We moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Denver in the spring of 2013 and that big move was part of the reason I started my blog! We've been here over a year and a half and back in August I shared some of the reasons I love Colorado.
I think it's fair to say that all the reasons I love Colorado also apply to Denver, so I need to dig a little deeper for additional reasons I love Denver. Here's what I came up with...
1. Denver gets four seasons.
OK, maybe not a big deal to some of you, but after living in places like San Diego and Honolulu, it's refreshing to live in a city where the leaves change color and snow falls occasionally. It really helps me get in the mood for some of the holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
And I appreciate the summer that much more.
2. Denver does have great food. You just have to look for it.
For any of you that follow my blog regularly, you know that food is a very important part of my life. I love cooking it, eating it, and hunting down all the best restaurants in any city I live in or visit. When we first moved to Colorado, we had a little trouble finding food that met the standards of other places we'd lived like San Francisco and Los Angeles, but we've done some exploring and we have found great places like The Plimoth or The Populist.
I was a little worried about finding culture in Denver. This is going to sound terribly snobbish, but after living in so many very cosmopolitan cities, I'd come to learn that the San Francisco Ballet company is much better than what I found in San Diego (and in Honolulu -- which has no ballet company) and that I would much rather go to a museum in New York, Boston, or San Francisco than some of the museums in other small cities. In the past year, we've made an effort to get out and about seeking performing arts in Denver. We recently saw Chicago and a great performance given by the Denver Symphony.
4. Denver is only a few hours away from some world-class snow.
We tried to do a little snowboarding last winter, but it was a bit challenging because our toddler wasn't potty trained, and apparently that's a requirement if you want to sign your kid up for ski lessons. Even without the winter sports, the mountains are so incredibly beautiful, that we plan to try and get up there at least once this winter with our toddler and our newborn. And future winters? I can't wait...
5. The Great Outdoors
I've spent most of my life in California, where there is so much to do outside from surfing to hiking to skiing or snowboarding. But I have to say the space available in Colorado makes Denver (and it's surrounding areas) just the best place to be if you want to be outdoors. Check out the photos in my post. I think they speak for themselves!
I'm linking up with the lovely running trio, Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar and their Friday Five series, where they've asked other bloggers to brag about their hometowns. Take a virtual vacation and check out the other cities/towns (as I know I will!) and make a few new friends while you're at it.
Now it's your turn! Brag a bit about your hometown! I'd love to know more about where you live and if you love it or not.