SingularCity Does Denver

SingularCity Does Denver

Members of the SingularCity singles social network get a great taste of Denver during a weekend travel adventure to the Mile High City.

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First night in Denver – SingularCity does a walkabout through the city’s downtown neighborhood before dinner at TAG in Larimer Square.

One of the joys of being single is the freedom to travel where you want when you want — as experienced by SingularCity members when they enjoyed a three-day weekend together in Denver, Colorado. The trip was the first travel adventure organized by Singular magazine and took place Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 with 15 participants from Los Angeles and one from San Diego.

For some it was their first time to the mile-high city and for others, who had been there in the past for work, it was an opportunity to explore the fun side of Denver.

“When I grew up here it was kind of a cow town,” says Kim Calvert, the editor of Singular magazine. “But it’s evolved into an amazing city that in many ways is more progressive and modern than Los Angeles. There’s a very vibrant and thriving urban community here, especially in the downtown area with its museums, cultural offerings, great restaurants, bars, shops and other diversions.”

Although some SingularCity guests arrived prior to the weekend for some independent exploration, most arrived on Friday with just an hour or so to rest up before starting a night out on the town that began with happy hour at The Corner Office. The popular after-work-spot is located just across the street from Denver’s Performing Arts Complex, which houses 10 theatres under its enormous atrium — more seats than any other performing arts center in the country.

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The adventure begins on Friday afternoon with happy hour at The Corner Office.

The walkabout in Denver continued with a stroll to Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art with its rooftop views of the surrounding condo developments for Denver’s growing population in  an area that 50 years ago, was just a mass of abandoned buildings and old railroad yards, but now is an upscale mixed-use zone for professionals who can enjoy the luxury of a short walk to work.

Hopping on the free shuttle bus that goes up and down 16th Street, now a pedestrian mall, the gang headed to Larimer Square for dinner on the patio of TAG — a restaurant that specializes in “continental social food” — and the perfect place to people watch under the twinkling lights that zigzag back and forth across one of Denver’s toniest shopping and restaurant neighborhoods. SingularCity guests enjoyed a menu prepared especially for them starting with their choice of a seasonal cocktail, shared starters, salad and choice of entrée — along with a platter of delicious mini-cream pies for dessert.

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Peanut butter cream, lemon, chocolate … Mmmm …

From there, it was just a short stroll to Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, located in the 100-year-old D&F Clock Tower, for a complimentary performance from “Midnite Martini’s Sexy Circus Sideshow,” a vaudevillian variety show with burlesque, magicians and comedy. Lannie’s has a full bar with specialty cocktails, a tasty appetizer and a dessert menu — and the whimsical Victorian motif was the ideal setting for the show.

It was well past midnight before the SingularCity travel adventurers made it back to their spacious rooms at the Homewood Suites where guests enjoyed enormous one-bedroom suites with two 42-inch HDTVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen. Another great perk at this brand new Denver hotel was a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning — making it easy to fuel up for the day’s activities.

“I had a great time,” said Albert Blondeel-Timmerman, known as BT by his SingularCity friends. “Denver is beautiful: clean, modern and so easy to get around in. I’ve read travel stories about Denver and it sounded cool. It was great to be able to experience it for myself. In fact, I wouldn’t mind moving here!”

SingularCity’s Lori Streifler said, “It was loads of fun,” she said. “Way more fun than I expected.”

On Saturday, the group headed to Civic Center Park adjacent to the gold-domed Denver capitol building and the Golden Triangle Museum District which includes the Denver Art Museum, the main public library and seven other museums. On this particular Saturday, the annual Denver People’s Fair was underway with live music on four stages, food stands, and booths with every imaginable product and service, from artisans to massages.

SingularCity members strolled through the park, enjoyed “free first Saturday” at the art museum and split up into smaller groups to partake in whatever suited their fancy. Some headed up to the Molly Brown House, some went to see the Dodgers play the Rockies at Coors Field, some enjoyed an afternoon spa treatment at the Oxford Club Spa and Salon (James Johnson took a solo bike ride with a Denver B-Cycle to the Arts District on Sante Fe Drive) and others just kicked back and relaxed.

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The annual Denver People’s Fair at Civic Center Park.

That night, the group reconvened in the lobby of the hotel before heading out to explore what’s called the LoDo area of Denver. LoDo stands for “lower downtown” and surrounds Coors Field and the recently renovated Union Station, an area filled with bars, micro-breweries and trendy restaurants.

No visit to Denver would be complete without a trip to the mountains. Without much time before their departure back to Los Angeles, SingularCity members got a taste of the Rockies with a chartered mini-bus trip to Look Out Mountain, one of the larger foothills that overlooks Denver. It’s also the gravesite of Western hero William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and has a museum filled with Wild West memorabilia.

Although the Mile High City normally has more days of sunshine than any other state in America, on this particular day it rained — so exploring beyond the museum,Buffalo Bill grave-site memorial and gift shop was limited. But guests did get a glimpse of the snow-capped mountains to the west before heading down the hairpin turns to prepare for their departure back to Los Angeles.

New SingularCity member George Chemis, who met other members for the first time when he arrived in Denver said it was a wonderful experience and a real bargain with the discounts provided by many of the Denver partners. “It was a lot of fun,” he said, “Singular did a good job with organizing everything.”

“I had a great time,” said Diane Pechenick, a SingularCity member since Singular magazine launched in 2008. “I can hardly wait for our trip to New Orleans in the fall!”

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The lobby at our hotel, the Homewood Suites, in downtown Denver.

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BT starts the trip right with Denver’s beverage of choice: beer.

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Happy Hour at The Corner Office – table for 16 please.

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With so much to see our iPhones made it much easier to chart our course.

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Photo opp at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

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James enjoys a snack on the rooftop of Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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George checks out the great shopping at Larimer Square.

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SingularCity guests had the best spot in the house for dinner at TAG in Larimer Square.

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BT and Lisa enjoy the seasonal cocktails at TAG in Larimer Square.

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Lola was the mistress of ceremonies at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.

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A magician performs for SingularCity at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.

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Diana and George at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.

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Saturday morning group shot before heading off to the Denver People’s Fair and the Golden Triangle Museum District.

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The Denver People’s Fair included four stages with non-stop live entertainment.

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James takes a Mini Cooper for a spin.

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Janine enjoys a foot massage at the Denver People’s Fair.

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The Denver Art Museum.

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Amy, Kim, Lori and Elena outside the Denver Art Museum.

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Saturday night: Lorraine at the Cruise Room at the Oxford Hotel in Denver.

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Saturday night in LoDo with Amy, BT, Kim, Lori, George at the Double Daughters Saloon.

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Lori and James at 1up, a venue that specializes in hundreds of different games.

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Whoever you are Denver girl, thanks for the nachos!

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Just another member of Denver’s cast of characters.

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Off to the hills on Sunday morning.

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OK everyone, let’s settle down and take another group photo.

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Lined up on the steps leading to the lodge on Look Out Mountain.

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James and Lori on Look Out Mountain.

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Amy Oakley.

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Grave marker for Buffalo Bill. Note that he married an “older woman.”

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Sioux chief and book author on Native American culture with Amy and Barbara.

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Lorraine and LiLy enjoy a snack at Look Out Mountain.

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James gets his cowboy on.

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Last few hours in Denver for James and Amy.

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Bye-bye Colorado – a view of the Rockies from 10,000 feet.

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