Live Like A Local
Live Like A Local
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Our staff knows just where to go!

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Hotel Monaco helps you make the most of your Denver stay by sharing our staff's favorite picks and insider tips.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in Denver, what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.

Chef Elise Wiggins

Chef Elise Wiggins - Local for 13 years

Executive Chef

  • The Savory Spice shop by Platte River downtown is owned by food network star: Janet Johnson. Get freshly ground spices & maybe meet a star.

  • There are many down town parks within walking distance that have city or mountain views. Grab antipasti at Panzano to-go and eat it in a park.

Josh Mayo

Josh Mayo - Local for 12 years

General Manager Panzano

  • A must see is Steuben’s in Uptown. Sit at the bar and try the “Last Word” or the “Nowhere to Run” for a unique beverage.


  • Check out Hops and Pie in the Highlands. They have the greatest beer selection with outstanding food. Try the Artisan pizza of the day.


Mike Penington

Mike Penington - Local for 26 years

Regional Director of Revenue & Distribution

  • With Denver's B-Cycle program you can borrow one of over 500 bikes for over 50 stations around town. First 30 min free, $6 for 24 hours.

  • The Cherry Creek Trail is accessible just a few blocks from the hotel and offers great views of the city.

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Von DeLuna

Von DeLuna - Local for 3 years

General Manager

  • The weather in Colorado is pretty mild almost year round and there are literally miles and miles of great motorcycle riding.

  • I would definitely take a day trip up Mt. Falcon Park near Red Rocks and take a hike up to the top.

Tina Moodie

Tina Moodie - Local for 8 years

Assistant General Manager

  • There are many great boutiques on Larimer Square, including Scarpaletto for amazing shoes and Dog Savvy to spoil your pups.

  • One of my favorite places to shop and get lost is the Tattered Covered Bookstore. It is a great independent bookstore, reminiscent of a library, and local to Denver with three Denver Metro locations.  

Lauren Cox

Lauren Cox - Local for 1 year

Assistant Guest Services Manager

  • Stop by and enjoy a pint at any of the fabulous, local microbreweries in the Denver area. Breckenridge Brewery, near Coors Field, is my favorite. Try their Vanilla Porter.

  • Check out Coors Field to catch the Rockies playing a home game. The field is great, and the energy is always fun.

For more information about any of these suggestions and additional favorites, contact Hotel Monaco's concierge at (303) 294-3020.

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