Denver, United States
Caitlin, 33
Blogger, Trust the Locals
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a bit about Caitlin

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work on the sales team for a home decor company called Deny Designs. With Deny, I help customers like Anthropologie and Nordstrom select our home decor products and styles to sell in stores and online. I was attracted to Deny because of the creativity the job requires and because I've always loved helping people spruce up their space with fashionable decor. I also write and manage a travel blog called Trust the Locals in my free time. Travel is a major passion of mine and something I make sure to do as often as possible!

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I can't say it was all "effing bad"... but it certainly wasn't great when I took my first job out of college working for Xerox as a salesperson. It taught me how to be a go-getter and to persevere in tough-and sometimes embarrassing- situations, but the day-to-day tasks of making cold calls and stop-by's, logging activity, and selling boring office equipment definitely wasn't my true calling. These days, I refer to it as a stepping stone in my career path:)

Were you born and raised in Denver? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Denver?

I was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. I went to college in Chicago and after graduating, I moved to Denver with a few friends and my boyfriend. We didn't have jobs or homes, but we made it work because we wanted to try living somewhere different from where we grew up (in the Midwest). Nine years later, we're miraculously all still here- and that boyfriend is now my husband and the father of my daughter!

What’s your current hood in Denver and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Jefferson Park, just North of the Broncos Stadium. Jefferson Park is only a mile from downtown and is distinctly urban, but I live directly across the street from a park, where I get my daily dose of nature. Plus, my rooftop has mountain views!

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Currently on my Spotify Playlist: Frank Ocean, War on Drugs, Chance the Rapper, Radiohead, The Lumineers, Jack Garratt, Lake Street Dive and Lord Huron.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

When I'm feeling sad I listen to Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Best Series of all time: Breaking Bad. I also love Silicon Valley, House of Cards, Parks and Rec, Veep and John Oliver. Girls, the first season of The Newsroom and The Knick were also pretty great.

Name some spots in Denver that are good for a Tinder date.

Anywhere in RiNo is fun- Cart Driver for a slice of pizza, Central Market for lunch or happy hour, or Finn's Manor are all casual, fun spots. If you want to dance, go to Meadowlark. White Lies is an intimate coffee shop turned cocktail lounge in the CapHill neighborhood. Vesper Lounge is also a cool spot in that hood. And if you want to be downtown, I would go to Union Station and meet at Terminal Bar for drinks. If the date doesn't go well, there are endless options to escape and turn your night around.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Paul Ryan

Who’s your hero and where in Denver would you take them out for a serious hang?

Probs Barrack. We'd go to Union Station and then play a bad game of pool at Wynkoop Brewery. Hopefully our boy Hickenlooper (Denver's Democratic Governor, and the guy who started the Wynkoop Brewery) would join us.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I like to shop local when I can- there are lots of great, small boutiques in Denver that carry affordable women's clothes. A few favorites are Rustic Thread, Hailee Grace Boutique and Patterns & Pops- a fashion truck turned brick & mortar store.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Highlands Ranch.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I would love to ski and snowshoe more, but the traffic to the mountains is obnoxious and I can't afford the flight to Aspen (or the lift ticket, for that matter!)

Where do you go in Denver for a casual night out?

With a small group: Mercantile Provisions at Union Station, Comida at The Source, Los Chingones for margs and tacos, The Kitchen in LoDo for an upscale cocktail, or any one of Denver's breweries. A few current favorites are Little Machine, Denver Beer Company and Ratio Brewing. With a big group, Ale House in LoHi, Wynkoop in Union Station, Infinite Monkey Theorem or Blue Moon Brewery in RiNo are all pretty big but not so much so that they feel empty.

Where would you go in Denver to celebrate some freaking good news?

For a splurge dinner for two or four, I recommend Acorn at Avanti, Avelina in LoDo or Frasca in Boulder. For a romantic dinner date: Mizuna in Cap Hill. Avanti is a good spot to meet a crew for dinner- they have a big bar, lots of dining options (different restaurants rent out space) and open seating in a two story building with a rooftop patio.

What’s your choice of transportation in Denver and why?

I would recommend Lyft or Car to Go (if you're staying in the city). If you plan to go to the mountains, definitely rent a car.

What are the Denver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Red Rocks is pretty amazing if you have a car- just to see the amphitheater or for a workout or hike, if you're up for exercising! I wouldn't miss Union Station either. The station itself is gorg, and the surrounding neighborhood is constantly growing and developing. It's fun to watch as a "native". I also love taking visitors to a park- Wash Park or Cheeseman- for the mountain views.

What are the Denver spots tourists should run from screaming?

Stay off 16th Street mall unless you're in LoDo. And pretty please skip the two hour wait for brunch at Snooze. There are many other amazing brunch spots in the city, and although their pancakes ARE phenomenal, it's not worth wasting a full morning standing outside.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Denver. How do you spend it?

Start with a hike or a killer workout at Red Rocks. After a shower, grab a Crema coffee and a scone at Izzio at Central Market. In the afternoon, head to a Rockies game if they're in town, or to Denver Beer Co for beers on the patio. In the evening, go to a show at Red Rocks, or if it's wintertime, a jazz concert at Nocturne. And maybe a nightcap at Don's Mixed Drinks for good measure.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Depends on the season! I love any beach in the Wintertime- my favorite beach vacation so far was our honeymoon at the Andaz in Maui. In the Spring, I enjoy urban adventures; Buenos Aires and Paris are two of my favorite cities in the world. In the Summer, it's fun to go to Chicago for a street or music festival. And I love Jackson Hole in the Fall- beautiful hiking, strikingly colorful leaves, and exciting drives through the National Park (bear and moose sightings too!)

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