Posts Tagged ‘Denver’


Park Meadows Mall

In Denver on November 16, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , ,

Park Meadows Mall is an amazing place. I’d be even bold enough to say that it is the nicest place to shop in the Denver Area.

Now of course you have 16th street mall in downtown Denver and Cherry Creek, they are all amazing. But when we are talking about Park Meadows, we are talking about a place that is full of rich wood, good smells and good looks.

What do I mean by that. It is estimated that this mass structure took a few billion dollars to construct. Inside during the holidays is my favorite. I feel like I am in the most massive log cabin resort in the mountains, drinking my hot chocolate deciding whether I should purchase a nice pair of true religion jeans or not.

My brother in law worked in Franklin Covey and one day Tim Allen was there looking at some planners. My brother in law asked if he could have Tim’s autograph. Tim jokingly said “Well, If I do, what will you give me.” “I’ll give you my autograph,” said my brother in law. They both laughed while Tim Allen signed his life away, just kidding, signed only his autograph.

There are so many options when it comes to food. You have the Cheesecake factory, P.F Changs, and across the street, are The Fox and the Hound.

They have the most massive sporting store, Dick’s Sporting Goods, with a huge rock-climbing wall. Before that store existed, there used to be a massive arcade and movie theater.

It basically is something where you have to see it to believe it, so next time you plan your next family/business trip, be sure to stop by The Park Meadows mall located at:

8401 Park Meadows Center Dr

Lone Tree, CO 80124




In Denver on November 14, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , ,

My wife’s second love and passion is Chipotle burritos. As soon as I head out the door to go to work and my wife is free to do and go as she pleases, that is typically one of the first places you could find her.

A typical Chipotle burrito is packed full of fresh and healthy ingredients that keep an engine going all day long. A typical burrito contains around 2000 calories of goodness.

I asked my wife where her passion for Chipotle comes from and this is her reply, “The essence of Mexico.” But for real, why do you love Chipotle so much. “Because everything is so fresh. It has the perfect blend of spices. It is completely and utterly satisfying.” That’s great! So after you eat a Chipotle burrito, how does your body feel the rest of the day? “I feel like a Mexican queen.”

Speaking of Mexico, Chipotle ironically got started in Denver in 1993 by Steve Ells. Since then, it has exploded all over the nation and in some parts of the world. In high school, Chipotle would offer a deal that if you came dressed up in tin foil that you would get a free burrito. I think Chic-Fill-A does that as well, if you dress up like a cow, then you get free food.

Anyways, I would highly recommend Chipotle to anyone who has not tried it yet. The burrito will never let you down, all 2000 calories of it.


The Denver Zoo

In Denver on November 11, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , ,

The Denver Zoo basically takes up around 80 acres as of now, but with the new Asian Tropics coming soon, will make it bigger. The Denver Zoo has been open since 1896.

The Denver Zoo has all sorts of coming attractions. Not just with what they already have, but they are in the process of building and entirely new Asian section called “The Asian Tropics.” My favorite animals that they have are the polar bears, the gorillas, they have tigers and the giraffes were amazing to look at also. The famous polar bears, Klondike and Snow were born in 1994 but were eventually sent to SeaWorld.

As we were observing the giraffes, the zoo instructor was saying that there is an entire breeding catalogue that helps keep track of what animal’s breed with who. Basically, the entire zoology community rotates their animals from one zoo to another, making sure that all the animals are bread properly and are healthy.

With 80 acres of zoo to walk through, really takes all day long, that is, if you want to observe most of the animals that are there.

Next time you plan an nice summer activity in Denver, don’t forget The Denver Zoo right around the corner, bring the kids!


Invesco Field (Currently Sports Authority Field at Mile High)

In Denver on October 22, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , , , , ,

Years prior, before Invesco Field was built was the Mile High Stadium. Originally able to host 30 thousand in the early 50’s and 60’s, eventually grew to hold around 60 thousand people. Oddly enough, The Rockies played at this stadium until 1995 where they moved to Coors Field.

Soon as the newly developed stadium was built, the new name was changed from Mile High Stadium to Invesco Field. This created quite the discrepancy. For the longest time, local newspapers would still call it Mile High Stadium.

Costing around 453 dollars, this grand structure has hosted a variety of events, primarily football. First game the Broncos played against the New York Giants, the day before 9/11 in 2001. Ever since the stadium opened, and even before, football games are known to sell out every game.

Other than football, other events have taken place such as concerts from mainstream bands. The Eagles were the first to perform in 2001. Two years later, Metallica played a killer concert with a sold out venue of over 100,000 people. And U2 performed this year in May.

Pro’s and Con’s to an outdoor stadium:


You get a great view.

It’s new.

It’s Bigger.


It’s cold in the winter!

When it rains it pours.

The name isn’t Mile High Stadium.

Whether good or bad in whoever mind, this stadium isn’t going anywhere for quite some time. It is here to stay and will host thousands of games, concerts and campaigns throughout generations.


The Brown Palace Hotel

In Denver on October 20, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , ,

The Brown Palace Hotel has been around since the late 1800’s.

As you walk in, all you can do is look up and up to the endless amounts of floors and doors that are available in this gloriously land marked building.

Let me just get the obvious facts out of the way and you can see this on their website. It is the top 500 World’s Best Hotels according to Travel + Leisure – 2010. It is one of the oldest operating hotels in Denver, built in 1892, basically around 120 years old.

Full of history hosting various presidents, ministers and celebrities.

With the building being 9 stories high the top two floors were eventually reserved for those who lived in apartment housing for a few decades, more like 6 decades or 60 years. The last of the residence moved out in the 1980’s.

If you might recall their quality food, their bread is actually baked out of the same carousel oven that has been used over 50 years ago, according to The Brown Palace website filled with fun little facts.

The last fact on that list is my favorite, where it talks about President Eisenhower practicing his golf swing inside, then accidentally hitting the ball onto the fireplace creating a dent, which still exists today.

I’m assuming Henry Brown created an inviting atmosphere, especially those who were passing through on their quest to find gold and silver, translating into a promising fortune.

Ok, enough of the fun trivial facts, a tiny personal experience, appropriate around Halloween time especially. I woke up in the middle of the night hearing what appeared to be the sound of a chair shuffling or the table across the room.

I quickly woke my wife up and asked her what that sound was. She heard it too, then told me this hotel has got to be haunted; it is well over 100 years old. That was the last thing I wanted to hear, especially since I had no idea that it was that old.

So I just turned over and closed my eyes hoping that the sounds would go away as I fell asleep.


The Valley: Littleton Colorado

In Denver on October 15, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , , ,

If you are torn between living in the city or in the country, then why no both. You can’t quit understand the situation unless you’ve either seen it or read about it.

Right off of C-470 and Ken Carl is the entrance to a place you may call home someday, The Valley.

Picture this; you open the door to your backyard where you have to chase off deer because flocks of them are eating your plants. Must be quite a rough life having to shew off wildlife in the mountains where you live.

Towards your left, are the mountains that come down and meet you face to face in your backyard. On the right, you have gorgeous, gigantic, red rocks that shoot up towards the sky 50-60 feet, overhanging other rocks, which in a way, creates sort of a natural jungle gym.

If you are wondering where this vision all began, it started in the early 1900’s by a man named John Shaffer. He was quite the entrepreneur and owned a few businesses. Started out small but became a wealthy millionaire.

He then in 1914 built a beautiful mansion  that still stands today and is known as The Manor House and cost around $100,000. Owning 28,000 acres in the area he also built cozy cottages for guests. That’s another little fact, parties would occur often there. Whenever the lights were on at night, those who were towards downtown Denver could see the lights on and know that there was a open invitation for a party that night.

Homes in this same location today range from the humble 300 thousand to around 3 million. Depending on your needs and wants primarily is up to the individual making this great decision to live among nature mingled with civilization.


Coney Island Hot Dog Stand in Bailey Colorado!

In Denver on October 13, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , , ,

For those of you who get a chance to visit the Denver area, there is one place that is a must! When experiencing colorful Colorado, Coney Island. Located in Bailey, which is about 30-40 miles from the foothills of Denver Colorado.

It seems that a tradition has developed over time. As each person experiences this all-American diner. The best hot dogs, burgers, shakes, you name it! It’s all yours, with the minor expense of your time and travel to get there. Let me tell you though, it is worth every waking minute that it takes to get you there.

Back in boy scouting days, it was always a tradition to go there every time after a long week of hiking and camping in the mountains. The location is perfect. After eating bland oatmeal every morning, cliff bars during the day and who knows what at night. Coney Island never seemed so good.

Pressing forward, with one foot in front of the other as we advanced 15-20 miles a day for a week straight. Starting out early Monday morning and ending Saturday afternoon, finally the time has come. As we travel towards civilization, you must never pass up this opportunity to eat at Coney Island.

Coney Island first opened in the early 60’s in Denver and since then has moved to 3 or 4 different locations relatively close to Denver. Coney Island has been so popular that it’s been featured on television.

Even though a fraction of the media has brought it to light, it is still one of those hidden gems found only by word of mouth, or simply by dropping in or passing by through the rocky mountains of Colorado.