How to Relax, Have Fun and Unwind in Cherry Creek

How to Relax, Have Fun and Unwind in Cherry Creek

  • Kimber Ward, REALTOR®
  • 01/12/24

Cherry Creek
, a vibrant neighborhood in Denver, has a remarkable array of attractions setting it apart from the rest of Colorado's capital city. It is renowned for its upscale shopping, exquisite dining options, and thriving art scene, turning Cherry Creek into a sought-after destination, especially as it is just 15 minutes from downtown Denver.

Some of my favorite perks about Cherry Creek are that it has one of the largest and most diverse shopping spaces between Chicago and San Francisco, an impressive selection of restaurants serving international and locally sourced cuisine, and a plethora of chic art galleries. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, Cherry Creek promises a memorable and enriching experience. When you need relaxation after a long and busy week, Cherry Creek has plenty of enticing activities to offer, and here are some of the best ways to unwind in this lively neighborhood.

Outdoor activities

Colorado, and Cherry Creek, get plenty of sunshine, meaning the great outdoors beckons as the ideal relaxing setting. One option is to bike, walk, or run along the picturesque Cherry Creek trail, conveniently passing right by the mall. This scenic route stretches north to Downtown Denver and Confluence Park, or you can head south toward Cherry Creek Reservoir at Cherry Creek State Park. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings by letting the fresh air invigorate your senses.

Aside from walking, running, and biking, there is also the Gates Tennis Center. Located in Cherry Creek’s Pulaski Park, Gates Tennis Center provides an excellent opportunity to indulge in a friendly game of tennis. Whether you are a seasoned player or a beginner, this popular facility has a welcoming atmosphere and a range of courts to accommodate all skill levels. And if you’re more interested in pickleball, Gates Tennis Center offers competitions, private and group classes, and open play. Grab your racket, gather some friends, and enjoy a spirited match amidst Cherry Creek's scenic surroundings.

Shopping in Cherry Creek

If your idea of relaxation involves retail therapy, you’re not alone! Cherry Creek will not disappoint. Stroll through the trendy and high-end neighborhood boutiques such as Denver Darling Boutique and A Line Boutique, immersing yourself in the ambiance of a shopper's paradise. Window shopping takes on a new level of delight as you explore carefully curated fashion, accessories, and home decor selections. The boutiques in Cherry Creek cater to discerning tastes with unique and exclusive eye-catching items.

Art galleries

The art galleries in Cherry Creek are a must-visit for art enthusiasts to venture into visual creativity. A few of my favorite galleries include Abend Gallery, Fascination St., and Masters Gallery for when you need inspiration or to find a new piece for your home. These establishments showcase varied artistic styles, from traditional to contemporary, providing a captivating experience for art lovers of all kinds.

Coffee shops and restaurants

Cherry Creek is steeped in coffee culture, and indulging in expertly brewed coffee is an excellent way to relax and unwind. Aviano Coffee in Cherry Creek North, their two locations within a few blocks of each other, have an inviting atmosphere to savor their specialty coffees' rich flavors and aromas. Take a sip of their house coffee, or try out their turmeric chai if you are adventurous. Olive & Finch offers intentionally-sourced, chef-inspired, scratch-prepared dishes that are as nourishing as they are delicious. Their commitment to quality shines through as they bake their pastries, craft their own sauces, and prepare meats in-house. In a welcoming environment that immediately feels like home, Olive & Finch provides top-notch service, whether patrons are looking for a quick bite or the full Olive & Finch Collective experience. Guests can expect classic dishes with a flavorful twist, customized to suit dietary preferences, all while supporting a restaurant deeply committed to giving back to the local community and fostering the professional growth and well-being of their dedicated staff.

For a healthy meal, head to True Food Kitchen with its extensive array of nourishing beverages and dishes to complement your relaxation time. Try their bison sausage pizza or the teriyaki quinoa bowl for lunch, or enjoy an afternoon snack of their edamame guacamole. For old-school classics, stop by neighborhood favorites, Quality Italian and Cherry Creek Grill. Whether you need a more filling meal or a light snack, the Cherry Creek coffee shops and restaurants will satisfy any craving. Because of the ideal climate in Colorado, customers can enjoy the sunshine on outdoor patios even during winter and fall months, adding an element of delight to their dining experience.

Rooftop bars

Elevate a relaxing night with friends by heading to one of Cherry Creek's stylish rooftop bars. Go to the Jacquard Hotel to visit Kisbee on the Roof, known for its scenic views, handcrafted cocktails, and sophisticated ambiance, providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city below. You can also check out the Halcyon, a hotel with a rooftop bar and restaurant, to savor delectable culinary dishes while unwinding in a hip setting. Another option is the Hotel Clio, which has an incredible lobby bar, with an inviting fire pit outside.


To truly embrace relaxation, pampering yourself with a visit to one of Cherry Creek's luxurious spas is a must. The NOW Massage in Cherry Creek boasts a serene environment where you can rejuvenate your mind and body. The skilled therapists at The NOW Massage provide a blissful experience, customizing each session to address your specific needs and preferences.

Experience the healing benefits of infrared therapy at CYL Infrared Studios as you are enveloped by the gentle warmth emanating from the infrared panels, or indulge in a sensory deprivation session at VIVE Float Studio. For a soothing massage experience, Renew Massage Studio provides a range of treatments tailored to your specific needs. From Swedish and deep tissue massages to specialized techniques such as sports massage and prenatal massage, their experienced practitioners have honed their craft to deliver healing and rejuvenation.

Moving to Cherry Creek

With its wealth of attractions and eclectic range of activities, Cherry Creek is one of Denver’s most well-known neighborhoods. As a resident, you should take the time to treat yourself and recharge in this ideal neighborhood.

If you want to buy Cherry Creek real estate, I’d love to be your guide. With intimate knowledge of Denver neighborhoods and the nuances of the market, I bring my knowledge and expertise to the real estate industry to help clients explore new areas and have a seamless real estate journey. Cherry Creek brings the lux to the mountains, letting you have the best of both worlds. Whether you’re looking for a year-round residence or a “lock and leave” second property, Cherry Creek could be the perfect Denver neighborhood for you.

If you’re ready to discover homes for sale in Cherry Creek and fall in love with the area as much as I have, reach out to me, Kimber Ward, today to take the first step toward your next chapter.

*Header image courtesy of The Jacquard Hotel

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