Category : Travel

Denver Culture Calendar—April ’18

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, Denver has it. Scroll through the gallery below to get a taste of April.

Comedy

Apr. 4: Adam Cayton-Holland – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Apr. 4: Jeff Dunham – 1stBank Center

Apr. 5-7: Chris Hardwick – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Apr. 5-7: John Heffron – Comedy Works (South)

Apr. 10 & 12: Troy Walker – Comedy Works (South)*

Apr. 12-14: Bobby Lee – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Apr. 13-15: Craig Robinson – Comedy Works (South)

Apr. 19-21: Brent Morin – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Apr. 27: Chris D’elia – Paramount Theatre

*Performances also at other locations on various dates.

Theater

Apr. 1-8: Coping with America – Aurora Cultural Arts District

Apr. 1-22: First Date – Garner Galleria Theatre

Apr. 1-28: The Diary of Anne Frank – John Hand Theater

Apr. 1-May 15: The Audience – Vintage Theatre

Apr. 6-28: Reefer Madness: The Musical – Bug Theatre

Apr. 6-29: Honorable Disorder – Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Apr. 6-May 6: Native Gardens – Buell Theatre

Apr. 6-May 6: Sisters of Swing – Littleton Town Hall Arts Center

Apr. 7-28: Disney’s Aladdin – Buell Theatre

Apr. 7-29: A Picasso – The Elaine Wolf Theater

Museum Exhibits

Apr. 1-29: Spotlight II: A Study in Connoisseurship – Clyfford Still Museum

Apr. 1-June 17: Near and Far – Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Apr. 1-June 24: Jerusalem 3D – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Apr. 1-July 8: Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie – Denver Art Museum

Apr. 1-July 22: Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard – Denver Art Museum

Apr. 1-Aug. 1: El Alebrije: Una historia en común – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Apr. 1-Sept. 3: Dead Sea Scrolls – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Concert Calendar—April ’18

From cozy local venues like the Bluebird and the Fillmore to the larger crowds at the Pepsi Center and 1stBank Center, live music is everywhere you look in Denver. Check out the best concerts happening in April.

 

Apr. 4: Jake Bugg – The Bluebird Theater

Apr. 5: Dan Auerbach – Paramount Theatre

Apr. 6: 3LAU – Fillmore Auditorium

Apr. 6: Billie Eilish – The Bluebird Theater

Apr. 6: Phoebe Bridgers – The Gothic Theatre

Apr. 6: The Neighbourhood – Ogden Theatre

Apr. 7: Alt-J – Fillmore Auditorium

Apr. 7: The Darkness – The Gothic Theatre

Apr. 9: Dashboard Confessional – Summit Music Hall

Apr. 11: Echosmith – The Gothic Theatre

Apr. 12: Coast Modern – The Bluebird Theater

Apr. 15: Timeflies – The Gothic Theatre

Apr. 17: Kate Nash – The Gothic Theatre

Apr. 19: 311, Method Man & Redman – Red Rocks

Apr. 20: Afroman – The Gothic Theatre

Apr. 20: Flosstradamus – Red Rocks

Apr. 20: Snoop Dogg & Migos – Fiddler’s Green

Apr. 21: Flobots – The Gothic Theatre

Apr. 21: Watsky – Ogden Theatre

Apr. 23: Khruangbin – The Bluebird Theater

Apr. 25: Kygo – Red Rocks

Apr. 25: Jessie Ware – The Bluebird Theater

Apr. 26: Marian Hill – Ogden Theatre

Apr. 28: The Offspring – Fiddler’s Green

New Eats and Drinks in Denver!

We’re not even three months into 2018 yet, and already there are plenty of new restaurants and bars adding to Denver’s thriving culinary scene. Need a new date spot that goes beyond your regular fare? Looking for a great location for a birthday dinner or work event? Try one of the new places featured below—before everyone else in the city catches on.

 

Julep

3258 Larimer St. – https://www.facebook.com/JulepRestaurantDenver/

You’ll come for the awesome patio and stay for the delicious Southern-inspired food. Located right off of Larimer Street in bustling RiNo, it’s easy to see why Julep’s popular. Owners (and husband and wife) Kyle and Katy Foster offer a full lunch and dinner menu inspired by their childhoods in the South. There’s also a full bar, because nothing tops off the Juniper & Rosemary Rubbed Lamb like an Old Fashioned.

 

Zephyr Brewing Company

1609 E 58th Ave. Unit G – http://www.zephyrbrewingco.com/

Open only four days of the week, Zephyr is proving to be one of the most exclusive places to drink in Denver—with none of the attitude. As laid-back as they are knowledgeable, the staff at Zephyr are truly beer connoisseurs. Their new location in North Denver is sure to be just as big of a hit as the previous one in RiNo. The taproom has foosball and other games, the perfect accompaniment for the Blood Orange Pale Ale or Kiltin’ Me Softly Scottish Ale.

 

Zeppelin Station

3501 Wazee St. – https://zeppelinstation.com/

Where else can you find bibimbap, indian street food, poke, and homemade gelato all under one roof? That would be at Zeppelin Station, a brand-new food hall right off the light rail station at 38th & Blake, that serves up these and many other cuisines. Also home to live music and two bars, there’s something for everyone here. Don’t miss a banh mi sandwich at Vinh Xuong Bakery with the Voodoo donut gelato sandwich at Gelato Boy for dessert.

 

Haykin Family Cider

12001 E 33rd Ave. Unit D – http://www.haykinfamilycider.com/

Serving up sweet bubbles made from Colorado apples, Haykin Family Cider is a treat for locals and visitors alike. All of their ciders are made small-batch and are free of additives and processed sugars. Haykin is open only on Thursday and Saturday evenings, so get there early! Be sure to try the Winter Banana or Rome Beauty, and stay for a chat with co-owners Daniel and Talia Haykin.

 

The Way Back

3963 Tennyson St. – http://thewaybackdenver.com/

Recently relocated to lively Tennyson Street in the Berkeley area, The Way Back is back in business—good news for the devoted followers who have been eagerly anticipating its reopening. The eclectic American menu changes weekly and focuses on sustainably sourced local ingredients. For something different, check out the Squid Ink Fettucine or Charred Bison Heart, and end the evening on the patio with a Elyx Moscow Mule.

 

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The Ultimate Effortless Resort Guide

The weather’s starting to warm up, but there’s still plenty of time for a magnificent mountain getaway. We’ve gathered up the top events and restaurants in some of the best winter resorts in the country. Whether you’re looking for great nightlife after a day on the slopes or a tranquil retreat away from the noise of the city, your stay in one of our favorite mountain houses is certain to be unforgettable.

 

Breckenridge

March in Breck means the annual Spring Fever Festival, full of live music, ski competitions, beer, and the famous Breck Plunge—the perfect way to end the season. Breckenridge is known for having some of the best runs in Colorado, spread over five peaks and connected by the highest chairlift in the country. Year-round, the cozy mountain town offers a thriving arts scene and great food, with delicious spots like Relish and Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon.

Luxe Home in the Heart of Downtown

Guests: 13
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4

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Copper Mountain Getaway

Guests: 20
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4.5

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Stunning Home on Main Street

Guests: 12
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5

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Gorgeous Mountain Getaway

Guests: 10
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

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Vail

Vail hosts almost two million visitors each year, and after a few hours here, you’ll see why. With incredible powder, a renowned Ski School for both kids and adults, and upscale Vail Village bursting with shops and restaurants, it’s no wonder that Vail tops the resort list. Check out the Jazz Winter Series through April and dine at Bistro Fourteen or Game Creek for a tasty dinner with a side of stunning mountain views.

Modern Vail Home

Guests: 12
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4

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Vail Racquet Club Getaway

Guests: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

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Beaver Creek

Where else can you expect free freshly-baked cookies handed out at 3:00 every afternoon? Cookie Time and is just one of the traditions that make Beaver Creek one of the friendliest resorts in Colorado, an ideal destination for families. And its flawless corduroy brings skiers and snowboarders back year after year. For the unique flavor of Beaver Creek, visit Allie’s Cabin or Black Diamond Bistro.

Ski-In, Ski-Out Condo

Guests: 8
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

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Luxury Condo- Walk to Gondola!

Guests: 7
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

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Carbondale

With quick access to Aspen, Sunlight Mountain, and Spring Gulch, Carbondale’s location offers skiers and snowboarders plenty of options. Carbondale is also known for its rafting and kayaking, featuring swirling rapids and natural hot springs along the majestic Colorado River. After your outdoor adventure, grab a bite at Newell House or Quatro’s Deep Pan Pizza.

Mountain Chalet with Views of Sopris

Guests: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

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Lake Tahoe

It’s impossible to be bored in Tahoe—summertime swimming and hiking leads to amazing skiing in the winter for year-round entertainment. Lake Tahoe is also home to the Spring Loaded Festival, packed with live music, happy hour specials, and snow races. For the best food on the Lake, stop in to Café Fiore or Base Camp Pizza Co.

Brand New Tahoe Donner Home in Truckee

Guests: 16
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6

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Indian Hills

Close to Mt. Falcon, Mt. Lindo, Lone Peak, and Bear Mountain, Indian Hills is the premier destination for your peaceful mountain vacation. Keep an eye out for deer, bears, and elk on your trip, and don’t miss a walk through Mirada Fine Art Gallery or a bite at Twin Forks Tavern in neighboring Morrison.

Indian Hills Estate with Panoramic Views

Guests: 24
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 9

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Short-Term Management Strategies: Considering Your Options

Managing a short-term rental property is a lot of work to do on your own. From booking to cleaning to troubleshooting issues with guests, it’s nice to have some help along the way. Many homeowners are now deciding to partner with a rental management company.

But the decisions don’t end there—when choosing between rental companies, you have a lot of options. It’s important to look at each company’s strategy and consider what that means for you, your property, and your guests. We’ve outlined the three main rental management strategies below.

 

FIXED

Best for: homeowners who want consistent monthly income.

The fixed strategy allows the rental company to promise the homeowner a certain amount of revenue per month, no matter the number of bookings that month. The rental company pays you this set amount, then takes the rest. This means that you’ll make the same amount in the slower off-season as you will during more popular months. Overall, homeowners don’t maximize their monthly revenue with this strategy because they don’t receive the benefits of major spikes during the on-season. The scope of services provided by rental companies using the fixed strategy varies, but in general it is not comprehensive. The homeowner is often required to take care of services like guest correspondence and solving problems during a guest’s stay.

COMMISSION

Best for: homeowners who want their monthly revenue to reflect booking trends.

The commission-based strategy involves the rental company taking a certain percentage of every booking. This amount depends on the company and location, but typically falls between 20-50%. Using this strategy, the rental company and the homeowner experience highs and lows as a team. When there are more bookings for a certain month, everyone benefits. If you decide to go with a rental company that utilizes this strategy, it’s likely that a greater range of services will be covered than with the fixed strategy. However, you may still be expected to coordinate services such as cleaning, maintenance, and restocking the property between bookings.

TURNKEY

Best for: homeowners who want to maximize their revenue and minimize their workload.

The turnkey strategy is for homeowners who want their rental company to handle all of the tasks that come with maintaining a short-term rental property. Sometimes used in conjunction with the commission-based strategy, the turnkey approach covers all aspects of a booking, from answering initial inquiries to check-in to troubleshooting to turnover. Many homeowners who live out of state or frequently travel abroad choose this method while they’re away. Others live down the street and want a more hands-off approach to hosting. Although this strategy can be more expensive, the additional monthly revenue gained and the peace of mind that everything is covered makes it well worth it.


We handle every detail of your rental so you don’t have to. Click here to see the full list of services offered by Effortless Rental Group.

How to Make Your Listing Stand Out and Earn More 5-Star Reviews

The short-term rental industry is booming worldwide, and Colorado homeowners are enjoying the profits. Airbnb hosts in Colorado made $183 million in 2017 alone, a 68% increase from the year before, according to The Denver Post’s recent article.

More properties are listed on Airbnb and other popular rental sites like HomeAway and VRBO every day. But with more properties comes more competition, which makes it crucial that your home stands out. Take a look at our list of amenities to add to your home to make your listing shine and enhance your guests’ experience—meaning more 5-star reviews for you.

 

1. Recreational items appropriate to your area

If you live across the street from a park, include some Frisbees or a croquet set in your home. If you’re close to a river, kayaks or inner tubes are great additions. Guests will choose your property over others because of nearby sites and attractions, and will appreciate that they don’t have to buy or rent equipment to enjoy these areas.

2. Modes of transportation (or information about how to get around)

Many of your guests will arrive without a car, especially if your home is in an urban area. Having bikes on hand will allow your guests to easily roam. Cheap bikes from Walmart or Target will do the job. If you can’t buy bikes, at least provide some details about how to get around in your area. Check out our article on exploring Denver without a car for some ideas.

3. A stocked kitchen

This goes beyond simply having dishes and utensils. Make sure that your kitchen is stocked with other essentials like olive oil, spices, and balsamic vinegar. Add a box of pasta and your guests will have everything to make a quick meal—especially useful for those who arrive late at night. If there’s a food item that’s local to your area, it’s a nice touch to include that, as well.

4. Ways to access attractions nearby

To go above and beyond, leave some tickets or passes that allow your guests to visit spots in your area for free. This could simply be a library card for renting books and DVDs, or something a bit more extravagant like free tickets to a museum or an access card for a rec center. This is a great way to use the free guest passes that come with many monthly memberships.

 

If you have any of the above amenities in your rental property, be sure to list them in your property listing. These items will not only attract prospective guests, but will also make their stay in your home the best it can be (great for them) and inspire them to write you a 5-star review (great for you). You’ll have that Superhost rating in no time.

Effortless rental group 2 year

Celebrating Our Second Year of Happy Guests

It’s been an incredible two years at Effortless Rental Group. We’ve had over 21,000 guests from around the world stay in 103 beautiful properties throughout Colorado and in Boston. Here’s what our guests are saying about their experiences with us. And here’s to another great year ahead!

 

Denver

“An absolute dream place to stay! The location is amazing, property is just how the pictures depict it, and the communication from the hosts was great! I wouldn’t consider any other place for future trips.”

-Denise

“It was a perfect house in a great neighborhood for our team retreat. Nice large common areas and enough rooms to spread out. Rob & Tiffany made check in super convenient and were very responsive. We also loved the neighborhood and close proximity to great restaurants and downtown.”

-Corinne

Breckenridge

“Our group had a wonderful stay at Stefan’s cabin. We most enjoyed the fully-stocked kitchen, stunning views of Breckenridge, and relaxing hot tub. If you are looking for a quiet vacation that is perfect for families and large groups, this rental is an excellent choice. We hope to be back soon!”

-Anthony

Boulder

“Perfect for a couple or small family who wants to enjoy the beauty of South Boulder. The home is cozy, well maintained, recently updated, and nestled in a quiet neighborhood that is close to so many amazing sights and adventures. The service from Sami and the guest experience team was phenomenal too. Good all the way around!!”

-Angie

Boston

“This place was even better than we expected. The photos are so accurate and the rental looks even more amazing in person. It is in a great, safe and easily accessible location. I will definitely be renting here for my next trip up to Boston and I highly recommend anyone to stay there!”

-Danielle

Denver Culture Calendar—November

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, Denver has it. Scroll through the gallery below to get a taste of November.

Comedy

Nov. 2-4: Nate Bargatze – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Nov. 2-4: Russell Peters – Comedy Works (South)

Nov. 8-11: Greg Proops – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Nov. 9-11: John Henson – Comedy Works (South)

Nov. 10: David Sedaris – Paramount Theatre

Nov. 11: Demetri Martin – Paramount Theatre

Nov. 11: John Mulaney – Buell Theatre

Nov. 16-18: Cameron Esposito – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Nov. 17: Joe Rogan – Bellco Theatre

Nov. 24-26: Tony Baker – Comedy Works (South)

Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Kyle Kinane – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Theater

Nov. 1-18: The Foreigner – Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

Nov. 4-5: Breakin’ Convention – Buell Theatre

Nov. 4-12: La Bohème – Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Nov. 5: Decades Rewind – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 9-19: Love Letters – Lone Tree Arts Center

Nov. 10-Dec. 30: Seussical – Town Hall Arts Center

Nov. 14-19: Rent 20th Anniversary Tour – Buell Theatre

Nov. 17-Dec. 23: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ® Dreamcoat – Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

Nov. 24-Dec. 24: A Christmas Carol – Stage Theatre

Nov. 24-Dec. 24: The Santaland Diaries – Jones Theatre

Nov. 26-Dec. 24: The Nutcracker – Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: Chicago – Buell Theatre

Museum Exhibits

Nov. 1-19: From the Fire – Denver Art Museum

Nov. 1-Dec. 30: Collecting Fire Toys – Denver Firefighters Museum

Nov. 1-Jan. 21: Saber Acomodar: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now – Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Nov. 1-Jan. 30: El Alebrije: Una Historia en Común – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Nov. 1-Feb. 1: Incredible Predators 3D – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Nov. 1-Feb. 18: Revealing a Mexican Masterpiece – Denver Art Museum

Nov. 3-11: Nature Creations in Joy Park – Children’s Museum of Denver

Denver Concert Calendar—November

From cozy local venues like the Bluebird and the Fillmore to the larger crowds at the Pepsi Center and 1stBank Center, live music is everywhere you look in Denver. Check out the best concerts happening in November.

 

Nov. 3: A$AP Mob – 1stBank Center

Nov. 3-4: The Motet – Ogden Theatre

Nov. 4: Third Eye Blind – Fillmore Auditorium

Nov. 5: Jay Z – Pepsi Center

Nov. 7: 6LACK – Ogden Theatre

Nov. 8: Tyler, The Creator – Ogden Theatre

Nov. 10: Fall Out Boy – Pepsi Center

Nov. 10: Illenium – 1stBank Center

Nov. 10: Kid Cudi – Fillmore Auditorium

Nov. 11: LCD Soundsystem – 1stBank Center

Nov. 15: Cut Copy – Ogden Theatre

Nov. 17: Flobots – Larimer Lounge

Nov. 17: Lil Uzi Vert – 1stBank Center

Nov. 17: Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute – Ogden Theatre

Nov. 17-18: The Disco Biscuits – Fillmore Auditorium

Nov. 18: Liam Gallagher – The Gothic Theatre

Nov. 18: RL Grime – 1stBank Center

Nov. 18-19: The Devil Makes Three – Ogden Theatre

Nov. 19: Tori Amos – Paramount Theatre

Nov. 22: Gryffin – The Bluebird Theater

Nov. 24: Angus & Julia Stone – The Gothic Theatre

Nov. 24-25: San Holo – Ogden Theatre

Nov. 25: Jewel – Paramount Theatre

Nov. 26: Katy Perry – Pepsi Center

Nov. 28: Mogwai – Ogden Theatre

Nov. 30: Hilltop Hoods – Ogden Theatre

 

(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Positive Reviews

Make Your Listing Pop with Positive Reviews

Good feedback is essential in the short term rental management industry. A potential guest will often pay more attention to reviews than any other part of a listing, including photos or descriptions. Travelers trust other travelers when it comes to a property’s cleanliness, amenities, and proximity to dining, nightlife, and family-friendly activities. Your listing will get more views—and more bookings—if it features positive feedback from guests.

Guests are more likely to leave you a positive review if your place is clean and well-maintained, correspondence is quick and helpful, and you’ve gone out of your way to make their stay the best it can be, like providing a list of nearby restaurants and coffee shops. Not only will positive reviews help your listing gain attention, but the guests who have written them are also likely to recommend your home to others in the future.