Spending the Night at a Haunted Victorian Hotel (The Black Monarch)

Monarch Hotel (2)

Everyone knows about the infamous Stanley Hotel in Estas Park that inspried Stephan King to write his horror masterpiece “The Shining”. The Stanley isn’t isn’t the only hotel in Colorado filled with an otherwordly presence. About an hour west from Colorado Springs lies the almost forgotten mining town of Victor.

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Hope in the Time of Corona (Denver)

Denver in the time of Corona (1)

It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. I don’t think anyone would have foreseen to see the world as it is today a month ago.  It was surreal to see the once vibrant streets of Broadway, now empty with boarded-up stores and restaurants. 

The artists of Denver are fighting back against the doom and the gloom by creating works of art on top of the plywood that now adorns the many buildings on Broadway.

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Made in Colorado Spotlight: Margot Elena

When you think of Colorado goods, fine fragrances and luxury body products are probably the last things that come to mind. After all, those things tend to go against the state’s rough and tumble cowboy persona. That of course, never stopped indie darling,  Margot Elena from pursuing her dream of establishing a line of bath and body treasures.

I think that, out in Colorado, we have literally our own headspace around us and we can tell a really unique story, and I think that that has been one of the reasons that we have always been one of the innovators instead of one of the followers,” –Margot Elena  Source: 303 Magazine

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Margot Elena in her Englewood    Photograph by Rebecca Stumpf    Office Source:5280 Magazine

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Having a Holiday at the Holiday Inn

Having a Holiday at the Holiday INN

 

I live off of Colfax Ave, which means I spend a lot of time marveling at old motel neon signs that once beckoned tourists to rest their weary heads. More and more of these motels are becoming extinct, due to the fact that the establishments themselves are no longer favored by the city of Aurora or Denver.  I was curious about the glory days when the motels along Colfax worked to outshine one another. My little search brought me to the photo shown below. A mini shopping center I am very familiar with once held the very first Holiday Inn in Colorado.

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The Beautiful Artwork of La Lotería

La Loteria-Denverite Express
Photo Credit: Lat Lon

Recently, Google featured the classic card game “La Lotería” as their second-ever multiplayer GoogleDoodle.  Lotería is a game of a chance, composed of players marking images of sirens, scorpions, drunkards, etc. to create a sequence. It’s basically, a sexier version of bingo.

For some, lotería is a basic Spanish-language learning tool, but for many, the game is a treasured family tradition that is often played around the holidays. The real draw of the game isn’t its gambling aspects, but the beautiful artwork that has become synonymous with Mexican culture. The beautiful artwork is so beloved that it is not uncommon to see tattoos, home goods, wrapping paper, books or even weddings paying tribute to the game. Continue reading

Enter Elsa’s Frozen Wonderland (A.K.A That One Time Leadville Built an Ice Palace)

Ice Palaces of Colorado

Once upon a time, there was a thriving mining town nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado called Leadville. For nearly two decades the town thrived with the promise of silver and gold fortunes. That is until the most abundant mines began to dry up and the Sherman Silver Purchase Act put an end to the gold and silver rush era.

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My Secret Oasis (The Town Clock of Manitou Springs)

Manitou Springs Wheeler Clock 2
Photo: Denverite Express

I believe everyone has a special place that brings them an indescribable feeling of inner peace. Manitou Springs is that place for me. Growing up, my family would often take day trips to visit the tiny mountain town near Colorado Springs. I have so many fond memories of being dragged to numerous boutique shops, drinking mineral water, and munching on salt water taffy from Patsy’s. The older I got the more I fell under Manitou’s spell. My favorite spot in Manitou, in particular, was the old town clock.

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Six Unique Summer Movie Viewing Experiences in Colorado

As much as I love the age of streaming, in all honesty, a Netflix bing does not replace the movie-going experience. There is just something about sharing the film viewing experience with the community that makes the film itself (good or bad) much more memorable.

Some of my most fond memories is seeing swashbuckling films like The Mask of Zorro and The Man in the Iron Mask in a tiny mountain town theater. I can also promise you there is nothing like seeing Bladerunner under a sky of twinkling stars at a certain famous amphitheater.

Ready to break up your film routine? Read on to learn about some unique Colorado cinema treasures.

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Eight Lost But Not Forgotten Denver Novelty Restaurants

Not all novelty restaurants can be as enduring as Denver’s Casa Bonita restaurant. There have been many beloved restaurants over the years, but unfortunately like many good things their time came to an end.

1. Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine

Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine is probably the restaurant on this list that I am most familiar with. The restaurant overlooked I-25 and downtown Denver from its location on a bluff on the west side of the highway. Growing up my dad would always say something like “There’s Baby Doe’s” when he would pass it on the highway.  This would later turn into “There’s where Baby Doe’s used to be” when it was torn down in 2007.

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