary continental breakfast each day, complimentary wireless internet access.
Call 1-970-480-5081 to book reservation.

Turkey Trot

Feel like working off a few pounds instead of putting them on this Thanksgiving?

Join Denver in Wash Park for the annual family friendly Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day. It’s a four-mile race for those looking to actually run (if those kind of people exist) and a quarter-mile family fun run for the rest of us. For more information, visit Mile High United Way’s webpage. It’s for a great cause, and gets your family out and active!

Denver Grand Illumination

From Union Station to the Capitol, Denver lights up Friday the 27th for the first time.

Make sure you’re there to share in the joy of the season. Bring your family, friends, and something to keep you warm! Maybe share a meal with your loved ones at 5280’s Best New Restaurants of Denver. 

Botanical Gardens

Need more lights? Don’t miss out on the Blossoms of Light. Over a million twinkling lights artistically placed in Denver’s own Botanical Gardens. The cost is $13 at it’s very highest, but it’s worth the trip. It also begins on the 27th. Visit their website for more info.

All Aboard The Polar Express!

All ages can enjoy the ride upon the Polar Express. Part of Colorado Railroad Museum’s winter events, tickets start at $35, but may just result in your child’s favorite childhood memory. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take them on a magical adventure.

Show times are 5PM, 6:30PM, and 8PM and the tickets include a hot chocolate, a souvenir mug, the story telling of Polar Express, and a train ride to the North Pole to meet Santa. Visit Colorado Railroad Museum’s website for more information. 

Give More; Eat Less . . . ?

Instead of eating both turkeys this Thanksgiving, why not donate one to A Turkey on Every Table with the Denver Rescue Mission? Or you can eat both and still donate! You can help in multiple ways:

  1. Donate frozen turkeys (12lbs or larger) at the Lawrence Street Shelter, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  2. Give cash toward a turkey. The average turkey costs between $15.00 and $20.00. Donate online!
  3. Host a drive with friends, colleagues or your church and collect turkeys and needed canned food items for Thanksgiving.

Celestial Seasonings Tours

Haven’t taken the tour of Celestial Seasonings yet? Well, now is the perfect time of year. Clear your sinuses in the peppermint room and enjoy a hot cup of tea.

It’s free and fun for the whole family. Plus, it’s some of the best tea you can find. For location and hours of operation, visit CelestialSeasonings.com.

Feel Like Having a Real Adventure? Try Dog Sledding!

Who doesn’t love a beautiful husky and seeing some snow covered scenery? Visit our friends at Good Time Adventures for an option. Prices are reasonable and it’s well worth the trip to Breckenridge. Moreover, once you’re up there, you may as well enjoy a stroll around the quaint town and shops.

4 of the Best Places to Go to See the Aspen Groves!

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Emerson said in “On Nature”:

To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.

Enjoy this season of the year,  and marvel at the beauty of Colorado’s seasons with our Four favorite drives and hikes in Colorado’s Fall from our own Colorado Native and writer, Tiffanie!

The Aspens’ leaves are changing, and the beauty is sublime, to say the least. This sublimity is exaggerated when one thinks of the interconnected nature of all of those gorgeous trees. The Aspen grove in Aspen is one of the largest organism in the world – though, it is thought Utah might have the biggest grove.

Maroon Bells

The Maroon Bells are one of the most photographed – and photographic – mountains in country. A four-hour drive from Denver, now is the time of year that makes it truly worth it. You’ll need to make your way to Aspen, and from there, to access the Maroon Peak, you’ll need to either arrive before 8AM or after 5PM or take the bus. More information on bus travel and fees is linked below. As for the hiking, there are a couple of options including a 1-mile round trip or about 3 miles one-way hike. Whatever you’re up for, this area has it.

You’ll need details on the specifics of accessing Maroon Bells, including cost for driving or busing to the area. So don’t go unprepared.

Get the details here.

Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway

Guanella Pass offers numerous advantages. The grove is not as large as in Aspen, Colorado, but its beauty is not to be ignored. Head West on I-70 to Georgetown, enjoy some lunch or tea at the quaint stores and restaurants there, and then head on up the mountain. You’ll get to see Mt. Bierstadt – one of the easier Fourteeners to hike, (something we will have an article on here soon), and you’ll view the spectacular mountain range. If you feel like ending in Georgetown – a historic city, take 285 South to Grant where you will find a right turn labeled “Guanella Pass”. Trek this way to end at a wonderful

Drive slow and don’t camp on the side of the road!

On your way home down 285, stop at Kenosha cafe, or some of the local restaurants on the side of the highway.

Want to know more about the history?
Click here. 

Going South? Visit Buena Vista!

Want more fourteeners before the nice weather has went into hibernation? Numerous 14,000ft peaks surround Buena Visita, and afford you the perfect opportunity to see the Aspens and lose your breathe. If you’re like me, and don’t wish to huff and puff your way to a beautiful view, take the drive on Cottonwood Pass. And afterwards? Relax in the Cottonwood Hot Springs.

View more on Cottonwood Pass: Here.

Check out Boulder's Northern friend - Nederland!

Boulder is a lot more than the home of the Best University in the Country – no, we don’t have a Buff, here. Take the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway to view all the beauty that is Nederland. It’s the one every one loves, and its beauty is nothing to brush off.

If you want the secret – the best place to go is up Flagstaff Road. Baseline turns into Flagstaff. Take a left on Gross Dam Rd, and you can follow that on a nice loop pass the reservoir, up to Coal Creek Canyon Rd. Go to Hwy 119, take a left, then make your way to Gap Rd and take a left. Wonder down this road through Golden Gate State Park. It’s mostly dirt, but the views are worth it!

Learn more about Nederland: Here. 

SOME FRIENDLY REMINDERS FOR DRIVERS: 
Drive safe.
This is supposed to be a relaxing adventure, don’t speed, enjoy your time, and don’t be reckless. A lot of these roads are dirt or places of residence for some people. Have gas, drive slow on dirt roads, and be happy. Tis the season to enjoy nature.
Keep a level head, and remember – road rage only ruins your time! Ignore those drivers who are not driving safe, and relish in the beauty of Colorado.

SOME FRIENDLY REMINDERS FOR HIKERS: 
Bring water, SUNSCREEN – you’ll be at high elevations and no one wants skin cancer or dehydration. Bring your pups, but check out the local areas restrictions on animals before doing so. Maroon Bells will even bus your dog to the top, but keep them on a leash, and make sure you have tags on them.
Don’t go off the trails. Everyone says this, but so few listen. Colorado is a mecca of natural beauty. Your hedonistic desire to see something off the beaten trail does not entitle you to ruin it for future generations. Eco-systems are sensitive, so be careful and STAY ON THE TRAILS!