Getaway to Denver, Colorado

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Denver is a city getaway with historic cultural attractions, wineries, bed and breakfast inns and the finest restaurants in Colorado

The city has two wineries and two tasting rooms that are tourist attractions frequented by locals.

A vineyard in town

Balistreri Vineyards is near the intersection of three freeways in north Denver. The owner’s uncle started making wines from his four-acre vineyard in 1991, and in 1998 John Balistreri his opened his winery. Today, much of the wine produced here is from the original vineyard in Denver, plus grapes from the western slope.

Balistreri makes “all natural” wines, fermented one barrel at a time in American oak, adding neither yeast nor sulphites. The result is an excellent but limited supply of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Muscat, Sangiovese, Semillon and Cherry wines. The tasting room is open year-around Saturdays and Sundays. The winery also sells flowers and gift baskets.

Spero Winery started in Arvada in 1997 and moved to Denver in 2003. The winery uses grapes from Adams County to the east and Mesa County on Colorado’s western slope. The winery and produces award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese (think Chianti Classico), Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel, Italian style red and white table wines and two dessert wines. The tasting room is open 1 to 5 on Saturdays and by appointment for private group tasting.

Downtown tasting rooms

The Tewkbury Company operates a Colorado wine tasting room and cigar shop in Writer’s Square. The wines are from Plum Creek Cellars in Palisade which includes five red varietals, three white varietals plus rose and dessert wines. The tasting room is open afternoons everyday but Sunday.

Stoney Mesa Winery in Cedaredge, Colorado has a tasting room at 1528 Wazee, in Denver, four blocks south of Coors stadium. It is open from noon to 6 pm daily in the summer; noon to 5 pm Wednesday and Saturday from November to April.

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Dining out in style

Weekend getaways in Denver might include visits to museums, galleries, antique shops, parks, art movies, ball games and, of course, interesting new restaurants where the chef/owner is in charge.

Cuisine of Denver is the best source for restaurants in Denver, including current menus and specific information on chefs and ambiance for forty of the city's best dining spots.

Where to stay in Denver

Hotel alternatives in Denver range from elegant to more elegant. Most are in the downtown area, close to the best retaurants, shopping and cultural attractions. For details on bed and breakfast accommodations, see Denver Inns

Want to go fishing?

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