Denver, United States
Nicole, 33
Physical Therapy Grad Student
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I have a passion for helping others move well and live healthy lives. Movement is such a big part of my life I want everyone to be capable of it as well. I'm currently a student in CU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and am a Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist and Yoga Instructor. In my spare time, I'm working on formulating my brand - www.nicolecrippen.com.

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

I've lived all over! I was born in Miami, Florida and then moved to East Lansing, Michigan (Go State!) when I was 8 years old. From there I've lived in South Bend, Indiana, New York City, NY, Santa Monica, CA, and I got to Denver in 2015. I came here to visit and immediately fell in love with the culture, active lifestyle, the mountains, and of course the 300 days of sunshine!

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

Country Club / Cherry Creek. The best - accessibility to all of the shops, restaurants and parks. The worst -

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

I'm a country girl. Anything and everything country music 90% of the time. You won't find me listening to techno ... EVER.

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

Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye; Someone like you - Adele; Here without you- 3 Doors Down; And a lot of slow sappy country.

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

Friends

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

I've got a boyfriend but my single friends prefer taking dates to Angelo's where you can get great food and drinks at reasonable prices.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Common Threads Denver. Nordstrom. Lululemon.

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

Hikes & 14ers! There are endless hikes and I wish I could go to a new one every day. I've gotten to tap into them a little it and have a running list of all the ones I need to do. I've also never done a 14er and am training to do one this year!

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

I'd walk into Cherry Creek to Grind, Machete's or to Angelo's Tavern on 6th.

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

I'd stick to my staples and choose based on what I was feeling like - Linger, Jax Fish House downtown, or Hillstone in Cherry Creek.

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

Walking or biking whenever I can.

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

Wash Park, Cherry Creek, Downtown, Highlands 32nd Ave, and then without a doubt a hiking trip somewhere in the mountains.

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

I'd be outside ALL day! I'd start with a morning run through Wash Park then to breakfast most likely at Olive & Finch in Cherry Creek. After I've fueled up, I'd go to Evergreen for a hike and bring some snacks to eat at the top of the mountain. After hiking, I'd drive back into Denver and stop in the Highlands to wander around 32nd Ave and grab a glass of wine. For dinner, it would have to be a spur of the moment decision. I know I'd want an outdoor patio or rooftop and a spot for all my friends to come meet me!

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

I can't say I have a favorite. I love exploring new places! When booking a trip, I always tend to go somewhere new whenever I can.

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