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Delicious 4th of July recipes + 100 Independence Day in Denver events!

Fourth of July in Denver. Celebrating family, friends, freedom and food! Don’t miss these fabulously easy and delicious recipes for your festivities. 

Looking for Denver fun? Celebrate 4th of July 2021 in Denver: 100+ Parades, Fireworks, Festivals & More!

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Berry Trifle at skinnytaste.com
 

Patriotic Funffetti Angel Food Cake at Life With The Crust Cut Off

Fourth of July Desserts. These red, white, and blue festive Patriotic Recipes are perfect to celebrate Independence Day.

Fourth of July Bark at Life With The Crust Cut Off

Fourth of July Desserts. These red, white, and blue festive Patriotic Recipes are perfect to celebrate Independence Day.

Blue Moon Ice Cream at Your Homebased Mom

Fourth of July Recipes and Festive Decor...Over 25 yummy ideas at the36thavenue.com

Red, White and Blue Strawberry Cupcakes by Bird On A Cake

 

 Sandwich Pops at  Living Locurto.

 Easy Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich Pops by Amy Locurto @ LivingLocurto.com

Red, White and Blue Blondie by Your Homebased Mom

M & M Blondies

Patriotic Ice Cream cones at Noble Pig

 

 Here are 20 other fabulous finds!

1. Wave the flag cupcakes by the Blueberry Council

2. Candy bar flags by Oh Nuts

3. Flag shortbread cookies by Sugary Winzy

4. Mini patriotic parfaits by Bubbly Nature Creations

5. Patriotic peppermint patties by Mom on Timeout

6. Star cookies by Gold Medal Flour

7. Patriotic party dip by Hungry Happenings30

8. Stained glass Jello stars by Brown Eyed Baker

9. American flag cheesecake bars by My Recipes

10. Patriotic white chocolate popcorn by A Pumpkin and a Princess

11. Star brownie sandwich cookies by This Silly Girl’s Life

12. Firecracker cupcakes by Oh Nuts

13. 4th of July Rice Krispie treats by Two Sisters Crafting

14. Patriotic cake pops by Party City

15. Red, white and blueberry trifle by Martha Stewart

16. Red, white and blueberry ice cream pie by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

17. Pretzel flag by Country Kitchen Sweetart

18. Patriotic berry kebabs by Marzetti Kitchens

19. Fondant-topped Rice Krispie treats by Bakingdom

20. Patriotic pudding pops by Meg’s Everyday Indulgence

 

Win a Family Night Package at Urban Air Adventure Park

 

If you’re looking for the best year-round indoor amusements in the Denver area, Urban Air Adventure Park is the perfect place. With more than 37,000 square feet of space in which kids all of ages can have fun and aim higher, the state-of-the-art Urban Air Adventure Park in Denver offers a full line-up of activities the entire family can enjoy. From wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball courts and obstacle courses, to tube playgrounds with multi-level climbing ropes and twisting tubes, the park is equipped with unique and patented attractions that can only be found at Urban Air, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for both enthusiastic adventurists and their pint-sized counterparts.

With all this activity, appetites are sure to soar, as well. Guests can also visit the park’s Urban Café to enjoy a delicious meal, cold drink or quick bite – from pizza made freshly on-site to snacks, sweet treats and other delectable menu offerings from the mind of Urban Air’s Culinary Institute of America-trained chef – before venturing back for more pulse-pounding enjoyment. 

Urban Air also offers award-winning, custom birthday party packages for kids, where the activities are endless (and the cleanup is included) for each attendee.

This summer, Urban Air Denver East is also offering Camp Urbie Featuring Snapology through August! Known for letting kids fly high during the summer months while helping them build confidence both mentally and physically, Camp Urbie introduces hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities to little ones. In between jumping to new heights on trampolines and testing out their agility on a handful of other confidence-building attractions, kids will engage in daily, curated STEAM education programs, all executed by Snapology-trained professionals. To register, visit www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/camp-urbiefeaturing-snapology.

Did you know the park is also community-driven? Since opening its doors in June 2019, Urban Air Denver East has demonstrated a continued commitment to the community by hosting fundraisers, food drives and charity events that benefit local organizations in and around Central Park. Most recently, they sponsored the Skyline Soccer Association, and NFL player Ben Garland/Children’s Hospital Colorado’s mental health awareness event, Friday Night Lights. Held at Empower Field Mile High Stadium, the event shined a spotlight on youth in-state struggling with mental health. Proceeds benefitted Children’s Hospital Colorado’s new Pediatric Mental Health Institute.   

“We love our neighbors and strive to make our park an asset to the community,” said Urban Air Denver East General Manager Andrew Swenson. “In addition, we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves as a business in the community. For us, it is all about creating an environment where kids and adults can come and be active while enjoying some thrills in a safe environment.”  

More Fun Facts about Urban Air Denver East:  

  1. Camp Urbie: Moms can sign up kids’ seven-years-old through eighth grade for half-or full-day weekly camps during the 10-week summer program. Starts at $259.   
  2. Customer Service: The staff is great. As soon as you check-in they make sure you’re ready for your day of adventure.  
  3. The park is 5-star certified by the City of Denver as a local business that is responsible in maintaining high standards in keeping the park safe and going above and beyond in prioritizing the health and safety of their staff and guests.  
  4. They Won #1 “Guest-Satisfaction” out of all Urban Airparks within the U.S. (126) for January 2021.  
  5. Conveniently Located: 9550 East 40th Avenue Denver, CO 80238. Plenty of off-street, easy-to-find parking.  
  6. Open 7-days a week (see website www.UrbanAirDenverEast.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/urbanairdenver for hours of operation and new and weekly promotions).   

Great deals for 4th of July and Denver’s Tiny House Festival

For the Fourth of July, we have rounded up the fireworks shows around Denver. Certainly, there is one near you. But some of the best fireworks may be in the stores and mall – where you are able to save a lot this weekend on the sales.

 Bath and Body Works. The semi-annual sale at Bath and Body Works is on! Score up to 75% off some of your favorites. Some of the best stuff sells out right away – so hustle on over for great deals. I love to stock up on favorites or get some extras to have for little gifts at the ready.

 Target Décor.  Target is offering half off their home décor right now. From rugs to lighting to festive décor many items are up to 50% off. Plus, you don’t even need a coupon code.

 Aerie. My teenage daughter loves this store – and I have on occasion bought a few things there. This weekend all swimsuits will be up to 60% off.

 Eddie Bauer. Eddie Bauer is having an amazing sale with 50% off your entire purchase.

 Macys. A friend asked me a while back when Macy’s doesn’t have a weekend sale. To which I really couldn’t answer. BUT, their Fourth of July sale will save you 20-60% on kitchen appliances, clothing and more!  

 Workout Apparel. If you are looking to update your workout wardrobe look no further than the website for 32 Degrees who will have a sale through July 6 with up to 50% off or stop by an Old Navy where you can get workout clothes for as little as $5 this weekend! But, while you’re at Old Navy don’t just stay in the workout area – everything is 50% off.

 Beauty Brands Liter Sale. My sister used to be well known for her hair – she started using Biolage in high school. She would save her money for the expensive shampoo and buy it herself. Right now, she wouldn’t have to save too long – because Beauty Brands is having their liter sale where you can get top brands shampoo and conditioners for as low as $15.

 Baseball All-Star Week. Denver will host the best of the best when it comes to baseball Friday, July 9 through 13 as the All Star Week comes to town. Play ball park will be set up at the Colorado Convention Center where this FREE event will bring together America’s game, food, music, mascots, legends, Olympians and more! Tickets are FREE but they are timed, they are digital and can be accessed through the MLB Ballpark App.

 Wells Fargo Rockies Tickets. If you bank at Wells Fargo, you can get two for one special in the Club Level for Rockies Tickets! On a hot day – having that air-conditioned space is fantastic. And this is a great way to take the family out to the ball game.

 Tiny House Festival. Have you always wanted to see what all they can pack into a 500 square foot home? A Lot! The Colorado Tiny House Festival will be July 10 & 11 in Brighton at the Riverdale Regional Park. Get your tickets now before June 15 for early bird pricing

Pikes Peak’s New Visitor Center: 7 fun insider tips for families

There’s a new addition at the top of Pikes Peak and it isn’t another mountain goat!

The new 38,000-square-foot Pikes Peak Summit Complex opened to the public on June 24, 2021 after three years of construction. It is an extraordinary place to visit -almost the only place in the
world where people of all ages and abilities can experience the summit of this 14,115-foot peak. The facility’s careful placement and sensitive design put the focus on the stunning landscape, allowing boundless sky and views to take center stage.Pikes Peak Visitor Center

No matter how visitors get to the top – by car, rail, foot, bike or bus- the reinvigorated summit experiences offer the chance to learn about the past, present and future of America’s Mountain. 

The complex is comprised of three facilities: The Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center, the Colorado Springs Utilities Communications Facility and the U.S. Army’s High Altitude Research Laboratory.Pikes Peak Visitor Center

Here are a few fun things about the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex:

    1. New interpretive exhibits share facts on the mountain’s history, climate, geography, recreational opportunities, conservation initiatives and more. The indoor exhibit gallery includes interactive, digital features that allow visitors to weave their own personal experience into the mountain’s story.
    2. Outside, interpretive rails around the summit describe the environment and the vies, identify key landscape features and share interesting stories. 
    3. The Pikes Peak Donut Lives On. A visit to the summit of Pikes Peak would not be complete without a world-famous Pikes Peak donut, always made fresh daily. The same high-altitude recipe that has been passed down since 1916 will be used, but for the first time, guests can add various seasonings, including sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander or nutmeg to the summit’s signature baked good.Pikes Peak Visitor Center
    4. A revamped food court will offer a variety of new, fresh food options and beverages, including a Pikes Peak Melt sandwich that uses locally-sourced artisan breads and gluten-free options, plus a new Trail Mix bar that allows guests to customize their snack mix.
    5. New Tracks, New Ride. The Broadmoor reopened The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway, one of Colorado’s top attractions, this May. Originally built in 1891, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest-altitude railway in America, and the world’s highest cog train. Starting in March 2019, it underwent a $100 million renovation of its tracks, railcars, and depot to totally reimagine the scenic 9-mile journey to the summit of Pikes Peak. Its new platform connects directly to the new outdoor walkway, leading to the Summit Visitor Center.
    6. It’s sustainability in action. The projective is striving to become the first Living Building Challenge certified project in Colorado with sustainable design aspects focused on energy, building materials, resilience, site waste and wastewater. It also aims to achieve net-zero energy, net-zero waste and net-zero water consumption. Fun fact: It is designed to save more than 350,000 gallons of water per year over the current system!
    7. The 1964 Summit House has been demolished and removed. The decorative plaque previously located in the former overlook areas in honor of Katharine Lee Bates’ poem “American the Beautiful” is now located on the new eastern overlook.

One of the reasons for building the new visitor center is a decades-long trend of increased visitation. Annually, the summit welcomes nearly one million visitors a year and those numbers are expected to rise. Despite the pandemic, the Pikes Peak highway alone (not including hikers or Cog Railway passengers) welcomed 527,418 visitors in 2020.

And with the new-and-improved Pikes Peak Summit Complex, we can’t wait to visit. 

Disclaimer: Acute altitude sickness occurs in up to 50% of those living in the lowlands who ascend to a level of 14,000 feet. Be cautious when ascending Pikes Peak, particularly with young children or the elderly. 

3 Summer Tech Tips From Comcast’s Mom Tech Expert

If there’s anyone who knows technology, it’s Comcast and we are thrilled to be partnering with them the next several months to bring you tips and tricks for parents of kids of all ages from a Denver mom like you – Alysen Cowan.

Alysen is a Director on the Sales and Marketing Team in the Comcast Mountain West Region who has two sons and lives in Southeast Glendale. She has worked at Comcast since 2007 and has these tips for thriving this summer with your kids and managing screen time. 

  • It’s summer, let the kids relax and have fun, but still hold them responsible to the family screen time rules
    • While it’s summertime and the entire family is looking forward to some fun family-friendly activities where we can shut off our brains and not think about schoolwork, don’t let your rules go out the window. Keep close to your regular school-year rules in place, especially your family screen time management as your kids have more time to watch TV or go online for fun. I’ll be a little lax and give them 15-30 min extra in the morning when we’re getting ready for summer camp, whereas before school, we’re hustling and there’s no time for screens. Plus of course, when you travel, books and screens can be super helpful, depending on your kiddos’ ages. I also like to give them a countdown – “5 more minutes” or whatever to make sure they don’t get super upset or have a meltdown when the show/game time is over.
    • ADDED TIP: Xfinity customers can use the Xfinity xFi feature to set a specific amount of time your children can be online each day. This is very helpful if you’re having a problem getting your kiddos off the screen. If the internet is off, there’s no choice but to put the screen down. More to come around this handy tool in this series!
  • Think of yourself as a coach when it comes to managing technology with your family
    • As a working mom and fastpitch softball coach in my “spare” time, I like to think of my approach to parenting like I do my approach to coaching. I am compassionate, but I also have a hard line for accountability. I love my kids learning more about technology, and I want to keep an eye on what they are doing and step in to teach them best practices. Sometimes I’m checking in on the games they’re playing and making sure it’s educational and fun. I’ll be sharing more about this approach throughout the series, such as how our family uses the TV for fun and engaging content, like watching the upcoming Summer Olympics or finding educational content on X1.
  • Monitor your kids’ time online, but make sure you leverage all the internet has to offer for moms
    • I’m always looking to set a good example for my family around how much time I spend online, so when I am online outside of my working hours, I spend it wisely. I research parenting advice on helpful blogs, like Mile High Mamas, and other social networks for local Denver moms. I also like to make sure they don’t see me on the phone constantly. If it’s texting or calls, that’s one thing, but I’m very conscious of my screen time and try to focus on using my phone as a tool – which can be hard! Parenting is the hardest thing and kiddos are constantly changing and growing. We always have to be willing to adapt and find new tools, especially tech tools, that help us navigate the exciting experience that is parenting!Summer Tech Tips

Mile High Mamas will be partnering with Comcast on several informative articles on unique and innovative technology and entertainment features for families, as well as Comcast’s community programs for families in the Denver Metro Area. Some of our highlights will include:

  • Olympics. How to watch and experience the Tokyo Olympics from home this summer with your family and friends. 
  • Internet Essentials. Comcast has helped connect 480,000 low-income Coloradans to the Internet at home since the program was launched a decade ago. For as little as $9.95/month, families can get connected to the Internet at home. 
  • Comcast Lift Zones. Working with its network of nonprofit partners, Comcast is providing robust WiFi at safe spaces like parks and recreation centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and other non-profit and community centers that are expected to help thousands of low-income students get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework in a socially distanced manner. 
  • Parental Features from Xfinity. Comcast has a host of handy tools and resources to help manage tech-time at home and establish healthy limits for the entire family. Stay tuned for information around Kids Zone on X1, curated educational content, parental controls and more. 
  • Back to School. We’re in the throes of glorious summer but school is always right around the corner and Comcast is here to help you prepare. 

These are just a few of the many topics we’ll be covering with Comcast in partnership with Mile High Mamas! If you have any additional topics you would like us to cover or questions for the Comcast tech expert, Alysen, please reach out to us.

In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

Five Fun Family Finds at Denver’s Four Mile Historic Park

A summer hotspot for family-friendly entertainment and activities, Denver’s Four Mile Historic Park is a perfect place to gather with family and friends for a picnic or stroll, some quality time with its resident farm animals, an event or birthday party, or some – quite literally – old fashioned education. Here are five fun finds to discover this season for those who haven’t experienced this slice of history in the city:

  1. The Four Mile House

Located in the center of Four Mile Historic Park, the 162-year-old Four Mile House is Denver’s oldest standing structure. Acting as a museum, the 1800s-era home, which just reopened to the public after the COVID-related closures of 2020, offers self-guided tours, and inside, visitors will find antique furniture, fixtures and appliances such as a wood-burning stove, and decorations including the original wallpaper.

  1. Summer events

After a largely event-less 2020, families will love Four Mile Historic Park’s incredible outdoor events lineup, including its annual Independence Day Celebration, and the Shady Grove Picnic Concert Series.

On Friday, July 2, one of the city’s most popular fireworks shows is held at the park, in addition to entertainment including live music and prairie games. The Cravings Truck, Old Time Kettle Corn, Original by Greeks and Good Food Good Living will also be onsite to feed hungry families. Tickets can be purchased here.

Swallow Hill Music’s Shady Grove Picnic Concert Series kicks off summer with live performances on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. from June-August. The lineup – encompassing rock, folk, country, jazz and blues music – includes Dakota Blonde, Shakedown Street, Harry Tuft, Eilen Jewell and more. Tickets must be pre-purchased. July 4th Four Mile Historic Park

  1. Farm animals

A working farm home to horses, goats, chickens and pigs, Four Mile Historic Park is a great place for kids to interact with residents of the furry and feathered varieties. The friendly farm animals – including horses Moose and Jake, and Pearl, the goat in charge – enjoy being fed and pet by visitors.

  1. Family activities

At Four Mile Historic Park, families are given the chance to travel back in time by way of historic, hands-on educational and cultural activities. From prairie games, such as walking on stilts, sack races, hoop and stick races, tug-o-war, jump rope and racing wooden horses; to farm chores, including feeding the animals, washing laundry on a scrub board and sweeping the boardwalks, kids are provided an experience out of this modern world. Children also love panning for gold – and parents watching the excitement when the treasure is retrieved!Gold Panning Colorado

  1. Birthday parties

A great spot to host children’s birthday parties straight out of the 1800s, Four Mile Historic Park’s team spices things up by dressing in costume while leading children through their chosen activities, and encouraging imagination and creativity. Birthday party packages start at $200 for 20 participants.

An under-the-radar Mile High City treasure, the park educates a diverse community through its experiences, signature events and staff-led tours, which promote preservation, interpretation and enjoyment of western history. Families looking for a trip back in time can enjoy Four Mile Historic Park free as members (and for children ages six and under), or for $5 for adults (18-64); $4 for seniors (65+) and military with ID; and $3 for youth (7-17).

The best deals for moms on Amazon Prime Day

I got to celebrate another family birthday this week (the third of the month so far). This year, we are relishing actually getting together again and enjoying the time together. But, I will say I love the freebies that come with birthdays! There are several places that you can score some great birthday deals – plus, once you sign up, they send you the coupon every year! We will get free scoops if ice cream at Baskin Robbins and Cold Stone, free milkshake at Arby’s, a cookie at Panera, lunch at Benihana, a bagel at Bruegger’s and more. All it takes is signing up for the loyalty club at these places. If you frequent somewhere – they likely have a club and want to perk you for your birthday!

Amazon Prime Day. Amazon Prime day is NOW! Score some great deals.  Deals can change or sell out quickly, but here are some of the top ones we found.

·         Magic Bullet just $25 (normally $40) – my son loved this for post-workout protein drinks

·         Apple Airpods with wireless charging case just $159.98 (normally $199) 

·         Vitamix Explorian Blender, professional-grade $188.99 (normally $269.95) – so if you are getting started maybe with making your own baby foods (or other great summer treats) this is an amazing deal!

·         Roku Express Streaming Media player with high-speed HDMI Cable and simple remote is $19.99 (normally $29.99). 

·        Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls) is $24.99 (normally $49.99). 

·        Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, 3 Quart, 14 One-Touch Programs, Best For Beginners. $49.95 (normally $79.99). It is also a summer cooking hero – because you won’t have to turn that oven on!

·         There are several laptop deals (Including – Lenovo Idea pad for just $199; Acer Aspire $299; sus Zen Book $1049; Dell XPS $1300) and monitors.

·         iRobot Roomba $199 saving 20%

·         Smart Plugs –Kasa Smart Plug just $8.99 (down from $15)

·        Expresso Machine 3.5 bar 4 cup express maker cappuccino machine with steam milk frother and stainless mug $4735 (normally $89.99)

·        Baby Jogger City Mini 2 strollers. Compact, lightweight and fast! $149.99 (normally $249.99) 

Bath and Body Works. The semi-annual sale at Bath and Body Works is on! Score up to 75% off some of your favorites. Some of the best stuff sells out right away – so hustle on over for great deals. I love to stock up on favorites or get some extras to have for little gifts at the ready.

 Story Walk at Aspen Grove. STORYWALK®️ starts at The Thinkery (near Kirkland’s) and while you walk the Center, kids can read pages of a story posted in 17 store windows! The story is complete when you reach Tattered Cover. Stop in and tell the booksellers your favorite part to earn a prize and you can also buy a copy of the book to take home! Come back in July and we will have a new story posted!

 Baseball All-Star Week. Denver will host the best of the best when it comes to baseball Friday, July 9 through 13 as the All Star Week comes to town. Play ball park will be set up at the Colorado Convention Center where this FREE event will bring together America’s game, food, music, mascots, legends, Olympians and more! Tickets are FREE but they are timed, they are digital and can be accessed through the MLB Ballpark App.

 Wells Fargo Rockies Tickets. If you bank at Wells Fargo, you can get two for one special in the Club Level for Rockies Tickets! On a hot day – having that air-conditioned space is fantastic. And this is a great way to take the family out to the ball game.

 Mile High Flea Market. Admission is free on the last Friday of each month this summer June 25, July 30 and August 27. Enjoy farmers market, stalls, shops, food and drinks as well as music. This might be a fun way for you and the family to enjoy a fun kickoff of a weekend!

 Tiny House Festival. Have you always wanted to see what all they can pack into a 500 square foot home? A Lot! The Colorado Tiny House Festival will be July 10 & 11 in Brighton at the Riverdale Regional Park. Get your tickets now before June 15 for early bird pricing.

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Leadville and Twin Lakes: 20 fun things to do this summer

With an average of 310 days of sunshine a year, historic silver mining boomtowns, the state’s highest peaks, and abundant public lands, the mountain destinations of Leadville and Twin Lakes feature countless opportunities for high-country fun this summer. Travelers can experience something new this season, whether visiting for the first time or returning to a favorite spot, as new offerings have opened since last summer. Visitors are sure to get a warm welcome from these new businesses.

Fun Things to Do in Leadville, Colorado

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Hiking: The Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail give you easy access to day hikes from camp or overnight backpacking adventures. A hut trip or yurt camping also make for a unique hiking-inspired overnight. Want to climb Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak? We did it a few years ago; find out what you need to know. 

Boating. With some of Colorado’s largest glacial lakes, Lake County is aptly named. Boat and fish on the shimmering blue waters of Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake; take a canoe, kayak or boat tour or bring your own. Discover the ghost resort of Interlaken, once a summer haven for the wealthy and now a fascinating collection of turn-of-the-century buildings, via a special boat tour.

 SUP and Cycle: Active adventurers can rent stand-up paddleboards and mountain bikes, in the heart of Twin Lakes village, and explore Colorado’s majestic high country and large sparkling lakes. Located at the base of Mt. Elbert, SUP and Cycle also rents bike racks and provides guests with extended rental times and superb customer service. 

Fishing. Catch the fish you wish in Gold Medal Trout Waters. Just outside Leadville, you have easy access to some of Colorado’s best fishing, in the headwaters of the Arkansas River, known for its abundance of wild trout ranging up to 17 inches long.

Mountain Dogs Romp & Chomp: Visitors in need of doggie daycare or boarding, a dog wash, or supplies during their stay can check out this new store for dogs and the people who love them. Mountain Dogs offers a range of food, all-natural treats, and accessories.

Raft the Arkansas.  Just downstream from Leadville is some of the country’s best whitewater for whitewater rafting in Colorado. For a two-in-one adventure day, combine rafting with a scenic train journey on the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad.

Eat & Drink

Ahab & Absalom: This new coffee shop is already a favorite of Leadville locals. Visitors can enjoy espresso and coffee from Colorado-based Corvus Coffee Roasters, single-origin matcha tea, hand pies, pastries, book recommendations, and more.

Before & After Leadville: Visitors can sip inventive cocktails and mocktails and carefully chosen beer, wine, and coffee drinks. Before & After serves delicious light fare and scrumptious desserts, all in a historic building in the heart of downtown Leadville. It is the sister location of Treeline Kitchen, also located downtown. 

Golden Burro Cafe: Golden Burro is going through a historic restoration project and will reopen in June 2021 under new management. The Golden Burro will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, mocktails, and cocktails. The café will feature house-made kombucha, smoothies, fresh pressed juice, goods from an authentic European pastry chef and ovo-plant-based new American diner fare. 

Two Mile Brewing: Two Mile Brewing is Leadville’s newest brewpub and serves beers like the Leadville Lager, Camp Hale Pale Ale and seasonal brews. Its food menu features shareable plates, salads and sammies. 

Tacos La Mina: A new style of Mexican food is cooking in the space previously occupied by Gringo’s on Leadville’s north end. Visitors can savor scrumptious tacos, panchitos, burros, tortas, quesadillas, tacos dorado, hamburgers, margaritas, cervezas and more.

Relax

Leadville Wellness Center: Whether weekend warriors or elite athletes, guests can experience holistic fitness recovery at Leadville Wellness Center through acupuncture, massage, herbal consultation, and more. Visitors can book an appointment online and experience a relaxing experience during their Leadville vacation. 

Shop

Blue Vessel Florista: Travelers can pop by this inspired walk-in floral shop for creative arrangements for the rebellious, romantic, and spiritual at heart. Planning an event? Visitors will also find event design and styling, plus rental space for weddings and other intimate gatherings.

Elevation Goods: Travelers can find wearables, home goods, gear and wellness goods produced by small businesses located in Colorado. All products are from artisans and makers committed to sustainably sourced or recycled inputs and reflect Colorado’s outdoorsy vibe. Shoppers are sure to find the perfect souvenir for a loved one, along with something special for themselves. 

Two Dog Travel: Visitors can stop in and browse travel essentials such as stylish and security-minded travel bags as well as local maps, Colorado history books, and vintage finds and antiques collected from across the world. Two Dog Travel, an international tour company featuring small group and private tours, also offers local custom trip planning and group overnight trips to 10th Mountain Division Huts near Leadville. 

Stay

Backcountry huts and yurts near Leadville make camping fun and comfortable year-round. The 10th Mountain Division Huts are perfect base camps so grab some friends, trek to a cozy base camp, and explore the wilderness. See this camping guide for more info on camping and fun things to do in the area.

Mountain Peaks Motel: Now under new ownership and with newly renovated, stylish rooms, Mountain Peaks Motel is located in downtown Leadville within walking distance of all major shops, museums, and restaurants. This family-owned motel offers pet-friendly, cozy accommodations for guests with 150 channels of full HD satellite TV in every room.

Old Tale Inn: Formerly The Alps Motel, the Old Tale Inn is the West reimagined under new ownership and with newly renovated rooms. This conveniently located motel offers a comfortable, modern stay and makes for a perfect basecamp for alpine adventures.

S.L.umber Yard: The S.L.umber Yard is located at FREIGHT Leadville and offers 13 new, high craftsmanship rental cabins that create a cozy, intimate setting to relax and make new memories with loved ones. These cabins are perfect for a romantic weekend, family reunion, staycation, or destination to host an entire wedding party in one place. Each of these well-appointed cabins is named for a historic Leadville working lady, to honor these unsung Leadville residents. The experience begins with complimentary drinks at check-in and a customized high-altitude goodie basket in the room. All races, religions, and LGBTQ+ are welcome at S.Lumber Yard.

Colorado Summer Vacation Guide Additional Resources

Denver Summer Activity Guide (200+ ideas)

Crested Butte’s Mountain Paradise for Families

Royal Gorge: The Ultimate Colorado Escape for Denver Families (with the coolest lodge in Colorado)

10 Best Places to Camp in Colorado

Kids Guide to Camping in Colorado’s Mountain Towns

Colorado Road Trip: 26 Scenic Byways and Small Towns to Visit This Summer! 

Colorado’s Top Five Lodging Suggestions

25 great fishing ponds in Denver

Denver’s best biking trails for kids

15 Fun and Quirky Roadside Attractions in Colorado

Winter Park in the Summertime

Denver Mountain Parks: Family Fun for Denver Families

Best of Summer – Visit Leadville and Twin Lakes 

Top 10 Summer Adventures for Colorado Families

2019 Summer Vacation in Colorado: 75+ ideas for families

Colorado Summer Vacation Guide

2019 Denver Summer Activity Guide (150+ ideas!)

Family travel: Top 8 Family Vacations

Guide to Denver’s Splash Parks and Spray Fountains

Best Hikes for Kids in the Denver area

Where to pull of I-70 when you’re stuck in traffic (fun activities and restaurants)

10 of Colorado’s most scenic waterfall hikes

10 Beautiful Places in Colorado You Didn’t Know About

Borrow a Colorado State Parks Pass from Your Library

Yurt Village at Snow Mountain Ranch is Star-lit Fun

Cool Off This Summer at Colorado’s Best Beaches

A Local’s Guide to Gunnison’s Magical Summers

Best Denver-area Parks for Beginner Trail Runners (and hikers)

 

The troubling new trend for Denver kids since the pandemic

Since the pandemic, some Denver-area juvenile courts are seeing fewer kids in courtrooms, but a troubling new trend has risen instead — the courts are seeing more kids charged with violent crimes like aggravated assault or robbery. They’re also seeing spikes in domestic violence among youth, and gang activity.

“We’re getting some really, really tough kids right now,” said Shawn Cohn, chief probation officer in the Denver Juvenile Probation department. “And I do think that the pandemic played into that because these kids don’t have the outlets of school or being where there are positive adults that engage with them and kind of help walk them through some scenarios and situations.”

Before some teens gravitate towards really violent crime, some — low-level, first-time offenders — end up in anger management classes instead. Let’s say a kid punches another kid in school. It’s the first time they’ve done that.A municipal court may send the youth to an anger management class at NCTI of Colorado. The group provides cognitive behavioral therapy classes for adults and court-ordered classes for youth, such as 4-hour ones on anger management, substance abuse, petty theft or domestic violence.

More Kids In Juvenile Courts Are There For Violent Crimes. Anger Management Classes Can Help Low-Level Offenders, But Others Need More Intervention

-Jenny Brundin, CPR

Digital Binging — Is It A Problem?

Understandably most young people are on screens a ton right now. Thank goodness there are all sorts of great things made possible via screen time. 

But, what are the potential costs of loads of certain screen time activities on their brain health and mood?  Are there ways to implement changes to their tech time that might help them feel better — even while keeping the same total amount of screen time?

Clifford Sussman, MD, is a psychiatrist for children and adolescents in Washington, DC, and he is well known for his work in treating those with problematic internet and video game use. He and I have presented together at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference and have shared ideas over the years.  

Sussman and I were talking last week and I realized now would be a good time to share with you the brain model and action steps that he often teaches his clients. No matter if you put his suggestions into practice, this is a great science topic to discuss with youth in your life. 

Sussman talks about “digital binging” — many hours on end, without any real breaks doing things such as video games, social media, youtube, shows, etc.  This leads to what he calls the “residual effect” on the brain with prolonged use of such activities. 

The residual effect of the brain is caused by changes in the physiology of the brain. 

Keep reading about the reward center where dopamine is released and what you should know about instant gratification activities. 

-Delaney Ruston, MD
Screenagers’ Filmmaker