I was on a whirlwind visit to Denver in picturesque Colorado, where you’ll find the spectacular Rocky Mountains, supreme ski resorts and year-round fun for the entire family.
Nicknamed the Mile High City, Denver is an exhilarating and colorful destination. There are plenty of things to experience, including the botanic gardens, the art museum, zoo, restaurants, theater and sporting events.
Exciting Shopping Outing
With an extra day in town, I decided to take advantage of the fabulous shops in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. I was excited to while away the hours during a marathon day of retail therapy, surrounded by more than 160 shops and restaurants at Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
A Warm Welcome
My first stop, after a good night’s sleep and armed with comfortable shoes and credit cards, was the valet entrance, where I was greeted warmly by a staff member. Just inside, I found the Guest Services desk, with more friendly and accommodating staff who provided information about the shopping center and were happy to help with checking out push-chairs and wheelchairs.
And as an added bonus, being from out of town meant I could pick up a Passport to Shopping, which gives special offers and discounts at more than 60 participating stores throughout the center. I was in my element!
Exclusive Shops and Name Brands
I was ready to join the other shoppers at Cherry Creek to experience the irresistible and iconic high-end shops, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Company, Burberry and Ralph Lauren, as well as my favorite department store, Neiman Marcus.
Much of my day was spent popping in and out of stores, getting updates on the latest fashions and chatting to sales staff and, of course, shopping! Other popular shops include Macy’s, GAP, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic and Apple. My final stop, Coach, provided me with sensory overload due to the look, feel and smell of the leather.
Break for Lunch
By lunchtime, I needed a mid-day pick-me-up. Accompanied by a glass of wine, Kona Grill’s Oriental salad with chicken was colorful, ample and tasty. Brio Tuscan Grille and the popular Elway’s, a steakhouse co-owned by American football Hall-of-Famer John Elway, are two other options. If you don’t want to break your shopping stride, I noticed several places where you can grab a cup of coffee while you catch up on email using the mall’s free Wi-Fi.
Rocky Mountain Play Park
After my long day, and many full shopping bags later, I happily headed outside to pick up a taxi, but not before passing by the Rocky Mountain Play Park, featuring fun pieces on which children can climb. What a perfect place to treat young ones after all of their patience during the day.
Be sure to include Denver and the impressive Cherry Creek Shopping Center on your next U.S.-bound holiday.