RiNo Basecamp Source: Andrew Patra

This Denver Neighborhood Is Your Dreamy Summer Getaway


There's no better summer getaway spot than Denver, a city bustling with eclectic neighborhoods featuring the finest dining experiences, cultural engagements, lively nightlife and Rocky Mountain views. The River North Art District, or RiNo as locals lovingly refer to it, captures this neighborhood vibe – where urban grit blends with industrial revival for a unique backdrop of warehouses and factories reimagined as popping jazz clubs, boisterous brewpubs and curated art galleries. Check out your guide below to an unforgettable summer getaway to RiNo, Denver's district for art and play.

Your adventure in the RiNo Art District starts with a stay at the Catbird Hotel, a luxe boutique with home-away-from-home charm. Not only are the rooms cozy and inviting, they feature full kitchens and furniture pieces to match your vibe. After you settle in, ascend to the rooftop for panoramic views of the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountains in the distance. Find a spot at the Red Barber, nosh on some tasty bites, and play on the lawn with life-size games. Or throw on a swimsuit and dip in the hot tub.

For upscale urban chic, you can't go wrong with the Ramble Hotel, the RiNo District's first boutique hotel. Let Death & Co., the marquee lobby bar, charm you with its delicious cocktails and yummy bites. Then mosey over to Vauxhall, an intimate theater and music venue, for a slice of Denver talent showing off their artistic expression.

The Ramble Hotel
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When you're ready to head out into the neighborhood, start with drinks and treats at Number Thirty Eight, an expansive playground and "the best patio in Denver." This sprawling brewery features 120 taps of the tastiest beers Colorado has to offer. But there's more to discover: A stage for live music every night, all kinds of games and activities like volleyball and bag toss, an award-winning kitchen serving up chef-inspired favorites, and Little Man Ice Cream serving scoops all summer long.

For craft beer heaven, soak up the sunshine at Ratio Beerworks and sip on an ice cold one unique to the taproom. Or up the ante with Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery and transport you and your friends to the Roaring Twenties as you sip a glass of wine. This beautifully restored historic building features a bar and restaurant and lets you indulge in flapper culture and Great Gatsby vibes. Don't miss out on the fire and courtyard patio – all in the beating heart of the RiNo District.

The neighborhood also boasts plenty of adventures for art and culture. The fooLPRoof Contemporary Art Gallery offers an alluring display of regional and national artists and their work. Pro tip: Check the website for upcoming receptions and openings, including First Friday gallery displays and First Saturdays relaxed afternoon receptions. Or, get out into the sunshine at the RiNo Artpark, a creative hub that brings art and people together. The park is a great place to mingle with locals and visitors alike, enjoy art exhibits, and stroll the green space. For a whole new view of the city, check out Arkins Promenade, an elevated gangway winding along the banks of the South Platte River. This alternative vision of a park offers a unique vista of the RiNo District, and puts the Rockies and skyline on full display.

The Woods
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When you're craving something delicious, take a stroll to The Woods for incredible views atop the Source Hotel. Not only does this rooftop hotspot offer the best views in the city, it boasts a mouth-watering menu for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. Pair your meal with one of 20 local beers on tap, and toast to good times in Denver's hottest neighborhood. Or, for a foodie paradise, meander through Zeppelin Station, a food hall that has it all: Delicious eats at food stands, elevated cocktail bars, and fashion-forward shops.

After a stroll through the station, make your way to Mister Oso for one of the 26 MICHELIN recognized dining experiences in the city. Dubbed one of Denver's "38 Essential Restaurants," and a designated MICHELIN Bib Gourmand restaurant, this colorfully-designed hotspot serves Latin flavors that light up your taste buds. Enjoy the spot's signature smoked-meat tacos – served family style – but don't miss out on pescetarian and vegetarian options, along with a menu of ceviches and salads.

When dinner cravings have passed, make your way to Larimer Lounge, the hippest place in the neighborhood. This independent music venue showcases the hottest indie bands and DJ performances in the country. Check the website calendar for the full lineup of your favorite shows, and make it an unforgettable night out in Denver.

RiNo Outdoor Bar
Source: Adam Larkey

Plan Your Visit

The RiNo District is the buzziest neighborhood in Denver, an eclectic mashup of luxe stays, captivating art displays and galleries, and delicious food and drink spots. Visit the Denver website and start planning your perfect summer getaway today.

by Roger Porter

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