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Secrets of the Suburbs

From gourmet pizzerias and beer gardens to eclectic boutiques and Asian markets, our Mile High suburbs are overflowing with places worth discovering. We’ve pulled together an assortment of spots that embody the vibrant, appealingly quirky spirit of our city’s outlying areas. 

April 2011

Tea Time, All the Time

It’s a British tradition, and we love that we can find it in so many nearby neighborhoods these days. Next time you’re poking around Belmar, take an afternoon tea break at Wystone’s World Teas (www.wystonestea.com) to recharge. Peruse the extensive loose-leaf tea menu and treat yourself to one of the signature tea-infused dishes, like the roasted red pepper hummus handmade with Moroccan mint tea. Thirty minutes south in Littleton, pop into the adorable Tres Jolie (www.tresjoliestyle.com) where you can savor a dainty cup and fresh pastries while browsing the attached home accessories boutique. Or, for a truly Victorian experience, visit the cozy Serendipi-TEA Shoppe (www.serendipi-teashoppe.com) just a few blocks away—but remember to make reservations for afternoon tea, beginning at 2:30 p.m. For a charming high tea served with an endearing British accent, try the Wildflowers Tea Room (www.guest-house.com) to recharge. Peruse the extensive loose-leaf tea menu and treat yourself to one of the signature tea-infused dishes, like the roasted red pepper hummus handmade with Moroccan mint tea. Thirty minutes south in Littleton, pop into the adorable Tres Jolie (www.tresjoliestyle.com) where you can savor a dainty cup and fresh pastries while browsing the attached home accessories boutique. Or, for a truly Victorian experience, visit the cozy Serendipi-TEA Shoppe (www.serendipi-teashoppe.com) just a few blocks away—but remember to make reservations for afternoon tea, beginning at 2:30 p.m. For a charming high tea served with an endearing British accent, try the Wildflowers Tea Room (www.guest-house.com) off the lobby of Broomfield’s Hilltop Inn. The homemade scones with Devonshire cream and jam are just the right amount of authentic.

 

Farmhouse Free-For-All

There’s something about the countrified simplicity of a farmhouse that gets us every time—even when there’s a retail explosion inside. In a handsome 6,000-square-foot farmhouse due east of Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center, the Shops at Rustic Ranch (www.shopsatrusticranch.com) houses 16 merchants under one roof for your treasure-hunting pleasure. Whether you’re in the market for hand-painted birdhouses, one-of-a-kind accessories, custom fly and spinning rods with hand-carved cork grips, or stunning nature photographs for your mountain cabin, there’s likely a specialty shop here that’s got you covered.

 

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