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28 Jan 2015

Union Station, perfect for a date night


It’s officially been six months since the grand re-opening of Union Station. Which means that since the hubbub has leveled off, now is a great time to check it out. Especially on a date night.

Happily, getting there from Reunion is easy. And then, behold the wonder of this beautifully updated Denver icon.

Inside Union Station, the Great Hall greets you with loads of original Beaux Arts-style beauty and architecture. Note the original tile floors, high-backed wooden benches, soaring ceilings and ornate light fixtures. The original Union Station was built in 1881, when its arrival inspired the nearby construction of requisite Old West businesses like saloons, bordellos, and warehouses. An electrical fire burned the building in 1894, but it was quickly rebuilt. In 1914, railroad companies replaced the center hall and roof and crafted the building that remains today.

The recent $54 million renovation has created a very fun destination. You and your significant other might want to start with a glass of wine or Colorado craft beer (choose from dozens) at the lively Terminal Bar, located in the former ticketing office at the back of the Great Hall. And be sure to test your skill on the shuffleboard table in the center of the Hall, where you’ll find plenty of comfortable couches to relax on with drinks and appetizers. Dinner options abound, from sophisticated choices like Stoic & Genuine (think just flown-in lobster, shrimp and oysters), to fish tacos and beet burgers at the Kitchen Next Door, to Acme Burger & Brat, to Fresh Exchange, a quick-serve spot featuring wraps, salads and smoothies. Be sure to take advantage of people watching on the restaurants’ patios too, while the weather holds.

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Next, it’s time to explore the unique shops, all Colorado-based. Bloom by Anuschka offers flower arrangements, furniture, gifts, jewelry, art, and home décor. Browse the eclectic mix of hip local crafts, furniture, and jewelry at 5 Green Boxes. And the Tattered Cover has a cozy shop here too—always a fun place to linger. When you’re ready for something sweet, and maybe a bit sassy, pick up an Irish Coffee at Pigtrain Coffee or a booze-infused milkshake at the Milkbox Ice Creamery.

And should you decide to stay downtown, consider calling it a night at the luxurious new Crawford Hotel, a chic blend of the historic and contemporary, conveniently tucked into Union Station, too.

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