Start the year off right

Rejuvenate, relax ― just have fun ― in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood

Lori L. Midson

Denverites desperate for some New Year's R&R don't have to go far for self-indulgence and pampering. When the city's dry winter months take their toll on the body, head over to the classy Cherry Creek neighborhood, where you can base a day's outing around its namesake trail.

Cherry Creek Trail.
Ideal for a brisk morning walk, in-line skating, or biking, the easy 17-mile paved pathway winds east toward Cherry Creek Reservoir and west toward downtown. When: Open daily. How much: Free. WHERE: Park at the Cherry Creek Mall (3000 E. First Ave.) and join the trail on the south side of the parking lot.

Yoga Energi.
Increase your stamina and strength while enjoying a pre-lunchtime sweat and stretch-a-thon at this lively yoga studio (suitable for both first-timers and seasoned experts). WHEN: Open daily. HOW MUCH: $12 donation per class recommended. WHERE: 2727 E. Second Ave., Ste. 275; 303/316-8265.

Soleil Mediterranean Grill and Wine Bar.
With its sienna-hued walls, copper-accented counter, streaming sunlight, and fashionable clientele, this two-tiered Mediterranean spot provides the perfect refuge in which to enjoy lamb skewers served with mint tzatziki or a plate of imported cheese with dried and fresh fruit and preserves. WHEN: Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun. HOW MUCH: $$. WHERE: 2817 E. Third Ave.; 303/316-9100.

Crépes 'n Crépes.
Euro-trotters pining for all things Parisian check out the daily newspapers while enjoying crêpes brimming with vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses. WHEN: Breakfast and lunch Tue-Sun, dinner Tue-Sat. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 2816 E. Third Ave.; 303/320-4184.

Emogène Patisserie et Café.
Cherry Creek's luxe espresso bar features hardwoods, leather chairs and banquettes, snazzy tea and coffee drinks, an eclectic wine and Champagne list, and myriad baked items. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 2415 E. Second Ave.; 303/388-7900.

Bella Fiore Day Spa.
The Tuscan-themed day spa is known for its luxurious pedicures and mind-altering stone-therapy massages. WHEN: Open daily; appointments required. WHERE: 324B Clayton St.; 303/355-3365.

Cherry Creek is 3 miles east of downtown Denver, at E. First Ave. and University Blvd. For details visit or call 720/542-2715.

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