Becky Creighton traded in her position in the high-tech industry to pursue her food and wine passions. She established Culinary Connectors in 2008 to visit top chef-driven restaurants in Denver and specialty food retailers. Initially it offered chauffeured transport between, with walking itineraries soon added. Small groups (maximum 12 people) visit four restaurants to taste the food, sip the wine and chat with the chefs. Offered weekly, the two-hour Top Restaurant Tour guides foodies on a two-hour walking tour in select Denver neighborhoods like South Pearl, Highlands and East Highlands. Friday tours, nicknamed Friday Afternoon Club, finish at a place with a good happy hour so participants can keep the spirit going after the tour is officially over. Boulder and Aspen Top Restaurant Tours take a maximum of 10 people to three locations which include a full lunch and chauffeured transportation between venues, if necessary.
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Denver History Tours
Denver History Tours offers a selection of more than half a dozen themed tours. “Golddust & Traildust” is the basic orientation tour of what is now LoDo and the Union Station area, including tales from the pioneer era. If these tours had movie-type ratings, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” would be a PG-13 for the tales of the “brides of the masses,” the con men, the charlatans and the folks just trying to get by on the frontier. They offer two “Haunted Denver” tours, one in LoDo and one on Capitol Hill. This company offers tours on demand or request rather than on a regular schedule.
Denver Story Trek
(303) 832-4092 ext.17
Created by the Denver Historic Society, Story Trek is actually a series of self-guided tours that you can complete at your own pace on foot, by bicycle or by car. Since they are self- guided, they are also free, customizable and available any time. All you need is a cell phone (303-562-2407 or text TREK GO to 56512) or a device to which you can download audio files at each site to hear the stories behind Denver’s historic landscapes and landmarks. Five featured treks are thematic, like “Settling the Frontier” and “Mile High Art & Culture”. Five spotlight specific venues, like “The Black American West Museum” and “Four Mile Historic Park.” Five focus on important individuals in local history like Molly Brown and Vance Kirkland.
Union Station Walking Tour
Denver’s magnificent Beaux Arts railroad terminal is being transformed from a key passenger facility in the nation’s 19th and early 20th century rail network to a transit hub for the 21st century. The agency charged with the redevelopment offers free walking tours on the first and third Thursday afternoons of each month between May and September. The one-hour tour touches on the history of the glorious old terminal and the plans for a modern underground bus terminal. Preregistration is required via the website.
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