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Garden-of-the-Gods-De-quelle-planete-es-tu_1One doesn’t have to go very far in Colorado to see a stunning landscape. One Saturday morning with Kristen, Jon and Louis, we headed south for the day to check out Garden of the Gods and the Royale Gorge. Driving on a straight highway due south with mountains and red rocks to the right is intense and timeless; I’m not sure that there are many views that I would prefer.

Having grown up in the land of red rocks, I never realized how lucky I was to grow up wandering through such a stunning backdrop. The view from the house I grew up in included the Rocky Mountain foothills and the extraordinary Red Rocks Amphitheater… I never thought twice about how beautiful that view of those rocks was until I was a bit older. As a kid it was more the recent and concrete memories of slipping while climbing random red rocks while scouting for little caves and places to sit in and feel excluded from the world. I would cringe a the thought of burns on my knees from those adventures, yikes.

I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for those red rocks.

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Brewery-Hop-Denver-#2-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-00Hopping from brewery to brewery to tap room is one of my favorite things to do in Denver. With my brother last Christmas, we did a pretty epic Beer Hop that I published here on the blog.

This past summer when Louis and I headed to Denver we did a lot of brewery hops, and here is one I’d like to share with you today featuring a few smaller breweries.

Brewery-Hop-Denver-#2-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-01We started in one of my favorite Denver neighborhoods, an artsy district in Denver just south of downtown. This hood is the home of the Renegade Brewing Company that had been recommended to me by many friend Denverites.

Like a lot of Denver hotspots, they are built into what used to be garages: big glass pane garage doors that open up to the ceiling revealing the summer sun rays. Renegade kept the industrial look, like a lot of Denver spots, too, with bricks and a stunningly intricate wooden bar. The scattered tables house board games, which I thought was pretty fantastic.

So, with our tasters of 5 O’Clock Afternoon Ale, Elevation IPA and others, we played a few rounds of Backgammon.

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TRVE was suggested to me by my best friend one day, and I knew I had to pop by to experience their totally different style: Metal + Brews. Not only is the brewery on one my favorite streets in the Mile High City, but it really is a different and more rock and punk atmosphere, which I really enjoyed.

Erika, Louis and I enjoyed the full set of their current brews from tasty and hoppy pale ale to a chocolatey coffee stout. I am obsessed with their single huge table with benches as seating… so wonderful and seems like it would be the best place to hang on a Friday night.

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Wit’s End’s tap room is filled with everything you’ll need to learn about some beer. The shelves are packed with books on topics varying from ingredients, to brews to passionate brewers. Little jars are displayed with beer ingredients to take a little sniff to get an idea about the chemistry behind their yummy beers. It definitely was a local feel that was so simple. Almost like a home brewer just opened their garage door and invited us over to taste it.

On their flight we tried all of the beers on tap at the time. The guy working was so kind and came over and really went into detail about each beer and how their brewing process. It was refreshing to have someone passionate really go into detail on the brews. I personally fell for the Kitchen Sink Porter that hot summer afternoon. Louis’s favorite was the Super FL IPA, a black IPA, as Wit’s End calls it, “a bad-ass beer”.

Did I mention they have the most fun names for their beers?

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Date_Night_Icon-DE-QUELLE-PLANETE-ES-TU-011Date Night at Little Bear Colorado - De quelle planete es tu :1While home in Evergreen, Louis and I went on a date at a place where my parents would go dancing in the 70′s, The Little Bear Saloon.

It was the perfect gloomy summer evening, and we headed over for some pizza, pints & rock ‘n roll. I couldn’t think of a better place to go on a date.

I loved the idea of being in a space that my parents hung out in when they were younger and just starting to date.

The Little Bear saloon was and still is a hoppin’ space for listening to live local rock groups while sipping various pints while enjoying a Western atmosphere. The wooden bar is covered in carvings of names and notes, the walls covered with flags and street signs and license plates. It’s fantastic.

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Little Bear Saloon
28075 Highway 74
Evergreen, CO 80439
Tél: 303-664-9991

Georgetown, Colorado - De quelle planete es tu - 2Georgetown will always have a special place in my heart. The amount of times we passed it going up and down the mountain every weekend from skiing is unbelievable. Not to mention stopping at The Happer Cooker for a hearty breakfast is always a must.

What is this town, you ask? It’s a precious mining town that was founded during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. It is located in the first layers of the Rocky Mountains at an altitude of 8,500 feet, only a small treck westward of downtown Denver. It has a true western feel, and is filled with little antique shops and candy shops that are bound to catch your fancy.

I always leave Georgetown with a few new treasures.

The beautiful historic mining towns of the Rocky Mountains I’ve always found to be so photogenic. They are tucked between layers and layers of hills and cliffs, pine forests and rivers, with stunning little buildings and the best contrasting colors. I love the feeling of being surrounded by mountains. If you adventure off just a little bit, you’ll catch some breathtaking views, like on Old Squaw Pass.

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Pony + Glitter - De quelle planete es tu :1Earlier this summer when Louis and I were in Denver, some dear friends flew in from New York for the weekend. As our stomping grounds had only been Paris and New York in the years before, I wanted to show them a truly Colorado experience in 3 days.

Having Simon and Ryan in Denver was a bit puzzling at first. Since we had gone to school together in Paris, and had a fantastic summer in New York City, them being in my hometown was a mixture of contexts. They met my family, my friends and saw the backdrop to which I grew up.

The day started early, and we immediately headed to Tom’s Urban 24 for a beer and breakfast burrito. Yes, a beer at breakfast. We strolled LoDo and made our way to Great Divide Brewery for some tasters. After a little tour of downtown with the windows open and the music turned up, we headed West, up to Evergreen for a family barbecue. We had a lot to celebrate.

On our way up the mountain, we stopped by the Creekside Cellars Winery for a glass of local wine, with the sounds of the creeks reminding us of how busy our day had been.

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The next day we went up into the mountains. Stopped for our morning coffee in downtown Evergreen and we were on our merry way. We took the Old Squaw Pass and Juniper Pass from Evergreen to Georgetown, where our brunch destination was. The scenery made my heart melt. In Georgetown we brunched at the Happy Cooker  (where my family and I always go to breakfast on our way up skiing and tubing). The time flew by, and after a little stroll through the antique shops, we had to head down the mountain. On the drive down we passed Lookout Mountain and Buffalo Bill’s Grave which we couldn’t resist, before speeding to the airport to drop the two New Yorkers off.

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