Mile-High Jog: Join uber-fit locals for a 2.3-mile run around Washington Park. No shame if you need to stop to catch your breath at 5,280 feet.
Brunch: You’ve earned your brunch. Head to Uptown’s Beast + Bottle for strong coffee, Arctic char eggs Benedict, and fallen pancake soufflé with whipped pork and maple butter.
Window Shop: Designed by architect I.M. Pei, the 16th Street pedestrian mall is made of red, gray, and white granite in a pattern that, seen from above, resembles a diamondback rattlesnake. Browse the boutiques and stores and caffeinate at Ink! Coffee, which serves joe from beans roasted in Basalt, Colorado.
Bike Off That Brunch: Pedal off your food coma with a bike ride along the popular Cheery Creek Bike Trail. Denver’s bike-sharing program, called BCycle, has stations throughout the city, or ask the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver to arrange bike rentals.
Shop Hop: Larimer Square, Denver’s oldest and most historic block, is home to independent shops including Scarpaletto footwear, Jon Atencio jewelry, and Element modern home furnishings. Pick up a few mementos to take home.
Hoppy Pampering: The 6,000-square-foot spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver embraces a local ethos, going as far as partnering with local breweries on its treatments. Try the Microbrew Exbeerience, which incorporates two beers from nearby Great Divide Brewing Co. in a malt and hops exfoliation.
Hot Table: Book in advance to dine at Rioja, a Denver staple in Larimer Square from James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski. The menu embraces flavors from Spain and the Mediterranean coupled with highly approachable wines.