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  • What is Denver’s Weather Like in the Winter?

    What is winter weather like in Denver? In a word, changeable. Denver’s weather can change rapidly, especially in winter. It can be blisteringly cold one day and in the mid-50s the next. In fact, many of our worst late winter or early spring blizzards follow several hours of gentle rain. A rainstorm followed hours later by a howling, raging blizzard? Welcome to the vagaries of Front Range weather!

    But don’t worry, a week later you’ll probably be enjoying a cup of coffee on the private balcony at your Station A apartment. We did mention that the weather is changeable, didn’t we? And don’t worry about those blizzards, either. Denver’s weather is actually relatively mild. We get snow and even occasional blizzards in Denver, but it varies widely year by year.

    When Most of the Snow Falls

    Most of Denver’s heaviest snowfalls happen in the months of October, November, and December, and then again in March and April. Snow can occur throughout the winter, of course, but these months are when the heaviest snowfalls tend to happen. Fortunately, the white stuff generally doesn’t stick around for long. Unlike in the Midwest and Northeast, you can usually see the ground in Denver between snowstorms.

    The lack of lingering snow is due in part to our approximately 300 days of sunshine a year. Snow doesn’t stand much of a chance against our dazzling, high-altitude sun! The other reason for its quick departure is a Chinook wind. These warm, dry winds may cause temperatures to rise by 50 degrees or more. No wonder these winds are known as ‘snow eaters’!

    Average Temperatures in Denver

    Winter temperatures in the Mile High City can go from blisteringly cold to a balmy 50° F overnight, and vice-versa. Here’s a list of average Denver temperatures year-round. As you can see, our average temperatures are generally fairly moderate for the time of year.

    January The average high is 44° while the average low is a cold17°.

    February The average high is a bit warmer at 46° while the average low is still chilly at 20°.

    March It’s starting to warm up. The average high is 54° and the average low is 26°.

    April Still warming, with an average high of 61° while the average low is above freezing at 34°.

    May Now it’s getting balmy! The average high is 71° while the average low is 44°.

    June Now that summer has officially arrived, the average high is 81° while the average low is a fairly warm 53°.

    July Whew! It’s really getting hot with an average high of 88° but an average low of a refreshing 59°.

    August The average high is 86° while the average low is 57°.

    September It’s starting to cool down with an average high of 77° and an average low of 47°.

    October The average high is cooler at 65° while the average low is getting chilly at 36°

    November The average high is a brisk 52° with an average low of a cold 25°.

    December It’s definitely colder with an average high of 43° and an average low of just 17°.

    According to the National Weather Service, 1.4″ of snow fell on September 21, 1994. One week later, on September 29th, the temperature was a scorching 91 °F. Such radical changes aren’t too uncommon in fall and spring, although they aren’t always quite so dramatic.

    The biggest single-day change in temperature occurred on January 25, 1872. The high that day was 46°, then the temperature dropped… The low that night was -20°. That’s a 66° change in temperature in less than 24 hours!

    Enjoy Denver’s Weather at Station A

    Whenever the sun is out in the winter, you’re apt to see people in shirtsleeves or just a light jacket. You’ll probably even enjoy sitting out on the patio at  Station A, enjoying the sunshine and the wonderful amenities available to residents here. If you aren’t a resident yet, what are you waiting for? Contact us to request a tour today!

  • 6 Things to Do in Denver in January

    In Denver, Colorado, January may be chilly, but the city is never short of fun opportunities for couples, friends, teams, and families. With 300 days of Sunshine, the Mile High City presents many adventures no matter the season.

    Sprawled before the city is breathtaking mountain scenery from where you can see over 200 snowcapped peaks. Add the hundreds of parks that stretch over acres of land and loads of other family-friendly events around town, and your family will be spoilt for a choice of exciting adventures.

    Below are our top six ideas of exciting things to do in Denver in January.

    1. Winter Wanderland Light Walk

    Light Walk is a spectacular event taking place in Cherry Creek North. Here you get to enjoy a ‘light walk’ through 16 sparkling blocks lit with half a million lights. To crown the fun is music choreographed eight twinkling displays and an outdoor holiday market. This event end-date is scheduled for early January, so you don’t want to miss out.

    2. Blossoms of Light at the Botanical Gardens

    The dazzling display of lights isn’t limited to Cherry Creek North. The Botanical Gardens has established a three-decade tradition of creating a twinkling winter wonderland at York Street. What’s more exciting about this event is that they have a new feature every year, so it’s never dull for repeat guests. With warm drinks and exciting holiday treats, your family or date will have fun relaxing or taking a walk under the magnificent lights that make you forget the winter chill.

    Botanical Gardens also offer special packages for hosts seeking exceptional holiday party venues, as well as lovers looking for the ideal location to pop the question, so check them out if you’re interested.

    3. Snowshoeing

    If snowboarding and skiing don’t excite you much, you may want to try snowshoeing on the excellent Denver trails. The good thing with snowshoeing is that you don’t need much preparation. All you need to do is fit into snowshoes and venture out.

    Some of the exciting snowshoeing trails include the Mill Lake trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Dream Lake trail, etc. They have well-maintained trails and offer breathtaking scenery of the snowcapped mountains that your family will enjoy.

    4. Skiing

    Now, for skiing lovers, Denver has a handful of great skiing places for you. Some of the closest skiing resorts include Echo Mountain, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, etc. Each resort has unique offerings that you will love sampling – adventurous terrain, night skiing, uncrowded runs, free cat-skiing, delicious food and refreshments, friendly staff, etc.

    5. Make a Snowman

    Snowstorms transform Denver into a winter wonderland. You can treat your teams or kids to some fun by taking them out for snowman building contests. With hundreds of parks available, there’s more than enough room to enjoy some hours of entertainment while developing your creativity.

    6. Visit Golden

    Golden is a history-rich that is never short of attractions and festivities. Explore famous places like the Colorado Railroad Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Golden History Museum, Lookout Mountain, or visit the National Earthquake Center to get reports on the earthquakes that have rocked the planet. While at it, be sure to stop at the Table Mountain Grill & Cantina for the popular flaming cheese appetizer and delicious southwestern cuisine to warm the January chill.

    Conclusion

    Denver may be chilly in January, but it has loads of offers for fun-filled outdoor adventures. From the snowcapped mountains for skiing and snowshoeing lovers to the expansive parks for memorable snowman building contents, extravaganza lights events, and historical sites, the Mile High City is never short of fun activities, not just for you but the entire family.

    If you would like to become a part of the vibrant Denver community life, visit us at Station A and let us can actualize your dream. We are committed to offering the best of contemporary Colorado living within a homey environment. Contact us today to learn more about our properties and amenities.

  • How To Find a Pet Sitter On Short Notice

    When you’ve had weeks to plan for an out-of-town trip or a holiday getaway, you can take the time to make arrangements for quality pet care for while you’re gone. You have plenty of time to make plans and find openings in the schedules of top kennels or pet sitters. But how do you find the right person to feed, exercise and clean up after your pet when you have a last-minute trip pending?

    Finding the Perfect Pet Sitter

    It’s always tough to leave your beloved pet in someone else’s care, but it can be less stressful if you find someone who is trustworthy and dependable to help with your dog or cat. That can be easier said than done, though, especially if you need to leave on short notice. Here’s where to start:

    • Family or friends. These are people you’ve known for a while and can rely on. As a bonus, they may already know your pet.
    • Neighbors. It’s most convenient for the people you live near to drop by your house a couple times each day to pet-sit. You may even be able to trade services and provide the same care for their pets when they are away.
    • Thumbtack. This online service sets you up with professionals in your area who come with reviews and an established track record. These people bid on your job and you decide on the best fit.
    • Rover. Established just for people who need reliable pet sitting services, Rover.com shows you qualified pet care providers near you and puts you in touch to work out arrangements. Insurance is provided through Rover and you take care of all instructions and payments through the site.
    • Neighborhoods app. A plethora of local message boards and communication services let neighbors know about issues that impact them, but these apps like Nextdoor or Nearify, services like Craigslist or social media groups on Facebook can give you a place to ask about available pet sitters and get recommendations.
    • Premium boarding. Your veterinarian or local kennel can keep your pet safe and near other people and animals during your absence. For some pets, this companionship can be much needed. Pets with special health needs may also be good candidates for boarding. While boarding

    If you’re considering a pet sitter who you do not know, make sure to get references and ask about insurance. Professionals will have no problem proving their qualifications. Friendly neighbors or acquaintances will be better known to you, but it doesn’t hurt to have them stop by — if time allows — and go over your requirements.

    Tips for the Pet Sitter

    Whether you hire a pro with great references or have a neighbor stop by frequently, you’ll want to make sure they have all the information they need to make pet sitting go smoothly.

    • Leave emergency numbers. Of course, you’ll leave your contact numbers, but you should also leave a number for a friend or family member in town. It’s also a good idea to leave your vet’s name and number in case of medical emergency.
    • Write out feeding instructions. Even if you go over your preferences in person with the pet sitter, it’s helpful to write down your pet’s needs. Note anything you do NOT want your pet to eat, as well, in case a well-intentioned sitter decides to give treats.
    • Provide exercise instructions. Some pets don’t need much activity or can get by while you’re away. Others, however, will need extra exercise to get through the time alone. Leave leashes, toys and other equipment in one, convenient location for the sitter.
    • Funny behaviors to be aware of. If your pet has any unexpected aggressions around food or play, you must identify those to your sitter. It can also be beneficial to the sitter to explain other issues related to being petted or played with, preferred routines, etc.
    • Pet rules. If you don’t let your pets on the furniture, tell your pet sitter so they don’t accidentally permit unwanted behavior. You can also detail any behaviors you are working on, like not jumping up, so your sitter can help enforce your training.

    If you come home to a happy, well-fed pet and see that your instructions were followed, you’ll want to tip your pet sitter for the good service. If you weren’t paying, such as if you made an arrangement with a neighbor, say thanks with a small gift card or homemade baked goods.

    A planned trip or vacation, for the holidays or any time of year, can cause you extra stress in finding the right pet sitter. That’s amplified if you have to go away on short notice. Make sure to find a trusted person to care for your pet, leave them detailed instructions and information, and thank them well when you return. And if you need the right place to live with your beloved pet, contact us  for information on the best contemporary living options in the Denver area.

  • Apartment Friendly Pets

     

    What kinds of pets are Apartment Friendly?

    When looking into getting a pet, there are many factors to consider, especially when you live in a rented apartment or smaller house. As a general rule, the smaller the animal is, the less space it needs — which makes smaller animals ideal for smaller living spaces.

    You also have to keep in mind the cleanliness of the animal, the general temperament, and the care needed if you choose to leave for vacation. Here are some of the most common apartment pets, and why they work well for small spaces.

    Fish

    Fish are small, pretty to look at, and easy to care for – depending on the kind of fish you get. A solo fish like a beta fish is a great starter pet for anyone looking to learn how to look after an animal without having to worry about the social difficulties you can encounter with a full tank.

    They do require daily feeding and regular tank cleanings, so they cannot be left fully unattended for more than a day, but you can easily have someone come feed them once a day and clean the tank as necessary – no interaction required.

    Birds

    Birds are more social creatures than fish and hamsters, and require a little bit more maintenance in the “love” department, but they do give that love right back. They will spend a lot of time in their cage, but many owners choose to let them roam the apartment a little bit each day. To do that, many owners recommend getting their wings clipped so they cannot fly away – but make sure to take them to a professional to do it!

    Small Dogs

    Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason – they are incredibly social creatures. And while that is a wonderful, fulfilling thing, it does mean a lot more work if you do choose to leave them behind to go on vacation.

    Since they typically have full reign of the apartment and no easily accessible yard, potty training a dog can be a lot of work in an apartment, and puppies like to chew on things when they are teething or have separation anxiety. Be prepared to invest in some training classes to give you and your dog the best chance at a great apartment life.

    Station A is ideally set up for your 4-legged friend. Our off-leash dog park has room to run, obstacles to climb over, and plenty of watering stations. With over 2 miles of walking paths stocked with doggie stations, we’re sure your dog will love Station A just as much as you do!

    Cats

    Cats tend to be more independent animals than dogs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can be left all alone for days on end. They often require regular feeding, and if the litter box is not clean enough it can spell disaster for other soft surfaces in your home.

    Depending on the size and breed of your cat, there can be other considerations to keep in mind as well. Some cat breeds, like Bengals, are high energy and require a lot of care and attention, including exercise. When their needs are not met, they can resort to destructive outlets like clawing furniture or inappropriate elimination, which can be overwhelming and hard to deal with in small living spaces.

    Providing adequate play time and access to clean litter boxes is essential to successful cat ownership, and that includes while you are away for vacation. Leaving them to their own devices could lead to stress and therefore inappropriate behavior. It is always best to secure overnight care for your cat while away.

    Have questions about what kinds of pets our residents like to have? Contact us!

  • Best Things to Do in Denver in October 2020

    Denver, Colorado, is a beautiful and action-packed place to be any time of year, and there is no shortage of activities in October.  There is something for everyone, from nature lovers to those seeking a family-friendly experience to those who may just be looking for a way to let their hair down and their zombie flag fly.  Check out some of our favorites and plan to meet us there.

    Leaf Peeping

    If you want some gorgeous pictures in early October, take a hike up to Guanella Pass. You can climb up to over 11,600 feet to view the spectacular aspen groves as they change colors. Another must-see is Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can see the reflection of the aspens in Bear Lake. For a later October viewing, take a vintage steam locomotive on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, where you can see the aspen groves on the steep slope between Georgetown and Silver Plume.

    Denver Beer Week

    If you are a beer lover, for nine glorious days, you can revel in all things beer at Denver Beer Week. If that’s not enough, the week wraps up with the biggest beer competition in the country, the Great American Beer Festival. Even if you can’t make it to Beer Week, don’t worry. The Denver Beer Trail boasts over 100 brewpubs, breweries, and taprooms in the Denver metro area, open every month of the year!

    Union Station Zombie Prom

    For an adults’ night out, put on your best ghoulish outfit and polish up your dancing shoes. The Zombie Prom awaits! Dance the night away with a live DJ, spiked punch, and prizes for the best costumes. If you feel like upgrading your experience, grab some tickets to the VIP Teacher’s Lounge Experience.

    BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade

    Gather up all your little ghouls, ghosts, and goblins and head down to Union Station for a free parade and festivities. After the BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade, you can watch live entertainment, get a balloon animal, have your face painted, and more. Make sure the whole family is in costume because you’ll have a chance for not only the best individual costume but the best family or group costumes, as well.

    Zombie Crawl

    Every year in downtown Denver, zombies take over. If you think you have what it takes to stay alive on streets swarming with the undead, check out the Zombie Crawl. Brush up on all your Zombie Apocalypse techniques and make plans to show them off.

    Pumpkin Patches

    There are never any shortages of pumpkin patches in and around Denver in October. Take family pictures against the colorful backdrop of fall foliage and pumpkins, take a hayride, and taste some fall treats without the tricks. Get lost in the 25-acre corn maze at Anderson Farms or visit the Denver Botanic Gardens for a haunted maze. Check out all the options here.

    Taps & Tails @ The Denver Zoo

    Grab your favorite brew and spend a day sipping and strolling while admiring the animals at Taps & Tails at the Denver Zoo. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! It will all take on a whole new relaxed vibe when you meet your favorite people at the zoo.

    From free events to those requiring advance tickets, there is something for every taste and budget in Denver. Come spend your October with us and see what we have to offer.

    At Station A, we don’t just believe in work/life balance, we believe in living life to the fullest, taking advantage of all the natural beauty and fun activities around us. If you are interested in contemporary living connected to it all, contact us today for a tour.

  • 5 Best Things to Do in Denver in September 2020

    It’s been a long summer of sheltering in place. September brings the promise of cooler weather without the threat of snow. It’s a great time to go out and do something fun in Denver. The city has a lot of great options for everyone.

    You can try something new or explore one of your favorite activities from going to the park to shopping at the local farmer’s market. Here’s a look at some of the best things to do in Denver in September. Just remember that some or all of these events and locations might be canceled or closed due to COVID-19.

    CRUSH Walls

    Do you love art? Then CRUSH Walls is the event for you since it brings you the work of local, regional, and national artists. From September 14th through the 20th, the RiNo Art District gets a fresh coat of paint. Using spray paint, artists display their talents and vision on walls and doors.

    The entire district comes alive with creativity and cutting-edge art. You can enjoy an afternoon walking around the district watching the artists at work. If you get hot, stop by the Spray Can Bar and grab a frosty beer and watch the artists working.

    Denver Startup Week

    In 2020, Denver Startup Week is going virtual. This event celebrates all things innovative and entrepreneurial in the Mile High City. This year, you can sign up for online sessions for free. It’s a great way to learn new things about running a business.

    If you own a business or are thinking about starting a business, this event is a must, so mark your calendar for September 14th through the 18th and register for the sections that interest you today. There are more than 300 sessions, and each one is free.

    Denver Food and Wine Festival

    With tickets available online for the best events, the Denver Food and Wine Festival is sure to be a great time. You can dine under the stars or party on the patio. Festival events start on September 4th and run through the 8th with the Grand Tasting on the afternoon of the 7th.

    This is the one event you don’t want to miss with more than 40 area restaurants handing out samples to sink your teeth into along with wine and spirits. There’s even a culinary demonstration from a renowned chef.

    Local Farmer’s Market

    You want to eat healthier and visiting a local farmer’s market can help you meet that goal. There are several farmer’s markets in the Denver area, and each has its own unique flair. Of course, you’ll find more than fresh produce. There are weekly events, live entertainment, and the best home-cooked food in the area.

    You’ll find different farmer’s markets open on different days of the week and a large variety open on Saturdays. You can find anything from locally-made butter and cheese to homemade pies and jam. Many of the farmer’s markets have a festival feel.

    Take a Walk in the Park

    Denver is home to many parks. Whether you’re looking for walking trails or a picnic area to grill up a meal with family and friends, there’s a park close by. City Park is the largest with a museum, zoo, and golf course. You can walk by the lake and view the City Park Pavilion, a 19th-century landmark built in the Spanish style.

    You can take your pup to the Carla Madison Dog Park for an afternoon of fresh air. With so many parks in the area, you can visit a different one each weekend.

    At Station A, we love the Denver area and the fall weather. We also enjoy sharing our knowledge of local events. When you’re looking for a new apartment to call home, contact us for a tour.

  • The 8 Best Parks in Denver

    Welcome to Denver, home of Titanic Survivor Molly Brown and various 19th century landmarks. While the city is filled with restaurants, local shops, and exciting activities, there are so many incredible places to get outside and enjoy nature. For the best hiking trails, places to picnic, and prime playing grounds for your favorite sports, check out the 8 best parks here in Denver.

    CITY PARK

    Featuring lakeside trails, City Park is one Denver’s prime locations. Within the park, you can spend your time freely enjoying the Denver Museum of Nature & Science while exploring the planetarium, catch one of the many shows, or take pictures of exotic reptiles at the neighboring zoo. Don’t forget about the playgrounds and trails when you feel like getting active.

    CHEESMAN PARK

    This park isn’t as cheesy as the name makes it sound. It’s actually filled with green space to enjoy the sun to offer tranquil views. The trails are aligned with trees, offering shade for those that feel like walking, running, or biking. Whether you feel like having a picnic or playing a friendly game of kickball, there’s plenty of open space to do so while still practicing things like social distancing.

    SLOANS LAKE

    Get ready for some fun in the sun at Sloans Lake Park. Head on over to enjoy a day out on the water as you paddleboard or kayak across this gorgeous lake. With 177 acres of land and water, there’s plenty of room to spend your day relaxing. The great thing about Sloans Lake is that you’ll feel like you’re on vacation away from the city while still being in the city.

    CONGRESS PARK

    Originally known as Cemetery Hill, Congress Park earned its name in the 1890s. Senator Henry Teller requested the original land be redesigned into a park that the growing city’s population could enjoy, with the first plans including other local known parks such as Cheesman Park and the Denver Botanical Gardens. Today it presents itself as a city nursery where you can enjoy flowers and growing trees as you take a stroll through the trails.

    ALAMO PLACITA

    Established in 1911 through the condemned property, Alamo Placita became one of the hidden gems in the city of Denver. The small area is known as a garden sanctuary, providing nurturing views. The park is the perfect place for getting fresh air on daily runs and is pet friendly.

    CONFLUENCE PARK

    Accessible by light rail, Confluence Park brings you urban vibes. Settled between Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, this downtown Denver Park is beloved for contemporary settings that house prime waterfront locations. Take a kayaking trip down the river as you float comfortably through parts of the city.

    CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK

    When it comes to state parks, Cherry Creek is one of the prettiest. Reserve a spot for a weekend of camping and enjoy a little bit of wildlife as you relax. Choose between activities like fishing, riding jet skis, or simply playing in the water. If you feel like exploring, grab your bike and ride through nature as you enjoy the cleanly kept trails.

    WASHINGTON PARK

    Offering sporting facilities, blooming gardens, winding trails, and elegant views, Washington Park has it all. This Denver park spans 161 acres and provides you with plenty to do. Get some friends together for a game of volleyball or slam ball, and take advantage of all the adventurous opportunities at the park.

    If you or a friend are looking for a new place to call home that offers your a prime location in the city of Denver, contact us today. The Station A Apartments are closeby all of the best parks in Denver, making it incredibly easy to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

  • Tips for Grilling at an Apartment

    Summer is here, and that means it’s grilling season! Are you prepared for the many joys and occasional challenges of grilling when you live in an apartment complex? Our residents’ guide to grilling should help you master the art of apartment complex grilling.

    Before getting started, you’ll need to know the grilling options available to you, the rules of your complex covering where you can and can’t grill, and the proper etiquette of grilling when you’re sharing prep and grill space with the other residents.

    The Different Types of Grills

    There are many types of grills and your enjoyment and results will depend in large part on choosing the right grill for how you like to cook and the flavors you’re looking for in your grilled food.

    Indoor grills — These electric grills let you enjoy the delicious flavor and appetizing look of char-grilled food even when there’s a thunderstorm raging outside. The best indoor grills are easy to use and just as easy to clean. However, foods cooked on them may lack some of that grilled flavor you’re expecting.

    Gas grills — These grills are generally fueled by portable propane tanks, although they can also be fueled by a permanent gas line. Simply turn a knob and you’re ready to grill. This makes them perfect for last minute grilling and those impatient grillers who hate waiting for coals to ash over. They also don’t produce any ash, so they’re quicker and easier to clean than charcoal grills. Gas grills at Station A can be used in designated grilling amenity spaces.

    Charcoal grills — Fueled by charcoal briquets, these grills are familiar old favorites to those who like the challenge of creating the perfect amount of heat from heaps of burning coals. It’s easy to add soaked hickory, mesquite, apple, or cherry wood chips to the fire for an extra layer of delicious smoky flavor. Many people prefer the authentic ‘grilled’ flavors that come from burning embers. Utilize the designated grilling areas when grilling at an apartment. Most apartments, including Station A, do not allow for charcoal grill usage on patios.

    Outdoor pizza ovens — What tastes better than a crispy, slightly charred crust supporting a load of your favorite toppings? Delivery pizzas simply can’t compare with a pizza fresh from the blistering heat of an outdoor pizza oven and eaten just a few steps away! Check out Station A’s outdoor kitchen including pizza oven!

    Always Practice Grilling Safety!

    Safety is a priority whenever you’re grilling, and it’s especially important when you’re surrounded by other people who may not be paying attention to what you’re doing.

    Follow these suggestions for safe grilling:

    • Always follow the apartment complex’s rules for grilling.
    • Never, ever leave a hot grill unattended!
    • Know how to use the equipment properly. If you’re unsure, ask someone to show you.
    • Keep hot pads or oven mitts handy.
    • Always remember to turn all the knobs on a gas grill off when you’re done using it. Dispose of charcoal ash safely in a designated container.

    Know Proper Grilling Etiquette

    Don’t hog the shared grills! Other people might have grilling plans, too. Be prepared to share grill space with your neighbors and never leave the community grills in a mess. Remove any residue, clean the grates, wipe down the prep areas, and throw away all of your trash. Leave the grilling area as fresh, clean, and inviting as you found it and everyone will have fun grilling!

    Get to Know Your Neighbors

    Grilling is a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Appetizing smells wafting around the area are sure to spark comments and questions. You may even find yourself swapping grilling tips or recipes with your new-found friends! You might even want to organize a potluck so everyone can share their favorite grilling or picnic foods while you all get to know each other better.

    Enjoy Station A’s Outdoor Amenities

    At Station A, our outdoor amenities include an outdoor kitchen with a food prep area, grilling stations, pizza oven, picnic nooks, and ample places to enjoy al fresco dining. Not a resident yet? Contact us to schedule a tour of our wonderful apartments and exceptional amenities!

  • Great Things to Do in Denver in August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on summer travel plans for many Colorado residents. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of fun things to do in our community. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in Denver and the surrounding areas in August.

    Museums and Zoos

    Museum of Contemporary Art

    MCA Denver provides a wide range of rotating exhibitions that explore the art and culture of today. There are educational programs for children and adults that showcase the work of regional and national artists. The museum is operating on a timed ticketing system to limit their guest capacity. The cost of admission is $10 and free for children under 18 years of age.

    Denver Zoo

    The Denver Zoo is offering family-friendly events throughout the month of August. Nature Connects® is an award-winning exhibit that features larger-than-life sculptures made of LEGO® bricks that are strategically placed throughout the zoo. Art With the Animals is offered Friday and Saturdays through August 15th. This socially distanced event includes arts supplies, instruction, and an exclusive animal feeding. Children can also join a painting class where they will use their handprints to create animals on a LEGO® brick. The Zoo is limiting the number of daily visitors in adherence with social distancing guidelines. Tickets must be purchased online.

    Virtual Events

    Colorado Black Arts Festival

    For the first time in 35 years, the Colorado Black Arts Festival will take place online. The virtual event is going to be available on YouTube at COLBAF on August 7th, 8th, and 9th at 7 pm. Enjoy this year’s theme of “Art Ovation,” designed to promote African arts and culture in Denver.

    Outdoor Fun

    Sloan’s Lake

    Sloan’s Lake is considered the biggest lake in Denver and offers ample non-motorized boating and fishing opportunities. There is a 3-mile paved path that surrounds the lake and is perfect for both bicyclists and pedestrians. The 177 acre park has plenty of room for picnics, with sheltered pavilions available for use. It’s the perfect spot for watching the sun go down with an incredible view of the Denver skyline.

    Cherry Creek Reservoir

    This 880 acre recreational area is located outside of Denver but is accessible by Rail if you take a bike. The use of jet skis, kayaks, and paddle boards are allowed. Fishing is permitted with a valid license. The swimming area is currently closed but there are picnic tables and grills available. Camping is allowed with a reservation. The natural prairie creates a beautiful environment complemented by beautiful rolling hills. It’s a relaxing oasis worth checking out.

    Confluence Park

    This urban park is one of the must-see places to visit in Denver. It’s the ideal location to relax by the river, grab a coffee on REI’s outdoor patio, or take a tube for a leisurely float down the South Platte. For those looking for more adventure, there are challenging whitewater chutes for kayaking the rapids. There is a well-kept hiking and biking path that follows the river along part of the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. The Platte Valley Trolley provides easy access to this Mile-High City favorite location.

    Pedal Boat Rides

    The best place to enjoy a pedal boat ride is in Washington Park. Wheel Fun Rentals offers reasonable rates for two and four-seat boats. The park is the biggest in Denver, with a beautiful 2.75-mile loop trail that is perfect for both walkers and bikers. There are ample wide-open spaces to enjoy a quiet afternoon enjoying the August weather.

    Hiking the 14ers

    There are 58 mountain peaks in Colorado that exceed 14,000 feet. Known as the 14ers, these ranges have hiking trails for all skill levels. The snow has melted, making August the perfect time to tackle a big hike. The 14ers for beginners include Greys, Torreys, Longs, and Bierstadt. Each trail provides a unique perspective of the beautiful scenery that surrounds our beautiful state.

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  • Must Have Pool Accessories for an Amazing Summer

    Summer is here! If you love the scorching heat and blazing sun, that’s good news for you. For some of us though, walking outside after 8:00 in the morning makes us feel like we’re melting right into the asphalt. If that’s the case, you probably spend most of your time in the pool–a crisp, cool oasis in the middle of the sweltering heat of summer. The pool is a great place to hang out with friends or just relax after a long week. After scouring the internet and reading tons of reviews, we’ve compiled a list of the coolest pool accessories for every occasion.

    Choose classic games for traditional summer fun

    Summer is the time to gather a bunch of friends in the backyard, grill your favorite foods, and play games. These party games and sports are even more fun when you add the element of water–check out the pool variations of these classics:

    Cornhole

    No barbecue is complete without a game of cornhole. If you’ve mastered cornhole in your backyard, it might be time to add a new twist. Make it a bit more challenging with the gentle rocking motion of the waves in your pool. This corn toss set has two cup holders and includes six waterproof bean bags. Added bonus? Foam and plastic pellet filling means they won’t sink when they hit the water.

    Basketball

    Add some air to your slam dunk with an inflatable basketball hoop for the pool. The Hoop Shark set is extra durable so it stands up to even the toughest slam dunks. So grab the included basketball, get a running start, and see how high you can get before slamming into the water.

    Volleyball

    An intense game of volleyball is the perfect way to spend a long day in the sun. Intex makes a fantastic inflatable volleyball set that works well in any pool. It’s easy to take anywhere, weighing only three pounds and inflating quickly. It’s large enough to get a big group of people in on the fun, and it comes with a repair kit, just in case.

    Engage in crazy challenges with your most competitive friends

    We all have those super competitive friends–you know, the ones who turn everything into a contest.  They are the friends who will casually ask you if you want to run a 5K next month (it’ll be fun, they say), and for the next 30 days you’re up at the crack of dawn, living on protein shakes and raw eggs, with “Eye of the Tiger” stuck in your head for the rest of time. Those friends will completely appreciate these pool toys that are sure to inspire a bit of healthy competition….

    Inflat-A-Bull

    Think your mechanical bull skills rival those of Travolta in Urban Cowboy? Even if you’re as good as you think, bringing that bull into the water might make things a little more challenging… Round up your friends and see who can stay on this inflatable bull while the rest of you create a bunch of choppy waves.

    Chicken Fight

    Chicken fights are probably one of the most fun water games ever. It’s a real bummer when you don’t have enough people, though. These giant chicken floats allow you to have all the fun of the fight with only two people. Push, pull, wrestle, and flip your friends off their chicken and into the water!

    SpikeBuoy

    Spikeball (or roundnet, if you prefer) is all the rage now at barbecues, beaches, and backyards across the country. With Spikebuoy, you can challenge your buddies to a game of Spikeball in the pool. An anchor bag and leg straps attach to your net in the water, adding an awesome new element to a fantastic game.

    When that’s all done, it’s finally time to relax…

    It’s great to have wild, crazy fun with the friends, but sometimes you just need to step back and take some time out. These accessories will help you relax and recharge after a long work week:

    Floating Pool Speaker

    Music makes everything better, especially a leisurely float around the pool. This Bluetooth speaker floats along with you, playing your favorite tunes and adding a pretty glow to the water with brightly colored LED lights. The built-in microphone allows you to make hands-free phone calls while you’re relaxing the day away.

    Floating Cooler

    The pool is the perfect place to spend a starry summer night. After a long day at work, kicking back and relaxing in the pool is just the way to unwind. Of course, you absolutely must have your favorite drinks handy to help you loosen up. This Intex Mega Chill floating cooler is perfect for storing up to 30 cans in the main cooler and up to 15 more drinks in the cup holders and storage area.

    Pool Hammock

    You want to relax in your pool, but it’s a real scorcher and you can’t even hang out on your float without breaking a sweat. Trade the float in for a pool hammock. The design of the hammock keeps you partially submerged in the cool water while still allowing you to drift lazily along. The headrest and footrest provide extra comfort.

    Canopy

    For the ultimate in summer relaxation, you need to splurge and treat yourself to a pool canopy. The spacious design, soft material, and cushy pillows are incredibly inviting. Grab a tasty snack and lay back with a good book or kick off a Netflix binge.

    Whether you’re splashing around with friends or relaxing while indulging in the latest Netflix craze, the pool is the place to do it. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about the wonderful amenities here at Station A.