Denver

Cool Airbnbs Near Denver to Book This Winter

Change things up a bit.

photo courtesy of airbnb
photo courtesy of airbnb
photo courtesy of airbnb

So we can all agree that we’re super tired of spending time at home at this point, right? Does your couch prominently feature an indent that marks where you’ve been sitting while working from home for months? Is the highlight of your week starting another new puzzle? Then it’s time for an escape. Whether you’re visiting the Mile High City from elsewhere or you’re a local looking for some staycation action, Denver’s Airbnb game is strong. From an intimate teepee on a horse ranch to a downtown getaway with a rooftop hot tub, we’ve got a rundown on Denver’s best spots to stay so you can finally spend some quality time in a home away from home.

Photo courtesy of airbnb
Photo courtesy of airbnb
Photo courtesy of airbnb

Large Historic House Close to Downtown

Highland
16 guests, $332 per night
Share this expansive home with a few friends for a centrally located hub for all your Denver adventures. The home was built in 1912 but has plenty of modern touches including a bright mural on the wall of the outdoor patio and three full sized arcade games. The owner lives in the basement level which has a separate entrance so you’ll have plenty of privacy and space to yourself.
What guests say: “Great location, walking distance to many stores and restaurants. The house was perfect for our group, plenty of room. We loved the arcades and other games available. The beds were cozy and the decor is cool.”

Photo courtesy of airbnb
Photo courtesy of airbnb
Photo courtesy of airbnb

Urban Oasis + Hot Tub

Jefferson Park
4 guests, $213 per night
Located near the Broncos’ stadium, this house is in the perfect location for exploring Denver’s downtown neighborhoods. But the best part? The fact that after a day of walking around the Mile High, you can come back and relax with a soak in the hot tub, a game of pinball, and complimentary Netflix & Amazon Prime.
What guests say: “It is within walking distance of downtown, situated on a quiet street. There was a brewery close by as well. Immaculate, stylish, and a VERY comfortable bed. The hot tub on the back deck is also a huge bonus!”

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courtesy of airbnb
courtesy of airbnb

Historical Trolley Car on Urban Farmstay

Wheat Ridge
2 guests, $115 per night
About 20 minutes from downtown, this escape is great for a quick and unique staycation or a home base for anyone looking to explore beyond Denver during their stay. The trolley car house is open and bright and features some standout details like the gas fireplace. But more importantly, it’s situated on a working urban farm complete with chickens and goats that you can visit with during your stay.
What guests say: “I loved this Airbnb. It’s the perfect distance between Denver, Boulder and Red Rocks! I loved that the trolley is situated in an urban farm. There are chickens and goats. It’s nice and quiet and perfect for a little getaway.”

photo courtesy of airbnb
photo courtesy of airbnb
photo courtesy of airbnb

Modern Cabin on 35 Acres with Views

Evergreen
4 guests, $138 per night
Evergreen is a small town location in the foothills just outside of Denver, so if you want a mountain escape without an actual long haul into the mountains, this is your spot. This cabin is secluded, yet close to Evergreen’s downtown where there are shops, restaurants, and ice skating on the lake in the winter. The property features a pond and a creek, plus there’s a gas grill available if you’re into outdoor cooking. You’ll also be in prime wildlife viewing country, so keep an eye out for deer and other woodland creatures during your stay.
What guests say: “The house was in a great location. Felt like you’re away deep in the woods but really you’re not because you’re so close to the town, lake and even Denver. Saw deers everyday around the property which was nice!”

photo courtesy of airbnb
photo courtesy of airbnb
photo courtesy of airbnb

Modern Townhome with Amazing City Views

Highland
6 guests, $463 per night
You’ll find full on luxurious vibes at this modern getaway in the city. The location is central which means you can walk to many downtown destinations, but once you’re settled in, you may not want to leave. Exhibit A: the rooftop hot tub where you can soak your worries away while enjoying the lights of downtown from your secluded paradise. 
What guests say: “Beautiful home in an amazing location! From the front door you are walking distance from downtown, REI, the Pepsi Center, Elitches, and the football stadium… The home is beautifully appointed and the kitchen has every gadget. Amenities galore!”

Photo courtesy of airbnb
Photo courtesy of airbnb
Photo courtesy of airbnb

Creekside Glamping Teepee on Colorado Horse Ranch

Hudson
4 guests, $85 per night
When the listing mentions a fainting goat and a ranch dog named Elle, how could you resist? This one of a kind stay is about 35 minutes from downtown Denver and is the perfect spot to cuddle up in the great outdoors, glamping-style. The teepee features a queen size bed, fire pit, and the relaxing sounds of the nearby creek. And yup, it’s also located on a working horse ranch which you can explore during your stay. 
What guests say: “The definition of peace & serenity. Sunrises at this farm are unrivaled. The creek, horses, and fresh air add to the calm presence of the stay. There is a warm fireplace in the teepee and board games which provides a fun detox from everyday life. Definitely would recommend this experience!”Sign up here for our daily Denver email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Molly Martin is a Denver-based freelance writer and a big fan of hot tubs. Follow her @mollydbu on Instagram and Twitter for more updates on food, fun, and life in the Mile High.

Denver

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER

Grab your green and your Guinness-St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and there’s fun to be had. In addition to being the first big celebratory holiday after New Year’s, St. Paddy’s is also a signal of spring; more hours of sunshine, T-shirt temps, and filling Blake, Market, and Larimer with drunken revelry make up a particularly Denver type of equinox. However you plan to celebrate-with family friendly activities or for those over the legal drinking age only-there are parades to be watched, playful drinks to be sipped, and a whole lot of shamrock-ing to do.

Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits

Dance a jig or two at Mile High Spirits’ Shamrock Shenanigans

March 17
If you’re ready to put your dancing shoes to good use, wiggle your way on over to Mile High Spirits-doors are opening at 12 pm and there’s no cover ‚Äėtil 10. Enjoy MHS’ drinks, big dance floor, and even bigger outdoor patio for all the Irish pride and shenanigans you can handle.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Whip up steak for a St. Paddy’s Date Night

March 17
Cook Street’s special St. Paddy’s Day class involves making the perfect steak while sipping on Irish whiskey. On Friday only, learn about proteins, cooking methods, and choosing side dishes carefully while cooking up traditional Irish cuisine.

Crawl around town. You know, figuratively…

March 17 – 18
Is it a drinking holiday in Denver if there aren’t a handful of bar crawls happening? Probably not. St. Paddy’s Day is no different; you can start crawling from a number of bars, but a few in particular have everything plotted out for you (for a small fee). Start at the Ginn Mill and receive a map of over 10 pub locations you’ll be crawling to either Friday or Saturday, plus drink special vouchers. There’s also a crawl departing from Nola Jane (Friday only) with its own food and drink specials, plus a scavenger hunt and some St. Paddy’s merch, too.

The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

Visit one of Denver’s Irish Pubs

March 17 – 18
If you can’t think of a better place to spend St. Paddy’s Day then at a local Irish pub, we salute you-just be prepared to throw a few elbows making your way to the bar. Denver’s got several good ol’ pubs from Broadway to Larimer Square that’ll be in full swing this weekend, pouring fresh pints as far as the eye can see. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s, Nallen’s, The Irish Rover, Finley’s, The Celtic on Market, or the Fainting Goat for that SPD revelry you know, love, and trekked out for.

Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square

Sip and savour St. Paddy’s themed bevvies

Through March 17
Everyone pulls out the green food dye and mint flavouring for St. Paddy’s, but there are some other creative drink specials to sample, too. The OG’s got a boozy milkshake for the occasion, aptly named “Who’s Your Paddy,” a mix of vanilla ice cream, Cr√®me de Menthe, Tullamore Dew, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. BEZEL’s Irish Matcha Man is pretty unique, with Teeling Small Batch whiskey, lime, thyme-infused honey, and matcha powder. And then Slater’s 50/50 takes it to another level (unsurprisingly) with its Lucky Mint Green Shake: mint-flavored ice cream in a frosting-rimmed glass with Lucky Charm marshmallows, rainbow stripe sour strips, whipped cream and green sprinkles. Other notable specials can be found at Poka Lola Social Club, Dairy Block’s Moo Bar, and Seven Grand.

Sing along and cheers to live music

March 17
Denver’s The Monkey Barrel is known for its regular live performances, and this St. Patrick’s Day you can tune in to Elijah Petty & The Part-Times and other musical guests if you’re in search of a chiller spot to sip your Guinness. Or, have one of the best burgers in town while relishing the shenanigans and live music of Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek this St. Paddy’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available through the holiday weekend, so leave extra room or wear your stretchy (green) pants.

HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series

Show your St. Paddy’s spirit by‚Ķ running?

March 18
Feeling restless? Or maybe you’re itching to get a few laps in before hammering down several pints this Saturday? Either way, Highlands Ranch is hosting its St. Patrick’s Day 5K where finishing the race gets you St. Patrick’s Day merch, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and of course, a complimentary pint courtesy of Living the Dream Brewing.

Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company

Drink and do good at Holidaily Brewing Co.

March 17
This St. Paddy’s Day, Holidaily and the Gluten Intolerance Group are putting on their Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand fundraiser. A special glitter and green Firkin tapping is happening at 4 pm at both taprooms, with special (and gluten-free) treats available at the Golden location, thanks to Farmhouse 5280 and Waive the Grain bakery. 10% of all St. Patrick’s Day sales will be donated to the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery

Party at a local distillery

March 17 – 18
Talnua Distillery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash to remember this year, featuring food trucks, live music, special themed cocktails, and more. Limited bottles of Talnua’s exclusive Olde Saint’s Keep whiskey will be available for purchase, which you can hang onto while you dance along to pipe bands or eat a brat or two from El Jefe’s.

Watch some Irish step dancing

March 17
Head on over to Stanley Marketplace to witness the talent and skill of the students at the Wick School of Irish Dance at 12 pm, and follow it up with a green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Of course, plenty of tasty lunch and dinner options are available around the marketplace so you can soak up a bit of that beer.

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

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