Well, this was my one trip to Denver this year it seems, as the recession has cut into even our pockets. It was a nice time though! Don’t get me wrong, I loved going, even if I don’t get to do it very often like some people I know do. We stayed at the place we’ve stayed at before – Best Inn & Suites, but some things I’d like to note about this place just in case you stay there yourself……
– It’s touted on hotels.com that cookware and dishes are included with the room. This is true, but you do have to pay a refundable $50 deposit to get them.
– The beds feel hard, and there is a reason for this. It’s one mattress on top of a wooden frame. If you like firm mattresses, then this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
The hotel is centrally located (sort of) at I-70 and Quebec, so you should be able to get just about anywhere either by highway or surface streets.
Two of the main reasons we wanted to go was to see people and to visit our favorite eateries. We did go to Mr. Biggs in Littleton (formerly Fat City – formerly FunPlex…oh, how they love name changes), which was a lot of fun since we did bumper bowling with the kids, and then shot 18 holes of mini-golf – usually letting younger families through that were just playing through since we were keeping score (for what reason I’m not sure, but oh well).
We went to our usual eateries: Carl’s Jr, Sonic, Chipotle, China Chef Express, University Park Care – and tried one new one – Cici’s Pizza, which turned out to be very wonderful indeed! They had an awesome selection of stuff to gorge ourselves on!
We also found a nice arcade called Nickel-A-Play, in which you pay $3.50 to get in, and they have about 70 machines that are free play. The ones that dispense tickets and the DDR game all took nickels. I let the wife and kids do the nickel ones, and I enjoyed some old-school arcade goodness on the free games. Makes me wish Montana had one of these!!!
Of course, we did a bunch of thrift shopping, and toured some of the malls. One guy was such a good salesman, he talked me into buying a couple of really cool metal wind-spinners, which really are quite cool, although after the fact, we found you could buy them cheaper online. Ah well…guess I’m a soft spot target for the crafty salesman.
I love Denver, and so did the family – the only part that sucks is the long-ass drive between point A and point B….usually a 10-hour drive. I know you’re gonna say “Oh it should only take you about 8 hours” – well, you do the drive with 2 kids with pea-sized bladders, and then say how long it should take. I have no problems with the drive other than how long it takes. I guess this is why I usually reserve these drives for when we move one-way.
I am happy to have reconnected with a lot of my friends, and have re-connected with a few more, so that’s always a good thing. So there it is….the Denver experience for this year. Maybe next year, we’ll choose another destination…and take more pictures.