Roads Traveled with Linda L. Osmundson
My husband and I met, married, and birthed our three sons in Denver. As the boys grew, we ventured out to various inexpensive activities – parades, music in City Park, and ice skating on Cherry Creek Reservoir or at Washington Park. Do they even allow that anymore?
Now that we live as empty nesters in Fort Collins, we branch out to enjoy activities in surrounding Northern Colorado cities, which includes Denver. Whatever we do, or wherever we go, we usually include food as well as fun. Here are a few upcoming events to consider.
If you want good food, take advantage of Denver Restaurant Week, February 26 through March 11. Participating restaurants offer multi-course dinners for a fixed price of $52.80 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. The website, http://tinyurl.com/cm4tpg lists approximately 300 restaurants by menu, neighborhood, and/or name. Combine your trip with shopping at the big malls like Park Meadows, Cherry Creek, or Flatirons, all of which hosts participating restaurants.
If you prefer a smaller city, try Fort Collin’s “Great Plates of Downtown,” March 1-14. Thirty or so historic downtown restaurants tender specials from 5-10 p.m. or until closing. Check the website at http://tinyurl.com/6j6nlsh. At a price of $25.25, each eatery features its unique cuisine and ingredients. Some participants give other treats such as appetizer or dessert specials. You can even enjoy breakfast for a cost of $2.50 at several early day eating places listed on the website.
Make a Fort Collins day of it on March 12. First, take in Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (10 a.m.), shop, visit a museum or art gallery, walk around Old Town and then enjoy Great Plates. The parade begins at Walnut Avenue, turns south on College Avenue, makes a left on Magnolia, then goes north on Remington Avenue. Bring a chair, watch the weather forecast for what to wear, and enjoy.
Other Colorado cities include St. Patrick’s Day parades. The biggest west of the Mississippi is, of course, in Denver, March 13, 10 a.m., and lasts for at least three hours. It begins and ends at Coors Field, 2001 Blake Street. Some 200,000 people are expected to line the streets to watch at least 230 units of clowns, floats, marching bands, pipe bands, Irish step dancers and more. Find additional information at www.denverstpatricksdayparade.org/. Read how the parade got started, meet the queen, and find out about St. Patrick.
Mark your calendars for these fun and food activities.