We spent a few days in Denver, staying at the Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast in the upper Capitol Hill neighborhood. This neighborhood is cool, very lively and urban, crawling with restaurants and coffee houses - and Castle Marne is also very cool. It looks like a castle:
built of fieldstone with a round stone tower; it's been a Victorian home and a processing center for parolees, and several other things. The interior is meticulously restored to its fussy Victorian greatness (that's a compliment, I like Victorian houses). See more photos here. They had the most delightful tea cozy I've ever seen:
The food was excellent, I really liked the staff, and it was a wonderful alternative to the corporate hotel (and it may even be cheaper, depending on the corporate hotel). The weather was mostly nice, overcast but cool; we had one day that was overcast but 101 degrees!
Our first major excursion was an afternoon at the Denver Botanic Garden. We didn't realize til we got there that they were having an exhibit of Henry Moore sculpture. This meant that the gorgeous gardens were punctuated with huge abstract stone shapes:
I can never resist gardens, so I took quite a few photos, you'll find the rest here. Take a look and rest your eyes. I was especially pleased by the black-crowned night heron who posed for me in the Japanese garden: