I was on my own last week, and decided to go to the Rockies baseball game. Not far from home, I park across the highway after a short drive, then hike in to the ballpark. This accomplishes a couple of things: a) I don’t have to pay the exorbitant parking fees downtown; b) I get a good workout, which I need after the hot dog, beer and snacks I usually have! I was happy to stay the whole game too, as the Rockies ended up winning in the bottom of the ninth inning – thanks to Jason Giambi!
The views from the ballpark are great, seeing architecture mixed, old and new, single stories and high-rises, but everything fits. LoDo (Lower Downtown) was not a pretty sight when I first came to Denver; in fact, it was a feared place to be in the downtown area. Now though, there is life in the neighborhoods that have been recreated, shops and homes of every kind. It’s great to see a downtown revitalized. Read more about Denver’s LoDo HERE.
After the game I was meeting a friend for ice cream, at a place in Arvada (west of Denver) called Scrumptious. It is an old-fashioned, homemade ice cream shop and candy store. And it lives up to its name every bit! Walking in brought back fond memories of my great aunt and uncle who owned a soda shop/candy store in the Bronx many years ago. All the old favorites are carried there too: PEZ, Brown Cow, Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Dots, and on and on and on (and there’s newer stuff too, like gummy bears and worms)!
I was in heaven. I did reserve my sweet tooth though, for a purist’s ice cream choice: chocolate. Not chocolate chip, not chocolate chip mint, not Rocky Road. Just CHOCOLATE. On a sugar cone, please. This chocolate did not disappoint. It was smooth, creamy, chocolate-y, without a hint of stuff that shouldn’t be in ice cream. We sat out in front of the store, and enjoying catching up, people watching and dog watching. Olde Town Arvada has enjoyed a resurgence as well. Many years have been spent revitalizing the small Main Street area and feel. Arvada was the first documented place gold was struck in Colorado – really! You can read about the history of Arvada HERE.
It’s great to find local businesses to patronize – do you have a favorite?
- Jason Giambi Loves His Role With The Rockies (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Giambi wins wild one with walk-off homer (mlb.mlb.com)