What is Denvers Weather

The Truth About Denver, Colorado’s Weather

One of my favorite activities on Twitter is trolling my friends and followers with Denver’s weather. As they shovel out of massive amounts of endless snow, slip on black ice and shiver in humid cold I continue to enjoy cups of coffee and yummy burritos from my favorite patios across the city. Now, I do want to make it clear, I’m terrified of the obvious changes to Colorado’s weather as global warming’s impact continues to be felt.

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But, even before global warming Coloradan’s knew that our weather was misunderstood and that most people were under a misconception about it. I’m going to spill the beans and for the locals listening to this episode who are freaking about this-don’t worry, no one will believe me. How do I know? From experience.

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When I first purchased my home, I was so excited about it. I also discovered that there were so many aspects to homeownership that I didn’t know about. How often I would have to do home maintenance, how tiring yard work would be and the moments when I thought that maybe I should have purchased a property outside of an HOA. There was another homeownership experience that I was fascinated by which was the refinance process. 

As a first time homeowner, I didn’t completely understand the process and why it was a useful financial tool that so many homeowners embraced. 

Fortunately there is a resource to help educate homeowners going through the refinance process. Refily is a lender comparison tool that helps homeowners find lenders to help them refinance their mortgage. Refily helps homeowners see and compare different lenders and estimated fees and rates before saying “yes” to their future home loan.

What I really love about Refily’s Comparison tool is the following: transparency, ease of use and accessibility. If you’re looking to refinance your home loan, Refily is the tool I recommend to help you with the lender comparison process and I am proud to partner with Refily to share the comparison tool.

Show Notes

I grew up in Colorado and when it was time for college, like most kids, I decided to go as far as I possibly could. I needed a change. So, I found myself in upstate New York freezing my ass off. I’d never experienced the bitting sting of lake affect snow, I got frostbite on one of my ears after being outside for 10 minutes and I learned pretty quickly that everyone thought that I was used to this kind of weather because I was from Colorado.

I was baffled by this as were the other 4 freshmen who had come from my high school with me. The weather and lack of sunshine was so bad that every week when I spoke with my mom I would tell her that I was depressed. By the time I graduated 3 out of the 5 of us had transferred back to schools in Colorado or other warmer states because we were in weather hell.

Here’s the thing Denver’s winters are fairly mild. Yes, we typically get 2-4 good snowstorms a year (especially when I was younger) but, that’s happening with decreasing frequency.

When the storms do hit, they’re glorious! There’s nothing like a beautiful winter storm making its way through Denver and the surrounding towns. You’ll often hear people say “We need the moisture.”

Then, once the storm ends within about a week the bulk of the snow has melted and is gone and wait until the next storm arrives-hopefully, sooner rather than later.

I finally figured out why so many people outside of Denver have the wrong ideas about the weather and where the city is located in relation to the mountains.

  • Weathercasters love to FREAK OUT when it snows in Colorado as if it’s a shocking occurrence. We’re known for skiing and send the most Olympians to the winter Olympics than any other state.
  • Whenever the weather is reported there’s a weirdly tight shot of Denver that is seen in other states that give folks the idea that Denver is somehow at the base of the mountains…it’s not.
  • There’s very little humidity here. We don’t get that humid cold that chills the bones.

Unfortunately, we also don’t get a lot of rain. In fact, there was a point during the summer of 2021 when I couldn’t figure out what the strange sound was outside of my house. It was rain, but it hadn’t rained in so long that I couldn’t place the sound.

So, yes, I spilled the tea on our fabulous weather. But, real talk, no one is going to believe me if they’re convinced that I’m wrong and they’re right. Even though I grew up here and they didn’t. I will continue to troll people from patios all year long.

The Jane Motel

10 Hotels in Colorado Similar to The Jane Motel from Motel Makeover

I’m not sure why, but I absolutely fell in love with Motel Makeover on Netflix. The show follows two Millennial hoteliers who purchase old motels and renovate them into a bougie, sexy and fun new aesthetic. These entrepreneurs are from Canada and the original Jane Motel is located on Prince Edward Island, yes the island where Anne Of Green Gables takes place. In the one season series, it follows their adventures in renovating a bigger motel that had seen its heyday in the early 70’s.

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What they didn’t know at the beginning of the show was that they would also be renovating their new motel during the beginning of a global pandemic. I’m now excited to visit Sauble Beach which is the location of the second motel. It looks stunning. It will be awhile before I can go because COVID won’t let us win so I thought I would share some hotels and motels in Colorado that have a similar vibe. Some I’ve stayed at before and others I know about. Enjoy the list!

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When I first purchased my home, I was so excited about it. I also discovered that there were so many aspects to homeownership that I didn’t know about. How often I would have to do home maintenance, how tiring yard work would be and the moments when I thought that maybe I should have purchased a property outside of an HOA. There was another homeownership experience that I was fascinated by which was the refinance process. 

As a first time homeowner, I didn’t completely understand the process and why it was a useful financial tool that so many homeowners embraced. 

Fortunately there is a resource to help educate homeowners going through the refinance process. Refily is a lender comparison tool that helps homeowners find lenders to help them refinance their mortgage. Refily helps homeowners see and compare different lenders and estimated fees and rates before saying “yes” to their future home loan.

What I really love about Refily’s Comparison tool is the following: transparency, ease of use and accessibility. If you’re looking to refinance your home loan, Refily is the tool I recommend to help you with the lender comparison process and I am proud to partner with Refily to share the comparison tool.

10 Hotels in Colorado Similar to The Jane Motel

One of my favorite things to do when I visit other places is to stay in unique spaces which are hopefully locally owned. After getting addicted to Motel Makeover, I thought that it would be fun to share 10 Colorado local hotels that I have stayed at or know of with a similar aesthetic to The Jane Motel

  • The Bivvi Hostel in Breckenridge and Telluride, CO-The Bivvi Hostel is short for the Bivouac Hostel. I’ve stayed so many times that it’s a little hilarious to me how much I love this place. It now has two venues, one in Breckenridge, Colorado and the other in Telluride, Colorado. Because it’s a hybrid hostel/hotel with a splash of bouginess it strikes a wonderful balance between a beautiful ski mountain aesthetic and community. I’ve met amazing people on every stay soak in the hot tub (my favorite is the Breckenridge hot tube with a view of Breckenridge Ski Mountain) have a glass of wine in front of the fire place and get work done. The Breckenridge location also provides a cooked breakfast as part of the cost.
  • The Stay Amigo in Salida, CO I’d heard about The Stay Amigo for a year or two before I drove down to Salida for a stay. It is the cutest place and like The Jane Motel is a renovated motel. I stayed during COVID summer 2020 and opted for one of the Airstreams. It was so cute and cozy and of course I had to soak in the hot tub. The Stay Amigo was a quick 10 minute walk to downtown Salida which has the largest historic downtown in the state of Colorado.
  • Spoke and Vine in Palisade, CO I’m planning on taking my mom to the Lavender Festival this June in Palisade, Colorado. In addition to have fantastic Palisade Peaches that give Georgia Peaches a run for their money, there’s also a Lavender festival each year. Since I won’t be going to France for their lavender festival anytime soon, I’m looking forward to staying at the Spoke and Vine during this trip. I also love that they provide cruiser bikes for their guests.
  • Kinship Landing Colorado Springs, CO I don’t visit Colorado Springs as often as you would think someone would who lives 45 minutes away. It’s a great town and has a lot to offer. The next time I have the crazy idea to do the Manitou Incline, I’m going to stay at Kinship Landing while I recover from the physical trauma. Or, I’ll stay for a night as I head down to The Royal Gorge Bridge and Colorado’s wine region. Yes, we have a wine region.
  • The Pad Hotel Silverthorne, CO While I love the area in and around Silverthorne, I’ve never stayed in town. A new facility
  • Gravity Haus-Breckenridge/Winter Park/and Vail-I’ve only stayed at the Gravity Haus Breckenridge location. What’s interesting about Gravity Haus is that it’s part of a membership community for outdoor enthusiasts. In the interest of full-disclosure, I’m a member of Gravity Haus. It’s likely that I probably won’t stay at the Vail location because I prefer other mountain towns to Vail. But, I am very likely to stay at the Winter Park location as well. These spaces are cute, cozy and really dog friendly. I’m not a huge pet person, but I do like dogs so this doesn’t bother me.
  • The Armstrong Hotel Fort Collins, CO-I don’t visit Fort Collins often enough. It’s a beautiful little town that still reminds me of what Denver and Boulder used to be like when I was younger. For travelers looking to visit a smaller city and then access our neighbors to the north (specifically Wyoming and Montana) spending a couple of days in Fort Collins is a great place to start.
  • Basecamp Hotel Boulder, CO Boulder is an interesting town as it sometimes feels like there are either 5 Star hotels like the St. Julian or weird divey hotels and motels that continue to exist despite how awful they are. Basecamp Hotel is within walking distance to Pearl Street Mall and well-appointed for visitors to Boulder. The prices and the experience in the space are competitive and I’m looking forward to going on a staycation there sometime this Spring.
  • Vail Bunkhouse Minturn, CO I’m going to be honest and say that Vail isn’t one of my favorite mountain towns. I have that local’s preference and prejudice towards certain mountain towns. It’s a thing. But, I’m absolutely looking forward to a quick visit while staying at the Vail Bunkhouse which is a hybrid bougie hostel/hotel experience. I’ve only heard good things about it and I’m looking forward to checking it out.
  • Basecamp 550 Ridgeway, CO If you’re looking for a glamping spot, Basecamp 550 located near both Ouray and Telluride, Colorado is on my must visit list. I’ve wanted to go glamping for awhile but was looking for the right location. This region of Colorado is actually my favorite part of the state and has so much to offer. The food is good too.
Best Coffee in Denver, Colorado

10 Best Coffee Shops in Denver and a Few Honorable Mentions

One of the things that I absolutely love about Denver and living in Colorado is the coffee culture. You will often find me working from one of the many shops around town. Any excuse to check out a shop that is new to me-I take it. One of the crazy things that I think about is how much Denver has become a coffee town.

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There are 5 key aspects to becoming a serious coffee town: coffee drinkers who appreciate well-brewed cups of joe, shops that roast their beans whenever possible, have a coffee knowledgeable team without being condescending, a welcoming space and good food whenever possible. And a bonus would be a patio for those sunny days over 35 degrees when you just want to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. Happily, almost all of the shops mentioned do have patios.

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When I first purchased my home, I was so excited about it. I also discovered that there were so many aspects to homeownership that I didn’t know about. How often I would have to do home maintenance, how tiring yard work would be and the moments when I thought that maybe I should have purchased a property outside of an HOA. There was another homeownership experience that I was fascinated by which was the refinance process. 

As a first time homeowner, I didn’t completely understand the process and why it was a useful financial tool that so many homeowners embraced. 

Fortunately there is a resource to help educate homeowners going through the refinance process. Refily is a lender comparison tool that helps homeowners find lenders to help them refinance their mortgage. Refily helps homeowners see and compare different lenders and estimated fees and rates before saying “yes” to their future home loan.

What I really love about Refily’s Comparison tool is the following: transparency, ease of use and accessibility. If you’re looking to refinance your home loan, Refily is the tool I recommend to help you with the lender comparison process and I am proud to partner with Refily to share the comparison tool.

Top 10 Coffee Shops in Denver

  1. Steam Coffee Shop-2 locations one in Platt Park and the other in the Highlands Neighborhood. What stands out besides the fantastic coffee quality and service is the ambience and atmosphere of both locations. The Platt Park location has a lovely patio that is full with patrons all year long and the Highlands Location is a huge airy space located within an old firehouse.
  2. Huckleberry Roasters-Phenomenal coffee. Weirdly enough, I’ve only been to the Dairy Block location and plan on going to what I think is the original location in the next couple of weeks.
  3. Unravel Coffee-I love this coffee shop. What’s interesting about this unique Colorado coffee chain is that the original is located in what feels like a slightly random and underwhelming strip mall on the east side of town. Unravel Coffee also has locations in Breckrenridge, Vail and Winter Park and have partnered with Gravity Haus. Unravel is my go to coffee shop when I’m in those towns. One thing that I love is their approach to sustainability and the glass jar program.
  4. Middle State Coffee-One of my favorite treats to eat is a freshly made waffle. Even better is eating a freshly made waffle with great coffee while listening to awesome music and smelling fresh roasted coffee beans. If you’re on Santa Fe, make sure to pop in and enjoy the entire Middle State experience.
  5. Sweet Bloom Coffee Shop-I was very familiar with Sweet Bloom’s coffee but had never visited one of their shops. Then the Westminster location opened up. And even though you kind of have to park in the parking structure for JC Penny next door, the next time you’re in the Westminster area Sweet Bloom’s beautiful open and airy space is absolutely worth a visit. It’s one of the most beautiful coffee shops in the Denver Metro area.
  6. Stylus and Crate-Recently, I’ve fallen back in love with vinyl records. So when I heard about Stylus and Crate in Wheat Ridge, I had to go for a visit. I took my mom along and we both loved it. Fantastic coffee and scrumptious freshly made waffles while listening to great music. Yes, you can play your favorite records while in the shop and you can pick up some new vinyl from the pretty solid collection of records and music genres. I was pretty impressed.
  7. Blue Sparrow Coffee-There are two locations but my favorite is the original location at Brickyard on Blake which I still think is an underrated venue for what it has to offer. My favorite thing to do is to sit on the roof and look at the mountains when it’s around 70 degrees out. The coffee and pastry selection are perfect and the baristas are always friendly.
  8. Whittier Cafe-My favorite time to experience the Whittier Cafe is during the warmer times of year. I love sitting on the patio and watching all of the community members making their way into the space. And, if I’m lucky, the Ethiopian food truck is there as well.
  9. Honey Hill Cafe-I’d kept hearing about Honey Hill but I live on a different side of town. I finally got a chance to visit and was so impressed. The staff was incredible, the coffee fantastic, I loved that they offer a lot of savory items not just sweet and the ambience was warm and inviting. Whenever I’m on that side of town, I’ll make sure to hang out for a couple of hours.
  10. The Wild-I actually think most people have no idea that this coffee shop/great place for happy hour exists. It opened up at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. It’s a part of the Pearl Street Hospitality team’s offerings which include Lady Jane and Hudson Hill. Besides having well crafted coffee, an effortless pseudo French vibe, it has a large patio and unapologetic vaccine only policy-you have to show your vaccination card. The Wild is located across the street from Union Station in a cozy courtyard nook.

Honorable Mentions:

  • 2914-I’m baffled by the fact that no one ever brings up this shop
  • Sonder-I absolutely love this shop and have enjoyed visiting the original location whenever I’m in Aurora. These days I tend to stop by the new location inside of Junction Food and Drink. Sonder is #1 in the metro area for creative drinks and I love it every time they flame roast my marshmallows when I order a Fall seasonal drink.
  • Vibe Coffee and Wine
  • Little Owl-So sad that their pastry shop closed. We lost a great concept when that happened.
  • Dandy Lion Coffee-Every thing about this space is magical except for the pastries. The coffee, the service and the magical ambience are wonderful. Once the pastries are switched out-easily moves into my top 10.
  • Downpours Coffee-I love this coffee shop and even though I’m missing the fresh squeezed juices, this shop rocks. Amazing coffee, the burritos (especially the gluten-free and the fresh salsa are insanely good) and the attention to detail is phenomenal. Unfortunately, staffing has put the squeeze on this amazing space so we have shorter time each day to enjoy it.
Meow Wolf Denver

Ultimate Guide to Meow Wolf Denver when You Only Have 72 Hours in Town

If you’ve never heard of Meow Wolf it’s time for you to pull up a chair and read on. It’s the definitive immersive art experience in the United States and rivals similar experiences throughout the world. Meow Wolf’s original location is in the picturesque town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s second location opened in late winter of 2021 in Las Vegas. It’s third location, a massive space built in-between two highways will open in my hometown of Denver and I’M SO DANG EXCITED ABOUT IT. If you love immersive art experiences as much as I do, but only have a short period of time in town this guide will give you some suggestions on what to do, where to stay and eat while you’re in town for Denver’s Meow Wolf Installation.

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General Tips for Visiting Denver

Denver is a high altitude location. Yes, the city of Denver. It’s called “The Mile High City” for a reason. Altitude sickness can occur while you’re in town. Take this seriously.

  • If you have health conditions talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have about being at high altitude.
  • Don’t try to duplicate your normal fitness routine when you first arrive. Relax.
  • PLEASE don’t assume every Coloradan smokes pot. It’s really annoying. Also, we DON’T care if you do. You don’t need to whisper and giggle about it. Cannabis shops typically have a green cross on them. Do your research prior to arrival. I recommend Simply Pure a company owned by a Black woman. It’s located in the LOHI (Lower Highlands) neighborhood of Denver. Fantastic location to explore while you’re in town.
  • Do drink a lot more water than you’re used to.
  • Don’t try to eat what you would eat at home. Especially Southerners. I only recommend 3 restaurants for Southern Food here in town and ONLY for people living in Colorado.
  • Don’t just spend your time only on 16th Street Mall. Spend 2 hours and then check out some other parts of Denver.
  • Like many cities in the United States we have unhoused Coloradans. It’s likely you may notice this. Do not take pictures. They’re human beings down on their luck (I’ve noticed this trend and think it’s pretty shitty)

What is Meow Wolf Denver ?

It’s actually called “Convergence Station.” It’s in a cool and slightly random location. You may have seen a strange space ship building squished in between two roads. If you’re heading to Empower Field at Mile High or heading East on Speer towards downtown-you’ll see it. Meow Wolf Convergence Station is a 90,000 square foot building that has the following amenities:

  • Concert venue
  • Retail space
  • Food

Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes

Cost: $45 (ish) Tickets at the Las Vegas location and $35 for the Santa Fe location. My guess is that the tickets will be on the higher end and may even be around $55 (Colorado prices, am I right?)

  • Purchase tickets online
  • COVID Protocol-This will be changing constantly. At the time that I’m working on this post mask wearing is basically required in the state of Colorado inside shared spaces. Fortunately, Colorado has a pretty high vaccine rate. If you’re visiting from out of state you’ll find that most Denverites are very comfortable discussing their COVID vaccination status. They may not necessarily say anything if you opt to be mask free. But, it’s very likely that local venues will still continue to require masks to enter. Don’t be a douche and talk about what you do in your state. We don’t care. Just suck it up and bring a mask just in case (or, you’ll end up buying one) I’m sure they will be happy to sell one to you.

Getting to Meow Wolf Denver

I’m a huge fan of using public transit, riding my bike or walking whenever possible around town. For Meow Wolf I think that the two easiest modes of transportation will be:

  • By car-In my view parking is a little limited for a facility of this size. My recommendation is to park along the light rail line and then take the light rail to Meow Wolf. Also, it’s a slightly tricky location to get to if you’re not familiar with that part of downtown Denver or are from out of town.
  • Rideshare-Uber or Lyft
  • Light rail-There are two light rail stops that serve Meow Wolf Convergence Station. If you’ve ever taken the light rail to Empower Field at Mile High you’re likely familiar with both. Purchase the $6 ticket which is good for 24 hrs. You can purchase your ticket before you get on the light rail. The fares are checked at random. Don’t try to game the system. Just purchase your fare before getting on the light rail.
    • Colfax and Federal Transit Center-In my opinion, this is the closer stop and will take a maximum of 7 minutes walking over to Meow Wolf. There are sidewalks in this area and is wheelchair accessible
    • Mile High Station-If you get off at this stop (where a lot of Broncos fans typically exit the light rail to go to a game) it will take about 10 minutes to walk over. It is wheel chair accessible as well.
Meow Wolf Denver
On the way there

What to Know

There are some important details to be aware of before you visit.

  • Read the website when you purchase your tickets. The website details the following:
    • How timed ticketing works
    • If you can reenter the building (likely no)
    • The refund policy
    • What you’re allowed to bring inside-very little.
    • Have large items such as a stroller or large backpack? You might not be able to bring them inside.
    • Don’t bring drugs…they are checking…
  • The neighborhood does have a couple of breweries that you can check out but it’s not the type of neighborhood that has a ton of stores and shops. Basically, you won’t be roaming around afterward.

Meow Wolf Denver-The Facility

This is the third Meow Wolf location. It’s also the largest and I love that in many ways having this experience open in Denver helps to remind people that Denver is truly and arts town.

What exactly is Meow Wolf?

Meow Wolf is an immersive arts experience. Attendees get to interact with the art and become a part of the exhibit. It’s absolutely a family experience but I would avoid bringing small children (I actually would check to see age limits).

Meow Wolf Denver will also host LIVE MUSIC. Your favorite musician may choose to perform at Meow Wolf. Be prepared.

There is also a food hall within the facility providing food and beverages (including alcohol). Vegans and vegetarians there is food available for you and a kids’ menu.

Tentative Budget

Go online to get a feel for what you may end up spending that day. Here’s what I would spend for one person:

  • $6 light rail ticket
  • $45 adult ticket (anyone over the age of 14) *children’s tickets 5-13 are $40 dollars
  • $35-$45 for food at Meow Wolf if I opt for alcohol
  • Swag (?) I normally don’t buy swag but you never know. I could see people EASILY dropping $100 on swag

Tentative Total:

$200 a person if you purchase swag and eat at the venue. You’ll save quite a bit if you avoid doing those two things. OR, just account for the

Where to Stay in Denver

I thought I would recommend hotels and hostels that were a bit “Arty.”

Where to Eat

While you’re in town you’ll likely want to check out some of the local eats. Here are some of my favorite places to recommend. These are all Colorado local businesses serving a range of different styles of food.

What To Do

  • Check out the murals in the RINO neighborhood

Enjoy a Cocktail or a Beer

Coloradans are known for winding down over a nice cocktail or beer. Below are some of the great places to enjoy one.

  • MPB (Moods, Beats, Potions)

Prefer a Mocktail?

Not drinking alcohol while you’re visiting? There are some great places to enjoy a delicious mocktail.

  • Awake Denver-Full mocktail bar
  • Honey Elixir Bar-Does serve alcoholic beverages in addition to mocktails
  • Gruvvi-Keep an out for their next pop up or permanent tasting lounge. Love this Colorado local company. You can also pick up some Gruvvi prosecco or rose around town. Click on the finder to find the location product closest to you.

I’m so excited about Meow Wolf Denver. I think that many people consider Denver a sports town and it is. But, Denver is also very much and arts and culture town. We have the second largest theater district in the nation, have the SCFD which is a tax payers initiative that we keep passing to fund the arts and create accessibility to the arts for everyone in the Denver Metro area. For many people who aren’t excited about nature or sports Denver Meow Wolf gives visitors and opportunity to design a 100% arts focused vacation while in town.

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How to Make Friends in Denver When You’re 30 or Older

One of the really challenging aspects of moving to a new town as an adult is figuring out how to make new friends. COVID has also changed where Coloradans are hanging out and meeting in some subtle ways. As someone over thirty who runs a website and podcast about Colorado and Denver, I find myself having the conversation about friendships and making connections often. There are some special nuances to attracting adult friendships and I thought I would offer some insights into how to navigate this if you’re new to Denver.

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How to Make Friends in Denver

Denver is still very much a “big little city.” While there are moments when Denver feels like a big city to those of us who grew up here (during rush hour), it still in many ways has small time vibes. This can be both a benefit and a little problematic for new arrivals looking to make new friends.

  • Coloradans are very friendly– In fact, it can be a little unnerving to folks moving from cities where randomly talking to people you don’t is a thing. Or, being smiled at for no reason other than to smile. But, Coloradans can also be a little non-committal. It may take a couple of introductions before they decide to move forward with a friendship. This can be a little frustrating to people when they experience this and I wanted to put it out there.
  • Focus on your interests-Join communities that are aligned with your personal interests. There are a ton of free incredibly active Meetup groups that you can join. These groups range from singles communities, language groups, cycling enthusiasts and more. Whatever your interest is it’s likely that there is a group out there for you.
  • Start a Meetup group-In the event that you don’t find a group that’s to your liking, create your own community. Meetup groups are incredibly inexpensive to run (around $20 a month) and you can lead with what you enjoy. Just be prepared for some of the annoyances that come with leading a community.
  • Volunteer-Recently I volunteered at a local TedX event. It was a fantastic experience and the people that I volunteered with were incredible. We’re all looking to hang out again because we had such a great time.
  • What’s your favorite fitness focused activity? Denver and the state of Colorado are filled fitness focused folks. If you enjoy:
    • Hiking
    • Biking
    • Skiing/Snowboarding
    • Camping
    • Rock Climbing
    • Running
    • Yoga
    • Have gear, like to have discussions about gear join one of those communities and not only will have you have weekly activities to participate in but you’ll meet friends pretty quickly.
  • Attend an event-There are so many cool events happening in town and it’s pretty easy to meet people at them depending on the type of event you’re attending. Denver Start Up Week stands out as a great way to grow your business connections while having a great time.
  • Work from a co-working space-People are working from home more now than ever. Co-working spaces are a great way to establish a work home base and meet people with similar interests. I use a tool called Deskpass that allows me to book my spot at co-working spaces throughout the city. It’s a great way to balance out working from home.
  • Start a Content Curation Project-Before I would have said “start a blog” but it’s almost 2022. You could start a blog, vlog, podcast or a mix of all three. It’s a great way to meet people and typically creates a very easy “in” when meeting new people.
  • Own a dog-This is for people who truly love dogs and are pet people. Denver citizens LOVE their dogs. Dogs are family members vs. pets. People love connecting while walking their pets.
  • Join a faith based community-For folks that have a faith practice, finding a faith based community is a huge deal.
  • Go on a local adventure-Explore Denver like a tourist. Basically, avoid becoming insular within your specific neighborhood. Better yet, design that adventure and take your Meetup group friends with you.
  • Join one of Denver’s many “underground communities” From roller skating, cycling in mass with Denver Cruiser Ride, dance communities, or skateboarding enthusiasts there are fun people to hang out with

Finally, be open to fostering friendships with folks who are younger and older than you. Some of my favorite people are 20 years older than me and kick my butt every time we go hiking. Making friends as an adult new to Denver can feel a little intimidating. But, if you have a plan and put yourself out there you will absolutely meet some great new friends.