Insider Insights: Living in Denver, CO

Over the past 12 months, CORT has been posting a series of Expat Interviews. In 2018, our focus is changing a little and we’re going to be interviewing our Destination Consultants and posting their very special ‘Insider Insights’ into their home cities. We hope you enjoy learning about some of the key cities around the US for relocating clients.

Our second interview is with Kathleen Shebel who lives and works in the beautiful city of Denver. After 17 years helping new arrivals settle in and start to call Denver their home, here’s what Kathleen would like to share with anyone considering a move to the “Mile High City’.

What do you like the most?

I love the cleanliness of this “little” big city and the moderate high desert weather that has 4 seasons. The summers are not too hot and the winters are not too cold.   As we grow, there are many new international cuisine restaurants and, of course, Craft Brew Pubs to explore!!

What’s the one thing you can tell us about your city that people would be surprised by/ the best kept secret perhaps.

Denver has over 300 days of sunshine, more than either San Diego or Miami Beach!

What do your assignees like most about the city?

Almost all of them mention that they are looking forward to enjoying year round outdoor activities like skiing, hiking and golfing!!

What’s usually their biggest worry before they come?

Driving in the snow. A lot of the assignees think that Denver is located in the mountains but Denver is actually “The Queen City of the Plains.”

What do you love most about your job?

The variety of people that I meet and interesting stories that I hear. Every day is different!!! I have learned more about Denver by doing research for my assignees.

Choose three words that best describe your city.

Big blue Sky, Healthy, Vibrant

What’s the best time of year to visit and why?

If you are a skier, winter. Otherwise Summer/Fall when there is no chance of weather being a threat. We do have a beautiful tree colored Fall!!!!

I’ve got 24 hours on the ground in your city, what should I be sure to go and see or do?

Hands down:   Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This is a natural geologically formed outdoor open air amphitheater that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. It is an experience!!!!!

Is there a local/regional food item that is both awesome and unique to your home town?

Yes, the most unique regional food would be wild game like buffalo, bison, elk and even rattlesnake. There are several restaurants that feature these and the most popular are “The Fort,” a restaurant in the foothills and “The Buckhorn Exchange,” the oldest restaurant in Denver.

As a vegetarian who has been fortunate enough to visit Kathleen in Denver, I can also add that there are many wonderful places for a vegetarian to eat if you prefer not to sample the local animal kingdom!!

Thanks so much to Kathleen for sharing her home with us. Where shall we go next month?