Reed Smith’s Denver, Colorado
Reed Smith, EVP at CoBiz Insurance, says fly-over city no more!
The vibe >> Denver isn’t a fly-over city anymore. We have an exciting downtown, great public transportation, four major sports teams and a zeal for fun, activity and wellness. The city is booming with construction and jobs across diverse industries. New restaurants and shops are popping up all over town, and there’s a thriving arts, culture and nightlife scene.
What’s to love >> Denver is one of the healthiest cities in the country. We have four seasons, 300+ days of annual sunshine, and the largest public park system of any U.S. city, providing year-round activities for people to enjoy. It is truly a great place to raise a family.
Dining scene >> Zagat ranked Denver No. 4 on the 2017 “Most Exciting Food Cities in America” list. Our dining scene is continuously growing, offering a diversity of cuisines, craft brews and spirits. We’ve embraced the market-hall food trend with The Denver Central Market and The Source.
Favorite new restaurants >> Stoic & Genuine for caviar and oysters. Tavernetta for Italian food and great service. Tamayo for modern Mexican with flare (conveniently located next door to our office!).
Local favorites >> You’ll find locals dining downtown at Cholon, an Asian fusion restaurant known for its delicious soup dumplings, and Guard and Grace, a steakhouse that offers happy hour specials and small plates. But to experience a true Denver classic, check out the Cherry Cricket in Cherry Creek. Go for the burgers and stay for the beer.
Watering holes >> Williams & Graham is a favorite (be sure to make a reservation). From the front, it looks like a bookstore, but once you’re inside, it feels like you’ve passed through a time machine into a 1920s speakeasy. Ocean Prime has a fun martini selection. Dry ice makes for a crowd pleaser.
Stay >> The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in downtown is a must-see historic hotel. The surrounding area has so much to offer that is within walking distance or a quick ride share away.
Thing to do >> Catch a Colorado Rockies baseball game. Coors Field is one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country. There’s not a bad seat or view in the house. The selection of beer and food is excellent and affordable. The Rockies are an exciting, up-and-coming team. Home runs fly out of the stadium, ensuring drama from the first inning to the last.
Don’t miss >> Everyone should experience Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Attend a concert, or just hike the actual amphitheater and surrounding areas. It is beautiful!