Where to Brunch?
Breakfast in bed may be the best way to start Mother's Day — especially if it's prepared by your little ones with love. But Colorado restaurants feature some impressive brunch line-ups for the holiday, too.
Whether you're visiting Colorado in May or you're looking for some staycation inspiration, here are three of our favorite Mother's Day brunches in Colorado, from casual to creative to luxury.
Kachina Southwestern Grill
Kachina Southwestern Grill in Westminster is hand’s down our favorite place to celebrate Mother’s Day — and for good reasons.
First, this relaxed yet high-quality restaurant located adjacent to the beautiful Westin hotel features a separate kids’ play area during brunch on weekends. This is no afterthought. It’s a fully separate room (but also visible from nearby tables) stocked with toys, a playhouse tipi, pillows, couches and large windows with natural light, open to the terrace. Kids can play, while mom sips drinks her bottomless mimosa or enjoys the signature DIY bloody Mary bar.
Especially for Mother’s Day, Kachina is featuring a family-style Wild Wild West brunch. For picky eaters who don’t want to do family style, you can also order a la carte. As a bonus: Kids 8 and younger eat for free.
Aside from the Mother’s Day brunch, Kachina’s Native-inspired food is unique and also drool-worthy. At the top of our list: the Navajo tacos on fried, fluffy Navajo bread, instead of traditional tortillas or taco shells. The award-winning gulf shrimp tacos mix shrimp with green chili aioli, peach habanero salsa, and Brussels sprout slaw. The epazote braised beef taco with pico de gallo, black beans and chorizo and chipotle aioli is a close second.
For dessert, save room for the chocolate-filled beignets, served with a caramelly, gooey, perfect sauce.
This pocket of Westminster is not bad for a day-cation, either. It's walking distance to the Butterfly Pavilion, which is offering a special Mother's Day getaway in Colorado's indoor tropical paradise. Moms all get a free Butterfly Guide.
Fire, an upscale restaurant located inside the new and modern Art Hotel in the heart of Denver, knows how to do Mother’s Day right. On Sunday, Fire is holding a family-friendly Mother’s Day Brushes and Brunch event, where participants can dine, while painting artistic keepsakes, such as coffee mugs, tea cups or wine glasses. It’s only fitting, for a hotel that doubles up as an art gallery.
The event also includes bottomless mimosas, a signature Fire Bloody Mary or a specialty cocktail of the day, Mommy’s Little Helper (vodka, apparel, Lillet rose, prosecco and topped with a rose petal).
Oh yeah, there’s food at this brunch, too. Try Fire’s brunch specialties, include buttermilk malted pancakes or Eggs Benedict Your Way. Fire’s dessert bar is beyond exquisite — and so are the views, from this wall-to-wall window-filled restaurant that overlooks Denver and the Rocky Mountain backdrop.
After brunch, stroll through the area and look at the sculptures, and spend time browsing the famous works hanging on the walls in Art.
The Cliff House
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak is where to go if you’re traveling south of Denver. This castle-esque building merges Victorian luxury with history, in the Manitou Springs area. It’s hard to decide which is more beautiful: the mountains outside of the oil paintings inside the dining room.
Visit The Dining Room, The Cliff House’s sophisticated, award-winning restaurant that is considered one of Colorado’s finest. It boasts multiple awards, including AAA’s Four Diamond Award in Fine Dining. Food here centers around fresh, local ingredients. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
For Mother’s Day, The Cliff House Dining Room offers a special menu, with entrees, such as scallop risotto, seared sea scallops or roasted leg of lamb. The dessert trio rounds out the meal to make it an extra happy Mother’s Day, indeed.
If you’re lucky, you can secure one of the 54 rooms at the hotel — or better yet, a luxury suite, all decorated in the style of the 1800s, but with modern amenities and free wifi throughout.