Exclusive Preview: Top of the Town 2012

June 26 2012, 12:25 PM

Our annual Top of the Town issue hits stands this week!

For months, our team of editors and reporters roamed the streets in search of all there is to adore about Denver and beyond, from the cutest shops and the trendiest restaurants to the most attentive aestheticians and compelling media personas. We sampled over-the-top desserts—and visited plenty of gyms—got our cars fixed, strolled farmers’ markets, studied artwork, knocked back a beer (or several), tried on wedding gowns, and took our pooches on a grand tour of Denver’s doggie daycare facilities. All for the sake of bringing you, dearest reader, 129 of our favorite picks so you can have the best of the best at your fingertips.

To get in the spirit, check out a few of the winners below. Later this week, visit 5280.com/tott2012 to find out who and what our readers are loving this year.

DINING

STEAK

Editors’ Choice: The Kitchen Denver (1530 16th St., 303-623-3127)

Readers’ Choice: Elway's (1881 Curtis St., 303-312-3107; 2500 E. First Ave., 303-399-5353; 174 E. Gore Creek Drive, Vail, 970-754-7818)

DIVERSIONS

NEW BREWERY

Editors’ Choice: Renegade Brewing Company (925 W. Ninth Ave., 720-401-4089)

Readers’ Choice: Denver Beer Co.(1695 Platte St., 303-433-2739)

SHOPPING

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Editors’ Choice: Goldyn (2040 W. 30th Ave., 720-489-0580)

Readers’ Choice: Wild At Heart, An Artisan's Boutique (7180 W. Alaska Dr., Lakewood, 303-922-0784)

SERVICES

SPA

Editors’ Choice: Spa at St. Julien (St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-8218)

Readers’ Choice: Woodhouse Day Spa (941 E. 17th Ave., 303-813-8488)

PERSONALITIES

HERO

Editors’ Choice: Allison Winn, the Stink Bug Project

Readers’ Choice: Tim Tebow, formerly of the Denver Broncos