Photo by David Lauer
The results of 5280 Home’s first Top Denver Design contest are in, and we’ve got a serious case of house envy. Our editors sifted through image after image of breathtaking rooms, yards, and exteriors to find the most beautiful spaces across a spectrum of styles, and it wasn’t easy:...
—Photography by Patrick Andrade
Room 143 sits approximately 60 steps from the front doors of the Denver Veterans Affairs Community Living Center. You know because you can count Julian Scadden’s every step—change jingling in one pocket, a set of keys jangling in the other—as the 67-year-old passes through two sets of double doors...
Photography by Paul Miller unless otherwise noted
Take a moment, open up your refrigerator, and scan its contents. There’s probably something going bad in there—wilting lettuce, spoiled milk, molding strawberries. And if you’re like most Americans, you’ll probably toss the old food in the trash or down the disposal and buy more without giving it...
—Illustrations by Kirsten Ulve
Marketing jargon from tourism boards would have you believe that “arts” and “culture” go together like peas and carrots. But let’s be real: In Denver, culture reigns supreme.
We frequent $25-per-entrée restaurants that tout locally sourced farm-to-table food. We fork over $8 for a pint...
To get away from other hunters, the group rides about 1.5 hours into northwestern Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness before setting up camp.
—Photography by Kaylinn Gilstrap
When Hal Coombs first began hunting elk in Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness in the mid-1970s, the six-foot-two-inch Vietnam veteran’s goal was simply to get away from all of the other hunters camped out along the roads. He and a friend, Mickey Spalding, decided to hike far into the backcountry,...
—Photography by Ehren Joseph unless otherwise noted
In 1946, Harvard University and the National Education Association battled over the best way to prepare students for the real world. Life magazine tried to settle the argument by investigating their opposing ideas through the lens of Denver’s East High School. Seven decades later, we...
RiNo’s Hop Alley radiates fun, from wild cocktails to tongue-numbing Chinese-inspired dishes. Photography by Aaron Colussi
Hunting for this year’s top restaurants revealed one thing: Denver’s dining scene has never been more diverse, dynamic, or delicious. No matter what you’re craving—casual and loud, buttoned-up and quiet, or a mashup of all the above—it’s right here, right now.
1. Hop Alley
The building on West Colfax Avenue that houses the Denver Post’s headquarters used to be home to the now-shuttered Rocky Mountain News as well. —Photography by Matt Nager
It's 7:54 in the morning when Jesse Paul swipes his employee badge across a key-card lock outside the Denver Post’s eighth-floor office and swings open the glass door.
“The gunslinger arrives!” reporter Kirk Mitchell hollers to Paul, one of the newspaper’s youngest and most prolific...