Sep 14 2021
Apartments are great living spaces. However, they are not always the best of places in terms of storage spaces. This doesn’t mean that you should not stay in an apartment. With a bit of creativity, you can optimize your apartment’s storage capacity.
This article is for you if you are an apartment dweller and looking for better ways to save space. It contains several actionable ideas you can implement today to help you maximize space in your apartment. Keep reading!
5 Space Saving Ideas You Should Try Today
1. Maximize Vertical Space
One of the mistakes you might be committing is focusing more on horizontal storage. While horizontal storage might appear to be enough in a home setting, it creates clutter in an apartment. Instead, consider the vertical storage option.
Storing your possessions vertically leaves you with much spaces on the ground. This way, you have less clutter in your apartment and extra space to store more items. You can facilitate vertical storage using racks, shelves, hooks, or wall-mounted storage compartments.
2. Unique Storage Locations
Your apartment has more unique storage locations than you may be using. For example, did you know that you can store items under the bed and still have more space for other things?
Most apartment dwellers miss this storage opportunity by not having a bed but sleeping on their mattress flat on the floor. Whereas such an approach has nothing to do with the mattress’s quality or sleep, it eliminates a valuable storage space.
Use a bed frame, and you will be surprised how much storage space you create with such an arrangement. Keep items – small and big – that you don’t often use under the bed.
3. Kitchen Space Savers
The kitchen is one of the areas where every apartment dweller has challenges with storage and space. While you may want to store all your items in cabinets, you won’t have enough of those.
With a bit of organization, you can create enough storage space in the kitchen. Kitchen space savers such as the use of magnetic strips are a creative way to display your items. Magnetic spice racks will help you store most of your kitchen utensils without worrying about consuming a lot of space.
4. Wall Mounted (disappearing) Kitchen Tables / Desks
Wall-mounted desks and tables can help you save a lot of space in your apartment. Floating desks and tables give you enough space in your kitchen or living area, depending on your needs.
Your wall-mounted desk or table can be a sleek model, which you can fold down from the wall after use, or a small option, which is deep enough such that it doesn’t take much of your floor space. Nevertheless, it is advisable to go for the option that suits your floor space and storage needs.
5. Use Shelves
Shelves are considered an ideal option in vertical storage. They are best for holding both small and large items, allowing you to have a number of your items off the ground.
You take advantage of shelves in two ways – use a shelving rack or have wall-mounted shelves in different areas within your apartment. You will then use the shelving racks for your heavy items like kitchen appliances and the wall-mounted racks for small items such as soap and vases.
It can be hard to find an apartment with enough storage space to accommodate all your items. You have to create the space yourself. The above apartment storage ideas should set you off in the right direction. All you need is to be a little creative with your storage options, and you will be surprised how much more space you can create in your apartment.
Now that you know how to maximum space in a home, have you gotten yourself an apartment yet? Station A offers you classic 1-bedroom apartments in Denver. Call us today for an exclusive tour of premier apartments that blend style and comfort.
Aug 11 2021
You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy a fresh Caprese salad if you have the tools and skills to grow your own beautiful and productive garden indoors. Building a window garden is quick and easy, and you can have one regardless of your limited space. This piece provides all the knowledge to help you establish a thriving garden no matter the year’s season.
Benefits of a Window Garden
There is a good reason why window gardening still enjoys a surge in popularity. Establishing one comes with more benefits beyond the convenience of having your popular ingredients at an arms’ length:
Add Style and Decoration
Your new window garden will ultimately add style to the interior and exterior of your home. Adding lush green and healthy crops enhances the garden window’s design and makes it quite beautiful to look at. Establishing a window garden can be an effective way to add character to your home and improve its resale value.
Improves the Quality of Indoor Air
Apart from enhancing your home décor efforts, an indoor garden can also help control indoor pollution in your home. Plants typically produce fresher air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen in a process called photosynthesis. Bringing your favorite garden plants indoors can actually improve the quality and health of the air that surrounds you and your loved ones.
It is pretty easy to water window garden crops because they are right by the sink. Besides, when you are planting indoors, you can get various vegetable plants at your fingertips for a quick meal. More importantly, because you don’t have to go to the store for your ingredients, you save more time and money when you grow vegetables in your window garden.
The fruits and vegetables you buy at the grocery stores could be loaded with pesticides and fertilizers that harm your health. However, when you grow your vegetables in your home, you are guaranteed fresh and organic food that is safe to consume.
Gardening goes beyond being just a hobby; it’s therapy for most people. Establishing a window garden helps brings peace to your soul while enhancing your mental health. In a nutshell, indoor gardening is a perfect form of therapy for your mind, body, and soul.
What Can You Grow in a Window Garden?
The types of crops to grow in your garden depend on the growing condition and your personal preferences. If the indoor conditions are more on a cooler side and the light conditions feature primarily cloudy days, go for leafy greens. However, if you are experiencing more light, grow winter vegetables.
Summer crops such as tomatoes typically do well in summer conditions or warm places that experience lots of sunshine. The trick is to experiment with various crops and grow what you see growing. Some of the ideal crops to get you started to include:
- Microgreens: Microgreens are little plants that are quite nutritious and delicious. They will also look great in your kitchen window, especially if you place them on an ornamental pot. They don’t need good soil and thrive in limited space.
- Herbs: Having a herb garden right in your kitchen window can be fun and rewarding. The list of herbs to get you started is quite inexhaustive. It can include rosemary, thyme, cilantro, parsley, celery, dill, stevia, and basil.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera does well indoors if you grow them in pots with excellent drainage. The crop doesn’t like it wet, and you should grow it in a sunny window. Utilize the crop to make your favorite juice is such as the aloe vera orange drink.
- Other crops that do well indoors include lettuce, winter greens, strawberries, root vegetables, winter vegetables, broccoli, and cauliflower.
What Are the Different Types of Garden Windows?
Garden windows feature many styles specifically designed to help your plants reach and capture more sunlight. They are also made to conserve resources, such as lighting and space heating, that some plants need to grow. Most garden windows use the same technology as a greenhouse, only that the garden is right inside your house.
Depending on the design of your garden window, you can establish different types of gardens to grow many kinds of crops. Some of the popular options include hanging gardens, countertop gardens, windowsill gardens, self-watering gardens, hydroponic gardens, and vertical gardens.
Contact Station A for Outstanding Home Solutions
There is no doubt adding a garden window in your home is an excellent investment when looking to upgrade your property. As home improvements go, an indoor garden is less costly with more benefits. Whether you will purchase a fully kitted window garden or DIY will depend on your budget, skills, and time. If you are planning to brighten up your home with a window garden, contact Station A today. At Station A, we provide a fantastic amenity package that makes a home feel more like a getaway.
Jul 06 2021
If you’re considering moving, you may want to consider choosing a condo, townhome, or apartment. But choosing between these property types may not be a simple matter of looking at their price tags, or getting the nearest option. You need to understand what each stands for, and how each fits into your housing needs.
Here is a run-down of each of the three property types:
What’s a condo?
A condo or condominium refers to a privately-owned housing property within a community of other similar units. Before you move into a condo, you need to know you only take care of the interior — the rest is the responsibility of the homeowners’ association.
As a condo owner, your own the interior, but share all the exterior amenities with the rest of the community. The homeowners’ association manages these facilities and oversees any conditions, covenants, and restrictions applying to the property.
Condos are also relatively cheaper compared to sing-family homes. They appreciated at a slower rate in 2020, costing up to 17% less than single-family homes. They are cheaper when it comes to taxation: smaller spaces translate to smaller bills from the county.
What’s a townhouse?
A townhouse forms part of multi-floor homes sharing one or two walls with other properties, but with their own entrances. They may be uniform, as is the case for suburban townhouses, and have their own homeowners association.
But newer ones in cities have a more traditional outlook with no affiliation to the homeowners association or have less restrictive homeowners’ association — for those that have them. Because of this, they may be more appropriate for a large family compared to condos.
Despite a recent decline in the number of new townhouses, they have a long history spanning centuries. This doesn’t mean their supply will come up short any time soon. If you enjoy living close to your neighbors, they would be a great fit.
What’s an apartment?
What sets this property type apart from the others is the concept of renting. You can’t own an apartment, but you rent it and decide how long you would be there, or the frequency of payment. You can pay monthly, or for several months, or even a year. The rental lease options are flexible, quite appropriate if you don’t intend to stay in an area for a long time.
Like their condo counterparts, apartment renters have access to common spaces and facilities such as gym, trash disposal, covered parking, and pool, among others. If you prefer to own an apartment, rather than rent it, you’ll have to find out if you can meet the price. Many people prefer to rent because apartments in some cities, such as New York, are quite expensive.
Condo vs. Townhouse vs. Apartment
If you’re trying to find out which between a condo, townhouse, apartment, would be the best for you, you’re likely weighing the strengths of each property type. But all three have a point of convergence: all require a down payment, as well as a monthly mortgage payment. Condos and townhouses also attract homeowners association fees.
Condos are best for first-time homebuyers, and seniors on a downsizing trend, while townhouses would do well for those who need more. Go for an apartment if you want the flexibility to relocate, or are saving for a down payment.
Another important factor in the differentiation of the three major property types is ownership. You have no ownership in an apartment because it doesn’t require a down payment, but you do need to make a security deposit in addition to the monthly rent. But you have ownership of the unit if you choose the condo, or both the unit and the property it sits on if you go for the townhouse.
If you’re still wondering which to choose between a condo, townhouse, and apartment, we at Station A can help you. We look at your budget and housing needs to determine the best choice of a home for you. Contact us today and get the conversation started.
May 13 2021
Though you love apartment living, you miss having an outdoor space that you can enjoy the great weather and non-stop sunshine. That’s why having your own balcony is the perfect solution. But sometimes it’s a struggle to decide how to use and decorate your balcony for the most enjoyment and the biggest statement.
Extend Your Living Space
Instead of creating an outdoor look that feels separate from the rest of the apartment, why not carry your style outdoors? Find furniture that fits your indoor aesthetic, but it made for outdoor living. Instead of sitting on rigid wrought iron or rattan, soften the space with cushions, pillows and throws. Most items can be found made from fabric that is mold and mildew resistant and is made specifically for outdoor use. And if you are all about relaxing, consider a hammock, or a pair of hammocks for the ultimate chill.
Drink that Morning Coffee
If you enjoy starting each morning with a cup of coffee, a balcony is perfect. Bistro sets that are made for the outdoors are the perfect way to make a small balcony feel comfortable and inviting. You will be looking forward to the morning cup of Joe (or tea) so you can sit on the balcony and enjoy the beautiful view.
Bring on the Party
If you are the type who likes to entertain, don’t just throw a grill on the balcony. In addition to your grill, you can easily turn the balcony into an outdoor bar or lounge. Comfortable seating or bar height stools are perfect for parties, overflow, or even an intimate evening in. Floor pillows offer impromptu casual seating and can be easily stored or moved when not in use.
If you love growing your own herbs or flowers, your balcony can be a great place to garden. Plants are so versatile, since they can be in an assortment of containers, grow on the floor, tables, shelves or even hang from the ceiling. They come in a variety of colors, so you never get bored. And if you love the look but lack the green thumb, high quality silk plants are often mistaken for the real thing. Try balcony rail planters to save space for seating (or more plants!)
Love that Color!
If you are in love with that bright shade of yellow but just cannot incorporate it into your apartment, try using it on the balcony. It is your chance to be brave with bright colors or combinations that you might not normally use. If you don’t like it tomorrow, you can change it up for that shade of fuchsia.
Light the Night
There are so many types of lights to choose from for your balcony. Hanging lights, floor lamps, and string lights add ambience to a small space and accent your style subtlety. Just be sure that your lights are rated for outdoor use.
You don’t have to be content with a plain balcony floor. Tiles and planks that snap together over your floor are perfect to bring interest to a formerly drab floor. And don’t forget rugs! Outdoor carpet and rugs are washable, hold up to the elements, and bring a huge dose of class to your balcony. They are available in nearly any color or pattern you can think of, so have some fun with your floor!
You have walls on your balcony, so be sure to make use of that space. Garden shops have a huge assortment of outdoor decorating items to choose from. Hang your plants from the ceiling, a mirror on the wall, or even a drape to soften the space. Outdoor shelving can add storage and interest to an otherwise plain wall.
Your balcony can be an extension of your apartment. It can showcase your interests, hobbies, and style and is relatively inexpensive to change up. Don’t just decorate for the holidays. Decorate for every day. If you are looking for a premier apartment in Denver, give us a look. You will love our beautiful apartments, our extensive amenities and features, and yes, our balconies. Contact us today to set up an appointment and find out more.
Mar 05 2021
Longtime residents of Colorado already know this, but Denver is a great city to be anytime of the year. March is no exception. There are so many amazing opportunities for Denver’s residents to get out and enjoy their community. From restaurant options to hiking trails, the options are limitless. Station A‘s luxurious apartments are just minutes away from it all. Take a closer look at these local events taking place this March that you won’t want to miss out on.
Month of Photography
Denver’s residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the Month of Photography thanks to Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC).The biennial festival is geared towards showcasing and celebrating the diverse medium while creating opportunities for up and coming and local artists. The exhibitions are dispersed throughout 75 museums and a great reason to get out and get exploring. Zanele Muholi, an activist who is well-known for her use of the body, is just one of the many talented individuals whose work will be on display. The great thing about this event is that it literally will be running this whole month. To see a map of the neighborhoods and exhibits check out CPAC‘s extensive guide.
Night Lights Denver
Night Lights Denver is a great reason to come out and enjoy The Denver Theatre District. The light-based art display that is breaking boundaries gives viewers a unique experience while being able to support the surrounding businesses and communities. The incredibly innovative art exhibits take place Tuesday through Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 11:00 PM. However, starting March 14th, the featured art will begin at 7:30 PM due to daylight saving. Interested individuals can watch this YouTube video to get a sneak peek of what everyone is talking about. Night Lights Denver has gotten the reputation as ‘the people’s projector’, and it definitely seems worth checking out.
On Sunday, March 21st Denver residents will have an opportunity like no other. Rainbow Militia and Prismajic are the forces behind Celestial Chaos. The event combines dancing, circus, and storytelling like never before. Decked out with visual arts, Celestial Chaos is a show about Greek mythology. The production tells the story of three gods who struggle to create a “perfect” world. The cast of Celestial Chaos encourages audience members to embrace the theme and fun and dress like the gods. Amber Blais, Cerene Shepard, and Staza Stone are just a few of the highly-acclaimed professionals who will be featured in the entertaining show. Saint Patrick’s Day Dance Performances
Of course, as many people are very familiar with, March is the month that is traditionally marked with lots of symbolic, festive, and green decorations in honor of Saint Patrick. There are plenty of ways to join the fun in Denver, Colorado. Wick School of Irish Dance is returning for another celebratory dance performance at Stanley. The first event will take place on Saturday, March 13th from 12:00 to 12:30 PM. Denver’s residents will have another opportunity to enjoy the exciting performances on Wednesday, March 17th from 4:00 to 4:30 PM. These exciting and festive events will be taking place both indoors and outdoors.
There is no question about it, Denver, Colorado has a ton of culture. With March just beginning, this is the perfect month to start enjoying everything the city has to offer. The abundance of events and opportunities make it a great place to live. Contact us today to find out more about Station A’s contemporary housing options, amazing amenities, and our one-of-a-kind community.
Feb 03 2021
When searching for an apartment, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Location, amenities, and price can all be a determining factor in finding the apartment just right for you. Once you decide on the ideal apartment complex, you may ask yourself if you would prefer a studio or 1-bedroom apartment. While they may seem similar at first glance, there are key differences between a studio and a 1-bedroom apartment. Read on to learn what may be the best fit for your lifestyle and budget.
What is a Studio Apartment?
A studio apartment usually features everything in a single room with only a separate bathroom. A studio apartment has an open floor plan that combines the living room, kitchen/dining area, and bedroom. While a studio may provide a wall or divider for the bedroom, it does not give the full privacy of having a defined separate space for sleeping. Studio apartments are functional and concise. Here at Station A we also offer Urban 1 Bedroom Apartments. These are studio apartments with a half wall creating separate living room and bedroom areas while keeping an open layout.
What is a 1-Bedroom Apartment?
A 1-bedroom apartment offers a separate bedroom space closed off from the living room and kitchen area and a separate bathroom. With more space and privacy than studios, 1-bedroom apartments are thoughtfully designed with entertaining and comfort in mind. Depending on the layout, 1-bedroom apartments have a defined dining room or a functional eat-in area combined with the kitchen.
Key Differences Between a Studio and 1-Bedroom
- Price: The cost of renting a studio vs. a 1-bedroom apartment varies by location. A studio apartment closer to a city often costs more, while it is a more affordable option in the suburbs or locations further out from a city.
- Location: While the price can vary by location, sometimes the location is the most important factor when apartment hunting. If it is the most important factor, size does not always matter. Finding a studio may be the most feasible option for a rental close to all the city’s amenities.
- Occupancy: Studios are usually best for a single occupant with its limited square footage. If you are planning to share the apartment with a roommate or significant other, a 1-bedroom provides more space, storage, and comfort than sharing a studio with someone else.
- Lifestyle: Depending on your lifestyle, you’ll want space to accommodate your routine. Whether you enjoy hosting guests or work from home, you want to ensure you have the room to continue your routine in comfort. Since a studio does not offer a defined bedroom area, it can be more difficult to entertain or make it difficult to obtain a healthy work-life balance. When planning to gather with friends or family often, it is usually more desirable to rent a 1-bedroom apartment. While working from home in a studio apartment is possible, some people may find it hard to work, eat, sleep, and relax in the same space day after day. Opting for a 1-bedroom apartment will allow space to set up a home office space in your apartment without compromising relaxation time.
While apartment hunting can be a time-consuming process, understanding the different apartment types equips you with the knowledge to find the one that fits your needs best. Depending on your priorities, a studio or 1-bedroom could check all the boxes on your list. Now that you have the key differences between the two in hand, you can determine the best one for you.
When looking for contemporary studios or 1-bedroom apartments in Denver, Station A offers move-in ready apartments that blend comfort and style. Contact us for a tour to see if Station A’s premier apartments are the right fit for you.
Jan 08 2021
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!
Jan 01 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dec 17 2020
Forget some exotic destination overseas — all the fun and excitement you need to make your December holiday unforgettable is right here in Denver. There are so many fun things to do that you will be spoilt for choice.
Here is an overview of eight events and adventures that are guaranteed to highlight your time in the city.
1. Festival of Wreaths
The Festival of Wreaths is an annual event that has been taking place for over two decades now. The festival brings together local individuals, businesses, and organizations in a competition to design the best wreath. These wreaths are then sold virtually at auction, and the proceeds support the Aurora History Museum and other local education and school programs.
Everyone is welcome to participate. The wreaths are displayed at the Aurora History Museum, and tourists are welcome to participate in the online auction.
2. ChristKindl Market
Have you ever wondered how they celebrate the December holidays in Germany? The ChristKindl Market is the next best thing after actually traveling to Europe.
The ChristKindl Market mimics German and European December holiday traditions so well that you will forget you are in Denver. Highlights include indulging in traditional European cuisine, experiencing European arts and entertainment, and a chance to meet historical figures such as St. Nikolaus and the ChristKindl. The event starts on the Friday before Thanksgiving and goes on to the 23rd of December.
3. Jackalope Virtual Holiday Market
The Jackalope Virtual Holiday Market takes place online, which is just ideal for the 2020 holiday season. The market exhibits a wide range of products, including artistic creations from some of Colorado’s finest artisans. Other products include fine ceramics, home décor, fine jewelry, family products, and more.
4. Penny Saturday at the MCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver is Colorado’s leading exhibit of exotic contemporary works of art. The museum showcases some of its finest works during the December holiday, and you can explore all of them for just one penny. The offer is only available for the first Saturday of December.
5. Free Day at the Museum of Nature & Science
You will find some of the most interesting science and nature concepts on full display at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The museum has a collection of more than one million exhibitions. The exhibits are as diverse as your imagination, and examples include depictions of black holes, impressively intact fossils of dinosaurs, and more.
6. Free Day at the Clyfford Still Museum
The Clyfford Still Museum is one of the world’s top destinations for fans of Abstract Expressionism paintings. The museum is, in fact, named after Clyfford Still, who is credited with discovering this new style of art. The museum opens its doors for free once every year, usually in November, just as the December holidays start. However, tickets are limited and issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.
7. First Friday Art Walk
Denver has a soft spot for art, and the First Friday Art Walk brings together art enthusiasts from all over the country. This massive event takes place on the first Friday of August, and it occupies a large area between the 5th and 11th avenues. Some of the best artists from all over the state and country exhibit their artworks on the roadside street galleries, inside alleys, along walkways, and virtually anywhere with an artistic appeal.
8. Downtown Denver Skyline Park Skating Rink
Located at Skyline Park, the Downtown Denver Rink is the perfect venue for ice skating. It is spacious and picturesque, and anyone can skate for free. It is also close to some of the city’s most popular eateries.
Denver has everything it takes to give you a memorable December holiday. There is a celebratory mood in the air, and there are dozens of fun things to do. These events will give you an intimate experience of some of the city’s most pleasing aspects, so start here and don’t mind losing yourself in the fun.
Contact us today to find out more about what Denver has to offer.
Dec 12 2020
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.