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Kneaders Bakery Highlands Ranch

Kneaders sign getting installed for the new bakery

I love when new restaurants open in Highlands Ranch!  Especially when they sound really good.  One of the newest is Kneaders, opening in Town Center North on October 9, 2015. It’ll be in the lot across from Buffalo Wild Wings and just outside from the Vitamin Cottage.

Kneaders is a chain restaurant/bakery with other Colorado locations including Arvada, Colorado Springs and Parker.  Try one of the other locations if you can’t wait for Highlands Ranch to open. What I look forward to is the bakery.  Fresh made bread and rolls, yum! They also have a good variety of sandwiches, salads and smoothies. With all that fresh baked bread, it should be a popular place around the coming holiday season.  I can’t wait to try it out.

Highlands Ranch just continues to grow into such a wonderful community, complete with a wide variety of homes, incredible schools, acres of outdoors amenities and now more and more convenient commercial options for shopping, dining and more…

Having lived and worked in Highlands Ranch for over 20 years, I’ve watched it all come together and helped many folks make this their home as well.  If I can help you, please call, text or email and I’m happy to provide you personal service with the knowledge and experience that counts.

Fun Things To Do For St. Patrick’s Day In Denver

Holidays come often all year long.  It seems like we are always gearing up for the next one, especially in the stores!  So I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day, but now it’s time to get ready for a favorite of mine, St. Patrick’s Day! Since I’m half Irish and my awesome dog, Tully, was born on St. Patrick’s Day I guess I may be a bit partial to this holiday.  Besides, who doesn’t like green drinks, lucky things and a general sense of fun?  So with that, here are some fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Denver.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Denver has one of the largest, if not the largest, St. Patrick’s Day parade’s west of the Mississippi. This event is fun for everyone so hurry up and make plans to have a day of fun in downtown Denver!
  • St. Patrick’s Day Run – We live in Colorado and we like to stay active and fit. There are plenty of ways to do that every day but why not use a fun holiday like this to create a challenge for our runners and walkers?  Denver’s Runnin of the Green race is actually before St. Patrick’s Day and on March 10th. This is a fun, family oriented jog billed as the world’s largest 7k!  Other area races include the St. Patrick’s Day 5k Run in Highlands Ranch as well as other local races.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Fun – I just didn’t know what else to call this.  There are a ton of different pubs and places to head out to and have loads of fun.  To begin, try to get out to The Irish Snug for the 7th annual “hooley”.  Enjoy Irish Dancers, magicians and of course, some green type beverage.  While you’re in town, you may want to head over to lodo where you can find a number of fun places to celebrate.  Most will have St. Patrick’s Day fun and events planned.  Here are some options: Fado’s, Celtic Tavern and Katie Mullens.

However you decide to spend the day, I hope you have fun and remember to wear a little green!  I hope these fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Denver can inspire you to get out and make some fun for the day for yourself and the family.  I know that I will celebrate with my family and of course, with Tully.  After all, it’s his birthday!

Denver Restaurant Week 2013

Denver RestaurantDenver Restaurant Week 2013 is just about here!  Every year the number of participating restaurants grows and so do the menu offerings.  Delicious!  I look forward to the Denver Restaurant Week every year as a chance to dine at some of the finest eateries Denver has to offer.  Places that I may not typically go to eat.  Maybe some of the restaurants are places you may not typically go to or the menu choices may not usually be in the budget.  That’s why this two week event is so awesome.

During Denver Restaurant Week 2013, the cost for a pre selected meal at the participating restaurants is $52.80 for two or $26.40 for one.  An incredible deal for the menu’s offered!  Most are several course meals prepared by some of the absolute best chef’s in Denver.  Whether your taste is simple or a bit exotic, the cuisine is varied and caters to nearly every taste and style.  It has been my experience that the meals are fabulous and you definitely get your money’s worth.  This is perfect for a special date night of just to head out by yourself or with friends and enjoy the food and ambiance!

Denver Restaurant Week 2013 will run from February 23 through March 8.  The restaurants participating are all around the metro area but a word of caution, hurry and book your reservation now as many of the top name establishments fill up very fast and may already be close.  Some of my favorites are Elway’s, Tamayo, The Capital Grille and Venice Ristorante Italiano.  I have returned to some after my Denver Restaurant Week experience because I thought the food was so excellent.  Of course, it was just as good on my return visits. This year there are some new and interesting choices that I’m sure I will try.  I hope you have the chance to try out your favorite restaurant this year.  Bon apetite!

Festival Italiano at Belmar 2012

Living in Colorado – Things to Do in Denver

Have you just moved to Denver and aren’t familiar with fun festivals in the area?  There is almost always something to do around Denver or somewhere nearby in Colorado and this weekend is no exception.  One of our favorites is Festival Italiano at Belmar.  I went last year and it is a lot of fun with activities throughout the day.

Festival Italiano logo 2012Festival Italiano at Belmar runs this weekend, September 8th and 9th and is great fun for the entire family.  There is music, chalk artists, face painters and a grape stomping area just for kids.  They love it.  What a great way to jump in and squish grapes, get messy and it’s all ok with mom and dad.  Let’s remember the food!!  Delicious.  Vendors are set up throughout the festival with some outstanding tastes of authentic Italian food, pastry, Bocce and even beer and wine.  My own kids always go to town with the cannolis!  Of course you may want to visit some of the many permanent shops and restaurants at Belmar that make it so unique year round.

The Festival Italiano has two stages for entertaining with music, drama and even authentic flag throwers from Italy.  This is an authentic Italian festival for sure.  Learn to speak a little Italian and maybe even learn to cook some tasty food with live chef demonstrations.  You can even head over to Belmar around dinner time and you won’t have to cook that night at all.

If you go to Belmar and love what you see, remember there are homes available there to live and enjoy year round.  Belmar is a wonderful living, shopping and entertainment destination known for it’s cool vibe and outdoor experience.   I’m happy to help you find the perfect home at Belmar or anywhere in the Denver area you have your sights set on.  Get in touch and let’s find out your next steps.

Denver Restaurant Week 2012

Time to Make Reservations For Denver Restaurant Week

denver restaurant week 2012Have you always wanted to dine at one of Denver’s best restaurants but just couldn’t fit it into your budget?  Well, once again this year, now is your chance.

Denver restaurant week is back.  This is an opportunity to purchase pre selected meals at some of Denver’s finest and most delicious restaurants.  I have done this for the past several years and my wife and I have never been disappointed!  It makes for a wonderful date night. The selections are scrumptious and the chance to dine at some of these great restaurants is worth the price and them some. It’s a bargain at many restaurants for 2 meals for $52.80! You will get to taste why these restaurants are considered the best. Plus, I have found the selections offered for restaurant week won’t disappoint in either quality or quantity.  It really is a deal.  And once again, it is not just one week but 2. Dining dates begin February 25th and run through March 5th, 2012.

Menus will be out January 17th exclusively on the Visit Denver Facebook page and then on the Denver Restaurant week site after January 22nd.  So if you have always had the idea of a very special dinner then make sure to sign up and be ready, some of the restaurants will get completely booked up rather quickly.  And if you are just relocating to the Denver area, this is a fabulous way to get acquainted with some of Colorado’s best restaurants. Take advantage and bon appetit!

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Grand Opening BTO Frozen Yogurt in Highlands Ranch

New Highlands Ranch Business Opens This Week

BTO Frozen Yogurt Highlands Ranch

As a Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce member, I try to get to as many business events in Highlands Ranch as I can.  Yesterday was the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for BTO Frozen Yogurt.

Owner, Jack Doyle was a terrific host for the grand opening event. Due to his generosity, part of the proceeds on March 16th will be donated to the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation. This foundation is designed to assist people living with epilepsy live more independent lives by providing seizure-response dogs and epilepsy monitors to those in need, along with providing education and support to the community. Chelsea Hutchison was a Highlands Ranch teenager, who died unexpectedly after having a seizure.

BTO Frozen Yogurt Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Highlands Ranch CO

BTO Frozen Yogurt Toppings

BTO Frozen Yogurt Dispensers Highlands Ranch CO

BTO Yogurt is located in the Eastridge shopping area, just east of the King Soopers. If you haven’t been to a frozen yogurt place yet, you really should try it.  There are many flavors of very delicious yogurt to choose from and tons of tasty toppings to make it a special treat.  I noticed they even have Nutella flavor yogurt. I didn’t try it, but my son LOVES Nutella and now he can’t wait to get to BTO to try some!


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St Patricks Day Activities in Denver And The Burbs

St Patrick’s Day Activities in Denver And The Burbs

St Patrick’s Day again, I feel like it was just yesterday that we were drinking green beer and cooking up some corn beef and cabbage!

But St Patty’s Day is big in Denver, did you know that the Denver St Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest west of the Mississippi River? Is true!  So head to lower downtown (LoDo)  Denver Saturday morning 3/12 as the parade begins at 10 am at 27th and Blake and continues down Blake to 17th.  You can also follow along on Facebook, the organizers of the Parade have been posting updates & contests.

Sunday 3/13 is another fun event in LoDo – the Annual Running of the Green.  While its a 5K, there is green beer at the end – what is not to love about that!

Highlands Ranch has its own 5k – The St Patrick’s Day 5K on Saturday 3/12 at 9am at Town Center & festivities lasting until about 12:30 also at Town Center.

There are numerous Irish Pubs around the Denver area, I tend to enjoy the one near my home in Highlands Ranch, Lansdowne Arms.

What are you doing to celebrate St Patrick’s Day all week long?

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