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.
Nov 13 2020
At some point or another most of us have to take on a roommate. This can go fabulously and you could be friends forever! Or, it might be a little more challenging. Most of the time, your experience will fall somewhere in the middle, and if you follow a few tips you just might have an enjoyable experience. Read on for more about how you can work through some common issues that roommates have and how to create a peaceful home in your apartment with your roommate.
Communication is Key
Like any relationship, you must communicate. This means a few different things:
- Talk before you move in together about expectations regarding shared spaces and cleaning habits.
- Solve any problems immediately. You can, of course, take a cool down period if there is any bickering involved. However, a general rule of thumb is not to let any problems linger and fester. This is how they snowball.
In addition to just being civil and pleasant to one another, you need to respect boundaries.
- Knock before entering bedrooms
- Don’t eat your roommate’s food without their permission
- In general, respect privacy — bathrooms, bedrooms, etc.
- Consider toning down strong perfumes or candles as some people can be more sensitive to smells than others
Consider your Roommate’s Schedule
While you do not need to know every time they will be coming and going from the apartment, you should have a general idea if your schedules are opposite. For example, if they work an opposite schedule as you and need to sleep in the daytime, be respectful and keep the noise down. You should always be considerate of noise, no matter the time of day. If your music tastes differ, pick up a pair of headphones and rock out!
Have a Plan for Chores
It does not mean that you have to have an evenly exact 50/50 split. Maybe you hate cooking and they love it. Find a reasonable way to break up chore duty, so that you each know what to expect for the other. And, you should never make them clean up after you. Take care of your own bathroom trash, don’t leave your underwear around, and generally keep the place neat. When it comes time to the down and dirty cleaning that’s what you should evenly divide up. When in doubt, divide up the worst chores evenly so nobody is constantly taking out the trash more than the other.
Put the Money Plan in Writing
In most cases, you will probably split the rent 50/50. But, no matter how you decide to pay the rent put that in writing before you move in. If it is not outlined in the lease you should draft up your own document and have it notarized. Financial problems can ruin friendships, but they can also ruin your credit and your chances at taking out a mortgage in the future. The easiest and cleanest way to handle money is to decide on it upfront and put it in writing.
The easiest way to work out an apartment agreement with a roommate is to have the difficult conversations up front. Talk about chores, money payments, groceries, laundry, all of it. It’s not too late, though, if you waited until after you moved in. Open communication is key, which might mean you need to make your roommate feel like you are approachable about a subject that you might be angry about. Remember, this is home for both of you. Home should conjure warm, fuzzy feelings. Disagreements happen, but working through them civilly and honestly is the best approach.
Reach out and contact us today if you have any questions about how to come up with a peaceful agreement plan with your roommate!
Nov 02 2020
Denver offers excitement and enchantment in November, as only autumn in The Rockies can. The culture of the city is on full display in Denver, with some of the most anticipated arts and social events of the year being held during November. Here’s some of what’s on our calendar this November.
Denver Arts Week
An annual arts extravaganza, Denver Arts Week offers hundreds of exhibits, both live and virtual, throughout the week. Sprawled across many types of venues throughout the city, this community event exhibits a very diverse selection of locally produced art. Dancers, musicians, performers, and visual artists schedule galleries and shows throughout the event. Film also takes a large role as Denver Arts Week is scheduled to coincide with the conclusion of the Denver Film Festival, a 43-year tradition!
Denver International Wine Festival
Every year in November, the Denver International Wine Festival wows attendees with wine offerings from all over the world. This 3-day event features a multi-course banquet to kick off the event, with an assortment of wine pairings to be enjoyed. The second day features top local chefs squaring off in a competition to create the best dishes to pair with this year’s winning wines. The third day’s event is a large-scale wine tasting with over 50 vendors in attendance. Whether you’re a sommelier or just a person with adventurous taste buds, this festival has something for you.
CRUSH is a beautiful tradition in Denver’s River North Arts District since 2010. CRUSH (short for Creative Rituals Under Social Harmony) is an annual street art event in which hundreds of walls all over the River North Arts District are given to local and guests street artists to paint as they wish. CRUSH leaves a living gallery on the streets of this Denver neighborhood, celebrating the local culture and talents. The colorful murals can create a wonderful day of an art walk through this open-air gallery.
United Way Turkey Trot
The annual United Way Turkey Trot is a well-known tradition to many. This Thanksgiving race is a huge part of the fund-raising efforts for the United Way all over the world, but in Denver it’s special. Denver was the first United Way chapter, originally founded in 1887. The United Way has since gone on to spread their community action and charity mission with over 1800 chapters worldwide. The Mile High United Way Chapter holds a special place in the hearts of locals and never is this more observable than at the annual Turkey Trot. For 2020, the Turkey Trot has gone fully virtual, but small community events are popping up all around the festivities as the people of Denver show that their unwavering support of the United Way.
Mile High Holidays
November in Denver offers enchanting Thanksgiving and Christmas attractions and activities. The city’s annual Mile High Holidays Numerous displays and workshops culminate in Thanksgiving weekend, when dozens of museums, businesses, and government buildings unveil breathtaking light displays. Included among these, is Denver’s famous “Mile High Tree”, a 110-foot light sculpture of a Christmas tree. This towering tree can be entered and observed by onlookers and flashes gorgeous patterns in a continual light show.
Colorado Country Christmas Gifts Show
Every year the Colorado Country Christmas Gifts Show brings excitement to the holiday season in Denver. This is a 3-day expo of crafts, furnishings, art, local foods, and gifts for the whole family. Seen by many as a kick-off to the holiday season, this show has been a fixture in Denver for 37 years. With some of the top local chefs, artisans, and artists in attendance, it features hundreds of exhibits, vendors, and displays.
Denver’s calendar is packed full of events like these in November. This city is bursting with social and cultural richness, and it’s exciting to be in the middle of it.
Here at Station A, we think it’s important to have a comfortable home, while still being close to the action. If you’re interested in moving towards contemporary, affordable living connected to all the celebrations Denver has to offer, contact us and maybe we can help get you where it’s all happening.
Oct 20 2020
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 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 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!
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 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!
Sep 30 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sep 01 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.
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.
Aug 26 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aug 06 2020
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!
Jul 30 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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