Do you have someone that is very difficult to find just the right gift? Have a special occasion to commemorate? Looking for something totally out of the ordinary? The new trend is to give experience gifts. But just where do you find the right experience? Look no further than Cloud9Living.com.
Cloud9Living has a unique array of experience gifts that will fit nearly every personality from white water rafting to spa days. I recently was able to celebrate my sister’s birthday on the Top Restaurant Tour. It was a simple and easy process. When she decided which experience she wanted to try, I booked it online. The communication was simple and easy. We could choose from several different dates. We selected a Saturday.
Once we decided on the day, we received email notification of where to meet (the last stop). We were in a group of six people – there was an older couple, a younger couple, my sister and I plus a guide.
Once we arrived, the group was escorted onto a white chartered van, where we were whisked away to Beatrice & Woodsley’s on South Broadway. I had never heard of the restaurant and was a little nervous about what to expect. When we arrived, we were escorted into the restaurant where it was literally open just for us. When we sat down, we were presented with a nice wine and a special offer of buffalo steak, corn pancake, with a coffee sauce as well as cappuccino creme brulee. The manager told us the story of Beatrice & Woodsley (they were in love his family made oak barrels for her family’s wine making…they lived happily ever after in a cabin. Which the atmosphere is meant to emulate).
The next restaurant was Strings. Strings is iconic in Denver as the place to go for special occasions. Strings is known for being a really hip place for vising politicians and stars. The owner, Tammy introduced herself and told us a bit about the photos and decor, how they are uniquely her. They served a lamb shank, grits, roasted beets and brussels – along with another amazing wine.
The final restaurant was 2nd Home inside the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek. I’m not certain that they knew they were the third and final stop on the tour. But they definitely went all out with portions. We were served four different courses: pan-seared scallop with sweet potatoes (served with a sweet citrus champagne); fresh salad with beets and fresh goat-cheese that was amazingly creamy (served with beet infused vodka and chambord); bison stroganoff (amazingly tasty and full of great creamy flavors); and finished with a pan cookie with ice cream.
While I really don’t mean to compare such different restaurants (and I’ve already made plans to return to Beatrice & Woodsley’s for brunch with some girlfriends). I would say that I loved the atmosphere at B&W’s the most and the food at 2nd Home. I never would have tried these restaurants without this tour.
Honestly, the experience was fun and definitely memorable. I am excited for the next opportunity I have to book another Cloud9Living experience. This time since my sister will not be the one making the decisions – I may try to stock car race or be a fighter pilot! I can understand why the company is called Cloud9Living. I really felt like we were living on Cloud Nine. Plus, you can sign up now for the 9 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes and try to win your special someone a great Christmas Present. Gift certificates are available for as little as $50.00.