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The Patriots head to Denver on Sunday to take on the Broncos, and you’ll want to get in on this AFC Championship rematch action. Season ticket holders and wait list members can still buy tickets on the NFL Ticket Exchange, so you’ve got options when it comes to finding seats. If you have questions on game day, be sure to check Mile High’s website for details. Read
Since the game starts a little later than the usual 1 p.m. kickoff, take some time to meet other Patriots fans. On Saturday night, the Pikes Peak Pats fan club will host its “Night Before Party” at 15 FIFTY located in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (1550 Court Place, Denver) beginning at 6 p.m. If you didn’t get a chance to RSVP, don’t worry. You can pay at the door ($10) and join the fun before the game. The club plans to tailgate beginning at 10 a.m. and encourages other fans to stop by and hang out. For more details, be sure to check out the Facebook event page for the weekend. In order to check it out, you have to join the Patriots Tailgate group on Facebook, and it's a great place to connect with Patriots fans who are traveling to games all season long.
Maybe catching the game at Mile High Stadium isn’t the cards for you this time around. That doesn’t mean you can’t cheer on the team with other fans who are just as dedicated as you. Though Denver is Bronco territory, fans can join Denver Patriots Fans at the Three Dogs Tavern (3390 W 32nd Ave., Denver; 720-854-1277) for their game watch and after party. Just a 10 minute drive from the stadium, fans can catch the game at Blake Street Tavern (2301 Blake Street, Denver; 303-675-0505) that has been hosting Patriots fans for more than 30 years. Read
Take some time out of your busy schedule to check out some of Denver’s eateries. Local treasures like Biker Jim’s Dogs (2148 Larimer St. Denver; 720-746-9355) feature unique hot dogs like elk, rattlesnake and wild boar that come with the Anthony Bourdain seal of approval. When it comes to tacos, Denver has a number of stand out spots, including Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey. With a full menu of affordable street tacos, you can get a sampling of Denver's finest.
If breakfast is more your speed, try Denver Biscuit Co. As the name of the restaurant suggests, biscuits are the main attraction and you can choose from a variety of biscuit sandwiches and platters. Local chain Snooze has multiple locations in Denver and surrounding cities, and it has a wide range of options for breakfast lovers. From pineapple upside down pancakes, unique takes on eggs Benedict and an impressive selection of adult beverages, like the "Morning Marg," you can't go wrong with Snooze.
Dining out is as much about the food as it is about the atmosphere. Check out The Broker (821 17th St, Denver; 303-292-5065). Located in the vault of an old bank, this highly regarded Denver steakhouse serves up prime rib, as well as some favorites from the sea. If you're feeling adventurous and willing to try some vegan options, WaterCourse Foods (837 East 17th Ave., 303-832-7313) has built a reputation of creative takes on hearty vegan plates that even avid carnivores will love. Read
If you can spare an hour trip north of Denver, it may be worth it for beer drinkers. Fort Collins has multiple breweries that are worth trying. Most notably, New Belgium (500 Linden St., Fort Collins; 970-221-0524) and Odell Brewing Co. (800 Linden St., Fort Collins; 970-498-9070) call Fort Collins home and offers fun, interactive tours of their facilities. Tours are free for both are free, but your best bet is took book online ahead of time. If the tours are full, you can hang around and try to walk on to a tour. With “Rogue One” now in theaters, check out the Denver Art Museum’s Star Wars exhibit. You can see Darth Vader’s famous black armor up close, as well as learn how the costume designers conceptualized their ideas.
Colorado's natural beauty is breathtaking enough to brave the cold. An hour outside of the city in Colorado Springs, The Garden of the Gods offers walking trails through incredible sandstone rock formations that you need to see to believe. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre offers hiking trails, as well as a chance to see a legendary music venue up close. It's open year round, even if there is not a show and is worth a trip for music buffs. If you're willing to make a quick trip up to Boulder, there are lots of options for pedestrian-friendly shopping on Pearl Street, restuarants and views of beautiful mountains, like the famous Flatirons. Read
Downtown Denver has a ton of options when it comes to hotels. With many of them within three miles of Mile High Stadium, you won’t have to travel too far to get to the game. If you plan on attending any of the Pikes Peak Pats events, you can stay close to the action at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (1550 Court Place, Denver; 303-893-3333) or at the Hyatt Regency Denver (650 15th St, Denver; 303-436-1234), which is a five minute walk away. Heading out of town to catch a game can be costly, so if you’re on budget, you can check in to the Hampton Inn and Suites Denver (1845 Sherman St., Capitol Hill, Denver; 303-864-8000). For rooms with a unique flair, try The Oxford Hotel (1600 17th St. Denver; 303-628-5400) or Aloft Denver (800 15th St. Denver; 303-623-3063). The Oxford is Denver’s most historic hotel and has 24-hour room service, as well as courtesy transportation within a two mile radius. Aloft is full of color and is an art of work itself with live entertainment.