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4 Ways to Warm Up in Denver

A winter getaway to the Mile High City, featuring craft beer, French dip sandwiches and an alpine train ride.



AC Hotel-Le Méridien Denver Downtown

This AC Hotels-Le Méridien joint venture opened this fall with 495 sleek ski-lodge-in-the-city-style rooms, many with mountain views. While you’re out exploring, present your room key at spots like the Clyfford Still Museum and the Colorado Cider Company for complimentary access (and tastings).


French 75

James Beard Award semi-finalist Frank Bonanno’s new restaurant serves Parisian bistro fare from an open kitchen surrounded by leather banquettes. Dive into the French dip and don’t miss Green Hour (l’heure verte) from 3 to 6 p.m. – a toast to the end of the workday with an absinthe cocktail.

717 17th St., 303-405-7575,


Rino Made Holiday Pop Up Shop

Held at the Source in the RiNo Art District, this market is the place to snag one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, like locally made ceramics and jewellery. Refuel with a sour beer from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and stuffed jalapeños from Mexican street food eatery Comida.

Until December 23
3350 Brighton Blvd., 720-443-1135

Day Trip

Winter Park Express

Board a double-decker Amtrak Superliner for a two-hour trip to Winter Park Resort, departing from Denver’s beaux arts Union Station. The train climbs 1,200 metres through 31 mountain tunnels to 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, a tubing hill and a day spa. Top off the day with fondue at the Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge.



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