Mile High Life

Resting in comfort, dining in style

Column by Penny Parker
Posted 12/19/13

Fifteen Colorado hotels made it onto Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List of the “511 Best Places on Earth.”

The historic Oxford Hotel and Hotel Teatro were the only two Denver hotels that made it onto the list. The other Colorado hotels …

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Mile High Life

Resting in comfort, dining in style


Fifteen Colorado hotels made it onto Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List of the “511 Best Places on Earth.”

The historic Oxford Hotel and Hotel Teatro were the only two Denver hotels that made it onto the list. The other Colorado hotels were primarily in resort towns including Aspen, Vail, Snowmass and Telluride.

Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Gold List identifies the world’s “best of the best,” including hotels, resorts and cruise lines, as voted by nearly 80,000 travelers.

Originally opened in 1891, The Oxford Hotel offers 80 individually decorated guest rooms with unique features such as claw-foot bathtubs, floor-to-ceiling Chinese silk curtains and French and English antiques. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses an extensive collection of Western American art.

Check out the complete Conde Nast’s Gold List, go to

Oblio’s Cap Hill Tavern opens

A much-anticipated eatery is opening in Capitol Hill. Oblio’s Cap Hill Tavern has officially opened at 1225 Logan St.

Located in the old Fleur Bistro space, Oblio’s is finally opening after much talk about (read my column item about in March here:

The owners of the Park Hill pizza joint are spreading their wings to Cap Hill with an Italian eatery with pizza (of course!), flat screens for sports fans and weekend brunch starting. The Saturday and Sunday brunch will include make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, breakfast pizza and more.

Free pizza delivery starts at 5 p.m.

For more information, check out Oblio’s Cap Hill Tavern Facebook page at

Newman will rock Lone Tree

The Lone Tree Arts Center’s intimate theater will host famed singer-songwriter Randy Newman, who will perform to an audience of less than 500 people no further than 60 feet from the stage, at 7:30 p.m. March 12.

Newman is the recipient of two Academy Awards for Best Original Song (“from “Monsters Inc.” for Bonnie Raitt, and “You Can Leave Your Hat On” for Joe Cocker, a Colorado resident).

This acoustic concert is one of only three one-night stops for Newman in Colorado: Lone Tree, the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, and the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. The 2013 inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will perform his greatest hits as well as share stories and memories from his lifelong journey in music.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Prices range from $60 to $90 and can be purchased online at or at 720-509-1000.

Deck the halls with cards of dining

The perfect holiday gift for your favorite foodie may be the EatDenver Deck, a gift that will keep giving all year long. The EatDenver Deck includes 52 $10 gift cards for $50, redeemable at select members of the EatDenver Independent Restaurant Network.

Dine at any of these Denver-area restaurants with a $10 gift card. Total value of $520.

The participating suburban restaurants are Bonanno Brothers Pizza in Lone Tree and The Fort in Morrison.

1515 Restaurant, Ace Eat Serve, Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina, Appaloosa Grill, Bistro Vendome, Black Pearl, Bones, Carmines on Penn, Cholon Bistro, Coohills 1400, Coral Room, Duo, El Camino, Elway’s Cherry Creek, Euclid Hall, Great Northern, Green Russell, Russell’s Smokehouse, Happy Cakes, Harman’s Eat + Drink, Humboldt: Farm Fish Wine, Ignite!, Jonesy’s Eat Bar, Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Linger, Locanda Del Borgo, Lou’s Food Bar, Luca D’Italia, Marco’s Coal-fired Pizza, Max Gill & Grill, Mizuna, Osteria Marco, Panzano, Punch Bowl Social, Racines, Rialto Café, Rioja, Root Down, Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar, Second Home Kitchen + Bar, Steuben’s, Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, Stoney’s Bar & Grill, Tables, The Avenue Grill, The Corner Office, The Village Cork, Two-Fisted Mario’s Pizza, Vesta Dipping Grill, Washington Park Grille and Wynkoop Brewing Company.

The deck gets you $10 off on a $25 purchase of food dine-in only. Not valid for alcohol, gratuity or tax. Limited to one card per table. Valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Not valid during Denver Restaurant Week. More info at

Ondo’s in Cherry Creek to close Dec. 31

Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar at 250 Steele St. is shutting its doors on Dec. 31. Here’s what the owners, Curt and Deicy Steinbecker posted on the website:

“After over four years of many highs and lows. Deicy and I have decided that we will not continue our efforts in 2014. It’s with a heavy heart that we came to this difficult decision, but it’s one that is best for our family … Our goal from the start was to serve the most authentic Spanish tapas in Denver, and we believe that we always stayed true to this goal. But, due to the present circumstances, we can’t continue on.

“Thanks to all of our faithful customers who made these four years memorable. You were the reason we happily came to work every day. We will miss you. We hope to see you one more time at Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar before the end of the year.”

Seen and heard

Eavesdropping on me: “Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my loyal Mile High Life readers. May you have a wonderful and safe holiday and a happy New Year!”

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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