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Downtown Denver for Family Holiday Trip

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.

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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.

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Tips for visiting Denver with kids:

1. Bring layers! Colorado weather changes quickly. One minute it’s warm, the next it’s snowing.

2. Walk! Walk! Walk! Everything downtown is accessible by foot from the Pepsi Center to Coors Field. If your little ones get tired, consider a PediCab, “Bcycle” or bus.

3. For younger kids, the Children’s Museum of Denver and Downtown Aquarium are great choices. For kids of all ages, the Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum on Nature and Science are tops.

Image by Amiee White Beazley

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