Denver Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day Weekend provides the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family, enjoy the outdoors, and remember those that have fought tirelessly for our country. This upcoming holiday weekend, we’re geared up for some serious Colorado fun, take a look at the Wishlist Memorial Day Weekend agenda:

Denver Day of Rock

Spend Memorial Day Weekend outdoors, listening to great music with Denver’s Day of Rock. This free event on the 16th street mall features 5 stages, with 25 artists who will perform all day Saturday, May 28th. The concert is organized to benefit Amp the Cause, which supports a collection of Colorado non-profits. For more information check out their website here.

 

Museum Tours

This time of year it’s impossible to count on warm weather. For an indoor option that offers a family-friendly way to spend Memorial Day, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite Denver Museums. Check it out:

 

Clyfford Stills Museum: One of Denver’s newest additions to the museum circuit is a nearly complete collection of the late, great Clyfford Still’s work. Housed in a stunning, modern building on the backside of the Denver Art Museum, the collection features 90% of Stills’ work. Another bonus? It’s free on Friday’s after five, so grab the family for a fun evening outing.

 

Denver Art Museum: The Denver Art Museum provides a multitude of exquisite pieces for viewing. This Memorial Day, explore the samurai exhibition which features full suits of samurai armor, on loan from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller collection. View a list of current and upcoming exhibitions here.

 

The History Colorado Museum: For Colorado enthusiasts, take a step back in time with a visit to the History Colorado Museum. With interactive exhibits, stories of the early frontier days, and a look at Denver’s early years, this museum is a fun and family-friendly activity.
Brewery Biking Tour

Memorial Day is best spent outdoors and amongst friends. This holiday weekend, cruise the streets of Fort Collins stopping at some of the city’s best breweries with Wishlist’s brewery biking tour. Guides will lead you to the best beers and the best views during this two-person adventure. For more info, check out our Urban Living Wishlist.

 

Boulder Creek Festival

Memorial Day functions as the unofficial start of the summer. This year, start your summer the right way with the Boulder Creek Festival. The festival is free to the public and features 9 separate event areas with 500 vendors showcasing everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives, technology, and an array of music and dance performances. The festival also features carnival rides, food and beverage vendors, and a rubber duck race down the creek.

 

ArtStir Denver

Explore the works of Colorado’s top local artists during ArtStir Denver 2016. Located in the heart of Downtown Denver at the Pavilions, ArtStir features over 100 local and regional Colorado artists and crafters in a myriad of mediums. In addition to artist booths, the festival will feature a variety of food and drink vendors including Hard Rock Café Denver, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Local craft beers will also be on tap, provided by Budweiser.

What are your plans for Memorial Day 2016? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook page. As always, stay up to date with all Wishlist news by following us here or on any of the social media networks.

Wishlist Expands to Seattle!

We are thrilled to announce our expansion to the Emerald City! With seaside experiences, behind the scenes tours, and outdoor excursions, Wishlist is bringing you the very best of Seattle. To help you plan your next Seattle adventure we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite Seattle experiences, check them out:

 

The Pike Place Food Tour

Take a behind the scenes look at the historic Pike’s Place Market with this two-hour food tour. Wind through the bustling market place while learning about the varied history of each Market merchant, and tasting samples along the way. Visit the original Starbucks, watch how cheese is made, and duck beneath flyin’ fish at the famous Pike Place Fish.

 

Kayaking and Hiking Tour

Paddle from Shilshole Bay to Discovery point during this three-hour kayaking and hiking tour. A guide will lead you down an ancient water route used by Seattle’s earliest inhabitants. Once you’ve crossed the bay you’ll hop out for a short hike to Discovery Bluff, where you’ll have an unbeatable vantage point of the Olympic Mountains. Back at the beach, you’ll enjoy a complimentary lunch by the water.

 

Massage and Facial

Replenish your body with this massage and facial duo. Begin your afternoon with a 50-minute customized massage, designed to melt away stress and ease tension. Then, enjoy a 50-minute facial tailored to your skin type using delicate products that promote a clear, younger-looking complexion. This deluxe treatment encourages deep relaxation and purification of the mind and body.

 

Ballard Locks Kayaking Tour

Kayak through the Ballard Locks, with this three-hour kayak tour for four. Journey through Seattle’s second most visited attraction on this guided trip. As you paddle through the scenic Shilshole Bay, you will likely see seals, sea lions, osprey, great herons and other wildlife native to Seattle. This afternoon on the water is a great way to see the city and enjoy time outdoors.

 

Haunted Underground Tour

Embark on a paranormal excursion with this 90-minute haunted underground tour. Travel below Seattle’s city streets, to the underbelly of the Emerald City. Ghost hunters will lead you through the spooky Seattle underground, where pioneers walked, worked and died.

 

Indoor Simulator Golf

Master your swing with two hours of indoor simulated golf. With over 50 championship courses represented virtually, you’ll get to golf Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Brandon Dunes and more. This simulated golf session will let you experience the world’s top courses without leaving Seattle.

 

What’s first on your bucket list of Seattle adventures? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook page. As always, stay up to date with all Wishlist news by following us here or on any of the social media networks.

 

How To Make The Most of Your Weekends

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Plan Ahead

The best way to fill a weekend is by planning ahead. The first thing to do is check the weather for the upcoming weekend so you can plan events accordingly. Sites like business insider, suggest planning three to five anchor activities each weekend, but not planning out each hour of your weekend. Planning may feel overly structured for the weekend, but your to do list doesn’t have to contain restrictive options. You can plan things like reading time, a hike or walk around the park, a stop at your favorite sandwich shop, and you can easily intersperse more structured events like parties or museum visits.

Pay Attention to What’s Happening in Town

A great way to take advantage of your weekend is by seeing what your local community has planned for Saturday and Sunday. Local lists are usually posted the Monday before, so simply Google what to do this weekend in your city and find some great suggestions. Also pay attention to seasonal activities like farmer’s markets, or free museum days.

Check Your Junk Mail

If any of you have ever made the mistake of forwarding your mail to a new address you’ve been swamped by a deluge of junk mail (we’re talking about snail mail here, not email, just to clarify). If you’re looking for something to do this weekend though, take an extra minute to look through your mail. You’ll often find coupons for local restaurants, fliers for local events, and even neighborhood parties advertised in your mail.

Don’t Hesitate to Schedule a Lazy Day

Jam packed weekends can be really fun, but we understand that by the time Saturday rolls around, often the best planned weekend is a lazy weekend. If you’re eager to catch up on Game of Thrones, or sleep, take advantage of your time off to do so. In instances like this we recommend having one lazy day and one productive day. Or have a lazy day, and an active night. Just be sure to balance your relaxation with activities so you can feel fulfilled at the end of the weekend.

Don’t Hesitate to Schedule a Pampering Day

It easy during the workweek to let things like haircuts, and grocery shopping slip to the waist side, but during the weekend take some time to check off your true to-do list. Cleaning your house, doing your laundry, cashing in your gift certificate for a massage, are all great ways to feel ready to go for the week ahead.

What tips do you have for making the most of your weekend? Let us know by commenting below or on our facebook page. As always stay up to date with all Wishlist news by following us here and on any of the social media platforms.

Our Top Spontaneous Adventures

Our Top Spontaneous AdventuresIn the past we’ve mentioned several times, the scientifically proven benefits of buying experiences over things. Where buying things can cause stress and anxiety, or buyer’s remorse, simply planning experiences can make you feel more motivated, excited, and overall just happier. If you’re interested in what else we said, check out one, two, three, previous posts we wrote on the subject.

So while the benefits of buying experiences over things might not be news to us (as an experience-based gifting company), it’s news to a lot of people. Just last week Fast Company penned an article titled: “The Science of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things”, in which they discussed a lot of what makes our most memorable experiences so valuable. So, in honor of the recent attention being paid towards experiential gifts, we’ve rounded up our top spontaneous adventures so you can make this weekend a memorable one.

Horseback Riding

This weekend skip the city with a scenic horseback ride through Idaho Springs. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, while trying something new. If you’re looking to saddle up this spring, take a look at our Adventure Wishlist, which includes two horseback riding adventures.

Fly Fishing

Even though nice weather isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for fly fishing, it certainly makes for an even sweeter time. Whether you’re new to fishing or an old pro, an afternoon on the water is a great way to spend your weekend. For this last minute adventure, check out our Adventure Wishlist for our three-hour introduction to fly fishing course in Loveland.

Farm Fresh Food

With spring here at last, many cities are welcoming back their local farmer’s market. In Boulder, we’ve already seen the arrival of our favorite stands from dumplings to fresh tomatoes. So what better way to spend the weekend than by heading to the farmer’s market to pick up the ingredients for a gourmet meal? Plan your dinner based on the foods they have available, and enjoy a spontaneous evening trying new recipes and foods.

Art Crawl

Every first Friday of the month in the Santa Fe art district in Denver they have an art crawl. There you can see handcrafted works, and various knick-knacks made by Colorado locals. Or if you’re feeling extra spontaneous, head to the real Santa Fe district, in New Mexico where you can view one of a kind art in a row of galleries. The ride is just under six hours, but the scenery on the way up is breathtaking, and you’ll have an unforgettable weekend.

Festival

Colorado is known for a lot of things, but seemingly more so than any other state, Colorado knows how to throw a festival. Weather it’s music, barbeque, or even cryogenically frozen mascots (Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland) there’s a festival for everything. So when Saturday morning rolls around, keep your eyes peeled for any upcoming festivals as a fun, spontaneous way to enjoy the weekend.

How are you going to spend this spring weekend? Let us know by commenting below or on our facebook page. As always stay up to date with all Wishlist news by following us here or on any of the social media platforms.