The Mile High City sits at an elevation of over 5,000 feet and celebrates everything outdoors. This 1800’s mining town is most well-known for its ski resorts and views of the Rockies, but there are plenty of other options when it comes to Denver, Colorado, cabin rentals. Here’s what you need to know about choosing a vacation rental that inspires exciting experiences.
Be Choosy About Location
Whether you are searching for Breckenridge vacation rentals or a ski cabin in Keystone, Colorado, get choosy about your location. There are a wide variety of rentals that offer views of the mountains, easy access ski areas or even lake views for the summer months. Check out a variety of locations to determine which area of Colorado suits your needs. Breckenridge and Keystone both lie just under two hours outside of Denver itself, but the city offers vacation rentals right inside town.
Check Out the Season
Winter skiing season is definitely what draws most vacationers to select Denver, Colorado, vacation rentals. With snowy mountains and a wide selection of ski resort options, Denver is a popular winter vacation destination. Keep in mind that this Mile High City also enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year and a huge selection of local parks, 20,000 acres of nearby in the mountains and the highest highway in North America. Summer tends to be less expensive when it comes to vacation rentals, and there are plenty of outdoor options to keep everyone entertained.
Determine Your Style
Heading out to Breckenridge vacation rentals for some winter skiing or picking out a ski cabin in Keystone, Colorado hinges on what type of experience you want. Keystone and Breckenridge both offer ski resorts within walking distance — or shuttle service — of ski areas, but Breckenridge offers an entire town with stores, restaurants and nightlife. Keystone tends to be less crowded even after fresh snowfall and offers lower prices on season passes or discounted parking near the ski lifts.
Your Denver Neighborhood Guide
Denver has an urban Western charm, along with a hip and happening art scene. There a variety of places to stay in this beautiful city and we’d advise getting to know each neighborhood so you can choose your perfect Denver vacation rental.
Downtown and Lower Downtown Denver: The Cultural Epicenter
There’s much to do in downtown Denver and Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo), so it might help to find a vacation rental right in the middle of this active cultural epicenter. If you’re a shopping enthusiast, you’ll love Cherry Creek, a five-minute drive from the downtown area with an exclusive shopping center and upscale restaurants.
Downtown is also known as Capitol Hill, where you’ll be immersed in Denver’s diverse culture and attractions. Start at the gold-domed Colorado State Capitol. Hop onto the 13th step of the capitol building and you’re officially a “mile high” above sea level, according to the marker on the step. LoDo (the trendy corner of Denver, not to be confused with downtown Denver) is a few blocks from the golden capitol. The hippest spot in this area is the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian shopping road that’s also filled with everything from sports bars to fine restaurants.
Some of the must-see museums nestled among turn-of-the-century mansions near this neighborhood include the Molly Brown House Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and the Clyfford Still Museum.
You’ll find the Central Business District of Denver right next to LoDo. It’s not all suit and ties, as there’s also tubing and paddleboarding on the nearby Platte River. But the real family draw is the impressive and famed Downtown Aquarium.
If you opt for a vacation rental in LoDo, you’ll find any number of condos, townhomes, apartments and other luxury urban accommodations. You may even find a carriage house to stay in, or you can try a penthouse vacation rental with sweeping views of the city.
Five Points: A Stately Victorian Area
One of Denver’s oldest districts within LoDo is Five Points, also known as “The Harlem of the West” due to its status as a mecca for some of the jazz greats, such as Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong (who all played clubs in the area). There’s a host of craft coffeehouses and breweries, and there are restaurants that offer soul food and barbecue.
There are plenty of vacation rentals in the Five Points area thanks to its proximity to Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. The renovated Union Station is here too, serving as both a transportation hub and a century-old icon of Denver.
Uptown Denver: Quiet and Residential
Stay in Uptown Denver if you’re looking for a charming and retro area where streets are lined with Victorian and Queen Anne buildings. Families love the area thanks to its proximity to the large and green City Park, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo, which is one of the state’s top cultural attractions. After sightseeing or saying hello to the zoo’s 4,000+ animals, head to Restaurant Row on East 17th Avenue, where all the hip tourists hang out in the large array of wine bars, dessert shops and diners. The neighborhood also has some of the most LGBT-friendly bars in town.
- Colfax Avenue: The Longest, Wickedest Street in the USA
The city’s main street, East Colfax Avenue, appeared on Denver’s map in 1868 as a dirt road. Today, it’s considered the longest commercial street in the country. It’s filled with an eclectic (and sometimes eccentric) mix of restaurants, bars and shops and is also a bustling entertainment and live music hub. You can catch shows in the famed Fillmore Auditorium, the Ogden and the Bluebird, where icons like rocker Bob Dylan and hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg have played. The diversity of this street is one reason why it was once called the longest, wickedest street in America by Playboy Magazine.
There are many more Denver neighborhoods to check out for your vacation rental. For every neighborhood in the city, there’s someone out there who’ll tell you that it’s the hippest and most happening place to be. Go where the locals go in South Federal, or visit Little Saigon Market. Head to the peaceful neighborhoods of Stapleton, Lowry and Northfield, all tucked away from the downtown hustle and bustle. Don’t miss the Art District on Sante Fe Drive, where you’ll find the “it” community art scene. With so much to explore, you’ll probably be back in Denver for a second visit before you know it.