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Star for Vacation Rentals The Oxford Hotel - Denver Voted one of Colorado's most romantic hotels and rated one of the 50 Best Hotels in the World by Hemispheres Magazine, The Oxford Hotel offers 80 uniquely appointed guestrooms decorated in European antiques. Amenities include nightly turndown service with robes and slippers, CD players, 24-hour room service, wireless internet, morning coffee, evening sherry and Cadillac service to downtown locations in Denver's historic district of LoDo. Check out the website

Phone: 1.800.228.5838   Price Range: $99 - $219   Size: 80 Units   Open Season: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: Yes   Conference Facility: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Denver   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Boutique Hotels, Romantic Resorts   Activities: Fitness and Beauty, Gourmet Dining, Shopping, Theme Parks  

The City and County of Denver is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is a consolidated city-county, located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12.3 miles (20 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the "Mile-High City" because its official elevation is exactly one mile (1.6 km) or 5,280 feet (1,609.344 m) above sea level. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich passes through Union Station and is the temporal reference for the Mountain Time Zone.

Culture and contemporary life

Apollo Hall opened quickly after the city's founding in 1859 and staged many plays for eager settlers.In the 1880s Horace Tabor built Denver's first Opera House. After the turn of the century, city leaders embarked on a city beautification program that created many of the city's parks, parkways, museums, and the Municipal Auditorium, which was home to the 1908 Democratic National Convention and is now known as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Denver and the metropolitan areas around it continued to support culture. In 1988, voters in the Denver Metropolitan Area approved the Scientific and Cultural Facilities Tax (commonly known as SCFD), a 1 cent sales tax that contributes money to various cultural and scientific facilities and organizations throughout the Metro area. The tax was renewed by voters in 1994 and 2004 and allows the SCFD to operate until 2018.

Denver is home to many nationally recognized museums, including a new wing for the Denver Art Museum by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the second largest Performing arts center in the nation after Lincoln Center in New York City and bustling neighborhoods such as LoDo, filled with art galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs. That is part of the reason why Denver was recently recognized for the third year in a row as the best city for singles. Denver's neighborhoods also continue their influx of diverse people and businesses while the city's cultural institutions grow and prosper. The city acquired the estate of abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still in 2004 and plans to build a museum to exhibit his works near the Denver Art Museum by 2010. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science currently holds an aquamarine specimen valued at over one million dollars, as well as specimens of the state mineral, rhodochrosite. Every September the Colorado Convention Center at 451 E. 58th Avenue hosts a gem and mineral show.

While Denver may not be as recognized for historical musical prominence as some other American cities, it still manages to have a very active pop, jazz, jam, folk, and classical music scene, which has nurtured several artists and genres to regional, national, and even international attention. Of particular note is Denver's importance in the folk scene of the 1960s and 1970s. Well-known folk artists such as Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and John Denver lived in Denver at various points during this time, and performed at local clubs. Also, 3 members of the widely popular group Earth, Wind, and Fire are from Denver. More recent Denver-based artists include Air Dubai, The Fray, Flobots, Cephalic Carnage, Axe Murder Boyz, Deuce Mob, and Five Iron Frenzy.

Because of its proximity to the mountains, and generally sunny weather, Denver has gained a reputation as being a very active, outdoor oriented city. Many Denver residents spend the weekends in the mountains; either skiing in the winter or hiking, climbing, kayaking and camping in the summer.

Additionally, Denver and the surrounding cities of the Front Range are home to a large number of local and national breweries. Many restaurants in the region have on-site breweries, and some of the larger brewers, including Coors and the New Belgium Brewing Company, offer tours. Overall, Denver ranks 1st in the nation in terms of beer production per capita, and second overall in terms of number of breweries. The city also welcomes visitors from around the world when it hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival each fall.

Denver used to be a major trading center for beef and livestock when ranchers would drive (or later transport) cattle to the Denver Union Stockyards for sale. As a celebration of that history, each year for more than a century, Denver hosts the National Western Stock Show, the largest event of its kind among agricultural and western American lifestyle events in the world, attracting as many as 10,000 animals and 700,000 attendees. The National Western Stock Show is held every January at the National Western Complex, northeast of downtown.

Denver hosts four large Hispanic (Mexican American) celebrations: Cinco de Mayo (with over 500,000 attendees), in May, El Grito de la Independencia, in September, the annual Lowrider show, and the Dia De Los Muertos art shows/events in North Denver's Highland neighborhood, and the Lincoln Park neighborhood in the original section of West Denver.

Denver is also famous for its dedication to New Mexican cuisine and the Chile. It's best known for its Green and Red Chile sauce, Colorado Burrito, Southwest (Denver) Omelette, Breakfast Burrito, Chiles rellenos, and Tamales most notably. Denver has a very large population of Mexican Americans (one of the countries largest), and is famous for many other southwest cuisine dishes as well. Denver is also well known for other types of food such as, Rocky Mountain oysters, Rainbow trout, and the Denver sandwich.

The Dragon Boat Festival in July, Moon Festival in September and Chinese New Year are annual events in Denver for the Chinese and Asian residents. Chinese hot pot (huo guo) and Korean BBQ restaurants have been growing in popularity. The Denver area has 2 Chinese newspapers, the Chinese American Post and the Colorado Chinese News.

Denver is also the setting for The Bill Engvall Show, and the setting for the 18th season of MTV's The Real World. It was also the setting for the prime time drama Dynasty from 1981 to 1989 (although the show was mostly filmed in Los Angeles). From 1998 to 2002, the city's Alameda East Veterinary Hospital was home to the Animal Planet series Emergency Vets, which spun off three one-off documentary specials and the current Animal Planet series E-Vet Interns. The city is also the setting for the Disney Channel Original TV Show, Good Luck Charlie, which is currently in its first season.

List of landmarks of Denver
Avenue Theater, a professional theater located in the Downtown Denver vicinity.
Black American West Museum, which reflects the history of African Americans in the West and Denver.
Brown Palace Hotel, proclaimed by Elvis as "The best hotel in the world", a historic hotel that has hosted many celebrities, dignitaries, and other important people.
Buckhorn Exchange, Denver's oldest restaurant, a historic old-west steakhouse

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denvnception (shown), where Pope John Paul II celebrated mass twice in August, 1993.
Civic Center, a neoclassical park, and the cultural, art and governmental center of Denver.
Colorado Convention Center, the newly renovated large convention center often hosts major events held in Denver.
Colorado State Capitol, the seat of the state government of Colorado.
Confluence Park, where the city started at the confluence of the South Platte and Cherry Creek.
D&F Tower, when it was built in 1910, it became the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
Denver's Downtown Aquarium, a full-sized public aquarium.
Denver Art Museum, the largest art museum between Kansas City and San Francisco.
Denver Botanic Gardens (shown), which made a Hollywood debut in Woody Allen's Sleeper
Denver Mint, the single largest producer of coins in the world.
Denver Firefighters Museum
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, one of America's premier museums exhibiting world culture.

Denver Performing Arts Complex, the second largest performing arts center in the US after New York City's Lincoln Center.
Denver Public Library, which serves Denver's educational and entertainment needs from 23 locations and a bookmobile.
Denver Zoo, one of the largest zoos of its kind, it features a gift shop and a wide array of exotic animals.
Dikeou Collection, a private collection of contemporary art that is open to the public.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Four Mile House, an important stop on the Cherokee Trail and the oldest standing residential building in the metropolitan area.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, a museum featuring works of Vance Kirkland and others.
Molly Brown House, where "The unsinkable Molly Brown" once lived.
Red Rocks, a Denver-owned park and outdoor amphitheater located 15 miles west of city limits known for its natural red rock formations, acoustics and legendary concerts.
Richthofen Castle, a castle built by the uncle and godfather of the Red Baron.
Elitch Gardens, a rare downtown Amusement Park.

Tattered Cover, a very popular independent bookstore with two locations in Denver (LoDo and Colfax Avenue), and one in the suburb of Highlands Ranch. It's hosted lectures by such great poets and minds as Denverites Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady.
Sakura Square or "Tiny Tokyo", the center of the historical and prominent Japanese community of Denver, first formed around 1944.
Union Station (shown), a magnificent three-story building and the future hub of RTD's commuter rail network.
Wells Fargo Center, also known as the "cash register" building, one of the city's most identifiable buildings.

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