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    One of the many qualities that makes Denver such an amazing city to call “home” is our close proximity to the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.  Perhaps that’s one reason the Denver economy and housing market have outpaced those in states given what a desirable city we live in!
     As summertime temperatures bring and end to much of our snow pack and the mud season that temporarily follows, now is the perfect time to begin getting out and taking advantage of all that make the Rockies so majestic–particularly as wildflowers begin to bloom and long summer days await.  The Rockies are quite impressive indeed and boast more land mass above 10,000 feet than any other state, in addition to the Continental Divide and 55 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet–know commonly as “14ers” among locals, of course.
For those ambitious enough to want to conquer any of Colorado’s 14ers, you’ll definitely want to be in good physical condition, carry proper layers of clothing and plenty of water, and get an early start to avoid afternoon thundershowers. Detailed directions, trailhead information and current conditions can be found on the “official” 14ers website.

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    If wanting to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors a bit closer to home, there are plenty of scenic hikes to enjoy right in our own backyard that range from relaxing to challenging.
     And if you prefer the company of your 4 legged friends, there are quite a few off-leash trails that are dog friendly in the Denver area.  Boulder County also has a number of off-leash hiking trails for dogs who have received a “green” tag from the local Animal Control for demonstrating basic dog obedience and call/response capabilities.
     Finally, another great resource for those of you seeking maps, trail books, or detailed in-person information on day or overnight hiking trips is the US Forest Service Desk located within the REI flagship store downtown Denver.
     We hope to see you all out there enjoying a trail soon!

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As we kick-off the summer, one of the many things we have to look forward to are the numerous farmers’ markets held throughout the Denver metro area.  Conscious Real Estate loves farmers’ markets, as they provide a great opportunity to pursue healthy living through fresh and organic food, while supporting our local farmers and the “locavore” movement—which benefits our environment by lessening the distance produce travels from its source and increased organic farming.

In addition to fresh produce, farmers’ markets also offer plenty of delicious baked goods and craft foods, and other unique specialty items of interest along with various entertainment and family-friendly festivities.  Farmers markets also provide a great way to explore the character of neighborhoods which you might be considering for a new home.

The following are a list of Denver area Farmers’ Markets worth a visit!

Cherry Creek Fresh Market

When: Saturdays, May 4 – October 26, 8am – 1pm & Wednesdays June 19 – September 25, 9am – 1pm.

Where: E.  1st  Ave & University Blvd., Denver

 

City Park Esplanade Fresh Market

When: Sundays, May 12 – October 27, 9 am – 1 pm

 Where: E. Colfax Ave. & Columbine St., Denver

 

Highland United Neighbors Farmers’ Market

When: Saturdays, June 1 – October 12, 9 am – 1 pm

Where: 1500 Boulder St., Denver

 

South Pearl Street Farmers’ Market

When: Sundays, May 19 – November 3, 9 am – 1 pm

Where: On the 1500 block of Old South Pearl St., between Florida Ave. and Iowa Ave., Denver

 

Stapleton Farmers’ Market

When:  Sundays,  June 16 – October 13, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Founder’s Green next to the intersection of E. 29th Ave. and Roslyn St., Denver

 

The Market at Belmar

When: Sundays, June 2 – August 15, 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Alaska Dr. and Teller St., just east of Alameda Ave. and Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood

 

Littleton Farmers’ Market

When: Wednesdays, 10am – 3pm, June 12 – October 30

Where: Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton

 

Highlands Ranch Farmers’ Market

 When: Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm, May 5 – October 27

Where: HR Town Center, 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch

 

Wheat Ridge Farmers’ Market

When:  Wednesdays, 10am – 3pm, June 13 – October 24

Where: 4252 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge

 

Aurora Farmers’ Market

When:  Mondays, 10am – 3pm, June 17October 28

Where:  Havana Exchange, 2712 S. Havana, Denver

 

Boulder Farmers’ Market

When:  Saturdays; 8am-2pm, from 1st Saturday of April to 3rd Saturday of November

Wednesdays; 4pm-8pm, from 1st Wednesday of May to 1st Wednesday of October

Where:  13th Street, betwen Canyon and Arapahoe, Boulder