This is the first year out of college that I haven't had an official spring break week. Being self-employed, my schedule is flexible already, but I enjoyed being able to take a "break" on my own time. My best friend moved away for grad school in Rhode Island last year, so her spring break was a bit later than in Texas. When she told me she was considering Denver for a few days, I was more than ready to book my flight. I absolutely LOVE everything about Denver and I'm happy that I got to explore the city with her this time!
For four days, we cruised Denver in a gorgeous 'Dynamic Blue Mica' 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring stopping at interesting art, music, and food spots. We're both artsy, and who doesn't love food? This trip was most certainly full of culture and good eats. Check out my new foodie Instagram page to see everything we ate at Gastronomic Grub!
This was my first time driving into the mountains, so I didn't want to go too far. I've found that Mazda vehicles are very smooth on the road, so it made the drive up to Lookout Mountain much less nerve-racking.
The Mazda CX-3 received the 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick.
When I first laid eyes on this Mazda CX-3, I fell in love with the color. It's so beautiful and vibrant in 'Dynamic Blue Mica'.
The Mazda CX-3 is a little bit smaller than the CX-7, but I found that to be mostly in trunk space. It still seats 5 passengers, so it's excellent for roadtripping or just riding around in the city.
Me gazing into the mountains when we stopped at Lookout Mountain. Great spot for a beautiful view if you don't want to drive too far from Denver.
On our last day, it snowed west of Denver in the mountains. Nope, those aren't clouds down low -- that is snow!
I love the USB audio in the new Mazda vehicles. Rap Caviar on Spotify kept the rides lit while my iPhone charged between destinations.
Before day two of exploring the city, we went for breakfast at Habit Doughnut Dispensary. Parking downtown (really, everywhere) is something serious! There was a convenient little parking garage across the street.
Outside of Habit Doughnut Dispensary.
These are the doughnuts we got! Mine was glazed with dark chocolate ganache and sprinkles (sorry, can't remember the name). Mariah got The Habit Doughnut.
Gotta Habit. It's eating.
We ended up going to lunch soon after with one of Mariah's cousins at Vine Street Pub & Brewery, but couldn't figure out what to do while we waited for 5:00 parking prices to see the Basquiat exhibit at the Contemporary Museum of Art. We decided to park on Broadway and check out some super cool spots.
We went to Buffalo Exchange, a comic book store/coffee shop, and a boutique called Fancy Tiger Clothing. I'm obsessed with skincare, so when I saw that Fancy Tiger had some indie brands I'd never heard of before...I was all in.
Good thing I brought a jacket because it was pretty darn cold while it rained that afternoon. Definitely kicked myself for not bringing the hood to the jacket though!
Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art in the Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 exhibition.
There was a dope graffiti exhibition called Wall Writers: Graffiti in Its Innocence at the MCA. The walls of the stairwells were covered in graffiti.
Seeing the Basquiat exhibit and stopping by Wax Trax Records where I picked up Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly (my fave) on vinyl were probably two of my favorite parts of the trip aside from eating. Denver has such chill spots and people.
Until our next trip! Xo
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This post is sponsored by Mazda. All opinions and thoughts are my own.