Make Your Escape 15

The Maven is the newest kid on the the Dairy Block. Here’s anything and everything you need for some R & R.

Walking into the lobby of The Maven, at first you might mistake your surroundings to be anywhere but LoDo’s newest independent hotel. An eclectic art gallery, perhaps? Quirky art installations from Colorado artists are playfully scattered throughout the floor. A hip new bar? The sexy Poka Lola Social Club glows in the distance. If its stylish art deco lines don’t draw you in, one glance at the menu- inspired by the old-fashioned soda fountains of the 1920s- will. (Boozy ice cream sodas? Yes, please.) Or maybe this is some sort of food market? After all, not only does Kachina Southwestern Grill spill into the lobby, bringing modern southwest vibes and happy patrons munching gourmet guacamole and tacos, but a food truck- a food truck!- sits just inside the door, offering breakfast, drinks and a decided sense of adventure.

Thankfully, you can’t miss The Maven’s mix of old-school classic style and funky charm. A massive wooden bookshelf that doubles as a reception desk anchors one wall, tastefully filled with leather-bound books and shiny brass fixtures. Just steps to the left, a glowing neon sign that simply reads “hotel” leads the way to tiled hallways and spacious rooms that welcome you to relax. A maven, the hotel explains, is an expert in their craft who seeks to share their knowledge with others— and these hospitality mavens know what they’re doing. Sleek modern furniture and cool industrial touches are everywhere you look, cozy gray robes await you on the bed, and the giant soaking tub in the bathroom is the stuff of dreams. There’s pour-over coffee with complimentary grounds from Denver’s own Huckleberry Roasters, and for every night of your stay, you receive a complimentary cocktail from the Poka Lola Social Club downstairs. Gather, relax and enjoy – The Maven doesn’t miss a detail.

Hit the Town

Whether showing family and friends around the city or enjoying your very own staycation, don’t miss these Denver destinations.


Dine

Crave Real Burgers

Check out this Castle Rock-based chain’s new LoDo location, with burgers so good they’ve been featured on the Today Show.

LoDo • 1550 Blake St. • Denver • 303.534.5878

Komotodo

This Japanese-Mexican fusion restaurant is home to the sushi burrito. Need we say more?

1512 Larimer Street • Denver • 303.534.0500

Terminal Bar

Instead of ordering a ticket at the counter of this Union Station bar, order your choice of Colorado craft beer or cocktail.

1701 Wynkoop Street • Denver  • 303.460.3701

See

Denver Botanic Gardens 

Breathtaking gardens, featuring works by American sculptor 
Alexander Calder now thru September.

BotanicGardens.org

Union Station 

An iconic Denver landmark, now a can’t-miss stop for dining, shopping, and people-watching. Easy access from DIA via the airport rail, or the “Train to the Plane.”

UnionStationDenver.com

Play

City Park Jazz 

This free concert series runs every Sunday night through August, rain or shine. Food trucks and family fun abound.

CityParkJazz.org

The Square on 21st 

A pop-up park is opening two blocks south of Coors Field for the summer. Open June thru August, boasting lawn games, food trucks, a dog park, and more.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

See the work of over 200 artists and enjoy musical performances, 
culinary demonstrations and interactive family activities. Runs July 1-3.

CherryCreekArtsFestival.org

The 5th Annual Cheesman Park Art Fest

Featuring 130 juried artists and craftsmen from 30 different states to showcase their work. Patrons can shop the works of potters, painters, jewelers, sculptors, leather workers and more. Runs July 29-30.

DashEventsDenver.com