I’ve spent a lot of time in Denver, and every time I visit, I’m impressed by the variety of food available—and I live in the foody haven of Portland, Ore., so that’s saying a lot. Denver is also a great place for beer drinkers and has long been celebrated for its abundance of local craft breweries. Don’t like beer? No problem. Denver’s burgeoning wine scene is likely to leave you happily surprised. Here’s how to spend three days enjoying the Mile-High City’s food and wine scene.
Always have sun protection on hand—Denver’s high altitude means powerful sun.
If you only have time for one thing, make it a visit to a brewery or five.
Spend your first day eating your way through downtown Denver. This historic area has plenty of spots from which to choose, but if you can't pick, consider joining a food tour that will allow you to sample tasty snacks from multiple recommended spots.
In the evening, get a feel for Colorado wine with a tasting experience at a downtown winery, where you'll get to sample four different locally produced wines paired with cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate.
On day two, head up to the River North Art District to experience the neighborhood's thriving food and craft beer scene. Don’t miss a visit to the Denver Central Market food hall, a great spot to sample local culinary creations.
When dinner rolls around, skip the regular restaurants and instead head over to the city's Dinner Detective murder mystery show, where you'll solve clues and get entertained while you dine on an included dinner.
On your last day, rent a bike and head out on a self-guided tour of Denver's ice cream shops. You can rent an e-bike using Lyft. If you're not concerned about ice cream and just want to cycle, a bike tour that includes a bicycle is an even easier option.
In the afternoon, get out of town with a tour of the craft brew scene in the nearby Rocky Mountains. If you plan to imbibe, you won’t want to get behind the wheel—instead, set out on a group tour and leave the driving to someone else.