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14 Western & English Today FALL 2015 1 4 W e s t e r n & E n g l i s h T o d a y F A L L 2 0 1 5 COMMUNE WITH NATURE DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS (720) 865-3501; botanicgardens.org Need to decompress and get inspired? Just 15 minutes from the Mart, running concurrently with WESA, the main gardens host an outdoor sculpture installation tailor-made for you, by Deborah Butterfeld. It's appropriately titled, "The Nature of Horses." Stroll about and renew your energy as you enjoy seven major collections and 700 species of Colorado native plants. LIONS & TIGERS & BEARS, OH MY! WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY (303) 536-0118; wildanimalsanctuary.org "In Keenesburg, this is a well-kept secret that is just amazing," says Piper, and it's just 20 minutes away. With 720 acres, the sanctuary features a walkway nearly a mile long for viewing 350 formerly captive exotic, endangered large carnivores such as lions, tigers, bears, wolves and more. Animal lovers, prepare to be mesmerized! A GOLDEN ESCAPE CITY OF GOLDEN (303) 384-8000; cityofgolden.net You'll be "golden" when you drive west, 20 minutes away to a place with a welcoming, walkable downtown, and tours of Coors Brewery. It's the home of Jolly Rancher hard candy and the Heritage Alpine Slide, both to remind you what it's like to be a kid again. THE CHEESMAN CHALLENGE FLY-FISH THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER (800) 435-5353; bluequillangler.com Hike into Cheesman Canyon on the South Platte River to fy fsh, 1.5 hours from the Mart. "It's challenging, humbling, rewarding and one of the most technical trout streams in the world," Ebert says. She should know, as she packs her four-piece, 4-weight fyrod when attending September WESA. "It's often said that if you can catch fsh here, you can catch fsh anywhere." She'll return to Cheesman Canyon this September for another dose of humility. "I f you can, tack on a day before or afer the market," says Western & English Today associate publisher and editor Susan Ebert. Perhaps she'll see you at one of her favorite escapes: RESTORE, RENEW, REFRESH! N o one knows Denver's exploding gourmet scene like Amanda M. Faison, food editor of 5280, Te Denver Magazine. Here she shares her highly educated-palate picks, some included on the magazine's "Best New Restaurants 2015" list published in March. "Because of where the market is located, so much is happening around nearby areas, and you've got wonderful dining options," she says. DELECTABLE DENVER DINING "People who come to this market may tend to be more conservative in their dining tastes," says Steve Weil, president of Rockmount Ranchwear. "This crowd seems to like steak places." Still, Weil knows not everyone wants all steak all the time, and his recommendations show he has an international palate as befts his international company: SHIP TAVERN, BROWN PALACE HOTEL (800) 321-2599; brownpalace.com For a Denver classic, Weil suggests you try the lobster roll here. The pub also has some of the region's best prime rib. MERCANTILE DINING & PROVISION IN UNION STATION (720) 460-3733; mercantiledenver.com Another Weil pick, fans adore that it serves all three meals conceived by chef Alex Seidel. They revel in the fresh croissants — try the ham and cheese — and memorable sandwiches that make the humble favorite much more exciting. Try family dinners complete with fngerling potatoes, roasted caulifower and salad. The place is in historic Union Station, 100 years old and now fresh-faced. UNCLE (303) 433-3263; Uncleramen.com Weil favors this spot in Lower Highlands, self-described as "small, no-brow," which at its core is a ramen shop. He's also a frequenter of Vietnamese restaurants on Federal Boulevard. From Denver's Westword magazine, pho favorites —Vietnamese noodle soup restaurants— on the boulevard include Pho Duy, Pho 95, Saigon Bowl and New Saigon . "STEAK" YOUR CLAIM GUARD AND GRACE (303) 293-8500; www.guardandgrace.com "It's currently my favorite steakhouse," Faison says. The modern steakhouse ranks for its local sourcing and wood-fred cuisine. ARGYLL WHISKY BEER (303) 847-0850; Argylldenver.com "It just won The Editor's Choice Award for best steak in our 'Top of the Town' issue; it's also more casual than a traditional steakhouse," Faison says. THE BUCKHORN EXCHANGE (303) 534-9505; Buckhorn.com "This restaurant is as old school, iconic, and kitschy as it gets," she says. It's Denver's original steakhouse, also featuring yak, ostrich, elk and—if you dare—Rocky Mountain oysters. Denver Botanic Gardens Wild Animal Sanctuary Guard and Grace GOTTA KEEP YOUR STRENGTH UP!