Wishlist’s Photo Competition!

Screen shot 2013-07-29 at 3.47.26 PMWishlist is on the hunt for the photo that best epitomizes Colorado. Send in your photos today for the chance to win an Urban Living Wishlist!

The Details:

What kind of photos can I send in? Any photo, any size that deals with adventure, Colorado, happiness or the like. It should be noted that Wishlist provides services for all age groups, so please, no inappropriate content.

Where should I send my photos? Email all photos to kcrowley@enjoywishlist.com, be sure to include your first and last name and location of the photo. You can also submit photos via Instagram with the hashtag #enjoywishlist.

What are you going to do with the photo? We will use submitted photos in either one of two places: our blog, or as the background to one of our photo slogans, which appear on our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. By submitting your photo to the competition you are giving ownership and permission to Wishlist to use it as they see fit.

How/ When do you select a winner? The Wishlist Team will make the final decision as to the winning photo. The competition is open-ended meaning we will keep it open until we find the photo that best captures our viewpoint. It will, however, be open for a minimum of three weeks.

What can I win? The winner of the photo competition will receive an Urban Living Wishlist. With the Urban Living Wishlist you can enjoy one of eight activity options including: wine tastings, city tours, art classes, cooking classes and more. There is only one winner of this competition, but all photos that are submitted will have the opportunity to be used on our blog or Facebook.

Editor’s Note: For those of you submitting photos via Instagram, if your account is private we are unable to see them. You can temporarily change your settings during the contest, or submit your photos by email to kcrowley@enjoywishlist.com.

The Urban Living Wishlist Just Got Even Better

Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 2.05.24 PMHere at Wishlist there are certain things that put us in a tizzy of excitement. Some such things would be the opportunity to go ice climbing or meet Oprah, or meet Oprah while ice climbing. I think we can all agree that would be pretty neat. Even with that daydream in sight, though, the thing we get most excited about is being able to offer you more options with your Wishlists. And so, it is with sheer glee that Wishlist presents to you three additional activity choices for our Urban Living Wishlist!

First we are happy to introduce the addition of Boulder Walking Tours to our Wishlist family. For years Boulder Walking Tours has supplied Boulder with both fun and informative tours. These guided tours will lead you and a group through some of Boulder’s most awe-inducing spots. Visit some of the historic town’s varying neighborhoods, tourist attractions and hikes, all on foot. This is a fun activity to embark on if you’re looking for an original way to enjoy Colorado’s exquisite scenery.

The second activity, which we are equally as thrilled about, is the Fort Collins Global Village Museum. Although relatively new, the Global Village Museum boasts an ever-increasing collection of artifacts from around the world. Just two years ago the museum was relocated to a large venue on Mountain Avenue, where the museum can strengthen and grow in hopes of becoming an internationally renowned center. Now with the help of Wishlist you can visit this blossoming museum and help cultivate your own cultural knowledge.

Lastly, we are happy to bring to you Rich’s Cheese in our Urban Living Wishlist. With this experience you will have the opportunity to not only make your own wheel of Brie cheese, but you will also get to take your delectable treat home with you. Along the way, you will learn various cheese-making tricks and also get to indulge in a myriad of freshly made cheeses. If you fancy an evening of cheese making and tasting be sure to visit our Urban Living Wishlist today.

Find all of our newest experiences in our Urban Living Wishlist.

My Favorite Experience: Seeing A Sold-Out Show At Red Rocks

By: Jessica McWhirt

Surrounded by “Creation,” “Ship” and “Stage” – all rocks, amplifying Mumford & Sons. My sister, Vanessa, bought us tickets to Mumford & Sons at Red Rocks. Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes and we had two. Our seats were nowhere near the stage. People would call it the “nosebleed” section. We started hiking our way up to our designated seats. Halfway up, we decided we had gone far enough and picked a random spot. I was worried we had taken other people’s seats. Vanessa told me to get over it. People started filling up the seats near us. I anxiously waited for a confrontation.

The first band came on. Row by row the crowd started rising. We stood for the band and danced a little. The sky started to grow darker and the music grew louder. I had forgotten we weren’t in our seats. Two men and a woman looked at our seat numbers and stood next to Vanessa and I. We befriended these people: two were husband and wife, and the other was the wife’s brother. They offered us a beer then asked how old we were. Of course, they thought my younger sister was older than me. It happens every time. We all talked about college and our dreams for the future. I told them I was leaving to Ireland in a month and this was my last concert with my sister. Just before I started to worry when the next time I’d be back at Red Rocks, Mumford & Sons walked on stage. As they set up, strangers confronted us about the seats we were in. Our new friends told the strangers we’d all just share the spot. They agreed and we all squished together as Mumford started singing “I Will Wait.”

There’s no better place to listen and watch your favorite band than at Red Rocks. “Creation Rock” and “Ship Rock” surrounded the stands and framing the stage. Lights illuminated the sandy red, spotlighting all the cracks; sometimes even finding a head popping out. The rocks formed a tunnel of air that dried the sweat from our foreheads. The crowd grew louder as the band wailed on their instruments. We could feel theirJess and Ness emotions behind the music and through the vibrations in the ground from the bass. The crowd swayed and danced and held their arms in the fresh air sending some kind of wave of energy that shook the light strung across our heads. I had no idea Mumford & Sons were filming the show, but I saw the cameras flying over everyone. I found out later it was for their “I Will Wait” video. Vanessa and I danced with our concert friends, the wind keeping us cool, and our friends keeping us laughing. At the climax of their last song cannons shot out coloured bits of paper, or maybe it was just confetti. The lights and colour fell on top of the crowd like some kind of blanket. Mumford & Sons said it was their dream to play at Red Rocks. They told us how amazing the crowd was and we felt the same way about the band.

Have a story of your own to tell? We love experiences that create indelible memories. My Favorite Experience is a new feature celebrating the stories of memorable experiences. We’re looking for stories from people who gave a gift or those who received an experience as a gift or, even if it was just a memorable experience in Colorado. We’d love to share your story!

Enjoy Urban Living in Colorado

While you may like to ski, hike and frolic in our beautiful mountains. sometimes you just need a bit of culture to feed that creative side. Perhaps you want an urban night out on the town enjoying the performing arts, maybe want to learn more about the arts & crafts movement or perhaps you just want to move your body to music. Today it’s easier than ever to do that in Colorado with the launch of the Urban Living Wishlist. This new wishlist highlights the best in culture of Colorado’s major cities from Boulder to Fort Collins and of course, Denver. Whether as a experience gift, or for yourself, make a date with your city, whether it’s sipping wine at a local winery, learn to belly dance, or checking out a museum exhibit.

Get Laughing
Love the wackiness of improv where you–and even the performers–never know what’s going to happen next? Located beneath Wynkoop Brewing Company in LoDo, the Impulse Theater boasts a delightful mix of performers from a mathematician with a masters degree to a guy who likens himself to a whack-a-mole attention hog. With characters like this you know it’s going to be an evening you’ll be talking about for a long time.

Explore Your Inner Artist & Historian
UL_DenverInsideOutAre you a history or art buff? Take a stroll through Denver’s sensational crime history with a self-guided interactive mystery tour with Denver Inside and Out. For the art enthusiast,  the Kirkland Museum in Denver features a large collection of some of the best decorative art from the late night 19th century and well into the 20th. This tour might even inspire you to add a bit of decorative to your home. Whether you live in Northern Colorado or are more centrally located, you can get your art fix with classes. In Fort Collins, enjoy a fun night exercising your creativity while sipping on a glass of wine or delightful cocktail at Juiced on Imagination. To exercise your creative streak creating art while sipping on a glass of wine in Denver, you’ll want to head to Sipping N’ Painting.

 Pick Up Some New Dance Moves UL_Dance
Time to dust off your dancing shoes so you can really dance at that wedding or benefit you’re planing to attend? Spruce up the those dance skills and learn some new moves with a dance class at Okay Dance in Fort Collins. You’ll have your choice of either a beginners dance class and DJ party afterwards or a personalized dance session for two. For a more exotic dance experience, you don’t need to go all the way to the middle east to learn the tantalizing belly dance. Sadie BellyDance offers a Belly Dancing Class for beginners that is sure to make you feel like you had an enjoyable workout while learn how to swing those hips.

We’re still in the midst of putting together more fun urban adventures with you so keep a look out for wine tastings, brewery tours wellness classes and much more in the near future.

Now go get some culture with Urban Living.