Monthly Archives: March 2017

Partnering with a Rental Company vs. Doing It Alone

With the rise in popularity of short-term rentals, many owners are turning their investment properties into a second source of income. Once the decision to rent out the property using a short-term strategy has been made, there are numerous other questions that the owner must ask himself or herself: how much should I charge? How do I decorate my home? What do I include in my listing? Should I post on Airbnb, VRBO, or both?

There’s a lot to consider, especially when you’re starting out as a first-time renter. But the single most important decision you’ll make is whether you want to team up with a short-term rental management company or go at it alone.

One of the main benefits of a partnership with Effortless Rental Group is that you’ll be supported by a team of knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to maximizing your monthly revenue. To learn how you can make exponentially more money when you work with us, versus renting on a short-term or long-term strategy alone, check out https://effortlessrentalgroup.com/hosting-tips/want-increase-earning-potential/

Increasing your earning potential is just the beginning. Effortless stands out from other rental management companies because we provide a turnkey service for our clients. This means that we take care of everything—from analytical pricing using our custom algorithms to handling all bookings and guest correspondence. Our professional cleaning company and re-stocking team will give you the peace of mind that everything is ready for your guests. In fact, many of our clients travel abroad for part of the year or even live out of state. They trust us to manage every single aspect of their rental property.

Owners who want to maximize their revenue and live their lives without worrying about the upkeep of their rental property choose to partner with Effortless Rental Group. We would be honored to work with you in the future. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

Effortless Rental Group

720.475.1486

A Sweet Deal: Famous Ice Cream Shops around Denver

Little Man Ice Cream

Location: 2620 16th St

Hours: Winter hours: daily 11AM – 10PM

Sounds sweet: Operating inside of its emblematic 28-foot tall cream can, Little Man has become Denver famous since opening in 2008. For every scoop of handmade ice cream purchased, Little Man delivers a scoop of rice to developing countries worldwide. We recommend the Bhakti Chai or Fluffernutter.

 

Sweet Action

Location: 52 Broadway

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 1 – 10PM; Friday – Saturday: 1 – 11PM

Sounds sweet: Voted the Best Ice Cream Shop in Colorado by USA Today and said to be Denver’s best ice cream by 5280 Magazine, the hype is deserved at this shop that uses only local ingredients. Known for its eclectic flavor combinations, some crowd favorites include Stranahan’s Whiskey Brickle and Honey Chile Pepper.

 

SNOWLAB

Location: 4360 E Evans Ave

Hours: Sunday – Tuesday: 12 – 10PM; closed Wednesday; Thursday: 12 – 10PM; Friday – Saturday: 12 – 11PM

Sounds sweet: Made with soy milk and only natural flavors, a Taiwanese shaved snow from Snowlab is the perfect option for lactose-intolerant and vegan visitors. This isn’t the type of shaved ice you’d expect from the state fair—this creamy, ribbon-like dessert comes in flavors like Black Sesame and Thai Tea.

 

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

Location: 799 S University Blvd

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11AM – 9PM; Friday – Saturday: 11AM – 9:30PM

Sounds sweet: Voted the 2016 Best Ice Cream Shop by Colorado Parent magazine, this neighborhood gem has been serving up some of the best ice cream and shakes in Denver since 1986. The shop near Wash Park has a retro feel and often a line down the block—but it’s worth the wait! We love the Mocha Almond and Oatmeal.

 

Sweet Cow

Locations: Denver Highlands (3475 W 32nd Ave); Denver Platt Park (1882 S Pearl St); North Boulder (2628 Broadway); South Boulder (669 S Broadway); Stanley Market (2501 N Dallas St); Louisville (637 Front St)

Hours: Denver Highlands: Sunday – Thursday: 10AM – 10PM; Friday – Saturday: 10AM – 11PM

Other locations: Sunday – Thursday: 10AM –9PM; Friday – Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM

Sounds sweet: With six locations around Denver, you’re sure to be within a short drive or walk to this local chain dedicated to scooping ice cream in an environmentally responsible way. All of their flavors are hand churned on site—it doesn’t get fresher than that. Try the Mooscow Mule and Myranda’s Peanut Butter Honey.

Space-Saving Design Ideas for Small Properties

  1. Don’t waste the space under the stairs

Take advantage of this valuable (and often forgotten) space and add a few shelves or a cozy reading nook. Whatever you choose to create, keep it minimal and uncluttered with horizontal lines and neutral accents.

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  1. Fold-down furniture is your friend

There’s a good reason the Murphy bed, originally invented in the early 1900’s, is making a comeback. Fold-down furniture like the Murphy bed allows for multi-functional rooms and creates a ton of extra floor space when not in use.

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  1. Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

Who’s the most space-savvy of them all? Mirrors enlarge any space by creating the illusion of depth. In general, the bigger, the better—opt for tall and wide mirrors over small mirrors or gallery arrangements, which will have the opposite effect.

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  1. Area rugs suggest separate rooms

This is particularly true in studio apartments or in large spaces that are being used for two functions, like as both a living room and a dining area. Rugs in contrasting colors divide the space and designate each area for its intended purpose.

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  1. Use expandable furniture whenever possible

Maximize your space by buying tables with slide-out or add-on segments to use only when you have guests over. Keep an eye out for pieces that have hidden storage compartments and a fold-out design like the table below—they’ll let you stash your stuff out of sight.

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  1. Install shelves and furniture on the wall

If you haven’t jumped on the floating shelf train, get going. This popular design trend frees your floor from bulky and heavy pieces and adds a modern feel to your home. Consider mounting your desk or dining table on the wall to free up even more space.

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  1. Keep things out of sight under the bed

Trust us—your dinner guests don’t need to see your flannel pajamas or your favorite moth-eaten sweater you can’t seem to throw away. Store seasonal items, shoes, or extra sheets under the bed instead. Get a bed with built-in storage or opt for some baskets to slide underneath the frame.

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Sleep Like a Baby with 1 Simple Change to Your Beds

We all know that how much we enjoy our day has a lot to do with the amount—and the quality—of our sleep the night before. You’ve also probably heard that sleep is critical in staying healthy, managing pain, and forming new memories. But did you know that good pillows are the easiest way to ensure a good night’s sleep? And that changing out your pillows in your rental property is the quickest way to drastically change your guests’ experience for the better?

There is a plethora of pillows on the market, with various firmness, textures, sizes, and shapes. We’ve picked our favorites that will make sure your guests get a good night’s sleep and are geared up for sightseeing in Denver the next day. When your guests are well rested, they have more energy to explore Denver—and write you a positive review on Airbnb or VRBO at the end of their trip. Speaking of Airbnb and VRBO, feel free to mention the brand and type of pillows in your listing—it shows potential guests that you’ve put time and thought into making sure they’re comfortable during their stay at your home.

 

Our top choice: Coop Home Goods Shredded Hypoallergenic Memory Foam Pillow, from $50

This pillow outperforms and out-reviews any other pillow on the current market. The firmness can be adjusted by adding or removing foam, and the natural materials meet CertiPUR-US standards for allergy sufferers and guests sensitive to harsh materials. The removable fill also makes it easy to adjust the pillow to fit side, back, or stomach sleepers. Long-lasting and affordable, switching out your current pillows for these ones will make your Airbnb or VRBO rental property stand out from the rest.

 

Utopia Bedding Premium Super Plush Fiber Filled Pillows (2-pack), from $19

At $19 for a 2-pack of queen-sized pillows, these fluffy pillows are definitely the winners when it comes to price. Hypo-allergenic with an anti-microbial finish, these fiber-filled pillows will ensure asthma and allergy sufferers get a good night’s rest. The full polyester stuffing resists compression and deformation over years of use. Note: the pillows are shipped in a vacuum-sealed bag—for best results, allow pillows to expand for 2-3 days before use.

 

Foamily Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Insert Sham Square, from $7

For maximum comfort on your bed or couch, these inserts by Foamily are our top pick. The pillows stay fluffy and do not deflate over time, and offer a good level of support for the back and neck. They come in a range of sizes to perfectly fit in your shams and provide your Airbnb property with some stylish accents. And beginning at $7 for the 12” x 12” size, the price can’t be beat.

Creative Classes in Denver

Why not take a little time off from sightseeing and find a creative outlet? There are tons of classes and workshops around Denver, offering everything from throwing pots to learning to paint with a glass of wine in your hand. Our picks for the best creative classes are below.

 

Art Classes

Pinot’s Palette

This franchise combines two things we love—art and alcohol. Every class is led by an experienced artist who teaches the class step-by-step how to create their own painted masterpieces. There is an impressive selection of wine and beer, including many local brews, and some Sunday classes offer bottomless mimosas for $10. The studio can also be rented out for private events.

Location: 3420 W 32nd Ave

Hours: The studio is open only for classes and private events—check out the event calendar on their website for details.

Cost: Open studio costs $12, most classes cost around $30, and prices vary for private events.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: https://www.pinotspalette.com/highlands or 720-663-1278

 

Share Denver

A community art space in the heart of Denver, this creative hub offers classes like jewelry making, veggie fermentation, and sugar skull creation. It doesn’t get much more relaxed than this spot, which feels more like a cozy living room than a work space, and draws crafters of all skill levels and abilities. Take a look at their monthly calendar for classes and events.

Location: 2829 Fairfax St

Hours: The studio is open only for classes and private events. Call or stop by for details.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the class.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: 720-608-0623

 

Ceramics in the City

A paint-your-own pottery studio that also features painting classes, glass fusing, and canvas painting, Ceramics in the City has it all. Come home with your own hand-painted mug, vase, or platter! Be sure to check out the daily specials to save some money on your creation, and look into renting the studio space for private events and parties.

Location: 5214 E Colfax

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11AM – 8PM; Saturday: 10AM – 8PM; Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

Cost: There is no studio fee—you just pay for your piece of pottery and all paint, tools, and other supplies are included. The prices range from $10-$65, and most pieces cost under $20.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: https://www.ceramicsinthecity.com or 303-200-0461

  

Cooking Classes

Kitchen Table Cooking School

With classes like “Tacos and Tequila” and “A Winter Evening in Florence,” a class at Kitchen Table is bound to be a good time whether you’re alone or with a group. Master the basics of artisan bread making in their workshop class, or rent out the space for a bridal shower or birthday party. There are 3-course couple classes every Friday evening!

Location: 6380 S Fiddler’s Green Circle

Hours: The studio is open only for classes and private events—check out the event calendar on their website for details.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the class.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: https://kitchentablegv.com or 303-220-9769

  

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Both a professional culinary arts academy and a recreational workspace for home cooks, Cook Street’s classes are taught by professional chefs and are sure to give you some impressive skills to take back home and show off to your friends. They have plenty of traditional classes, as well as date-night and high-altitude baking classes. This great spot is available for private dining and as an event space, as well.

Location: 1937 Market St

Hours: Daily, 9AM – 10PM

Cost: Prices vary depending on the class.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: https://cookstreet.com or 303-308-9300

  

Stir Cooking School

This laid-back cooking space in the bustling Highlands neighborhood offers cooking and mixology classes for both novice and experienced chefs. There is a full bar inside if you would like to accompany your class with a cocktail or glass of wine. Every Saturday night is date night at Stir, with couple classes like Iron Chef and All About Aphrodisiacs.

Location: 3215 Zuni St

Hours: The studio is open only for classes and private events—check out the event calendar on their website for details.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the class.

Learn more and reserve a spot at: https://www.stirtolearn.com or 720-287-4823

How to Make Your Home Appealing to Business Travelers

Many of your guests will be traveling for pleasure, but you’ll get some who are in town for a meeting or convention. It’s important that your home accommodates business travelers with all of the amenities they’ll need during their stay. When you set up your home with special business features, along with having a solid review background, a speedy response rate, and several other specifications, Airbnb alerts potential guests who look at your listing that your property is “Business Travel Ready.” This title attached to your listing greatly increases your chances of getting a booking request. For a good place to start, take a look at our list of home additions geared toward business travelers.

 

  1. A workspace set up for laptops in an office nook or room

This is the single most important item for the business traveler in your home. Even if your guest is planning to explore your city a bit for pleasure, the main reason he or she is there is for business. A workspace in your home is essential, whether it’s an entire office or just a corner of the living room set up with a desk and chair. There should be an outlet nearby and enough space for a laptop and a few folders.

 

  1. Fast Wi-Fi

You should have Wi-Fi whether or not you want to cater to business travelers, as your guests will need to be able to look up where to eat on their phones or communicate with people back home. It’s especially important for business travelers to have high-speed internet so that they can do research, get in touch with colleagues, or figure out where their meeting is located.

 

  1. Toiletry essentials

Shampoo, toilet paper, clean towels, and a hair dryer are on the list of features Airbnb deems necessary for a listing to receive the “Business Travel Ready” label. Your business-oriented guests will be glad that your home matches the level of amenities they would find if they were getting ready in a hotel room. No need to spring for the most expensive salon shampoo and conditioner, but make a little effort to provide something nice.

 

  1. A printer/fax/scanner

This one is pretty self-explanatory—if your guests need to receive documents or send them elsewhere during their stay at your place, they’ll be glad to have the supplies to do it. Business travelers might need to print notes for a meeting, but it’s not a bad idea to have a printer available for all of your guests. People may want to print out concert or event tickets, or boarding passes for their flight out of your city.

 

  1. Hangers and an iron

Your guests will need to prepare for their meeting or conference, and you can help them accomplish this. Hangers and an iron are essential items for all types of guests, but even more so for guests traveling on business. It’s a good call to have plenty of hangers and closet space, as well as an ironing board (small is fine) to go along with the iron.

 

  1. If possible, a meeting area

It doesn’t hurt to designate a specific area of your home as a space for guests to brainstorm ideas alone or with others. This could be a home office or extra room—it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Throw in a couple desk chairs, a desk or table, and a dry-erase board on the wall and you’re good to go.

 

  1. A list of coffee shops for remote work

Sometimes inspiration doesn’t hit until we get outside and into the real world. If you know a guest is going to be staying at your home for business, it’s not a bad idea to leave behind a short list of coffee shops nearby. Whether they want to post up there for the day or just stop by for a quick latte before heading to their conference, they’ll appreciate the effort. Check out https://effortlessrentalgroup.com/entertainment/7-best-denver-coffee-shops/ for a list of our favorite coffee shops in Denver.

Kid-Approved: The Best Activities for Children in Denver

There’s plenty to do with the little ones in Denver. From the tranquil Botanic Gardens to the heart-racing Elitch Gardens, your kids won’t be bored. Take a look at our list below for some of the top activities in Denver that are fun for the whole family.

 

The Butterfly Pavilion

With over 5,000 animals including a resident tarantula named Rosie, the Butterfly Pavilion is a great place to relax among the butterflies and flowers while the kids check out the creepy-crawlies. There’s way more to see at this tropical paradise than the magnificent 1,600 butterflies from around the world—be sure to visit the underwater area where the kids can hold a starfish and the invertebrate exhibit with activities about centipedes, beetles, and worms.

Location: 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster

Hours: Daily 9AM – 5PM

Cost: Adults: $11, Kids 2-12: $7, Kids under 2: free

For more info: https://www.butterflies.org

  

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

This huge amusement and water park in the heart of downtown first opened in 1890 and has been delighting Denver residents and visitors ever since. There are plenty of rides and attractions for the whole family—be sure to check out the Goofy Gazebo and Elitch Express train. If you’re feeling bold, take a plunge on the Tower of Doom—the 200-foot drop at 60 mph is not for the faint of heart!

Location: 2000 Elitch Cir

Hours: Summer months: Sunday – Thursday: 10:30AM – 9PM; Friday – Saturday: 10:30AM – 10PM; see website for detailed info on hours

Cost: Adults (online tickets): $36, Adults (tickets at the gate): $50, Kids 3+: $32, Kids under 3: free

For more info: https://www.elitchgardens.com

 

Denver Zoo

Committed to animal conservation and environmental protection, Denver Zoo has received a plethora of awards and recognitions including the highest international award for its environmental, health, and safety systems, one of only 4 total recipients. The exhibits rotate on a regular basis and the zoo often features special events, such as Feathered Friend February and International Polar Bear Day. Don’t miss the African Penguin Feeding and the Sea Lion Show!

Location: 2300 Steele St

Hours: Winter hours: daily 10AM – 4PM

Cost: Adults: $13, Kids 3-11: $9, Kids under 3: free

For more info: https://www.denverzoo.org

 

The Children’s Museum

Your kids will love this magical museum that’s all about them! Their many exhibits are divided into four focuses: explore, imagine, investigate, and create. Some examples of exhibits you’ll find at the Children’s Museum: “Teaching Kitchen,” “Fire Station No.1,” and “Ready, Vet, Go!” A great place for kids to try something new, the museum also offers daily story times and clay workshops.

Location: 2121 Children’s Museum Dr

Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 9AM – 4PM; Wednesday: 9AM – 7:30PM; Thursday – Friday: 9AM – 4PM; Saturday – Sunday: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: Kids over 2 and adults: $13, Kids age 1: $11, Kids under 1: free

For more info: https://www.mychildsmuseum.org

 

Denver Botanic Gardens

A day wandering through the 24 acres of flowers, wildlife, trees, and succulents of the Botanic Gardens is a day well spent. The hands-on Mordecai Children’s Garden is only open during the summer, but your kids will keep busy year-round at the Science Pyramid, art shows, and permanent gardens. Don’t miss the Orchid Showcase, a special event that ends February 20, and the Summer Concert Series for a unique music venue in bloom.

Location: 1007 York St

Hours: Winter hours: daily 9AM – 5PM; Summer hours: 9AM – 8PM

Cost: Adults: $12.50, Kids 3-15 & Students (with ID): $9, Kids under 3: free

For more info: https://www.botanicgardens.org

 

Rockies Game at Coors Field

Beginning in April and going through the end of September, Rockies games are a wonderful experience for the whole family to get a true taste of the Mile High City (hotdogs optional). Tickets are affordable at the world-famous Coors Field, nestled into the historic Ballpark neighborhood downtown. Soak up a view of the Rocky Mountains (and a few beers) while you and the kids watch the Rockies bring home the win!

Location: 2001 Blake St

Hours: Check out the website for game times

Cost: Varies depending on seats, but most tickets range from $4 (for the “Rockpile”) and $70

For more info: https://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/

  

Denver Aquarium

Your kids will be transfixed for hours watching the sharks, eels, poison dart frogs, and many more animals in this underwater world. Denver Aquarium offers a 4D movie experience and an entire area dedicated to mermaids—watch these mythical beauties swim with sharks and stay for the meet and greet after the show. There’s also a full restaurant to refuel between all the water fun.

Location: 700 Water St

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 10AM – 9PM; Friday – Saturday: 10AM – 9:30PM

Cost: Adults: $19.50, Kids 3-11: $13.50, Kids under 3: free

For more info: https://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/

 

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

You simply can’t leave Denver without visiting Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a unique natural wonder where the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains meet. Whether you’re here for a concert or just to climb the steps and take in the breathtaking views, a trip to Red Rocks is unforgettable. Try to spot a sunrise or sunset—the sun framed by the rocks is nothing short of magical. If you can’t experience the acoustics while you’re here, take in the natural beauty on a hike or bike ride with the kids.

Location: 18300 W Alameda Parkway, Morrison

Hours: Amphitheatre: Non-event days: daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset; Event days: typically one hour before sunrise – 2PM; see website for show dates/times

Park: daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset on non-event days

Cost: Admission to the park and amphitheatre is free; check out the website for show details

For more info: https://redrocksonline.com

Neighborhood Profile of the Month: Edgewater

For a small-town feel in the big city, look no further than Edgewater. A short drive from downtown and blocks from Sloan’s Lake, Edgewater is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon. This diverse neighborhood offers a stretch of shops and restaurants, referred to as “Main Street,” a picturesque place for a stroll after spending the day at the lake. Local favorites include Providence Tavern (5280 W 25th Ave), Happy Leaf Kombucha (5700 W 25th Ave), and Coda Coffee Company (5224 W 25th Ave). During the summer months, Denverites looking to escape the city can be seen paddle boarding, lounging on the beach area, or bird watching on the edge of the lake. No swimming is permitted in Sloan’s Lake, but boating and some water sports are allowed with a permit. There are also basketball and tennis courts inside the park. Don’t miss the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a two-day celebration of Asian Pacific culture, from July 29-30. With not only a race between 50 colorful boats to be the first to cross the lake, but also live performances, Taste of Asia food vendors, and an Asian Marketplace featuring authentic gifts and crafts, it’s clear why this festival draws over 125,000 people.

Denver Culture Calendar—March

There’s so much going on in the Mile High City, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. So we’ve done it for you! Whatever you’re seeking for your next outing—music, comedy, theater, museum exhibits—Denver has it. Scroll through the gallery below to get a taste of March in Denver.

 

Concerts

Mar. 2: The Red Hot Chili Peppers – 7:30PM @ Pepsi Center

Mar. 7: Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour – 7:30PM @ Paramount Theatre

Mar. 8: Hippie Sabotage – 9PM @ Ogden Theatre

Mar. 9: Donovan Frankenreiter – 7PM @ Bluebird Theater

Mar. 11: Kings of Leon – 8PM @ 1st Bank Center

Mar. 14: Bon Jovi – 7:30 PM @ Pepsi Center

Mar. 17: Panic! At the Disco – 7PM @ Pepsi Center

Mar. 17-18: Excision – 6PM @ 1st Bank Center

Mar. 21: Passenger – 8 PM @ Ogden Theatre

 

Comedy Shows

Mar. 2-4: Chris Rock – Bellco Theatre

Mar. 9-11: Fortune Feimster – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Mar. 13-14: David Spade – Comedy Works (South)

March. 16-18: Michael Che – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Mar. 23-25: Michelle Wolf – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Mar. 24-25: Kevin Nealon – Comedy Works (South)

 

Theater

Feb. 23-Mar. 12: Pygmalion – Aurora Fox Theatre

Oct. 15-Mar. 12: An Act of God – Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Feb. 3-May 12: Two Degrees – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

Mar. 2-3: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles – Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Mar. 2-4: As One – Performing Arts Complex @ Pinnacle Charter School

Mar. 8-19: An American in Paris – Buell Theatre @ DPAC

Mar. 11-Apr. 15: Constellations – Curious Theatre

Mar. 21-26: Kinky Boots – Buell Theatre @ DPAC

Mar. 31-May 7: Disgraced – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

 

Museum Exhibits

Nov. 13-Apr. 2: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume – Denver Art Museum

Feb. 11-May 7: Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence – Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Sept. 11-May 28: Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design – Denver Art Museum

Nov. 13-June 2: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Apr. 26-June 4: Abstract Expressionism – Denver Art Museum

Sept. 25-Oct. 1: From the Fire – Denver Art Museum

Jan. 5-Dec. 30: Dream Big 3D: Engineering Our World – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Mar. 4-May 7: Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons – Denver Art Museum