After work, find 5280 Associate Photo Editor Sarah Banks at the top of the mountain. Sanitas in Boulder. Photo by Sarah Banks


May 7th marks the first sunset in Denver at 8 p.m. or later this year. This is how the 5280 employees celebrate the extra sunlight.

• May 6, 2021

For us, May 7th – the day we get our first sunset at 8 p.m. or later – should be an official city holiday as it marks the start of Denver’s most glorious season: Afterwork Activities Season. If you’re lucky enough to get off now through August 12 at 5:00 p.m., you’ll have at least three hours of sunlight after work to deal with all the distractions that are banished on warm weather weekends for the rest of the year . Do you need inspiration? This is how the 5280 employees make the most of the sunny season.

Happy hour and houseplants

If I manage not to sabotage my evening with the devil’s own nap – also known as falling asleep at 5 p.m. – my natural instinct is to spend extra hours of daylight to eat and navigate Denver. On the way to dinner, window shopping like RiNo’s Modern Nomad is inevitable. An accidental shopping spree and a few new houseplants later, there’s still time to hit the end of Dio Mio’s happy hour for dreamy cacio e pepe pasta and dangerously cheap red wine. Then the night cap: a cone from the High Point Creamery outpost at Denver Central Market (try the brown sugar ice cream) and a stroll to look for new murals. –Madi Skahill, engagement editor


Photo by Spencer Campbell

We just moved into a new house that I may or may not have bought because it’s just around the corner from a golf course. Even better, the course, the Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada, has a small par-3 layout. It’s cheap ($ 12 adult) and non-threatening (short and simple), and I hope my aspiring golfer comes to me around nine after work. It is a great incentive to leave the house while we continue to work from home, but I secretly hope to get them addicted that when our first child arrives this summer, “family time” can sometimes include “start times” . ”–Spencer Campbell, Feature Editor

Mt. Sanitas summit

Most people go straight up the mountain. Sanitas, but I prefer the “Long-Cut”, the westside route to the summit via the Lion’s Lair Trail, because you can cover long stretches on which you will not meet another soul. Then I take the East Ridge Trail down the front of the mountain. It’s exciting because there are some physically demanding sections where you need to focus entirely on not kicking the wrong way while weaving, over and around huge boulders. It’s slow going, but when you need a break you can take in the breathtaking views, especially when the landscape turns green in spring. –Sarah Banks, Associate Photo Editor

Traveling with Macy

Photo by Robert Sanchez

I have an overly excited 17 month old golden retriever, which means my post-work routine usually gets me onto a sidewalk or path in my town. I’ve lived in Parker for nearly three decades – every now and then – and I’ve never explored the sidewalks of my community as often as last year, a pastime I especially enjoy when the days get longer. My dog ​​Macy and I are piled through pine forests with petrified wood. We dodged a deer resting in the brush. and we stopped to snap lots of sunsets as we hiked for miles around the Prairie Voice trails. The quiet hours in the cool evening enliven me and fill me with hope for the next day – and the next path for Macy and me. –Robert Sanchez, senior executive

Perfect patios

I’ve always loved visiting new terraces after work, but the pandemic has made the pastime indispensable. Thankfully, our popular local restaurants, bars, and breweries took alfresco dining to a new level over the past year. Case in point: The Luki brewery in Arvada added 10 propane-powered fire pit tables last summer to keep guests warm. Other cute decks I recently enjoyed for sunbathing and sipping are the Avanti Food & Beverage Food Hall in Boulder (don’t miss the New York pizza and the amazing views of the Flatirons from the rooftop); King of Wings on Wheat Ridge (enjoy a wide variety of beers and delicious slow-boiled wings); and Middleman Bar in East Colfax (combine the tequila-infused Day Man with the My F $% King Burger from the indoor walk-in Misfit snack bar). –Patricia Kaowthumrong, food editor

Cycle through Washington Park

I’ve been a pretty serious road cyclist for years, but sometimes I just want to get back to the freedom of riding my bike as a kid. I don’t necessarily get baseline miles or climbing Lookout Mountain. I get it when I take out my single speed after a few beers and drive the three blocks from my house to Washington Park. The sun could be deep or dark when I cycle the 3.5 km long road through the park nicely and leisurely, but either way I like the air in my hair because I don’t wear a helmet. (I also don’t wear lycra or cleats.) I watch. I’m looking for dogs and lovers and people who get hammered while playing spike ball. I drive hands-free. I stop and take a picture when I notice something. It’s easy and fun and it’s part of why I love living in the city. –Geoff Van Dyke, editor-in-chief

Face the music

I’ve never been a person to jump in the car at 5 p.m. to get rid of my leisure rocks after a long day at work. The battle against rush hour just doesn’t seem worth the anger on the road. Instead, I’m partially interested in enjoying the front range view a little closer to home. After a long day of writing, editing, or endless meetings, I’ll pour a frosty drink into a takeaway mug, grab a camping chair or blanket, and reach the highest point in the little-known Kunming Park. This quirky pocket park honors one of Denver’s twin cities, Kunming, China, and on many summer evenings, the gathering point along Grant Street becomes a de facto stage for local musicians playing guitars, or bongos, or the ukulele. The impromptu concerts provide a wonderful soundtrack for the evening, but the real show is the sunset. –Lindsey B. King, Associate Editor

Backyard outdoors

Photo by Jessica LaRusso

With young children, even three hours of sunlight after the workday is not always enough to leave the house, secure seats on a crowded restaurant terrace, and finish dinner before someone melts. That’s why I’m bringing the chic outdoor dining experience to our suburbs. Step one: Mix three parts of Sauvignon Blanc from Infinite Monkey Theorem with one part of mineral water and dip a few berries from the garden. Step two: set the outdoor table with a brightly colored tablecloth, real plates, cloth napkins and cutlery – no paper or plastic products allowed – and fill a vase with freshly cut flowers. Step three: transfer the curries and naan I ordered from Arvadas Yak and Yeti into pretty serving dishes. Step four: Eat, laugh and linger over funky donkey bowls from our supply of Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato. They know the bed is just a short walk away. –Jessica LaRusso, editor-in-chief

Off and running

During the pandemic, running helped me stay healthy. I live in the West Washington Park neighborhood, which puts me close to a variety of more than 200 Denver parks. To keep my runs fresh (and to provide a sense of exploration that was sorely lacking in my work-from-home lifestyle), I try to step into a new park every time, especially when I take advantage of extra daylight have. While the big ones like Cheesman Park, Washington Park, and City Park are great for watching, I often prefer smaller green spaces like Alamo Placita Park. Not only do they offer me more solitude to relax during my breaks, but they also pay tribute to the Mile High City’s dedication to adding so many of these spaces to our urban tapestry. –Shane Monaghan, digital associate editor