Denver Tops 31M Visitors Again Setting New Tourism Records

Denver continued its ascension as a top tourism destination in 2017 by welcoming a record 31.7 million total visitors including 17.4 million overnight visitors. Overall tourism revenue reached a record $6.5 billion in 2017. The numbers are according to the Longwoods International annual visitor profile study.

Tourism is a huge economic driver for our city, and we are pleased we have been able to build on our success in driving visitor demand that helps to fill airline seats, theatre seats and hotel rooms, said Scharf. A healthy tourism brand stimulates business, and we are fortunate that Denver is so committed to investing in a tourism product that will keep us competitive well into the future.

Among other things, 2017 brought the addition of 2,605 new hotel rooms, 245 new restaurants, and a record 61 million travelers to Denver International Airport. Additionally, Denver continued to earn national acclaim in 2017 for its culinary and beer scenes, and it was named among the top places to live in the U.S. for the third consecutive year.

The Source Hotel Officially Opens Doors in RiNo

The team behind Denver’s The Source — an 1880’s foundry building turned artisan market hall — will debut its adjacent sister property, The Source Hotel on September 1, 2018. The new property features 100 guest rooms and complements the existing Source with an additional market hall showcasing New Belgium Brewing’s first Denver small-batch brewery, a collection of experiential, craft-focused vendors, three restaurants, and a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the downtown Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Since opening in 2013, The Source has emerged as the community backbone of the RiNo (River North) Art District, highlighting the physical location and helping to bring the neighborhood to the forefront of art, design, and culinary innovation in Denver. As the first lifestyle hotel and market hall in RiNo, The Source Hotel further cements the neighborhood’s reputation as Denver’s cultural hub during a period of unprecedented growth in the city.

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Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association Sip and Savor

Each year CCNNA organizes the Sip & Savor Benefit to raise funds for local non-profit organizations. The 2018 Sip & Savor Benefit will be held Thursday evening September 20th at Room & Board, the venue sponsor located at 222 Detroit Street. Swirls and sips are compliments of The Vineyard Wine Shop and Vinue Food and Wine Bar. Delicious snacks will be provided by Milwaukee St. Tavern, The Thirsty Lion, Grind, North Italia and Maggie and Molly’s Bakery. These generous sponsors are donating their goods and services for the benefit, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Urban Peak and the Ross-Cherry Creek Library equally.

Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full complement of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. It’s a Colorado organization, so all the dollars go directly to serve Denver Metro youth. 

The Ross-Cherry Creek Library connects people with information, ideas and experiences to enrich lives and strengthen the community. They will use these funds to support ongoing programs.

Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar Launches New Sunday Brunch

Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar, located in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver, is thrilled to announce the launch of Sunday brunch featuring chef-driven cuisine inspired by authentic Italian recipes. The menu includes shareable antipasti, hot and cold plates, pizzas, soups, salads, pastas and delicious brunch entrees. There will be Sangria Sundays, $20/person bottomless; Bellinis, mimosas and bloody Mary’s in addition to Italian wines, handcrafted cocktails and local beer. To kick-off brunch, the restaurant will offer bottomless sangria for just $10 on Sunday, August 19 and Sunday, August 26.

“Brunch has become a widely popular event for locals and visitors alike,” said Dain Cooke, general manager at Marcella’s. “We are thrilled to bring it to our LoHi location and offer guests a chef-driven menu with Italian-inspired twists.” 

The brunch menu includes specialties like: a Nutella Waffle with chocolate, hazelnut and whipped butter; a Ricotta Crespelle with crepes, macerated strawberries and marcona almonds; and Short Rib Hash with Yukon gold potatoes, pepperonata and sweet garlic sauce. In addition, there are such items as Truffle Eggs with poached eggs, toasted ciabatta and taleggio as well as Shrimp Polenta with poached eggs, toasted garlic, tomato and basil.

Marcella’s is open Monday-Thursday from 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3-9 p.m. On Denver Broncos home game Sundays, Marcella’s will open at 9 a.m.

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