Star Wars lovers, beam yourself to Denver this November.
The Denver Art Museum will be opening up an exhibition called the Power of Costume on Nov. 13. (You have until April 2, 2017 to get here, though). As part of the exhibit, more than 70 hand-crafted costumes from the first seven Star Wars films will be on display, many of which have never been seen before and were sourced straight from George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch.
Plus, Denver restaurants and hotels are combining their galactic forces to roll out special deals and menus. Yeah, we're talking "Darth Bacon" and other brunch goodies at The Nickel, inside Hotel Teatro.
Every Saturday, the restaurant will offer a "Mos Eisley Cantina Brunch" with menu items like Chicken and Luke Skywaffles. Additionally, on Nov. 12 and April 1 — the dates that bookend the exhibition — the restaurant will bring in a Star Wars green screen photo booth, and brunch guests are encouraged to dress in costume. (Hey, a cozy Chewbacca costume may be just the look you want to imitate as the city awaits its first big snowstorm!)
As for the exhibition itself, it will be a close-up look at the costume process, from the conception and design to the costumes themselves. Included in the exhibit will be Queen Amidala’s lavish Throne Room Gown to Darth Vader’s imposing black uniform. Other costumes on exhibit will include those of Chewbacca, the X-Wing Pilots, and Droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2.
Denver is one of the first cities to host the exhibition, says Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the city is ready to host Star Wars fans that span across generations.
Visitors can get "skip-the-line" VIP tickets through special hotel packages, that range from $199 to $329 a night at 13 participating Denver hotels.
Your options are vast: You can stay right by the museum at The ART hotel, which is in the middle of Denver's museum district. (Cozy on up next to an outdoor fireplace with a craft cocktail on the fourth floor at FIRE Lounge) Or, check into the Crawford Hotel, which is in Union Station, a renovated train depot with great bars, restaurants, and, as of the first week in November, a grandiose Christmas tree.
Participating Hotels include: The ART, a hotel; The Crawford Hotel at Union Station; The Curtis Hotel, a DoubleTree by Hilton; Grand Hyatt Denver; Halcyon – a Hotel in Cherry Creek; Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown; Hotel Monaco Denver – A Kimpton Hotel; Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center; The Oxford Hotel; Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center; The Ritz-Carlton, Denver; Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel; or The Westin Denver Downtown.
Plus, if your'e a museum buff, you can spend a couple days exploring Denver's thriving museum and arts scene. Looking for some worthwhile stops to put on your itinerary? Check out the Santa Fe arts district, with 40 galleries, shops and restaurants. You'll find some of the city's best Mexican restaurants in this district, and you'll also get a sampling of food trucks that add to the culinary scene.
The up-and-coming, arty neighborhood known as River North (or RiNo, as locals call it) is a hub for creative types. Stop in to the SORCE, an artisan food market housed in an old brick foundry building. Denver's take on the food hall trend offers up beer and craft cocktails, a spice shop, and an art gallery and store that features the work of local artists.
For some more itinerary ideas to suit your interests while you're in town for the Star Wars exhibition, the visitor's bureau has curated some fun ideas here.