A charming, small town with a friendly heart and soul
Situated within northwestern Denver, Arvada is a charming community known for their several farms, festivals, and great public schools. Once known as the celery capital of the world, Arvada boasts fertile soil, making it the perfect place for farmers to grow wheat, corn, cherries, and a wide selection of other fresh produce. In addition to the expansive farming space, Arvada residents are never more than a ten-minute walk from one of their several parks, stretching across over 3,400 acres of protected land.
Gold was first discovered in Arvada in 1850. When more gold was discovered west of town, a business opportunity was realized. Former prospectors capitalized on the area’s perfect crop-growing conditions, seeing the continued growth of the community with the construction of several nearby railroads. By 2000, Arvada was one of Denver’s largest suburban communities with a population of over 100,000. Today, Arvada still possesses a friendly, small-town feel despite this growth. Stone-clad homes on large lots are spaced out from one another, allowing locals peace and privacy, while remaining less than ten miles from downtown Denver.
Arvada enjoys all the benefits of a life lived in a centrally located suburb, while still maintaining the friendly aura of past generations. A community centered around families and children boasts several high-performing schools, many of which have been awarded high honors by various news publications. Well-paying jobs in central Denver are a short drive away, making commutes to and from the city center easy. Arvada residents look forward to festivals and celebrations honoring the community’s rich agricultural roots and talented local artists, while warm, comforting meals featuring local ingredients, inspired by global tastes are enjoyed each day of the year.
Arvada is home to many dining and beverage options to help locals warm up on Colorado’s chilly evenings. Hip, internationally-inspired cuisine, and both hearty American favorites served in historic digs are some community favorites and just the tip of the iceberg in this neighborhood’s varied and vibrant culinary and artistic scene.
Dae Gee is a popular collection of restaurants within Denver specializing in savory Korean barbecue. Dae Gee, Korean for “pig,” blends Korean tradition with American flair through their hearty offerings of pork belly, short ribs, fried chicken dumplings, and bibimbap, where patrons can cook their meat right at their own tables. Dae Gee has been featured on the Food Network and received high praise from Guy Fieri, the mayor of Flavortown himself.
Located in the city’s original schoolhouse from 1882, School House Kitchen and Libations is a modern American eatery serving chicken and waffles, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken fried steak, tacos, and other pub favorites, all of which hit the spot on Colorado’s sometimes-chilly evenings. School House also specializes in whiskey and features a massive selection on its menu.
Olde Town Arvada is a collection of locally owned and operated businesses, bakeries, salons, shops, restaurants, and more positioned on a friendly “main street” evoking an aura of small-town charm. Olde Town Arvada also hosts events throughout the year looked forward to by all, such as Mardi Gras celebrations, art walks, and Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.
The best of Arvada’s friendly, small-town charm is frequently seen at one of the community’s several festive celebrations. The Arvada Harvest Festival has taken place each fall for nearly a century over the course of three days. The festival consists of 5K, 10K, and 15-mile races, a parade, carnival, fair foods, and has been named one of the “Best of the Best” events by Colorado Community Media. A much newer celebration takes place each summer at Sand in the City. Though Colorado may be landlocked, the sand is brought inland for a sandcastle building contest unlike any other. Sixty tons of sand, a kids’ zone with buried treasure, live music, and an annual Guinness World Record attempt are a few of the other happenings at Sand in the City, guaranteed to bring smiles to all.
Arvada is known for its highly ranked schools which have been praised by several news organizations. A few noteworthy campuses include:
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