Highlights from our friends at Colorado Egg Producers!

Colorado Egg Producers recently made a visit to the best breakfast restaurant in Denver – Original Pancake House! Check out the highlights below:


Our chef Alex Tafoya talked about our best egg-centric dishes with our friends over at Colorado Egg Producers, who were recently on the hunt for the best brunch places in Colorado in their Summer Brunch Tour. As one of the places with the best breakfast food in Denver, they made the right decision by stopping by and chatting with chef Alex. Among the dishes from our menu they highlighted were the Apple Pancake, Dutch Baby, and Denver Omelette. Each is made with anywhere from three to eight eggs, giving you all the nutrients you need to start your day off deliciously right. Colorado Egg Producers were on a mission to find the best egg dishes in the state, and they found several of them at the Original Pancake House breakfast restaurant in Denver.

As any dietitian or nutritionist will tell you, eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. A whole egg contains all the necessary nutrients to turn a cell into a baby chicken, so it’s no surprise that they’re one of the best foods you can eat to start your day. At the Original Pancake House breakfast restaurant in Denver, we crack all of our eggs fresh in-house every day, so you can rest assured that whatever egg-centric dish you order has been made with fresh eggs.

Colorado Egg Producers also stopped by to check in with our amazing chef Guillermo and document his amazing ability to crack eggs. Guillermo can crack 180 eggs in under two minutes! It’s thanks to chef Guillermo’s skill that we can use freshly cracked eggs in all of our scrumptious egg dishes all day long. It’s because of people like Guillermo that we’re able to confidently way we make some of the best breakfast food in Denver! Come visit us today at our Cherry Creek or DTC locations today!


Creative hot chocolate

Get Creative with Hot Chocolate

Winter’s here, which means more and more cold days and nights that demand a bit of extra comfort. And one piece of the winter coziness is none other than the classic cup of hot chocolate!

Hot chocolate is the perfect drink for the wintertime, as it not only warms you up, but you can also enjoy it with the entire family, no matter their age. It’s the favorite drink of many, but do you know why?

Because it’s very versatile. Ask anyone about their favorite hot chocolate recipes, and you’ll likely be met with a variety of options, from the simple dark chocolate ones to the intricate spice-infused chocolates.

At The Original Pancake House, we love ourselves some unique hot chocolate, so we’ve gathered a few unique recipes you can try out right now.


Creative Hot Chocolate Recipes to Keep You Warm

It’s easy to experiment with this drink and create your own fun hot chocolate recipes, but if you need a bit of help, here are our 5 top creative recipes to get you started:

  1. Malted Hot Chocolate

This recipe is all about combining the homemade chocolate mix with delicious marshmallows. But, the secret here lies in the additional malted milk powder that gives the beverage a nice, nutty flavor and natural sweetness.

  1. Vanilla Mocha Hot Cocoa

A truly creative hot chocolate beverage, this recipe packs two surprising ingredients compared to classic hot chocolate: maple syrup, and instant coffee. Combined with the cocoa, vanilla, and dark chocolate, you’ll get the perfect balance of sweet and bitter!

  1. Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut butter and chocolate are a winning combination in any dessert, and this recipe puts it into a warm cup of goodness. You’ll need a blender to make this one, and ensure the beverage turns out smooth and creamy!

  1. White Hot Chocolate

Dark and milk chocolates are the go-to, but let’s not get stuck on these two options. This creative white hot chocolate recipe with a citric twist proves white chocolate can hold its own in the competition.

  1. Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Even pre-packaged hot chocolate mixes can have powdered milk, which can be a problem for those who prefer not to eat dairy. But, give this dairy-free recipe a shot, which replaces regular milk with almond milk, and adds a fruity topping.

You can play with the recipe and opt for other types of milk, like oats or coconut to see which is the winning combination for you.


Try the Original Pancake House Recipes

Hot chocolate is everywhere this time of year, from cafes to restaurants or hotels, and the Original Pancake House is no exception!

Stop by our Cherry Hills or DTC location on the weekends or on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day from 6:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Warm up with our signature hot chocolate and enjoy some delicious breakfast while you’re at it!

Save a spot in line by joining our Yelp Waitlist or order online for pickup.

Christmas breakfast buffet

Breakfast Buffet for Christmas

Christmas is just a few days away, so now is a great time to start thinking about what you want to include in your Christmas morning breakfast buffet.

We are here to help you kick off the best time of year with an amazing breakfast meal that’s bound to make you and your friends and family very happy. Here at Original Pancake House, we’re very passionate about creativity in food, especially when it comes to breakfast, so we’ve gathered three great Christmas breakfast buffet ideas just for you!


Smoky Tater Hash

Start with this simple recipe that’s perfect for Christmas morning, especially if your go-to for breakfast food is something savory. All you need is around half an hour to make four servings of this diner-style breakfast meal.

To make it, you’ll need some frozen potato puffs, mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and the condiments you like, maybe even some herbs for an extra kick. To complete the dish, place a fried egg on top, and enjoy.


Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

If you’re more of a sweet-breakfast type of person, then you can’t go wrong with pancakes for your Christmas breakfast buffet! But this pancake recipe actually goes the extra mile and adds a delicious strawberry topping that’s sweet, yet fresh.

Prep time here only takes a couple of minutes, and you’ll need an additional half an hour to make the pancakes (or more, depending on how many people stop by for brunch.) We love pancakes because it feels like the perfect breakfast meal to cook with loved ones around you, and it’s always a hit with the kids.


Blueberry Sweet Rolls With Lemon

This recipe is a bit more technically challenging than the other two, but the results are very worth it. Starting the day with some sweet rolls is ideal for any day of the year, but this 4-ingredient stuffing recipe seems like it was created for Christmas morning.

Because of the blueberries, these rolls have more of a fruit-tart taste, and the sweetness of the cinnamon and sugar is nicely balanced by the lemon. You’ll need a bit more than an hour to make this one, and some more attention for making the dough, but once you get the technique down this is surely the recipe everyone in your group will want to get their hands on.

  Blueberry-PancakesEnjoy Christmas morning by trying these creative breakfast and brunch recipes, and make some nice memories with your loved ones. It’s really the perfect day to try something new and set family traditions for years to come.

Although the Original Pancake House is closed on Christmas Day, we’ll be open for Christmas Eve and New Years’ Day from 6:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Join us for take-out or heated patio seating at our DTC or Cherry Hills location.

Happy Holidays, and Happy Cooking!




Special Holiday Hours

Special Holiday Hours 2020

For the upcoming holidays, we’re excited to announce that we will be open an additional 2 days! On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, breakfast will be available from 6:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Order online for take-out or join us for outdoor heated patio seating.

We understand that many of our customers enjoy dining out which is why we have opened an additional 2 days. Take a break from cooking and enjoy a delicious breakfast meal from the Original Pancake House.

Special Holiday Hours!

From the staff at OPH, we wish all of our customers a warm, white Christmas and a much brighter new year. We appreciate all the love and support we’ve received throughout the year and look forward to serving you in 2021.

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Get Creative with Breakfast this Holiday Season

The holiday season is all about laughter, family, and fun. Homes are being filled with the scent of freshly baked holiday treats and decorations have been hung with care. As the snow begins to drift in, more and more hot cocoa is shared by the fire. When your days are filled with holiday festivities, don’t forget about the joy of a holiday breakfast. Get involved this year by testing out some new creative breakfast recipes, or by creating something yourself. At The Original Pancake House, we’re all about creativity – especially if it shows up at breakfast!

Creative Breakfast Ideas

Pancakes are always a huge hit at our place (who would have guessed?) and they can be at your house too! The fluidity of the batter sets you up to an endless supply of creative ideas – all you need to bring is your imagination. Plate up some holiday cheer with festive pancakes. If you’re not sure where to begin, try a few of our favorites to get you started. From snowmen, Santa, penguins, and reindeer, to gingerbread men, Christmas trees, and elves, there’s no shortage of festive options for you to try. Follow a guide to get you started and let creativity lead the way. Not big on pancakes? These creative breakfast ideas for pancakes can be altered to incorporate fruit, waffles, muffins, toast, and any of your other favorite breakfast foods.

Creative Egg Breakfast

Ah, eggs. The other main breakfast food. At The Original Pancake House, we love a good creative egg breakfast. If you’re hoping to do something different and fun for the holidays look no further than a few of our favorite creative egg breakfast ideas. If you have children in the house – or if you want to embrace your inner child, we love the idea of creating emoji eggs, a fun breakfast idea that’s bound to have a few people cracking up. If emojis aren’t your game, consider mini breakfast pizzas, egg bagel bites, or ‘egg in a hole’ buns, and if you’re feeling ambitious, try your hand at eggs Florentine for a delicious top-notch creative egg breakfast.

 Warm Up at The Original Pancake House

Even if you aren’t a chef, amateur cook, or a creative person, we encourage you to have some fun and dive into these creative breakfast ideas. There’s no better time than this holiday season to get creative and try something new. If it doesn’t turn out quite right, there’s no harm done as long as you had a blast doing it -- and you can always join us at The Original Pancake House for our delicious breakfast plates and our seasonal holiday favorite, Egg Nog French Toast! Come in and sit down or order takeout this holiday season. If the festivities are keeping you busy, call ahead or save a spot in line using our Yelp Waitlist! Swing on by for some hot cocoa while you shelter from the snow and grab a gift card or special designed holiday mug. The Original Pancake House will be here to warm you up from the inside out!


DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Let’s face it, homemade Christmas gifts are sometimes the best gifts to give (and receive). They’re more affordable and have a lot of heart and thought packed into them. You can really make your DIY Christmas gift unique because it’ll be different and unlike anything else you can find in the shops. Opting for homemade Christmas gifts allows you to get personal with the gifts as they often provide the recipient with more meaning than a store-bought gift. With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about creating the perfect homemade Christmas gifts and we have some ideal DIY Christmas gift ideas to get you started!

Gift Ideas for Coworkers

Keep it simple, creative, and personal this year with homemade Christmas gifts for your coworkers. Coasters are a must-have for any home, and now you have an opportunity to make them quirky. Grab some Scrabble tiles from your local game shop and arrange them to create the perfect sized coaster. Bonus points if you know coworkers well enough to pick words that relate to what they like. Candles are also a great addition to any home. Pick up some wax, wicks, and tins and you’re all set! If you’re thinking you might want to get your coworkers something they can display at the office, consider gifting them small succulents or air plants that can sit on their desks. Succulents don’t require a lot of attention and can be super thoughtful when planted in a novelty planter like an elephant. Now for the coworker that you just have to buy a 6-pack for – get creative and decorate the bottles as reindeer. Find some pipe cleaners and twist them into antlers around the bottles and pop a red pompom on the sides. Voila, you have a pack of reindeer!

The Perfect DIY Gift for Mom

When it comes to DIY Christmas gift ideas, this is your moment to shine. Moms appreciate homemade Christmas gifts more than anyone else because they enjoy the sentimental aspect. She’s done a lot for you, so pamper her this year with a jar of coconut rose sugar body polish and maybe toss in some heavenly scented bath salts to give her the spa day she deserves. Maybe your mom doesn’t really enjoy baths but loves cooking. In that case, pick up some plain wooden spoons and a wood-burning kit to customize them, and she’ll be thinking of you every time she works away in the kitchen. Photos are also very sentimental for moms and we have a couple of creative ways to package them up as a gift. Get a calendar made with pictures of her loved ones or paste snapshots onto tiles for a unique coaster set.

The Gift of Conversation

Homemade Christmas gifts are very sentimental and if you want to give someone something special this holiday season, creating it yourself might be the best option. These one-of-a-kind gifts are more personal than most and can be crafted with love even on a budget. Great conversation is a gift of its own, so if you haven’t had the time to craft your gifts, treat your coworkers, friends, or family to breakfast or lunch at The Original Pancake House. Easily order online for takeout or save your spot in line using the Yelp Waitlist.

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Fun Fall Activities for the Family

It’s that time of year again when the mornings are crisp and the leaves on the trees are changing colors – a family favorite. As the summer melts away, the scent of fall wafts through the air. What many consider to be the best season of the year has pumpkins appearing on porches and fresh pies cooling by windows. This time of year is also incredible for the limitless budget-friendly family fall activities – there are so many options, you’ll want to consider making a bucket list to make sure you don’t forget to do your favorites.

Family Fall Activities for Kids

The great thing about autumn is that a lot of family fall activities can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home for little money. Tune into your child’s sense of adventure by adding some classic fall activities for kids to your autumn bucket list. Bundle up in cozy knits and scarves and take them to choose the perfect pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch. Once the winner has been selected, head home to enjoy the festivity of carving pumpkins together. Finish the day off with a mug of hot apple cider while snuggled up under a cozy blanket – bonus fall points if you’re gathered around a bonfire or watching a classic Halloween movie (Hokus Pokus or Casper, perhaps?).

If you’re feeling restless inside the house, get some fresh air and take full advantage of autumn outdoor family fall activities. Rake up some leaves for a fun fall photo shoot or go for a scenic drive and take in the beauty of the changing colors of the trees. This season is packed with adventure and fall activities for kids. Consider visiting a haunted house or make a pit stop to navigate your way through a corn maze. Festivals are popular this time of year, so if you have a hankering for candy apples and hayrides, keep your eyes peeled for hometown festivities.

Enjoy Your Time Together

Trying to get every item on your autumn bucket list checked off can be quite chaotic, so it is important to remember to live in the moment and simply enjoy spending time with your family. Amid the chaos of family fall activities, try to think of a few favorites to turn into new traditions of your own that you can keep on the list every year. Some favorite family fall activities often involve gathering and baking. At The Original Pancake House we know a room filled with the aroma of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh pumpkin pie is cozy, welcoming, and one of the best places to gather. Come in and sit down with your closest friends and family to enjoy some of our mouthwatering signature dishes. If you’re busy with that checklist, call ahead or save a spot in line using our Yelp Waitlist! Stop by this November before you head out in search of family fall activities, and The Original Pancake House will be thrilled to fuel your day!

Thanksgiving Morning

What to Do Thanksgiving Morning

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, fun, and food. Most spend the morning preparing for an afternoon filled with a delicious feast, but what do you do if you’re not the one cooking? The afternoon is booked up with the big meal, so it’s up to you to do something fun in the morning.

Things to Do Thanksgiving Morning

In all the hustle and bustle of preparing for Thanksgiving Day meals, we often forget to plan things to do Thanksgiving morning. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade. An old classic – families have been watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV for decades. Liven it up a little and make it interesting with a fun round of Thanksgiving Day Parade bingo. Make a bingo chart with all the items you think you might find in the parade, and the first one to yell bingo thanksgiving morning gets the first slice of pumpkin pie.
  • Run a Turkey-Trot. If you’re experiencing a bit of pre-guilt in anticipation of all the food you’re about to eat, this one is for you. Go on your local turkey trot (usually 5k) to build up a proper appetite and get some exercise before the big meal.
  • Have a mini pumpkin hunt. This is a great activity for thanksgiving morning that’s fun for groups of all ages. Put a spin on an Easter egg hunt and hide mini pumpkins everywhere – indoors and outdoors to keep it interesting. Mini pumpkins are a bit bigger than your average egg, so you might have to get clever with hiding them.
  • Prepare for Black Friday. If you’re someone who likes to get all your Christmas shopping done in one day, Black Friday is the day to do it. Why not prepare for the day after Thanksgiving by using your spare time on Thanksgiving morning to make a shopping game plan?
  • Play a game. Bond with your family over some board games, or a round of charades. If you have an idea of something new and fun that incorporates Thanksgiving, give it a shot and maybe it’ll be a new Thanksgiving tradition!
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Many of us have more than others, and Thanksgiving Day can be spent serving food to less-fortunate families at a soup kitchen. If you can’t help on Thanksgiving morning, consider looking for ways to pitch in and give back to the community on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. A little kindness goes a long way.

Enjoy the Day With People You Love

Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas or you already have family traditions in place, there is an unlimited number of ways to spend your Thanksgiving morning -- but the most important thing is to enjoy it with the people you love. We invite you to stop by The Original Pancake House this November to gather and share our signature dishes with your closest friends and family. In this busy holiday season, call ahead or use our Yelp Waitlist to ensure you’ve saved your spot in line. We can’t wait for you to join us in the festive fun!

(We are closed on Thanksgiving Day to be with friends and family)

Top OPH Menu Items to Get You Ready for Fall

At The Original Pancake House, we’re known for our broad selection of delicious breakfast items, some of which have been crafted from recipes dating back to the 1950s! From a huge selection of pancakes and omelets to egg plates, benedicts, French toast, Belgian waffles, and numerous side plates, we have something for everyone to enjoy. As the summer comes to an end and the cooler weather washes over the mountains, lots of families begin looking or seasonal bites to help them stay cozy. We love the changing of the seasons here at The Original Pancake House, and we are always looking for ways to introduce exciting meals. Our talented chefs have put together some scrumptious fall breakfast ideas that are sure to give you that warm fuzzy feeling and make you feel right at home.

 Fall Breakfast Menu Additions

  • Apple Pancake. Tradition is important, and we’ve brought back this custard crisp fall breakfast favorite with cinnamon-sugar-glazed Granny Smith apple slices. Yum!
  • Apple Belgian Waffle. Minced Granny Smith apples give these waffles a unique crunch with whipped butter and apple syrup completing the enticing ensemble.
  • Sara’s Pumpkin Pancakes. These aren’t your grandmother’s pancakes! We use pumpkin and molasses to give these a fall breakfast flavor that will satisfy your annual pumpkin craving.
  • Cinnamon Almond French Toast. Sourdough bread with sliced almonds and cinnamon sugar topped with whipped butter make this the perfect fall breakfast on a chilly day!
  • Pork Green Chile Eggs Benedict. Smashed avocado, tomato, and chorizo sausage create an ensemble of mouthwatering flavor atop a grilled English muffin coated in pepper jack cheese. Then comes the pork green chile sauce from this year’s harvest to add another dimension to this savory fall breakfast.
  • Georgia Pecan Pancakes. Switch out the summer fruit for decedent toasted pecans! These buttermilk pancakes are dusted with icing sugar and smothered in tropical syrup.

On top of these fall breakfast ideas we have a selection of fall drinks to warm up your nose! Swap out the cool summer drinks for a nice warm mug - a piping hot coffee or soothing hot chocolate.

We’re Full of Fall Breakfast Ideas at OPH

The fall season brings a lot of change, and a lot of seasonal meals, drinks, and treats to keep you both warm and festive. From caramel apples and pumpkin spice lattes to roasted squash, mac and cheese, and simmering slow cooker meals, it’s the season to focus on enjoying hearty food that will warm your belly. At the Original Pancake House, that’s our goal! We want to help your family come together to enjoy well-thought meals and try some of our fall breakfast ideas. You can either call ahead or save your spot by using our Yelp Waitlist so you can skip the line, sit down, and dine! Visit the Original Pancake House today and dive into our fall breakfast favorites!

Spooky Treats for Halloween

Spooky Treats for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time of year to unleash your passion for haunting decorations, unique costumes, and spooky treats. As the day draws near, many homes are adorned with fake spiders, creepy sound effects, tombstones, caution tape, and more to create the perfect Halloween vibe that is sure to spook the neighborhood children just enough to make the evening an event to remember. Kids line the sidewalks dressed in costumes depicting their favorite heroes or most feared monsters. Adults take part in festive parties and take their families to haunted houses. The only things missing from this spooky time of year are some spooky Halloween treats to complete the picture!

 Spooky Halloween Food Ideas

As a holiday with a lot of range, there are thousands of creative, spooky Halloween treats that you can make at home to liven up the party and keep everyone engaged. Some are simple and easy for all ages to craft, while others can be so complex that it’s a shame to eat them! There are options for any age, and we’ve found some all-time favorites.

  • Scary Hairy Caramel Apples. A whimsical homage to the traditional candy apple, these are more on the fun side of spooky treats!
  • Frightening Fingers. Dismembered fingers? Ugh! These are classic spooky Halloween treats that are sure to suit the mood of any late-night party.
  • Vampire Mouths. These cream cheese filled spooky treats are definitely unique and will be the talk of the night (if they don’t get eaten too quickly!).
  • Bat Cupcakes. Chocolate, chocolate, and MORE chocolate! These cupcakes are a favorite for kids and adults alike and can add a flair to your spooky Halloween food.
  • Mini Pretzel Pumpkins. Coated pretzels are already delicious, but here they’ve been sprinkled with orange sugar and topped with green gumdrops to resemble the popular festive squash.
  • Coffin Ice Cream Sandwiches. If you’re looking for a cool treat, these decorated ice cream sandwiches offer a satisfying bite that will freeze your brains!

Visit the Original Pancake House (and Bring Your Costume!)

Halloween is a fun time for all, and a great opportunity to be creative and make some unique and spooky Halloween food for everyone to enjoy. At The Original Pancake House, we’re always crafting up something delicious, and Halloween is no exception! We use high-quality ingredients and traditional recipes that have satisfied hungry customers since 1953 and it is always our pleasure to welcome your family to dine with ours. Be sure to visit us soon and try some of our signature pancakes, crepes, French toast, omelets, waffles, and more to start your day with classic mouthwatering breakfast food. You won’t even have to wait in line as you can use our Yelp Waitlist any day of the week and show up when your table is ready! Stop by this Halloween with your costume and appetite, and The Original Pancake House will serve up some spooky Halloween food for the whole family to enjoy.

Last Minute Summer Trips

Last Minute Summer Trips

Warm weather will be over before you know it. End summer vacation with a bang by getting in a last-minute summer trip before the kids head back to school! Will you head for an exotic foreign locale or stick close to home?

The Centennial State has a lot to offer when it comes to historic places, gorgeous scenery, and exciting things to do. Not only that but exploring Colorado's many offerings won't break the bank, either! Even if you live here, there are probably plenty of enjoyable activities and breathtaking sites that are new to you.

Wherever you go, Jetsetter suggests going late in the summer. If you plan your vacation for the last half of August, you'll generally find improved availability, thinner crowds, and lower rates. See, there are perks for planning a late summer vacation! Below, you'll find a few of our favorites.

Exploring the World

Are you itching to go exploring outside the USA? Maybe you have a foreign destination or two on your bucket list and you'd like to cross one off this summer. Here are some popular destinations you may want to consider. We'll start up north, head south, and then it's off to the east.

Nelson, British Columbia

Lift-access to hiking trails, glass-bottomed gondola rides, and world-class mountain bike terrain. What else could you want from a relatively small mountain town tucked into the stunning Selkirk Mountains?

Mexico City, Mexico

Surprisingly, Mexico City stays at moderate temperatures (the mid-70s) all summer. That makes it an ideal late summer destination for those looking for a taste of Mexican culture, history, and cuisine.

Portillo, Chile

Who says you can't ski in summer? Not the many World Cup ski teams who practice on Ski Portillo's world-class runs! This rustic resort lies nestled between the awe-inspiring Andes Mountains and Inca Lake.


Beautiful white sand beaches and stunningly clear tropical waters are part of the allure of Curaçao, one of the Caribbean's ABC islands (Aruba and Bonaire are the other two). You'll want to take lots of photos of its charmingly colorful Dutch Colonial architecture!

Kraków, Poland

What do you get when you combine the world's largest remaining medieval marketplace, impressively beautiful Old World architecture, and some of WWII's most poignant and heart-wrenching history? You get Kraków, Poland, and the nearby Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

Meanwhile, Back in Colorado...

Check out these top Colorado vacation destinations! You may recognize most of them as winter hotspots, but trust us, there's more to them than just skiing. The natural beauty hidden beneath that snow for much of the year is simply breathtaking when you experience it in all its summer glory.


Spectacular scenery and world-class food (maybe you've heard of the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen?) draw visitors from around the world to this mountain village.


A rich history of silver and gold mining, vintage Victorian charm, breathtaking biking and hiking trails, and friendly people. Have we forgotten anything? Only the awe-inspiring night sky studded with brilliant stars!

Garden of the Gods

Visit spectacular Garden of the Gods Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs and hike its renowned trails. Just don't forget to take plenty of photos so you can answer those who ask, "You hiked where?"

Rocky Mountain National Park

This stunner is one of the most popular national parks in the country. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from your car as you travel the Trail Ridge Road or take a family hike for a more up-close view of its beauty. It's also a great place to enjoy a last-minute camping trip to celebrate the end of summer.

Steamboat Springs

Gondola rides, fishing and camping, mountain biking and hiking, restaurants, art galleries, and mineral pools. What more could you want from a small mountain town set amidst working ranches?


This Colorado mountain town is small in size but huge in its friendly atmosphere, natural beauty, and outdoor adventures. Maybe that's why U.S. News & World Report listed Telluride as its #1 pick for "Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA"!


Explore Vail's iconic mountains in the summer to experience top-notch hiking and mountain biking trails, whitewater rafting, and epic trail rides. There's just nothing else like experiencing these mountains from the back of a horse!

Wrapping Up Your Summer with a Last-Minute Trip

Whether you live in Colorado or are just visiting, you're sure to enjoy its abundant natural beauty and expansive list of outdoor activities. No matter where you're going on your end of summer hurrah, or who you're going with, enjoy your vacation! And stop in at OPH so we can fuel you for the journey. Our Yelp Waitlist makes any meal quick and easy!


Denver Stanley Marketplace

Visit the Stanley Marketplace

Have you finished a scrumptious breakfast and now you're looking for something fun to do in the Denver area? Try heading east to Aurora, Colorado. This Denver suburb is home to the Stanley Marketplace — one of the best places to visit in Denver!

Visiting the Stanley Marketplace

Part food court, part urban bazaar, the Stanley Marketplace is an entity all its own. This unique community gathering place is located at a former aviation manufacturing facility (the Stanley Aviation Corporation) that was once adjacent to Denver's original international airport. Stapleton Field may be long gone but the Stanley is here to stay!

The Stanley Marketplace is a go-to destination on the border between Aurora and Denver. It attracts shoppers, diners, partiers, and those just looking for a cool place to hang out with friends. There are more than a dozen independently owned shops, a beer hall, and nearly a dozen bars and restaurants to frequent at the Marketplace. All told, there are more than fifty local, independently-owned businesses at this 140,000-square-foot much-loved community center!

Add in the fact that there's an event center (appropriately called 'The Hanger'), yoga studio, and co-working space, and you might be getting a feel for the vibe here. There's also an early learning center and gymnastics studio in case you're wondering how family-friendly it is.

The History Behind It

It all started with beer. Former social worker Mark Shaker was lamenting the lack of a place to hang out in the neighborhood. That desire for a beer hall eventually turned into an opportunity to save a historic factory and unite two disparate communities. Oh, and a great place to hang out, drinking beer with your friends!

Stanley Marketplace Events Abound

That's right, there's always something fun or exciting happening at the Stanley! After all, that's part of the 'Stanifesto' that makes the Stanley Marketplace so great. As these guidelines for the Stanley point out, "Every day is an opportunity to put goodness into the world." Events that bring the community together to experience joy do just that!

Spring and Summer at the Stanley

Celebrate Mother's and Father's Day with your family. Enjoy food tastings or pick up fresh produce at the Farmer's Market. Attend art events and concerts. Join in one of the fitness gatherings so you can make the most of your summer.

Fall Festivities

Do some fancy pumpkin carving. Don your best costume to try to win a prize at the costume contest and then attend the spooky Halloween festivities. Celebrate your Thanksgiving blessings with family and friends.

A Winter Wonderland

Get into the holiday spirit with homemade holiday cards and caroling. Enjoy gingerbread houses, festival wreaths, and joyous people celebrating holiday happiness at the Stanley Marketplace!

Stop in for Breakfast on Your Way to the Stanley

Our Yelp Waitlist lets you call ahead and save your space in line. We'll have you all fueled up and ready to hit the Stanley in no time. Once there, you'll be extra thankful for taking the time to eat a good breakfast before you went. After all, there's a lot to see and do at Aurora's unique Stanley Marketplace!