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Senior Associate Editor

Jessica Giles

Senior Associate Editor

Jessica Giles works on 5280’s digital team as a senior associate editor. A graduate of the University of Florida’s journalism school, Jessica has written for Dance Magazine, Well+Good, Garden & Gun, Runner’s World and more. Most recently she earned first place in best serious feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Florida chapter for her work at Flamingo magazine. When she’s not telling Colorado’s coolest stories you can find her on the pickleball court or hiking with her pup.

Articles By Jessica Giles

Owner Sara Hamid at Sawa Restaurant

17 New Restaurants and Bars in Denver, Spring 2024

Four bars, two sandwich destinations, and a pizzeria are among the best new restaurants and bars in Denver this season.

Small plates and wine at La Bouche. Photo by Riane Menardi Morrison

19 of Denver’s Best Wine Bars

Whether you’re a pét-nat connoisseur or don’t know a Chardonnay from a Sauvignon Blanc, there’s a wine bar in Denver that will satisfy your palate.

I Tried Denver’s New AI Dating App So You Don’t Have To

On Volar, users train an artificially intelligent chatbot to do the hard work for them. What could go wrong?

The 10 Best Indie Bookstores On the Front Range

Spend your weekend hunting down your next five-star read at one of these charming, local lit lairs.

Here’s Who Will Love Hoedown Hill, Colorado’s Newest Ski and Tubing Area

Chances are just about everyone will be able to find a reason—or two—to head to the Windsor adventure spot.

Bride snowboarding downhill

A Couple of Ski Wedding Photographers Talk About What It’s Like Holding a Colorado Dream Job

’Til shred do you part.

The Local’s Guide to Union Station

Explore the best spots to eat, drink, and play in the heart of the Mile High City’s iconic—and quickly evolving—downtown.

Estes Park in winter

First-Timer’s Guide: Estes Park

There’s something for everyone in this Rocky Mountain town, from best-in-class outdoor recreation to delicious eats to historic haunts.

How Colorado Photographer “Ski the Day” Captures the Most Epic Ski Weddings

From super-sneaky on-piste proposals to bridal party party laps, Gabrielle Stowe has mastered the art of adventure wedding photography.

Stranahan’s Annual Snowflake Release is About Way More Than Whiskey

Pack your tent: This year’s iteration, Batch #26, drops on Saturday, December 2.

three runners

The 10 Best Colorado Gifts for Runners

Help your buddies make their miles with our favorite local gifts for runners.

5 Unique Colorado Spa Experiences You Should Gift Yourself

From the city’s first cannabis spa to underground vapor caves, here are a few ideas for your next self-care day.

5 of Colorado’s Wildest True Crime Stories

From family killings to murderous college janitors, here are some of the Centennial State’s most skin-crawling crimes.

This Denverite Wrote the Modern Survival Guide to Beating Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we sat down with Sabrina Skiles to talk about her new memoir Read That Again: Surviving Breast Cancer with Courage, Candor, and Community.

CU football bison mascot Ralphie runs with her handlers across Folsom Field

Do You Know the Stories Behind These 5 Colorado Sports Traditions?

From running with Ralphie to belting Blink 182’s “All the Small Things,” here are the origin stories of some of Colorado’s most beloved sports traditions.

7 Adventures to Take With Your Dog Before Summer Ends

From gliding up a mountain on a gondola to riding Colorado River rapids, make a few final summer memories with man’s best friend.

The Best Denver Coworking Space for You, Based on Your Work Style

Whether you’re an extrovert longing for the good ol’ days of water cooler talk or a procrastinator who needs accountability to tackle your agenda, there’s a coworking community for you.

8 Places to Pick Your Own Flowers Around the Front Range

Bring home a bouquet chock-full of native Colorado blooms this summer.

3 LGBTQ-Owned Businesses to Visit in Lavender Hill, Denver’s New Queer Cultural District

Full of vibrancy, history, and yes, a whole lot of gay bars, this emerging district aims to make Pride a year-round party.

10 Great Alpine Lake Hikes in Colorado

Hiking is more about the journey than the destination, but backcountry trekking is only made that much better when the trail leads to a picturesque lake.

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