Top 10 Things Not to Miss in Cherry Creek North, Denver, Colorado Summer & Fall 2014

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The start of summer always marks the beginning of a fun social calendar filled with Things to do in Denver, lasting throughout the remainder of the year.  And this year in Cherry Creek North is no different.  In this stunning community — filled with boutiques, shops, spas, cafes, restaurants, and luxury Denver modern homes and condos – you are poised to enjoy everything from live music to special art exhibits to fashion shows and more.

So, ladies and gentlemen: Take out your pencil or smartphone and get ready to mark your calendars.  What follows is a list of the top 10 signature events not to miss in Cherry Creek North for summer and fall 2014:
1.  Every Thursday until August 28 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm: Thursdays on East Third, sip & socialize while you browse, shop, and enjoy in-store events.  The list of participating stores.  Located around the 3000 block of East 3rd Avenue between Milwaukee & St. Paul.
2.  Friday, June 13 through Sunday, August 10: PISMO Gallery, presents the “Chihuly” exhibition of all new works by the revolutionary glass artist Dave Chihuly.  The main focal points of this exhibition include the striking Venetus Blue Chandelier, intricate wall installations, and Chihuly’s innovative “Soft Cylinders” series.  The opening reception will take place on July 12th from 5 to 8 p.m.  PISMO Gallery in Cherry Creek North is located at 2770 East Second Avenue.
3.  Sunday, June 15 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm: Symphony Social, the first in a series of three community events that are free and open to the public, as part of “Summertunes on the Plaza.”  This event features an ice cream sundae social, kid-friendly activities, and an ensemble performance by the Colorado Symphony.  Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the summertime music and socializing.  Located at the Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North at 2nd Avenue & Fillmore Street.
4.  Friday July 4 and Saturday, July 5 from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday, July 6 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Cherry Creek Arts Festival, where you can enjoy Colorado’s premier cultural celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts.  This world-class event tops the annual list of Things to do in Denver.  Free, interactive exhibits and activities complement your art-lovers experience.  Cherry Arts has more information on the event.  The festival includes the following streets: 1st to 4th Avenues, Columbine to Adams.
5.  Sunday, July 13 at 7:00 pm: Trout Steak Revival on the Creek, the second in a series of three community events that are free and open to the public, as part of “Summertunes on the Plaza.”  This toe-tapping event, brought to you by Swallow Hill Music, features the Emmy-award winning bluegrass inspired band “Trout Steak Revival” that plays heartfelt, hard-driving mountain music.  Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the summertime music and socializing.  Located at the Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North at 2nd Avenue & Fillmore Street.
6.  Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20: 44th Annual Sidewalk Sale, when nearly 80 businesses and boutiques in Cherry Creek North participate to offer great deals to enterprising shoppers.  These deals are sure to amaze!  This year, the annual event is partnering with Dress for Success, a non-profit that promotes the well-being and economic independence of disadvantaged women.
7.  Saturday, August 9 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm: 6th Annual Cherry Creek North Food & Wine, where you can enjoy sips and bites from Cherry Creek North’s finest dining establishments.  Great food, wine, beer, spirits, live music and more await you at this event that is sure to satisfy.  General admission and VIP tickets available.  Located at the Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North at 2nd Avenue & Fillmore Street.
8.  Sunday, August 10 at dusk (around 8:30 pm): Pitch Perfect – Film on Fillmore, the third in a series of three community events that are free and open to the public, as part of “Summertunes on the Plaza.”  Pitch Perfect is a musical comedy with the touch of romance, following a collegiate a cappella group through several competitions.  Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the summertime music and socializing.  Located at the Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North at 2nd Avenue & Fillmore Street.
9.  Friday, September 19 from 4:00 – 9:30 pm: Celebrate Fashion in Cherry Creek North, including in-store events, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a world-class runway fashion show at 8:00 pm featuring local boutique wares.  Located at the Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North at 2nd Avenue & Fillmore Street.
10.  Friday, November 7 through Saturday, November 15: 8th Annual Denver Arts Week, a celebration of Denver’s vibrant arts and culture scene.  Cherry Creek North is one of Denver’s six thriving neighborhood arts districts that is highlighted for the week, participating in the evening kick-off event on Friday, November 7th in which a traditional “First Friday Art Walk” will be super-charged for the occasion.  Galleries will be open late for you to check out the amazing art, and great food and drink will be offered amidst the festive atmosphere.  Events continue through the week.  Visit Denver.org for more information on events happening in Cherry Creek North and around Downtown Denver.

Go to the Cherry Creek North website for more information on these and more fun Things to do in Denver this year!

September’s Top 5 FUN, FUNKY & FULFILLING Things to Do in LoHi Denver Colorado

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Every Tuesday at Zio’s Alley Bar at 32nd Ave. and Zuni St. is Grateful Dead night. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, listen to music and enjoy a slice of pizza or a yummy salad. The fun starts around 8 p.m. Come early, the bar fills up every Tuesday. Quinn and Rodney will serve you up cold beers or cocktails all night!

Not to be missed: Perpetual Clothing in LoHi! This upscale thrift store is perfect for a last minute outfit for an impromptu date night out. If you strike out at Perpetual Clothing, run next door to Inspyre Boutique! Inspyre has beautiful upscale clothing for men and women at a low price that keeps you wanting to go back and shop again; an added bonus is that the staff is always super pleasant as well

If you want to do good deeds in Lower Highland, look no further than Bienvenidos Food Bank. This really cool organization has been helping neighbors in need for over 35 years! Their Mission is to provide emergency and supplemental food assistance in ways that promote respect and dignity. The food bank currently serves 600 to 900 people every week. Families may “shop” for the food they need and the food bank try’s to find ways provide healthy choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables that many families can’t afford. Donate food weekly, monthly, or show up every Thursday morning as the people are lined up and share coffee or hot chocolate with them.

Invite your friends to Sipping & Painting at I-25 & Speer Blvd. Grab some snacks and bottle of wine and try out your artistic abilities while being led step-by-step by an instructor on how to paint your masterpiece. You can choose online which painting you would like to have a go at. From butterflies to city scapes, they’ve got you covered. Laugh with your friends and try to amaze each other with your skills. Fun for all ages

First Friday’s on Navajo St. This awesome, artistic little pocket of Lower Highland tends to get missed a lot due to the notoriety of both Santa Fe and Tennyson St. first Fridays of each month. Check out Navajo St. Arts District one first Friday night of an upcoming month. The galleries on Navajo St. are just to the South of 38th Ave.  Check out, Next, Pirate, Edge, Zip 37, the Bug Theater and stop in Patsy’s Italian restaurant afterwards to fill you belly on some of Denver’s most legendary Italian Food.

History Colorado Center – One of Denver’s Newest and Most Interesting Attractions

Whether you already live in Denver, you are searching for a new Denver home, you are looking for a second home in the area, or you are simply a tourist visiting Colorado, you should not miss one of the best attractions the City of Denver has to offer.

Residents and tourists tout the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Denver Zoo, all of which are exceptional and “must-see” attractions for anyone and everyone. But the History Colorado Center, which celebrated its grand opening in April 2012, should not be missed.  The Center is highly educational, and ranks high in entertainment value.

Entertainment for Kids and Adults of All Ages!
Many of the exhibits at the History Colorado Center are hands-on and interactive. But this absolutely does not mean the Center is intended to appeal only to children. People of all ages are bound to learn fascinating facts about Colorado that are thought-provoking and serve to peak everyone’s curiosity and interest. The Center offers ongoing programs, activities, exhibits, behind the scenes guided tours, discussion groups, lectures, and classes. The schedule of events can be found on the Center’s events calendar.

A few historical facts about the State of Colorado:

  • The human history of Colorado extends back more than 13,000 years
  • Colorado entered the union on August 1, 1876
  • Colorado is the 38th state
  • Colorado means “colored red” and is known as the “Centennial State”
  • The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado

Want to Live Near the History Colorado Center?
Are you relocating to Colorado, or are you thinking about purchasing a second home in the state? The History Colorado Center is conveniently located close to many of Denver single-family homes, condominiums, and lofts. It’s also situated within walking distance of Denver’s main public library branch, the Denver Art Museum, Civic Center Park, the Capital Building, and Denver’s City and County building. The newly opened History Colorado Center is truly a great addition to Denver’s already world-renowned scope of cultural attractions!

The facility is located in the same general area as the old Colorado History Museum (which was originally one block north of the new location) and the exhibits in the new building are designed to be engaging, enjoyable, interesting, and enlightening. “Colorful Colorado” has a fascinating history, and the History Colorado Center is designed to provide the general public with remarkable information about the state in the most engaging manner possible.

Downtown Denver has much to offer its residents. If you are looking for a home in the downtown area that is located close to one or more of Denver’s famous cultural venues, please call my office. In addition to the fascinating attractions discussed above, Denver also offers a wide variety of famous restaurants as well as views of Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.  Denver is a highly desirable place to live. I am an expert when it comes to pinpointing the best possible real estate for my clients. I will work to find you the home of your dreams in the location you want!  You can reach me at: 303-534-5000.

Got Bike? Denver, Colorado is Crowned CYCLE TOWN USA!

Is Denver, Colorado a Bicycle-Loving City? You better believe it!  Forget for a moment about your next new home being walkable.  Why not focus on it being bike-able?

Like to ride your bike? Regardless of whether you are a novice or an avid rider, if you are in Denver, you’re in the right place! With more than 850 miles of paved off-road bike trails, it’s no wonder Denver recently won REI’sCycle Town Showdown” competition.  Denver beat out Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Austin, New York City, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC to become named “The Supreme Bike Town of the United States of America.”

Where do All Those Bike Paths Go?
A unique aspect of Denver’s many bike paths is that some lead to exciting adventures on dirt trails and others funnel directly to Denver’s most prominent attractions – such as Cherry Creek Mall, Downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens, Four Mile Historic Park, and the Downtown Aquarium.  They connect some of Denver’s hottest neighborhoods including LoHi, Riverfront, LoDo, Washington Park and Cherry Creek North.

Here’s a terrific source for Denver running and biking paths and trails.  It also has interactive maps and printable pdf brochures.

Most Notable Bike Paths/Trails in Denver:
With hundreds of bike paths and trails in Denver, it can be a challenge to find the one you like best. Those of you who have been cycling in Denver for a long time are likely to already know your favorites. But for anyone looking for a suggestion, consider the following:

South Platte River Trail – the bike path along the South Platte River is shared with walkers and joggers. The trail is unofficially separated into three sections by location. The first section is an area that stretches from the trail’s southern-most tip to Belleview. Many have described this segment as serene and as having excellent views. The second section extends north from Belleview to Colfax. Some of this portion passes through industrial areas. The final piece of the trail extends north from Colfax to Confluence Park. This section of the trail provides outstanding views of Downtown Denver.

Cherry Creek Bike Path – on a nice day, the bike path along Cherry Creek is usually packed with walkers, joggers, and cyclists. And in Denver, most days are quite nice – even in the winter! This path will take you by the Cherry Creek Shopping District, past Denver’s noteworthy Four Mile Historic Park, through Cherry Creek State Park, and finally to Castlewood Canyon State Park. Cherry Creek Bike Path is one of the city’s most popular because it is easy to access and provides beautiful scenery and views into Denver’s most upscale neighborhoods. It’s a great choice for bike riders of all ages and skills.

Piney Creek Trail – this bike trail is about 10 miles in length and it is significant because it connects the Cherry Creek trail to Southeast Aurora. This is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to take a longer ride all the way to the Aurora Reservoir, where even more bike trails are available!

What is Denver’s B-Cycle program?
The City of Denver is truly pioneering the way residents and visitors can access different areas of the city on a bicycle! The city’s “B-Cycle” program was the first large-scale municipal bike sharing program in the United States. The program encourages bike riding as a means of getting from one place to another but also as a way to experience Denver from a bicycle instead of a car. There are dozens of B-stations set up across the city where individuals can pick up a bike, use it, and drop it off at any other B-station in the city. Becoming a B-cycle member is inexpensive and convenient, and the bikes are designed for individuals of any height and also for those with any cycling skill level. Check it out today by visiting the B-Cycle website.

Denver Homes, Land & Property Near Denver’s Bike Paths
For more information about Denver’s amazing bike trail system, call my office for additional details. If you’re looking for a home located close to one or more of Denver’s bike trails, I can certainly help!  Search for homes in bike-able Denver neighborhoods now, and explore very specific Denver neighborhoods.

List of Top 2012 Christmas Light Decorations in Denver Colorado Neighborhoods Rachel Betz Real Estate

List of Top 2012 Christmas Light Decorations in Denver Colorado Neighborhoods

At this time of year, it’s always fun to look at elaborate Christmas light decorations as you drive through Denver neighborhoods during the evening hours. Some of the homes in Denver’s most luxurious areas look truly spectacular with their glittering lights! But if you’re seeking good, wholesome, Christmas-light-viewing entertainment for the family, don’t just head for Cherry Creek North, Washington Park, or Cherry Hills Village. There are decorated homes in almost every neighborhood in the Denver metropolitan area that are worth a peek, and are sure to amaze kids and adults of all ages.

It can be quite time consuming to randomly drive around looking for the best Christmas lights in Denver. Perhaps you enjoy visiting the same streets year after year in search of great displays?  However, the Denver Post publishes the addresses of top-notch Denver Christmas light decorations in popular local neighborhoods. For quick reference, take a look at the easy-to-follow Denver holiday lights map described below.

The Denver Post

The Denver Post features an interactive map in which home and business owners can register their addresses if they want others to see their amazing Christmas light displays. The Post will publish a full list in their printed paper on December 22, but the map on their website is up-to-date and can be accessed by your mobile device. This is one of the most comprehensive lists of impressive Christmas light decorations in the Denver area. It’s important to check the list frequently because new addresses are added daily.

Other Holiday Light Displays

Not into driving around looking at Christmas lights in Denver’s most fascinating neighborhoods? Or, have you completed your drive through Denver’s luxury areas and you’re looking for more? Some of Denver’s most famous attractions feature brilliant displays that are sure to impress the Christmas light admirer in all of you. Here are a few of them:

Denver Botanic Gardens – Blossoms of Light

Each year the Denver Botanic Gardens dazzles the public with its amazing holiday display that features more than one million lights. Blossoms of Light is open from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm every night from November 30, 2012 until January 1, 2013. Blossoms of light is great entertainment for children and adults. There is a fee to enter the Gardens, and prices are listed on their website.

Denver Zoo – Zoo Lights

Holiday lights are on display at the Denver Zoo from November 30, 2012 until January 2, 2013. This is a spectacle that should not be missed! The zoo is open from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm each night for special ticket holders. Please note that zoo members must buy tickets but they do get a discount off the regular price. Also, ticket discounts are given to all non-zoo members who contribute a non-perishable food item at the ticket counter!

Downtown Denver

There are several decorated areas in Downtown Denver that should not be missed this year! Besides Denver’s City and County building, there are impressive Christmas light displays at Union Station, the D & F Clock Tower, and in Larimer Square.

Whether you are driving around Denver because you are looking for a new home or you are considering one of Denver’s luxury neighborhoods for a second home, this is a great time of year to enjoy the Christmas lights that are on display both in the area’s neighborhoods and in many public venues. If you happen to spot your dream home during your drive around town this holiday season, call me as soon as possible. I’m your Denver luxury real estate and second home specialist!

Facebook Community Page for Cherry Creek North in Denver, Colorado

There’s a new Community page on Facebook just for the neighborhood of Cherry Creek North in Denver, Colorado.  It has great information on local restaurants, shopping, spas, salons, special events, theater, real estate and lots of great new posts.  The page is new, but there is much more great content to come!  Make sure to click “LIKE” and stay tuned for lots of great Cherry Creek North updates.  In the near future, the page will offer special promotions, coupons, free stuff, and contests!  If you are a homeowner or business owner in and around Cherry Creek North, send in your ideas and suggestions for coverage.  The Facebook page would love to promote your business.  Make sure to circulate this link to all you know who live in or visit Cherry Creek North!  https://www.facebook.com/CherryCreekNorthDenverColorado