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Living in a small town, our family was in need of some good urban
food and culture. So we booked a trip to Denver, opting for the Four
Seasons Denver in the heart of downtown. The prime festivities of
the Christmas holiday were right outside our room window.
After a four-hour drive, we pulled into the porte-cochère
where our 5-year-old son's favorite FSD doorman – also named Brady –
was there greeting guests. He rolled down the window and shouted out to him. Although
it had been months since our last visit, “Big Brady” remembered the little guy Brady and his big brother Tanner.
Inside, the kids were invited to “Raid the Fridge,” where they
had their choice of candy to choose from and later a private visit with FSD’s pastry
chef, Ryan Schmitt. Together they decorated cupcakes and learned firsthand how
to construct chocolate Easter bunnies.
In our room, we nibbled on in-room amenities like a fruit
and cheese plate, chocolate-dipped Rice Krispies treats (for the kids), chocolate
dipped pretzels and Jelly Bellys. My husband and I relaxed and sipped on
glasses of Cava.
A scavenger hunt though downtown Denver brought us along the
16th Street Mall, up and down the streets of “LoDo” and to the new Union
Station — a massive overhaul and development project that is set to transform
the city on many levels. This train station and accompanying businesses had just opened. As residents of Colorado, it was thrilling for all of us to see our capital city
getting its place in the sun.
Being regional craft brew fans, my husband and I took the
boys to Lucky Pie on Wazee, just down the street from our favorite bookstore,
The Tattered Cover. We ate handmade pizzas and drank great beers from
around the state.
That night we strolled through the streets and swam in the FSD
pools until bedtime.
What a way to say goodbye and ensure we would return.
The next morning, Brian and I had a chance to get in a
workout before breakfast with the kids in our room. As we walked
through the lobby, there to greet us again was our friend Big Brady. This time
he brought a red wagon full of toys to the boys. They were offered their choice
of toy to remember FSD by. As if that weren’t enough, Big Brady led the kids to
the car, where he gave each a custom nametag and Four Seasons fedora. “Official
members of the Bell Team,” he told them. What a way to say goodbye and ensure
we would return.