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CITY SPOTLIGHT DENVER Denver Central Market The Source Worth a road trip Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods 34 August/September 2017 It’s hard to imagine visiting Denver and not experiencing the great outdoors. Two nearby destinations that offer prime back-to-nature exploration are Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado Springs. Located 90 minutes northwest of Denver, the park protects thousands of species of flora and fauna that can be found in its subalpine and alpine eco- systems. A record 4.5 million visitors enjoyed ranger-led programs, guided tours, hiking, wildlife and night-sky viewing and more at the park last year. With Pikes Peak as its calling-card, Colorado Springs blends big-city ame- nities with the laid-back feel of a quaint mountain town. Must-dos in the area include checking out Garden of the Gods—first stop is the state-of-the- art visitors center (gardenofgods.com)—and taking a ride on the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway (cograilway.com) to the famous mountain’s 14,115- foot summit. Contact Floy Kennedy of the Colorado Springs CVB at floy@visitcos.com to learn more. Avanti F and B Buck says another tasty way to con- nect with her city and its foodie culture is to visit local markets such as Avanti F and B, Denver Central Market and The Source. “Denver’s dining and craft beverage scene is hot. Our new marketplaces showcase the creativity and passion of local restaurateurs, brewers, bakers and more. They are a one-stop shop for visitors to taste local flavors.” Situated in the Highlands neigh- borhood, Avanti F and B is modern food hall that draws inspiration from both Old World markets and food trucks. Its seven restaurants are housed in repurposed shipping con- tainers, and they provide a diverse set of dining experiences based on creative and affordable cuisine. Denver Central Market brings together an eclectic blend of 11 restau- rants. During a visit to this RiNo Arts District hot spot, patrons can enjoy a cocktail from Curio Bar and choose from a wide array of options, such as meals at Silva’s Fish and the Local Butcher as well as treats from Izzio Bakery and Temper Chocolate. Another RiNo staple and top gather- ing place for the culinarily curious is The Source. Located in an iconic 1880s ironworks building, it is a European- style artisan food market that includes everything from a butcher and a produce vendor to a cheese shop and a taqueria. Off to market we go