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Denver’s historic-meets-modern Union Station is a hub of design, style, foodie finds, and boutique hotels. Herewith, a curated Perfect Day in Denver, with Union Station and the Crawford Hotel as your trendy headquarters.

7:30 a.m. Kickstart your day with artisan egg bennies and Colorado coffee at Snooze.

10 a.m. Visit the Denver Art Museum. “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature” has created quite the buzz among the international art crowd. But be forewarned: This exhibition is sold out (sigh), however, there’s plenty of additional reasons to spend a morning perusing the DAM’s elegant halls. On view through May 31, Eyes On celebrates New York-based artist Anthony McCall, and Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection features nearly 60 paintings gifted to the museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust.

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12:30 p.m. Back at Union Station, refuel with a dry-aged Colorado Black Angus Beef Burger at Next Door American Eatery. Concepted by Kimbal Musk (who also developed the Big Green, a nationwide initiative to foster wellness ad nutrition in schools), expect a laid-back vibe and source-to-fork fare.

2 p.m. Shopping awaits! Cherry Creek North has developed into a labyrinth of boutiques, cafes, day spas, and eateries. Ladies, don’t miss A-Line Boutique, and gents, Arc’Teryx is your one-stop-shop for high performance outdoor wear and gear for tackling Colorado’s backcountry. If more art is your muse, hit the RiNo Art District instead. Murals cover most walls throughout the district, with numerous galleries scattered on each block. Plinth Gallery houses contemporary ceramics, and Ironton–a former metal factory–is now home to the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

4 p.m. Book a seasonal spa treatment at the Four Seasons Denver and unwind at the rooftop pool that overlooks LoDo. Opt for the Mint Renewal Detoxifying Treatment which employs fresh mint-sand body exfoliation, a soothing mask of volcanic clay mud and French lavender lotion.

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6 p.m. Stroll the Denver Botanic Gardens near Cherry Creek. “One Fell Swoop” by Patrick Dougherty showcases immersive sculpture at Chatfield Farms and is a unique display of saplings and branches weaved into a whimsical architectural form.

8 p.m. Time for oysters and champagne at Stoic & Genuine restaurant, which serves some of the freshest seafood in the Mile High City. Located inside Union Station and helmed by Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, the buzzworthy mile-high outpost features whole Maine lobster by the pound and Colorado inspired entrées, too.

10 p.m. Unwind back at the Crawford Hotel, located inside the Union Station terminal. The hotel bridges past and present by celebrating three time periods of Union Station history.