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Weekend in Denver

Any Seattle resident will tell you the months of June through September typically more than make up for the often dreary winters we get in the Pacific Northwest. For many, the winters are when they travel – and summer means staying close to home. But when a wedding invitation arrives from a very good friend, it’s hard to say no.

And so it was that I started hunting for cheap flights to Denver for a mid-September wedding.

Ordinarily, I’d take any excuse to turn a have-to trip into something more – extending my visit by a day or two, checking out what events are going on while I’m in town, looking for excursions I can fit in between obligations. But in the case of a friend’s wedding when I’ll be hanging out all weekend with other friends, I’m basically sticking to wedding stuff.

Having visited Denver in the past, I don’t feel like I’m giving up too much by not extending my trip – and in fact, the wedding is outside Denver so I’ll get to explore an area that I’ve never seen before. I still haven’t decided whether to go for one of the B&Bs closer to the wedding site or opt for one of the many Denver hotels instead. There are far more hotels in Denver to choose from, and at better prices, but there’s something to be said for being close to where I’ll be spending my whole weekend.

If I was being a better traveler – taking advantage of every opportunity to get out and see the world – I’d be mapping out great hikes and choosing from the best daypacks for each one. I’d be poring over guidebooks to Denver and reading up on the best restaurants in the city. But sometimes travel isn’t all about me. Sometimes it’s about being present for a friend on a special day. And that’s okay, too.

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