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Jeff Waraniak


Jeff Waraniak is a former assistant editor for 5280. Before moving from his hometown of Detroit to Denver in 2017, he worked as an associate editor at Hour Detroit magazine where some memorable pieces included a profile of Paul Bunyan, a ride along with an eccentric Detroit cab driver, and an exploration of Detroit-style pizza through the five senses. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, his writing has appeared online and in print in places like Chicago Magazine,, and National Geographic books. A proud Michigander, Jeff enjoys craft cocktails, breakfast burritos, hockey, and mountain biking…all at the same time.

Articles By Jeff Waraniak

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Leave Colorado?

One Subaru-driving writer grapples with his sense of identity as he realizes his dream state isn’t what he thought it would be.

Evergreen Biking

Take a Day Trip to Evergreen

Escape the Denver hubbub with a quick trip to this well-rounded mountain town.

Fall colors Hatfield

The Best Camera Bags to Capture Adventure in Colorado

Now there’s no excuse for going on an adventure without your (D)SLR camera.

Stapleton wee cottages

Real Estate Guide 2018: Make the Most of a Smaller Space

Denver offers its fair share of easy-to-manage abodes. Plus, three ways to optimize a smaller space.

Real Estate Guide 2018: Ace Your Home Inspection

Local experts weigh in on which imperfections you should live with and what flaws should you have the courage to walk away from.

The Realist’s Guide to Denver Real Estate

In recent years, Denver’s ultra-hot real estate market has transitioned from merely ridiculous to completely absurd. It’s time to stop complaining about it and learn how to make the best of a less-than-ideal market.

Tracee Metcalfe, Vail Doctor and Everest Summitter, Talks Mountain Medicine

Tracee Metcalfe Dishes About Doctoring Near Everest’s Death Zone

My Trash-Filled Ode to the South Platte River

Every Denverite needs a natural place to retreat and recharge. For me, it’s a two-mile stretch of the South Platte—if I don’t look too closely.

Need a New Read? Check Out the Denver Zine Library

The Curtis Park gem is a hub for independent publishers and creatives.

Artificial Intelligence Is Here To Help

Using AI, these three Colorado groups are working to help improve life at home or in the work place.

First Person: Daytripping With CDOT’s Bustang

For budget travelers, the purple coach bus is a relaxing, reliable, and adventurous transportation option. Trust me—I tried it.

Colorado’s Greatest Hits

We looked back on the past 100 years of music in the Centennial State to identify our most memorable songs by decade.

Meet the Man Behind Your Favorite Ski Trail Maps

Chances are, if you’ve skied Breckenridge, Winter Park, or almost any other major resort in the world, artist Jim Niehues has helped you navigate your way down the mountain.

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The Ultimate Guide to Colorado Distilleries: Local Gin Taste Test

The Colorado bottles that belong in your liquor cabinet, chosen by a few of our favorite local barkeeps.

A World of Difference

In the dark days of winter, these Centennial State groups show us how Coloradans are brightening lives around the globe.

The 5 Best Moments in Colorado Winter History

Not all winters are created equally, as shown by this roundup of frosty Centennial State memories.

Half Seat

The Coors Western Art Show Celebrates 25 Years

As always, don’t expect to find pastoral depictions of the West.

Can Cortez Motocross Racer Eli Tomac Snag Another Championship?

Last year, the 25-year-old was just a race away from winning his first 450cc supercross title. This year, he’s ready to race full-throttle toward victory.

5280 Neighborhood Guide: East Colfax

Denver’s East Colfax community promises eclectic eats, retreats, and history.

First Person: Buying Happiness

Millennials spend more money on self-care than any other generation, but that doesn’t mean the investment is paying off. Trust me. I’m a millennial.

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