As a luxury traveler, finding the perfect destination for a solo weekend trip can be a daunting task. Denver may not be the first city that comes to mind, but it's a hidden gem worth exploring. With its unique blend of urban sophistication and mountain charm, Denver offers an unforgettable experience. My recent solo weekend trip to Denver was nothing short of spectacular, and I'm excited to share my journey with you.
Before departing from Seattle to Denver, I stopped by the new AMEX lounge to relax and refresh before my flight. The new lounge has a coffee bar, and were giving out whole bean bags of Café Umbria roast. The lounge provided a quiet and comfortable space to unwind with a variety of snacks and drinks. To my delight, I was upgraded to first class, which added to the luxury experience of my trip.
Accommodation: The Ritz Carlton When it comes to luxury accommodation, the Ritz Carlton never disappoints. As expected, my stay was exceptional, with the hotel's attentive staff ensuring that every need was met. The hotel's central location in the heart of Denver made it convenient to explore the city's attractions.
Dining: Mizuna, Ritz Carlton, and Ocean Prime As a pescatarian, it's always a relief to find a restaurant that caters to my dietary needs. Mizuna, a restaurant known for its exceptional cuisine and wine pairings, accommodated my request with a set course meal that exceeded my expectations. The caviar is surprisingly reasonably priced. The sommelier's expertise in selecting the perfect wine to complement my meal was impressive, and I savored every bite of my perfectly cooked seafood dishes.
The following morning, I indulged in a luxurious breakfast at the Ritz Carlton. Thanks to the Virtuoso rates, I was able to enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. The breakfast selection was extensive, and the quality was top-notch and included in the Virtuoso Rates. For dinner the second night, I headed to Ocean Prime, an upscale seafood and steakhouse. The lobster bisque and raw oysters were exceptional, and the service was top-notch. I took a pedi-cab ride back to the Ritz. A fun experience for just $20.
Wellness: CBD Massage and Fitness Center at the Ritz Carlton To unwind and relax, I treated myself to a CBD massage at the Ritz Carlton's spa. The massage was incredibly soothing, and I could feel the stress melt away. I applied my Virtuoso accommodation credit of $100 to pay for the massage. The hotel's fitness center was also impressive, with plenty of equipment and facilities to help maintain my fitness routine.
Exploration: Denver Beer Tour No trip to Denver is complete without sampling the city's craft beer scene. The Denver Beer Tour took me to four different breweries, each with its unique flavors and ambiance. The knowledgeable tour guide shared interesting facts about the brewing process and the history of Denver's beer culture. We visited: Wynkoop, Oskar Blues, Rock Bottom and newer one that I did not catch the name (as a pop-up). I did not try the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.
City Exploration: Walking around Denver On my last day, I decided to take a leisurely walk around Denver. The city's vibrant atmosphere and beautiful architecture were a delight to explore. From the street art to the local boutiques, there was always something to catch my eye.
On departing from Denver, I visited the Delta lounge, but unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations. It's always a good idea to research airport lounges beforehand to ensure that you're getting the best possible experience. All beverages were self-pour and food selection was lacking. Luckily, I was again upgraded to first class, so was able to enjoy a meal on the plane.
In conclusion, my solo weekend trip to Denver was unforgettable. From the luxurious accommodation and fine dining to the wellness and exploration activities, every aspect of the trip was exceptional. If you're looking for a unique and luxurious travel experience, Denver should be at the top of your list.