We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

posts: 3
Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

My husband and I ( 29 and 31) want to spend Christmas (4 days) in Denver but we are torn between staying in LoDo or Cherry Creek. It's our first time to Denver and I want to experience Christmas the way I did as a child. We live in Los Angeles so you can imagine the Christmas spirit that we get here...NONE!! :)

We are going to rent a car but we would rather not drive that much especially in the snow.

I would really like if you can suggest places known for:

Restaurants ( no franchise we like to experience mom and pop rest), bars

Sight seeing , historic scenes

Cross country skiing

Xmas celebration ( we're there from dec 22-25)

Also we want to travel light meaning no check in luggage can we get away with waterproof hiking shoes? If we want to drive to do cross country skiing can we just rent a sedan car with tire chains or we need an SUV?

Thank you for your help.

Denver, Colorado
Destination Expert
for Colorado
posts: 8,490
reviews: 50
1. Re: Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

LoDo / Downtown for sure! Lots of car rental counters Downtown for day trips. You can rent cross country gear at the REI Flagship store downtown. You will need to reserve them, snowshoes too. You do not want nor need a car downtown. Denver is a very walkable city with a free shuttle running east and west through downtown. Stops at each block.

Keep an eye on http://www.denver.org/milehighholidays

Yes hiking shoes will do you just fine.

Restaurants, there are tons. My go to places are Rioja, Tag, more high end. More casual Sam's #3 http://samsno3.com and for any craft beer fan Falling Rock Tap House http://fallingrocktaphouse.com and http://pintspub.com if you like beer and whiskey! http://www.jeatbar.com/Welcome.html not exactly downtown but you can still walk it.

http://www.brownpalace.com/Dining/Ellyngton-s for Christmas dinner. Make reservations today, it is a tradition for many. If not for dinner make reservations for tea while your here. I usually go for the champagne version http://www.brownpalace.com/

Not sure what your lodging budget is but I'd look at

The Brown

The Oxford

Hotel Monaco

The Magnolia

have fun!

posts: 3
2. Re: Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

Thank you Alli for your reply. Lots of useful information.

I was thinking of staying at Warwick hotel in Denver. I heard it's good. But I'll def look into the ones you suggested.

DO you think we would only need a car if we go cross crountry skiing?

Denver, Colorado
Destination Expert
for Colorado
posts: 8,490
reviews: 50
3. Re: Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

Yea You really don't want a car in downtown, parking easily adds 20+ per day. You can take the Sky Ride from the airport

http://www.rtd-denver.com/skyride.shtml after you choose the hotel just ask the concierge the way to get there. For most it is the main stop on 16th St Mall then the free shuttle to the closest stop. Easier than it sounds! The Warwick would be the furthest but still fine to walk since you are traveling light.

Where are you thinking about Cross Country Skiing? Know that if you are going very far west, past Idaho Springs, the traffic can be really bad on weekends. The area around Eldora might be easier to get too then you could stop in Boulder, a great town for a late lunch or something.

If we have enough snow the hiking trails near Boulder are great for Cross Country though not groomed or anything.

http://www.eldora.com/nordic.trail.html

Edited: 6:30 pm, October 31, 2012
Denver, Colorado
Destination Expert
for Colorado
posts: 8,490
reviews: 50
4. Re: Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

You should certainly take in one of the Holiday Lights events, our Zoo denverzoo.org/event/zoo-lights-opening-night

you can take the 20 bus from Downtown or cab.

botanicgardens.org/events-exhibits/special-e… might attract more adults. Guessing as I have only been to the zoo one, it is right by my house so that is where we go. Again you could get there via bus, not sure which one, or cab.

I usually bring a little Christmas Cheer to mix in with my hot chocolate....

Denver, Colorado
Destination Expert
for Colorado
posts: 8,490
reviews: 50
5. Re: Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

I should have added Bistro Vendome to my dining ideas. It is very charming at the holidays. I love it for Sat / Sun brunch. If you go get reservations in the "main" dining room, it is not very big.

WestSlope,CO
Destination Expert
for Colorado
posts: 7,389
reviews: 82
6. Re: Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

If I were coming to Colorado for Christmas, I'd want to spend at least one night in the mountains, in a cabin, lodge or bed and breakfast...somewhere I'd be likely to see some snow and maybe even cross country ski out the door. At that time of year, you might run into minimum stays, though, so if you arrived early on the 22nd, you might find somewhere you could stay the 22-23, then head back to the city on the 24th.

If that's not in the cards, then maybe a day trip to Estes Park (see the Stanley Hotel and ice skate at the YMCA of the Rockies) and a bit of Rocky Mountain National Park, or a day trip to Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs to see the Broadmoor decorations and maybe take a ride on the Pike's Peak Cog Railway. Or drive west on I-70 and take a ride on the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad on Sunday with Santa. Georgetown has a historic walking tour, and bighorn sheep are often spotted there, too...always a thrill.

http://georgetownlooprr.com/schedule-fares

http://georgetowncolorado.us.com/main.htm

colorado.com/articles/colorado-outdoor-ice-s…

www.ymcarockies.org/epc_ice_skating.htm

evergreenrecreation.com/Facilities/Evergreen…

posts: 3
7. Re: Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

Thank you all for taking time to reply. Much appreciated!

8. Re: Is it better to stay in LoDO or Cherry Creek for Christmas?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 5:20 am, November 21, 2013