Plastic Surgery 2011, Sept. 20-29, Denver

Elitch GardensThriller. Like Copenhagen with its Tivoli Gardens, the Colorado capital sports its own full-fledged amusement park, about a mile from the Colorado Convention Center. Elitch Gardens has it all, including a foot-dangling roller coaster (the Mind Eraser), a stomach curdling free-fall ride (the Tower of Doom) and all the usual (and unusual) games and arcades.

Amatos Ale HouseA beer with a view.
The city is known for its brew pubs, but none offers the gorgeous vistas on display from the roof of Amato's Ale House. The establishment features 42 local craft beers on tap; among recent choices were Amber Ale Mile HIPA from the Wynkoop Brewery and Breckenridge Brewery's Avalanche. The suds also make it into the entrées, such as the fish and chips, fried in batter made with Breckenridge's Lucky U IPA.

Chlóe MetroMixAfter dark. 
Chlóe is the new name in town for night owls, from local entrepreneur Francois Safieddine. Inside, the space splits into three venues: the Mezze Lounge and Restaurant, the Discothèque and the Garden. Reverb, a local music publication, calls the former Ruth's Chris Steak House "exquisitely designed."


  Bike art 092011


Happy Trails. Take 850 miles of paved bike paths and mix with 300 days of sunshine to get the perfect recipe for free-wheeling afternoons. Pick up a bicycle at one of 50 street-side B-cycle stations in town. Cost starts at $6 per half-hour.


Blog this: Find an out-of-the-way dining spot via the "Denver on a Spit"  blog ( The anonymous writer recently returned to fave Domo for some "country" Japanese fare.