Grand Champion Steer Celebrated in Hotel Lobby

For as long as I can remember, the Brown Palace has been the fanciest hotel in town. The crystal chandalier adorns the lobby, it is where my Grandma took me for my 16th birthday High Tea (a tradition I hope to continue with my daughter who will be 16 this next summer), all manner of celebrity and political figures have stayed at the hotel….and as part of the traditions surrounding the National Western Stock Show – the Grand Champion (1,400 pound cow) is welcomed into the lobby (on a red carpet no less) admist the glitz and spendor of any other celebrity.

Seriously, I don’t know how close you’ve ever been to a steer – but they are not tiny animals and I would never have thought either well behaved or well baithed would be said of a steer either. I was surprised to touch the animal and feel how soft (and thick) his fur. I was told he gets a bath and blowdry every day! He was gentle and calm despite the buzz of activity of the tea goers and hub-bub happening nearby.

The steer in the lobby of a very swanky hotel is sort of a surreal symbol for the city itself. Denver finds itself juxtaposed between our Wild West traditions and that of a modern city. Yes, folks we ride cars and public transportation to work. At least those who live here in the city do…but the guys who care for these awesome steer…maybe they still ride their horses to work. We touch the past while looking toward the future.

 

Denver Deals: IHOP, ChickFilA, CycleBar and More

 

Yee Haw! The National Western Stock Show is in town again. Get the cowpokes and head down to the show for a full day of fun and education. Plus, it can be a really inexpensive fun day. Especially when you just get grounds admission. Kids 2 and under are free. Kids 3-11 are just $3. Depending on the day an adult ticket is just $10. This can be less expensive than going to the movies! Plus, right now there is a deal for Rodeo tickets on Groupon.

IHOP. The all you can eat stack is back! Through February 12. Sit down for a short stack of pancakes…and then stay there for a while…and eat some more. Taste their world-famous buttermilk pancakes.

Chick Fil A. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! From 6 a.m. to 10:30 either go inside or drive through to get a free breakfast each Wednesday in January. Items will vary weekly and by location.

CycleBar. Take a free ride at the CycleBar as part of their Grand Opening (introduction) at their Southwest Plaza location. January 12-22. Enjoy our luxury amenities, CycleStats personal performance tracking, CycleBeats mind-blowing playlists, and invigorating rides led by CycleStar Instructors.* Register Now.

 

Disney Junior at The Movies. Hey there! Fathom Events presents Disney Junior at the Movies – Mickey’s BIG Celebration,” back on the big screen! The special in-theatre encore event will take place on Saturday, January 14 at 10:00AM at local Denver area theatres. If you missed it last time around, now is your chance! The show is a really fun, family-friendly interactive experience where guests are encouraged to sing and dance. All attending guests at each participating theatre will again receive a $5 Disney Store offer and a free e-book download along with other prizes on-site. AMC Highlands Ranch, AMC Westminster Promenade, Century Bel Mar, UA Colorado Mills, UA Denver Pavilions, Regal River Point.

 

Pretzelmaker. Enjoy a pretzel for just $1 every Tuesday this month. Plus, the great news is that there is no limit to the offer.

 

Mammoth/Nuggets/Avalanche Party/Family Packs.

  • Mammoth – Four tickets with $40 loaded in stadium ticket value starting at $68!* Ticket promotions come with loaded ticket value that gives you the flexibility to buy what you want! Use the credit loaded onto your tickets for food items such as pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and more plus beverage purchases including water, soft drinks and alcohol. Altitude Authentics team stores located on all levels of Pepsi Center will accept loaded ticket value for merchandise and retail purchases as well. Upcoming games include: March 3 (v. Calgary Roughnecks); and April 28 (v. Saskatchewan Rush).
  • Nuggets – Two $20* tickets loaded with $15 to spend on food and beverage. Upcoming games include: Jan 24 (v. Utah Jazz); Feb 1 (v. Memphis Grizzlies); Feb 15 (v. Minnesota Timberwolves) and Mar 8 (v. Washington Wizards).
  • Avalanche (Family Night) – Four tickets with $60 loaded in stadium ticket value starting at $124. Upcoming games include: Jan 14 (v. Nashville Predators); Feb 19 (v. Tampa Bay Lightening); March 5 (v. St. Louis Blues); March 9 (v. New Jersey Devils); March 23 (v. Edmonton Oilers).

January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month. There are a ton of deals at Colorado Ski resorts!

 

 

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Denver Deals: Stocks Show, Free Days, and more

I am the deals editor. I don’t often play the Powerball (and I rarely have cash because I can’t track where it goes). But I decided this week to play. I mean really, if it is $1.3 Billion – with a “B” – I may win right? Do you dream about what you will do with your money? That was exactly what I was thinking on my run yesterday. But I realized that Deals are so ingrained in me I would still probably look for a deal – a way to make my money go further. Would you?

Stock Show. The National Western Stock Show and VISIT DENVER have joined together to say thank you and celebrate the passing of ballot measure 2C with a FREE day at the 2016 Stock Show.  Denver voters and all stock show fans will receive free grounds admission on January 19 during the 110th National Western Stock Show, January 9-24, 2016.

Free Days. Visit either the Denver Botanic Gardens or National Parks for FREE on Monday, January 18 (The kids are out of school anyway because of Martin Luther King Day). If you like to plan a little further ahead check our schedule of free days for the first half  of this year!

Noodles and Company. Kids eat free on Jan 14, 21, and 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at  Noodles & Company. Get a free kids meal with the purchase of any regular entrée at participating locations. The kids menu includes spaghetti & meatballs, mac & cheese, buttered noodles and grilled chicken breast, as well as a drink and two sides. There will also be fun for kiddos during that time!

Celebrate Winter in Estes Park on Jan 16, 2016.  Part of a two-day celebration of winter with many events happening with clinics and igloo building.  There is even snowshoeing at this event.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie. It’s Bloody Lovely.  You and your (teen) daughter are invited to an advance screening of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES on 2/2 in Denver.  Visit www.sonyscreenings.com/PPZMamas to download your complimentary admit-two pass. (While supplies last. Passes do not guarantee admission as theater is overbooked. Please arrive early for a chance to get in. Cell phones and recording devices will not be permitted into the theater.) PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES opens in theaters February 5th! Check out the website for more info: https://www.facebook.com/PPZMovie (rated PG-13)

The Nest. Get $10 tickets to DCPA show, “The Nest”. Thanks to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a limited number of deeply discounted tickets through the DCPAccess program are available. No promo codes needed — if a DCPAccess ticket is available for a show date, the option to purchase will show up on their site or will be offered by their ticketing staff. On sale Tuesday, January 12 at 12 noon. About The Nest: When you have a seat at the bar called The Nest, no conversation is off-limits, whether you’re speaking or eavesdropping. That is, until a stranger walks in with a lucrative proposition. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck’s plays “may make you laugh or shudder (or both)” according to American Theatre, and with its feisty humor and scorching dialogue, this explosive new comedy holds a cracked mirror up to friendships, romantic relationships and families. *Date night idea

Camp Experience Act Out.  The ladies of CampExperience will be at Act II Consignment in Littleton where we will Donate Our Duds to help charities, drink fantastic wine and eat snacks and learn some fashion tips from Dana Lynch PLUS get 50% off one item…………Act NOW to see the details and register!  January 14th Act II Littleton Donate Your Duds Party 5-8 pm. Bring friends to this free event.

Simple Loose Leaf. One of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a cup of tea at the end of the day – adding that to my love of receiving mail = AWESOME! Simple Loose Leaf 25% off Gift Membership or Ongoing Subscription signup – Use code: 25HOLIDAY
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PretzelMaker. Through January get a pretzel for just $1 at Pretzel Maker.

Winter Ski Directory. We’re thrilled to launch the Colorado Family Ski/Ride Directory that focuses exclusively on families–from daily lift ticket prices to the cost of childcare to where to get the best deals….all in one convenient place so you can compare and contrast.

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

Buying Boots in Nashville

I live in Colorado. I live in cowboy boot country. I like country music and I go the National Western Stock Show annually. I love country music and have been to several concerts. I even owned a horse. But I have never owned a pair of cowboy boots. I am a deals gal and it always seemed so odd to pay so much for shoes that weren’t particularly warm nor great in the snow. With that being said, I am not certain what the lure about cowboy boots were for me when I recently visited Nashville. I was there by myself (I was there for work – but I wasn’t there with friends) – so I can’t even claim that it was peer pressure.

I found myself going in and out of nearly every store looking at and admiring the boots. Some were so sparkly I felt like I should never wear them and rather put them on a shelf as a decoration. Others were so plain but already looked like they had been worn for several years. I went into stores called the Boot Barn, Cowboys and Angels, and Betty Boots. There is also a Sheplers in Nashville – but apparently the Superstore is the one that is in Denver just a few miles from where I live. But, it was like some Shere Khan Disney style snake had mesmerized me into thinking I NEED these. I need boots.

This happened to be a bit of a difficult trip for me. Things didn’t go as planned – and it was a rough week. So I decided to step out and get some boots (despite price). I chose a pair of RED boots from Justin Boots. I find it sort of ironic that cowboy boots are sometimes termed “Sh*t kickers” and the ones I chose are red. I see these boots as semi ironic purchase. Where I have thought over and over that I’m going to kick the bloody sh*t out of what made it so difficult! I win! (and I got some pretty cool boots too).