Five new Colorado restaurants, hotels and bars to inspire your summer 2922 vacation

Even if you’re traveling around Colorado this summer to hike, camp and hop around mountain towns, you’ll probably need a comfy bed and some fuel before the trip is over.

These five new lodging, dining and drinking options across the state could be mere pit-stops or destinations all on their own, depending on your plans. They’ve recently opened or are just about to in the coming weeks. And while there are plenty more places to keep an eye on over the summer, these spots are now accepting overnight guests and dining reservations.

From Denver to Colorado Springs, Silverthorne to Palisade, here are some hotels, food halls, tasting rooms and rooftop bars to jumpstart your summer wanderlust.

The Slate Denver hotel

Opening May 24 on Denver’s historic Welton Street, The Slate is a Hilton Tapestry Collection hotel with a unique story behind it. Starting in 1916, the building served as Emily Griffith’s Opportunity School. It provided free classes for working adults to learn skills such as masonry and dressmaking. More than a century later, Griffith’s legacy lives on in the form of three Technical College campuses. After an extensive renovation, the Slate hotel is finally ready to debut at the original Opportunity School (since closed and designated as a historic landmark) with 251 guest rooms, the Teacher’s Lounge restaurant and bar and, soon, Emily’s Alley, an outdoor retail and dining block.

Rooms starting at $172 in June, 1250 Welton St., Denver, 303-292-5000,

Lumen8 Rooftop Social

An eighth-floor bar and restaurant — with views of downtown Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain — opens to diners and drinkers on June 1. It’s the crown atop a new, dual-branded Marriott and Westin hotel coming to the corner of Costilla and Tejon streets. Longtime Denver chef Chris Starkus is creating the food menu, which features local ingredients like Rock River Ranches bison and Microvora mushrooms. Local craft beverages fill the drinks menu, from Distillery 291 to Axe and the Oak whiskeys.

402 S. Tejon St. (at the Springhill Suites and Element hotels), Colorado Springs, 503-913-5066

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    Carboy Winery at Mt. Garfield Estates encompasses a vineyard, tasting room and sparkling wine production facility in Colorado's Grand Valley.

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    Native Fizz Sparkling Rosé at the Carboy Winery Nov. 05, 2021.

Carboy Winery Grand Valley tasting room and vineyard

Colorado wine pioneer Carboy just debuted its latest tasting room, this time right alongside the vineyards of the Grand Valley AVA. The Mt. Garfield Estate adds to Carboy’s three existing tasting rooms in Littleton, Denver and Breckenridge. But this one includes a three-story tasting room complete with a rooftop patio.

A separate, 4,000-square-foot sparkling wine production facility will be bottling bubbles using the Charmat method (famously known for Italian prosecco). Visitors this summer can expect special chef dinners at the property as well as new beverages to taste, like rotating wine slushies and Cold Vines wine seltzers.

3572 G Road, Palisade, 970-464-0941,

Thompson Denver hotel

This new-to-Denver hotel brand opened mid-winter with a promising lineup of lodging, food and beverage offerings that includes a French restaurant by L.A.-based chef Ludo Lefebvre. Now that the snow has mostly melted, you can expect more of a scene at the Hyatt-owned hotel, from the first-floor lobby bar and Chez Maggy — the twinkling brunch or date-night brasserie — to the sixth-floor Reynard Social, with its Victrola listening room and apres-ski-inspired lounge seating. If you’re staying over, you’ll find crisp, mid-century-inspired design and some rooms with views west toward the Rocky Mountains.

Rooms starting at $328 in June, 1616 Market St., Denver, 303-572-1321,

Bluebird Market

If your road trips take you west on Interstate 70, prepare to stop in Silverthorne for a stroll around Fourth St. Crossing. It includes a brand new market hall built around the historic Old Dillon Inn, plus the recently opened Hotel Indigo, with 111 guest rooms. Less than six months after its debut, the market hall is buzzing with 10 food and drink stalls serving everything from coffee to ice cream and cocktails, fresh bread, empanadas, pizza, crepes … the list goes on.

Next door, at the Indigo, travelers can rent bikes to explore the outdoors, then come back to taste the Southwestern menu and sip on tequila at Kucu Bistro. This summer, expect yoga classes, crafting parties and live music in the public promenade.

325 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, 303-216-0420,

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