The Highland’s neighborhood is a bustling, trendy residential neighborhood filled with elegant old homes, new modern three-story houses, chic cocktail bars, and trendsetting restaurants. Spend the afternoon perusing down 32nd Avenue past boutiques, coffee shops, art from local artists and more. Situated on the West side of I-25 this neighborhood overlooks downtown and is only a short ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Statistics according to Denver Metro Data:
Total combined population: 8,655
Average sales price (according to ReColorado): $635,300
Elementary School: Valdez, Bryant Webster (K-8)
Middle School: Academia Ana Marie Sandova (PK-6)
High School: North High School, Contemporary Learning Academy High School
Tennyson Street Cultural District: On the first Friday of every month from 6-10 pm, join Denver’s oldest art walk on Tennyson street to enjoy street performers and food vendors on every corner. Spend the afternoon browsing a number of restaurants, boutiques, indie bookstores, and local art galleries and studios. You’ll also be able to enjoy live music and hands-on “minishops” where clay artist Marie E.v.B. Gibbons offers visitors a chance to make their own piece for $10.
Highlands Street Festivals: For the past 37 years, the Highlands Street Fair kicks off summer with a free-block party with more than 100 vendors of food, drinks, and booths including local artisans, purveyors and more. Live music, a play zone for kids, a few bars, and activities for all will be available for your enjoyment.
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus: Albeit a little bit south of the Highlands, the first Tuesday of every month from 4-8pm families can play for free at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. Create in The Art Studio, power a hot air balloon or make giant bubbles!
4th Annual Beer and Ice Cream Pairing: Join the Denver Beer Company for their 4th Annual Beer and Ice Cream Pairing night on July 27th and 28th from 11am-5pm. The brewmasters at Denver Beer Company crafted five delicious summer brews that the chefs at Little Man’s paired with five unique ice cream flavors. Tickets are $20 and include five four-ounce beers and five mini-scoops of ice cream.
For the Fitness Guru:
LoHi Athletic Club: Head down to the locally-owned, non-corporate LoHi Athletic Club for a friendly, fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and unlimited classes. Their top of the line cardio equipment allows your smartphone and iPod to connect to watch movies, listen to music, and track your fitness programs. Also enjoy some quality beginner or advanced classes taught by certified instructors. A variety of classes are available such as cycling classes, yoga classes, boot camps, cardio kickboxing, sport condition and more.
Alchemy 365 – LoHi: Alchemy 365 brings a different approach to fitness by combining some of the most effective forms of yoga, strength and cardiovascular training into a high energy array of classes. Any fitness goal can be met in a variety of fun and challenging classes taught in the studio by excellent trainers. If you don’t have time to make it to the gym, jump online to find a free at-home workout.
Fitwall: Fitwall focuses on body-weight, interval training sessions to develop strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness in only 40 minutes. Each day of the week has a different focus such as power, durability, vigor, move and more which emphasizes strength, cardio or a blend of both. In order to improve, the same workouts are held for three weeks in a row, before seven new workouts are introduced for the following three weeks.
For the Foodie:
El Camino: El Camino is a certified green restaurant, that uses locally-sourced ingredients (when possible) to make all their food from scratch. While their menu changes seasonally, their hospitality and fresh ingredients remains intact. El Camino is the perfect place to enjoy unpretentious food inspired by all regions of Mexico that have been catered to the American palate. Not only do they make excellent food but they also donate a portion of proceeds as well as food, and beverages to local schools.
Blue Pan Pizza: Award winning, Detroit-style pizza that has the signature caramelized crust for which Detroit pizza is known. Blue Pan uses a unique blend of brick, white cheddar, and whole milk mozzarella cheeses to caramelize the crust and bakes them in blue steel pans imported from Detroit. Stop in on Mondays to buy one large pizza and get the second one free!
Avanti Food and Beverage Collective: Avanti allows you the freedom to explore your culinary options with eight different vendors to choose from. Grab one of twenty different draft beers, classic cocktails, or a glass of wine from one of the two bars. Enjoy your meal in the lounge, the dining area, or on the rooftop deck that overlooks downtown.
Little Man Ice Cream: Since the opening in 2008, Little Man’s ice cream has been a favorite among locals and visitors serving up the tastiest and freshest homemade ice cream in their iconic 28ft tall cream can. For every scoop of ice cream purchased, Little Man matches that scoop by donating a scoop of rice, beans, or other essentials to a community in need anywhere around the world.
For the shopaholic:
BookBar: Calling all wine lovers who like to read or all book worms that indulge in a glass of wine. BookBar is an indie bookstore and wine bar that offers a perfect place to read and sip or meet and discuss. Enjoy a daily happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm for $2 off all wine and beer and 10% off all books.
Perfect Petal: The Perfect Petal is half floral shop, half boutique, and full one-stop shop for envy-worthy gifts. Stop in to enjoy the freshly, hand-selected flowers from local growers. While you are there, browse their fun eclectic jewelry, unique cards, quirky cookbooks, and scented candles.
RusticThread Boutique: The RusticThread Denver is a charming boutique that was converted from a row house built in 1908. This quaint store is stocked full of statement pieces, classic needs, and unique finds. Also peruse through their new shipments of tops, dresses, denim, sweaters, and accessories every week.