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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends.
Colorado County Birding – this site (http://coloradocountybirding.org/) shows the birds and where to find them in the Denver area.
Fat birder (fatbirder.com/links_geo/america_united_states/colorado.html) has an interesting back story well as great birding suggestions.
Denver Botanical Gardens – Chatfield (botanicgardens.org/our-gardens/chatfield), excellent bird watching
Grape Experience - Colorado has a thriving wine industry producing a wide variety of wines that include chardonnays and merlots among many other varieties. Check out this site to find vineyard location and hours (coloradowine.co
Transportation: (You need a car for this trip)
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Day One: Check out The Denver Art Museum – Tu-Su: 10-5, F: till 8, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, 720-865-5000
The Denver Art Museum has a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided among 10 permanent collections. Its strength is its American Indian collection.
Lunch today is very special at ChoLon Modern Asia Bistro – L: M-F, D: Nightly, 1555 Blake St, 303-353-5223
A good start is the rib eye skewers with Hong Kong steak sauce or pork pot stickers with ginger mustard.
Next is the salmon crudo with avocado and spicy radish or my favorite: the pork ribs with smoked tamarind BBQ and a Vietnamese rice noodle salad.
Try the ‘11 Château Thivin, Côte de Brouilly. For your dessert go for the Chinese egg custard tart with ginger ice cream.
Time to visit The Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Daily: 9-5, 2001 Colorado Blvd, 303-322-7009
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a resource for informal science education in the Rocky Mountain region.
A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help museum visitors learn about the natural history of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.
It houses more than one million objects in its collections including natural history and anthropological materials.
It has been a long day so stop at the Caveau Wine Bar – Open daily at 4 PM, 450 E 17th Ave Pkwy #110, 303-861-3747
Our cousin suggests a glass or two of the Domaine de Vaugondy to go with your artichoke, prosciutto and goat cheese with toast.
Dinner is at Root Down – D: Nightly, L: Sa,Su, 1600 W 33rd Ave, 303-993-4200
Start with the seared Colombian arepas, a corn cake with mozzarella, poblano-pistachio pesto and pico de gallo or the diver scallops with plantain hash, corn, edamame, fried capers and pickled red onions.
Enjoy a glass of the ’11 Domaine Pichot, Chenin Blanc with either.
For your main we suggest either the roasted chicken with green chile grit cake, kale, piquillo coulis and green curry sauce or the grilled flat iron steak with parmesan potatoes, baby spinach, edamame tapenade and chipotle romesco.
The ’09 Cuna de Reyes, Crianza, Tempranillo/Garnacha/Mazuelo would be a good match.
Day Two: Start your day at Snooze – B,L: Daily, 2262 Larimer St, 303-297-0700
It’s all here but our suggestion is the shredded hash mixed with locally made corned beef, caramelized poblanos and onions.
The honey smoked salmon tossed with cucumber and corn salsa is served over jalapeno-cream cheese spoonbread, topped with poached Niman Ranch eggs and cream cheese hollandaise. OMG.
Your next stop is The Denver Downtown Aquarium – Daily: 10-9, F Sa: till 9:30, 700 Water St, 303-561-4450
The Downtown Aquarium has a million plus gallons of underwater exhibits that contain over 500 species of animals plus an interactive stingray touch tank.
A fun feature is the daily mermaid shows. The aquarium is owned by Landry’s Restaurants, Inc.
Lunch is at Tag – L: M-F, D: Nightly, 1441 Larimer St, 303-996-9985
Cousin Roy suggests sharing a couple of small plates such as the steamed and crisped seafood potstickers with a Korean soy vinaigrette and pea shoots.
Another choice is the kobe beef sliders with gorgonzola aioli, caramelized shallots and duck fat fries or the fish tacos with slaw, cotija cheese, pico de gallo and black bean puree.
The Cru Beaujolais Brouilly goes well with these choices.
Our next stop is the Denver Botanic Gardens – Daily: 9-9, 1007 York St, 720-865-3500
The York Street location features gardens representing all corners of the world from authentic Japanese Gardens to plants native to South Africa (see The Welge Report - Cape Town).
The Denver Botanic Gardens feature innovative gardens that are models of drought-tolerance and showcase native and adapted plants that thrive in Western gardens.
Take time for a civilized experience at the Brown Palace Tea Room – Daily: noon to 4, 321 17th St, Denver, 800-627-7468
Here you can take part in a longstanding tradition and enjoy scones, tea pastries and tea sandwiches plus the Devonshire cream that is shipped directly from England while enjoying the soothing sounds of the pianist.
Now that we have restored ourselves let’s visit the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art – Tu-Su: 11-5, 1311 Pearl St, 303-832-8576
Kirkland Museum has one of the most important public displays of international decorative art in North America, from the last quarter of the 19th century through the first three quarters of the 20th century.
More than 3,500 works are on view of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstätte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern and Pop Art.
In this extensive collection, the works of more than 60 architects are on view.
The art is arranged in “salon style” with fine art (paintings and sculpture) shown in the same galleries with decorative art.
With the extensive displays of tableware, glassware and flatware of different eras, along with the furniture, Kirkland Museum illustrates the history of eating, drinking and sitting of much of the 20th century.
After this visual priming dinner is at Fruition – D: Nightly, 1313 E 6th Ave, 303-831-1962
This is one of those “you’ve got to be kidding me” dining experiences.
For a starter order either the pan roasted halibut cheek en papilliote with braised octopus and confit tomato fumet or potato wrapped oysters Rockfeller with a parmesan leek emulsion, bacon lardoons and baby spinach.
Enjoy a glass of the Francois Montand, Brut Rosé with either choice.
For the main course go for the grilled pork chop with toasted faro or the duck breast with duck confit and potato hash.
The ‘10 Aberrant Cellars “Carpe Noctem,” is the right choice.
Day Three: Breakfast at Lucile’s – B,L: Daily, 275 South Logan St, 303-282-6258
Here’s “Commanders Palace.” in Denver. You can order Eggs Sardou which is creamed spinach, Gulf shrimp, poached eggs and hollandaise or Eggs Pontchartrain that is pan fried mountain trout, poached eggs and bearnaise sauce.
My favorite is Chef Mickey’s sausage gravy on a buttermilk biscuit. Each choice is served with red beans and grits.
Today is transportation day with a start at The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum – M-Sa: 10-5, Su: 12-5, 7711 E Academy Blvd #1, 303-360-5360
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum maintains a collection of over four dozen aircraft and space vehicles.
Highlights of the collection include a rare B-18A Bolo, five of the Century-Series fighters, an RF-84K Thunderflash Parasite, an Alexander Eaglerock built in Colorado and a Star Wars X-Wing fighter.
Wings Over the Rockies is the only place in the world outside of the SAC Museum in Nebraska where you can also see a B-1A Lancer.
Next on your travels is The Forney Transportation Museum – M-Sa: 10-4, Su: 12-4, 4303 Brighton Blvd, 303-297-1113
The museum has a slogan, “Anything on Wheels”. The Forney Transportation Museum is a one-of-a-kind collection of over 500 exhibits relating to historical transportation.
It began with antique cars, but soon expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Some of these are familiar, while others spark the imagination. Shown above is the 4005 Big Boy.
Let’s do lunch at Sushi Den – L: M-F, D: Nightly, 1487 S Pearl St, 303-777-0826
It’s almost like being in Japan. You could start with the broiled black cod or the edamame. Then the sushi den duck salad or the grilled shiitake salad.
They have many choices of nigiri sushi, sushi rolls and tempura rolls. For your beverage we suggest the Umenishiki Hitosuji sake.
Your last stop is the Dinosaur Ridge – May-Oct: M-Sa: 9-5, Su: 10-5, Nov-April: M-Sa: 9-4, Su: 11-4, 16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, 303-697-3466
Dinosaur Ridge is one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil sites. In 1877, some of the best-known dinosaurs were first discovered by Arthur Lakes, a professor at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
These included Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, the Colorado State Fossil and Allosaurus.
These specimens represent animals that lived 150 million years ago in the Late Jurassic Period, also known as the “Age of Giants”.
These discoveries sparked a historic dinosaur “gold rush” that traced the bone-bearing strata, known as the Morrison Formation (named after the Town of Morrison to the south), across a large part of the Rocky Mountain region.
This “Golden Age” of 19th century dinosaur exploration led to the discovery of many other important sites in the West.
The dozens of successful excavations at Dinosaur Ridge and at these other locations stocked many of the world’s museums and brought dinosaurs to public attention.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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