The Denver Botanic Gardens – A Beautiful Oasis

There are several cities with wonderful botanical gardens, but we believe that the Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the best. Between the tropical flowers, rotating art displays, and special events, there is always something interesting to see at the gardens. We especially enjoyed the variety of colorful orchids that we saw during our visit there. It is a great way to spend a summer afternoon, walking the flower lined paths and seeing the gardens dedicated to different regions around the world.

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One of the Garden Displays
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Lily Pond
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Orchid in the Hot House
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Walking the Grounds of the Botanic Garden

The Denver Botanic Gardens will often create displays on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver to allow shoppers to see some of the wonderful flowers that can be found there. The colors are definitely amazing and the time spent there is very relaxing. If you are planning a trip to Denver, we’d definitely recommend that you consider adding the Botanic Gardens to your itinerary.

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Colorful Flowers
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Another Orchid
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Bridge Over the Water
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Reflections in the Pond
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Statues Made of Drift Wood
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Walking Through the Hot House
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Victorian Secret Garden
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Water Feature in the Garden
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Garden Outside of the Hot House
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Unique Tropical Flowers

Denver Botanic Garden

There are several cities with wonderful botanical gardens, but we believe that the Denver Botanic Garden is one of the best. Between the tropical flowers, rotating art displays, and special events, there is always something interesting to see at the garden. We especially enjoyed the variety of colorful orchids that we saw during our visit there. It is a great way to spend a summer afternoon, walking the flower lined paths and seeing the gardens dedicated to different regions around the world. The Denver Botanic Garden will often create displays on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver to allow shoppers to see some of the wonderful flowers that can be found in the gardens. If you are planning a trip to Denver, we’d definitely recommend that you consider adding the Botanic Gardens to your itinerary.

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One of the Garden Displays

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Lily Pond

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Orchid in the Hot House

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Walking the Grounds of the Botanic Garden

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Colorful Flowers

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Another Orchid

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Bridge Over the Water

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Reflections in the Pond

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Statues Made of Drift Wood

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Walking Through the Hot House

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Victorian Secret Garden

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Water Feature in the Garden

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Garden Outside of the Hot House

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Unique Tropical Flowers

 

Wine-Beer at the Liberati Restaurant and Brewery in Denver, Colorado

It is certainly no secret that we enjoy having both different beers as well as wine during our travels. We had heard about a brewery in Denver that was creating beers with fermented grapes and we knew that we had to give them a try. The Liberati Restaurant and Brewery has 15 different Oenobeers, or beers made with as much as 49% of the fermented ingredients coming from grapes. We sampled several of the beers that they offered and each had its own flavor profile. For some, there was no mistaking the wine component of the beer as the grape flavors were very noticeable. There were others where you wouldn’t even know that the beer was brewed with grapes if you hadn’t read the menu. And there was even one beer that tasted exactly like a port wine and, if you didn’t know better, you would never think it was a beer.

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The Brewery

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Kolsch and Nut Brown Beers

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Fountain on the Patio

The first beer that we tried was called the Sea of Cherries and it was definitely on the fruity side. It was made with Pinot Noir grapes, but the flavor of the cherries certainly were up front. The second beer was a Franciacorta that was bubbly and the champagne-like qualities certainly came through. Next was an Imperial Kolsch and the taste was that of a traditional beer despite having been brewed with Pinot Grigio grapes. Another beer that was more on the traditional side was a Nut Brown beer that was darker beer with a nutty flavor. The final beer that we tried was the Port Oenobeer, which we have already mentioned tasted exactly like a port wine, bold and delicious.

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Sea of Cherries, Franciacorta, and Kolsch Samples

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The Taps

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Tempura Veggie Platter

It is certainly an interesting innovation in brewing beers. Even with the grapes, the beers can have just as diverse flavors as any other beer, including IPA’s. Although we only tasted one-third of the beers on their list, we are excited to try them again the next time that we are in Denver. The restaurant itself has a wide variety of Italian food and a wonderful atmosphere, including an outdoor patio area.

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Beer Samples

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Another View of the Brewery