All About Denver Gay Pride Weekend – June 16th-17th

Author: , June 3rd, 2012

Denver Gay Pride 2012Sometimes it seems everything about the Mile High City is an adventure. From the spectacular views of the surrounding Rocky mountains to the eclectic neighborhoods to the heady air of the high altitude, the city has a certain wild west feel that nearby urban areas mostly lack. And that certainly extends to the Denver Pride Fest, which has become one of the most popular for a city of its size in the nation. Thus it seemed only fitting that GayCities should put together a guide to help you make the most out of your Denver adventure this year.


With its art deco brown stone exterior, vaulted ceilings and ornate lobby, The Brown Palace Hotel is a Denver classic. Perfectly situated downtown, the hotel’s central location makes it a convenient starting point convenient to explore Denver’s hotspots. Another can’t miss is the Monaco Denver.

This funky, comfortable Kimpton features themed rooms like “The Grace Slick” and “The Miles Davis” suite. Did we mention the free wine happy hour every night? If you’re yearning for the extra amenities provided by a mainstream hotel, check out the Hyatt Regency. You get 24-hour fitness room, spa, swimming pool — all that with views of the magnificent Rockies.

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Author: , August 6th, 2011
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Denver State Capitol

Denver Blue BearOf all the cities that we have visited, Denver has changed the most in recent years and we mean for the better! It is such a vibrant city with a huge presence of gays all over the entire city. It has a very vibrant downtown which is bustling 24 hours a day with bars, restaurants and shopping.

The downtown shopping area, called the 16th Street mall is full of stores selling practically anything you could possibly ever want. They also have a nice collection of old hand painted pianos sitting right on the street for anyone to play.

The Oxford Hotel, is located right downtown and is in a very old historic building. It has been complete refurbished and we highly recommend staying there. With 12 foot ceilings and rich tapestries and drapery in each room it is so luscious. Their staff is extremely friendly and professional.

Another good place to stay is the JW Marriott which is located in the Cherry Creek sub-division of the city. It is located about a block for Neiman-Marcus. Again, their entire staff is extremely professional and friendly. Their website is:

Both of these hotels have the most professional and friendliest valet attendants that we have ever encountered in all of our travels from coast to coast!

The city has a huge amount of art galleries, museums and historical places to visit and they are basically all right downtown or just a few blocks away.

Unsinkable Molly Brown HouseAmong our favorites were the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown House, the State Capitol, the U. S. Mint, Downtown Aquarium, Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Art Museum and the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center. As in most major cities, there are a lot of smaller cities surrounding Denver that also has a lot to offer. Just a few miles to the west you can visit beautiful scenic vistas in the mountains, go camping, fishing or just hiking. We always take a picnic lunch with us when we drive up.

We went to see the Gilbert & Sullivan’s opera, the wonderful and interesting H.M.S. Pinafore at the 73rd Avenue Theater, We really appreciate small theatre companies as we travel around the country and this one is one of the best. The cast were astounding and as good as anything on the Broadway stage. The lighting, set designs, costumes and pianist were terrific!

If you are going to Denver in the winter time, just head for the mountains and the skiing is marvelous! They have about dozen places to ski just to the west of Denver. If you are into gambling and casinos, the towns of Blackhawk and Central are just a few miles west of Denver which is great for a short day trip. The Bronco’s football time and the Colorado Rockie’s baseball team both play at their stadiums right downtown.

Black CrownThe Black Crown Piano Lounge recently opened in Denver at 1446 So. Broadway. This is one of the finest bars that we have been to in our travels from coast to coast. They have a very large front patio and also a smoking patio in the back. As you walk in there is a very long bar, with no stools to your left and then, they have the “WOW” factor!

Black CrownThere are about 6 rooms full of overstuffed wingback chairs, upholstered sofas, huge mirrors, about 20 chandeliers, great art work and not one but two grand pianos! They also have an antiques shop in two of the rooms called CROWN ACCENTS and they sell a nice selection of antiques, home decor and accessories. Owned by Scotty, Will, Mark and Brian, this brings a new meaning to fine gay bars. It is as thou you are walking into someone’s home, that is if you live like that with fine surroundings and home decor., and don’t we all? Their website is and you can check the photos on it.

This is THE Bar in Denver! It’s best to go to to find other bars that you might be interested in. There are a lot of different bars for whatever you are into.

Second Home ScallopsDenver has some fabulous restaurants and we particularly enjoyed the Second Home Restaurant at the JW Marriott. Service was perfect as was the food and food presentation.

Second Home AppetizerOur server, Baiba was one of the best that we have had ever! She knows what to do to make your dining experience perfect. She was knowledgeable about the menu, knew her wine and was just a perfect professional server.

Olivea’s was another restaurant that we loved. It is inspired by the cuisines of Spain, Italy & Southern France. Their website is The food was to die for!

Bistro Vendome was another pleasant dining experience. It is a lovely French restaurant near the 16th Street Mall area downtown. For weekends we enjoyed the X-Bar on East Colfax which had a terrific brunch with servers dressed in drag and food to die for!

If you are interested in staying in a Bed and Breakfast, we recommend: Capitol Hill Mansion B&B, or try The Gregory Inn, or The Castle Marne,

Before traveling to Denver, check out the Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce at The local gay publication is OUT FRONT, and you can read it online.

We always meet a lot of people whenever we travel and we really appreciated meeting Tony Smith and Jim Peterson a great couple of several years and Katie Adamson who was with the Denver Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and they have a special link on their website for gays and lesbians. All major cities should have that!

Don & ray - Gay TravelersAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at and visit their website at

CO: 300,000 Celebrate Denver Gay Pride

Author: , June 21st, 2011

“A day that you don’t have to be afraid to be who you are.”

That’s how one Denver Pridefest participant described Sunday’s celebration of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

About 120 groups participated in a 2-mile parade that began in Cheesman Park Sunday morning and ended near Civic Center Park.

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