Look Out, Amsterdam; Colorado's Pot Tourism Industry Is Comin' For Ya
Cannabis-friendly hotels exist in Colorado.
Remember those high-school hotel parties that always busted you smoking herb in the room? Well, you can still get in trouble as an adult for smoking in your hotel room, even in Colorado. Not every hotel in Colorado is going to be down with your ganja habit, and you can't smoke in cannabis shops, or on the street, so unless you've got a super-sweet pothead bestie in Colorado who will let you stay on their couch, you should probably make sure your hotel isn't going to kick your ass for vaping in your room.
Luckily, some innovative hotel owners acknowledge the need for pot tourist rooms, and they're ready and willing to cater to your THC-needs. Take the Extended Stay America -- Lakewood South in Denver, for example. They're cool with it, but they're going to side-eye you if there's excessive smoke. The Historic Melrose Hotel in Grand Junction is cool with you smoking weed on their outside patio, and Cliff House Lodge in Morrison is totally chill with you chillin', inside or out.
There are a ton of other options available, and we'd assume that the more mainstream this cannabis legalization becomes, the less hassle it will be to find a pot-tourist-friendly bed to rest your stoned head.
Tons of websites and magazines are popping up for the cannabis tourist. Weedmaps is your friend, son.
If you're looking for the best places to tour, and you're not willing to pony up the cash for some guides, you can always look to Weedmaps to be your pot-beacon. They'll give you the heads up on the locations of dispensaries, and they've even got specials that you can take advantage of while you tour the budding pot industry in Colorado.
Plenty of other like-minded websites and magazines are surfacing to cater to the non-native weed-seeker, so we'd like to think that with a little help from guides like these, it won't be long before Colorado has solidified their spot as a tourist mecca for something other than skiing.
There are special bars and private clubs that will let you enjoy your cannabis in peace. Yes, much like a bar that serves beer.
So, in addition to the tours, websites, magazines, and pot-friendly hotels, Colorado is now catering to the cannabis tourist by way of private clubs, restaurants, and bars that are cool with smoking and vaping. Places like Herman's Hideaway and the private club, Club 64, named in honor of Amendment 64, are happy to host tourist potheads.
Restaurants are getting in on the pot action, too.
Restaurants aren't as smoker-friendly in the actual building, but there are some innovative ways that Colorado's chefs are embracing the change. Hapa Sushi, a high-end sushi restaurant, has even debuted a pot-and-dinner pairing menu. They've even taken the time to specify which strain goes best with Pakistani Kush or Purple Rain. How freaking awesome is that place? Awesome enough to set up their dining room to ergonomically reduce paranoia, my friends.
There are a number of other restaurants and bars ready and willing to take care of your stoned ass, but we'll end on that note. Purple Rain and Poke Don at Hapa at 6 p.m.? Can we come too?