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The Denver Food Blog

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Denver, Colorado, an emerging foodie travel destination. Photo credit: VISIT DENVER, The Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Foodie and mountain traveler?  If you head to Denver, Colorado, the city has an exciting culinary scene with microbreweries, farm-to-table dining and new restaurants.

After booking your hotel and flights to Denver, research Denver dining at new blog EatDrinkDenver.com, launched by VISIT DENVER, the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The new blog is devoted to “all things food and drink” in and around the Mile High City. On this interactive website, readers can share their Denver food tasting adventures and discoveries.

Well-known Denver food expert Lori Midson is the editor of EatDrinkDenver.com.  She will collaborate with Denver food writers and bloggers who will provide content for the blog.

The site offers comments and information (not restaurant reviews) about Denver and Colorado food products; food, beer & wine festivals and food-related experiences.

Culinary tourism is on the rise because visitors want to eat and drink local – they want to shop at farmers’ markets, taste local cheeses and breads, or sip a local beer,” says Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER

“Visitors and locals alike want to know about the innovative local chefs and regional specialties…Denver has had a boom in the distillery and brewery scene, and many of the products can only be sampled in Colorado tasting rooms and bars. EatDrinkDenver tells you where to find these one-of-a-kind locales.”

Tours of farms where goat cheese is made or buffalo ranches where bison roam free are an interactive – and educational – way for visitors to immerse themselves in the region’s culture.”

The Denver food blog has five categories:

  • Farm Fresh / Specialty Food Stores: Highlights produce and dairy products in Colorado, including tips on where to get the best items;
  •  Beer / Wines / Spirits: Features the world of Colorado microbreweries, wineries and distilleries;
  •  Food Festivals / Events: Highlights Denver’s best food events from signature events like Denver Restaurant Week to cultural/culinary festivals like the Greek Festival;
  • Chefs: Profiles the chefs behind Denver’s best restaurants, including Q&A’s, recipes and
  • Street Food: Covers Denver’s lively street food scene, including local food truck events such as Civic Center EATS.

For more information, visit EatDrinkDenver.com.

10 Mountain Driving Tips

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An open mountain road beckons: Colorado National Parks Highway.

Mountain travelers worldwide take summer mountain road trips every year.

They may choose car hire and guided tours like the new Colorado tour with UK travel company Bon Voyage Travel and Tours.

Or mountain travelers may go on independent tours of mountain places like California’s Sierra High-Pass Country.

This stunning region is known for its soaring granite peaks, clear blue lakes, charming small towns and scenic roads in the High Sierra.

Heading north to Bear Valley, mountain adventurers will enjoy Lake Alpine and dozens of lakes for exploring, hiking, mountain biking, climbing and kayaking.

On California’s Highway 89, the drive around Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe is considered one of the most scenic drives in the United States.

Are you planning a summer mountain road trip? Here are 10 Mountain Driving Tips:

  1. Choose a SUV for safer mountain travel.
  2. Pack a survival bag with blanket, candle, matches, energy bars, water, flashlight, flares, booster cables and shovel.
  3. Plan your route ahead by checking out mountain weather websites to avoid bad weather and road conditions.
  4. Prepare for navigation with GPS, maps and compass.
  5. Take a car charger for your mobile phone.
  6. Tell friends and family your mountain destination, itinerary and arrivals/departures.
  7. Bring bear spray and a whistle for potential wildlife encounters.
  8. Fill up your gas tank and keep an eye on your fuel gauge.
  9. For high mountain travel, carry a set of tire chains for snow.
  10. Mountain weather changes frequently so wear mountain boots and have mountain clothing handy.

Image courtesy of Colorado Tourism Office.

A Mountain Road Trip

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National Parks Highway.

Colorado is a stunning summer mountain road trip destination.

The Rocky Mountain state has 54 mountain peaks topping 14,000 feet, natural hot springs, four major rivers, lakes and reservoirs and nine national parks and monuments.

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National Parks Mesa Verde.

UK travel company Bon Voyage Travel and Tours has created a new 13-day guided tour of Colorado.

Arriving in Denver, the mile high city, guests have an evening of culture and dining and shopping before they head to ski resort town Aspen in the Elk Mountains.

In the summer, Aspen offers many summer activities including jeep tours, hiking, biking and art galleries and boutiques.

Then the tour heads to Glenwood Springs at the confluence of the Roaming Fork River and the Colorado.  Glenwood Springs is known for the world’s largest hot springs swimming and the Yampah Spa Vapour Caves.

The next stop is Grand Junction, home of Colorado’s fine wines and the National Monument.

Guest can tour the region’s vineyards, sample wines and learn about wine making.

Then they head to the historic town of Telluride, famed for the first bank robbed by Butch Cassidy.

En route to Cortez, they can visit Mesa Verde National Park and learn about the ancient Pueblo people.

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National Parks Garden of the Gods.

A short drive away is the historic mining town of Durango where guests can experience the Durango-Silverton narrow gauge railroad through the Rockies.

The last stop is Colorado Springs and its must-see attraction, the Garden of the Gods where guests can hike, bike, drive or even segway.

A visitor center highlights the area’s geology and cultural history with a HD theatre and 30+ free exhibits.

Back in Denver, guests can sample the latest from the city’s microbreweries and shop at Cherry Creek Outlet Mall.

For more info, visit the Bon Voyage site.

Images courtesy of Colorado T0urism Office.

Photo, River & Nature

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Utah’s Green River from a vantage point just below the canyon rim.

Fancy exploring Utah’s Green River Wilderness?

Then take a look at the new photography workshop being lead by photographer John Fielder and hosted by Bill Dvorak’s Kayak & Rafting Expeditions.

A portion of the August 26-September 1, 2011 trip on Utah’s Green River will benefit the National Wildlife Federation.

Considered Colorado’s premier landscape photographer, Fielder and the rafting outfitter will give beginner to advanced photographers the chance to hone their skills and challenge themselves on 86 miles of scenic whitewater.

NWF says it will commit a major portion of the funds to support its oil and gas, climate change and wildlife protection programs throughout the United States.

This trip will begin in Grand Junction, Colorado on August, 26, 2011 with a pre-trip slideshow and dinner hosted by Fielder and the NWF.

The next day, participants will fly to the river put-in along Utah’s Green River.

Over six days and five nights, they will take on 60 Class II-III rapids, one-on-one-instruction and sunrise and sunset photo shoots.

Says Bill Dvorak, company founder and owner:

“This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn from a legendary nature photographer while helping the nation’s leading wildlife conservation organization on a river trip through one of the West’s most spectacular and remote wild river wilderness areas.”

For more information, visit the Dvorak Expeditions site.

Here are more scenes from Green River Utah:

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A short hike overlooks a bend in the Green River – Desolation Canyon, Utah.

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Afternoon sun catches the canyon wall above two rafts on the Green River, Utah.

Images courtesy of Western River Expeditions.

Luxury In Vail, Colorado

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The Ritz-Carlton Club in Vail, Colorado.  Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/Marriott International.

The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club will open its 10th Club in Vail, Colorado.

This new club is located at the base of Vail Mountain in LionsHead Village and neighboring the banks of Gore Creek.

With two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, the club will feature Vail’s traditional Bavarian-style architecture.

The property will offer the comforts you’d expect from a timeshare along with The Ritz-Carlton personalized services and amenities.

Club luxuries will include:

  • Dedicated concierge staff such as a ski valet and ski nanny;
  • Fitness facility with a movement studio;
  • Ritz-Carlton spa services and treatment;
  • Ritz Kids program;
  • Great room with a fireplace and bar;
  • Library;
  • Outdoor heated pool and whirlpool spa;
  • Fire pit and
  • Heated underground garage with valet parking.

For more info, visit the Club site.