Evaluation 2008 Banner

 

woman with binoculats

The Evaluation 2008 local arrangements team has put together a wonderful local guide and coordinated dinners out for attendees at Evaluation 2008.


Getting There

Here is the link to a map of the Denver International Airport (DIA) taxi, shuttle, and limousine pickup/drop-off areas: http://www.flydenver.com/maps/tofrom/ground.asp

Insider Tip: Your seat is not reserved if you buy your ticket inside the terminal, so once you buy your ticket, go to Island 3 and get in line to board the next available shuttle.


Getting Around

Denver is... “the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and urban sophistication. That’s the duality locals love about the Mile High City. With snowcapped peaks providing a spectacular backdrop, Denver is as refined as it is laid-back. It’s a place where aerospace engineers rub elbows with rock climbers at local brewpubs, at art festivals, or while strolling their favorite pedestrian mall. And with 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s easy to see why people fall in love with Denver the first time they visit.” (http://www.denver.org/metro). Denver is home to eight professional sports teams, the nation’s largest city park system, and over 850 miles of urban trails. More beer is brewed here than anywhere else—of course Coors is the largest brewer, but downtown Denver is peppered with local microbreweries. Don’t forget about Stranahan’s (http://www.stranahans.com/index.php?q=home), the first Colorado-born whiskey (now earning national recognition). Denver is also home to Daz Bog, a growing local coffee company worthy of a try (http://www.dazbog.com/).

 

Getting around Denver is fairly easy, with light rail (http://www.rtd-denver.com/LightRail/) and bus service (http://www.rtd-denver.com/) available throughout most of downtown and much of the city. One-way trips on RTD transportation is $1.75. If using the light rail, you must buy a ticket at the kiosks located at each light rail station. Keep your ticket while on board as well as if you plan to use it as a transfer to a bus. If boarding a bus, you’ll need exact change since drivers don’t carry cash. Ask the driver for a transfer if you plan to use another bus or the light rail for a connecting trip.

 

You can also travel by taxi by calling one of four taxi companies in Denver: Metro Taxi uses some hybrid vehicles as part of its fleet (you can request a hybrid when calling) at 303-333-3333; Yellow Cab at 303-777-7777; Zone Cab at 303-444-8888; and Freedom Cab at 303-292-8900. Taxis don’t usually pick up passengers if flagged on the street. You can always ask your hotel concierge to get a taxi for you.


Downtown Denver Areas and Neighborhoods

Like most cities, Denver is divided into neighborhoods—some of the more interesting ones happen to be in the downtown area (though locals will encourage visitors to visit some of the outlying neighborhoods). Details on many of the Denver neighborhoods can be found here: http://www.denver.org/metro/neighborhoods. Downtown Denver areas and neighborhoods close to the conference hotel are listed below.

 

Destination

Additional Details

16th Street Mall

The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian walkway but also features a free shuttle bus service known as the FREE MallRide. MallRide stops at every intersection between Union Station and the 16th Avenue/Broadway intersection, with three stations—Union Station (at 17th Street and Wynkoop Street), Market Street (at 16th Street and Market Street), and Civic Center (at 16th Street and Broadway)—providing key connections to other RTD buses. In addition, MallRide provides connections to light rail. Connections to the C Line and the E Line are at Union Station. Connections to the D Line, the F Line, and the H Line are at 16th/California & 16th/Stout stations.

MallRide service is provided very frequently daily, especially during rush hours. Using the FREE shuttle, destinations on and off the Mall are just a quick shuttle ride away. The Denver Performing Arts Complex and Colorado Convention Center are two blocks from the 16th Street Mall, Coors Field is four blocks from the Mall, and the shuttle runs right through Lower Downtown between Blake and Wynkoop Street. The Pepsi Center arena and City Lights Pavilion are a couple of stops from Union Station on the Light Rail or about seven blocks from the Mall, across Speer Boulevard, on Blake St./Auraria Pkwy.

In April of 2006, the 16th Street Mall became a “hot spot” for wireless internet. Business people, students and visitors alike simply log on to www.downtowndenverwifi.com and surf the web anywhere along the Mall or Skyline Park.

Denver Pavilions

Located 1.5 blocks from the Hyatt, the Denver Pavilions (on the 16th Street Mall, 500 16th Street) features over 50 shops and restaurants. Eateries include the Hard Rock Cafe, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Coyote Ugly Saloon; Denver Pavilions is also home to Jazz@Jacks (http://jazzatjacks.com/), Lucky Strike Lanes, and United Artists Theatres.

(http://www.denverpavilions.com/)

Tabor Center

Located four blocks from the conference hotel, the Tabor Center (home to the Westin), features Big Papa's Pizza, Casa Burrito, Cheesecake Factory, Corner Bakery, ESPN Zone, Falafel King, Green Fine Salad Co., Meyers & Wolfe, Panda Express, Purple Martini, Subway, and The Palm Restaurant. To get there from the Hyatt (either walking or taking the free MallRide/16th Street Shuttle), take California to the 16th Street Mall, turn left on to the 16th Street Mall. Walk 4 blocks to the Tabor Center. Located between Arapahoe Street and Larimer Street. (If taking MallRide get off at Lawrence Street).

(http://www.taborcenter.com/index.cfm)

Lower Downtown (LoDo)

“This area comprises a 25-block area that just a decade ago, wasn’t much more than abandoned warehouses and rail yards. Today, it has been restored and renovated to make LoDo (lower downtown) one of the liveliest areas in the city – not to mention one of the most historic.”

Larimer Square

 

“More Denver history can be found in Larimer Square. It was here that the city got its name, when in the 1850s, representatives from various settlements in the area got together over a barrel of whiskey and decided to consolidate their resources under the Denver name. Denver was originally named after James Denver, the Kansas Territorial Governor at the time after the merging of the settlements Denver City and Auraria. Today, Larimer Square is one of the most stylish spots in the city, with high-end fashion boutiques, charming restaurants and cafes and much more.”

  


Denver Dining

Consider signing up for one of the Night's Out to be held Thursday evening, November 6, to visit one of the great restaurants in town and meet new colleagues. Click here to learn more about the nights out and how to sign up.

It shouldn't be difficult to find good to great restaurants in downtown Denver; the following provides a list of some of these (with our favorites noted “*”). Although we think many of these are “walkable” (less than a mile from the conference hotel), November can be chilly in Denver, so dress appropriately and consider using public transportation (including the free MallRide shuttle) to get to your destination. Of course, downtown Denver isn’t the only area for you to enjoy great meals; many of the neighborhoods and suburbs are home to local favorites. Below our list of downtown restaurants to consider are some that are worth a drive or public transportation. We’ve also included a list of the sidewalk cafes on the 16th Street Mall/pedestrian walkway. Many of these serve quick, inexpensive fare—perfect for grabbing lunch on the go (note that “sidewalk” patios will not be open in November; many of these also have storefronts with indoor seating) .

 
Cuisine

Restaurant Name

 
Price


Hours


Additional Details


Address

American

Altitude*

$10-$30

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

“Altitude offers a refreshing twist to hotel dining. Savor the rich flavors of our tempting cuisine as you take in the scene on 14th Street through our floor to ceiling windows.” Better than your typical hotel restaurant.

In Hyatt

American

Peaks Lounge

$10-$30

Dinner

Gorgeous Denver/mountain views, cocktails, appetizers and desserts.

In Hyatt

American

Marlowe’s

303-595-7000

$10-$20

Lunch
Dinner

Steaks, chops & seafood.

http://www.marlowesdenver
.com/

.8 miles from Hyatt

1501 16th St at Glenarm

American

Ellyngton’s (at the Brown Palace)

303-297-3111

Over $30

Weekdays:
Breakfast
Lunch

Weekends:
Breakfast

“Recognized as home of the power breakfast and lunch, Ellyngton's serves creative cuisine with attentive and thoughtful service.”
http://www.brownpalace.com/
dining/ellyngtons.cfm
 

.6 miles from Hyatt

321 17th St

American

Seafood

Elway’s Downtown*

303-312-3107

$20-$30+

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Brunch

“Longtime friends John Elway and Tim Schmidt envisioned a place where friends, families and business professionals could celebrate life’s victories, or just unwind. Where an ever-changing menu offered the best of the best, accompanied by a fabulous wine list. All delivered in a contemporary atmosphere much like Colorado itself – adventurous, fun and always alive.”
http://www.elways.com/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1881 Curtis St

American

Steuben’s*

303-830-6909

$10-$20

Lunch
Dinner
Brunch

“Steubens, Denver, respects the history of its name and the core ingredients of the American Regional classics we have attempted to recreate. These dishes are America’s cuisine and American’s interpretations of the dishes of our diverse cultural heritage.” http://www.steubens.com/ 

1.3 miles from Hyatt

523 E 17th Ave at Pearl

American

Denver Chophouse & Brewery

303-296-0800

Over $30

Lunch
Dinner

“Diverse menu featuring legendary steaks, chops, seafood, and other unmistakable ChopHouse fare. Handcrafted ales, brewed on site, small batch bourbons”
http://www.chophouse.com/

1 mile from Hyatt

1735 19th St

American

Hamburger Mary’s

303-832-1333

Under $10

Lunch
Dinner

A local restaurant with a lot of flair, including the patrons in drag and a colorful back patio.

1 mile from Hyatt

700 E 17th Ave

American

Wazee Supper Club

303-623-9518

<10 - $20

Lunch
Dinner

“classic urban atmosphere” in an historic building; known for great pizza http://www.wazeesupperclub.
com/

.6 miles from Hyatt

15th & Wazee

American

Mercury Cafe

303-294-9281

$10-$20

Tuesday -Friday:
Dinner

Weekends: Brunch
Dinner

“Serves local organic food and is vegetarian friendly. Awarded “Mayor's Design Award for Green Design” - use windmills and solar power. Great place for dancing (see website for schedule).”
http://www.mercurycafe.com/

 

.8 miles from Hyatt

2199 California St

American

Solera*

303-388-8429

Over $30

Dinner

“When you enter the inviting embrace of Solera, you are carried into an extraordinary atmosphere..Chef Sorensen has made Solera one of the best restaurants in the country. Sorensen's menu brims with the freshest seasonal ingredients, using local produce and suppliers whenever possible. We present the freshest cuts of meat, fish, and seafood as well as a variety of options for vegetarians” http://www.solerarestaurant
.com/

3.5 miles from Hyatt

5410 E Colfax

New American

Strings*

303-831-7310

Lunch:
$10-$20

Dinner: $20-$30

Weekdays:
Lunch
Dinner

Weekends:
Dinner

The menu focuses on new American cuisine, with creative noodle dishes and fresh seafood, like the Cashew Crusted Seabass with saffron couscous & vanilla beurre blanc. Lunch and dinner specials change daily to match the season and the mood of the chef.
http://www.stringsrestaurant
.com/

1.1 miles from Hyatt

1700 Humboldt
St at 17th

American - breakfast

Bump & Grind*

303-861-4841

Under $10

Wednesday-Friday: Breakfast
Lunch
Brunch

Weekends:
Brunch

“...a hipster hangout serving decadent desserts and healthy lunches. Located in uptown... Saturday brunches tower as legendary.” (Waiters serve weekend brunch in drag)

1 miles from Hyatt

439 E 17th at Pennsylvania

 

American-breakfast

Dixons

303-573-6100

Under $10

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Brunch

Voted Best Power Breakfast by Westword in 2004

.8 miles from Hyatt

1610 16th St at Wazee

American - breakfast

Snooze

303-297-0700

Under $10

B, BR

Interesting, consistent “AM eatery”

http://www.snoozedenver.com/

1.2 miles from Hyatt

2262 Larimer St

Breweries / Pubs

Wynkoop Brewery

303-297-2700

$10-$30

Lunch
Dinner

“One of the city’s most popular brewpubs (and also the biggest), the Wynkoop was founded by current Denver mayor John Hickenlooper.” http://www.wynkoop.com/

1 mile from Hyatt

1634 18th St

Breweries / Pubs

Pints

303-534-7543

Under $10

Lunch
Dinner

“...a traditional British brew pub” with the largest selection of single-malt whisky “this side of Edinburgh, Scotland”

http://pintspub.com/

.6 miles from Hyatt

221 West 13th Ave

Cafe / Diner

Sam's No. 3 - US Mexi Grill N Bar*

303-534-1927

Under $10

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

“Sam's No. 3™ was the third of five Coney Islands opened by Sam Armatas throughout the 1920's...” http://samsno3.com/

.2 miles from Hyatt

1500 Curtis St

Coffee

Common Grounds

303-296-9248

Under $10

Breakfast
Lunch

Coffeehouse opened as “an alternative to the Denver bar scene.” http://www.commongrounds
coffeehouse.com/

.8 miles from Hyatt

1601 17th St at Wazee

Continental

Corner Office (Curtis Hotel)*

303-825-6500

$10-$20

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Restaurant, martini bar: “Global comfort food ... pairing international & traditional flavors for a fresh twist on your favorite dishes.”

http://www.thecorneroffice
denver.com/ 

.5 miles from Hyatt

1401 Curtis St

Continental

Vesta Dipping Grill

303-296-1970

Over $30

Dinner

http://www.vestagrill.com/

1 miles from Hyatt

1822 Blake St

Continental

Kevin Taylor (in Hotel Teatro)*

303-296-1970

Over $30

Monday-Saturday:
Dinner (call for reserv.)

“Using only the freshest ingredients, Kevin creates dishes of elegant substance, walking delicate lines between fusion and French, the American Southwest and the Asian Rim.” http://www.ktrg.net/

.4 miles from Hyatt

1100 14th St

 

Continental

Corridor 44

303-893-0044

 

$10-$30

3:00 PM to 2:00 AM

 

“An opulent champagne and crudo bar which exudes French-coast-meets-Morocco cache.”
http://www.corridor44.com/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1433 Larimer St

French

Bistro Vendome

303-825-3232

$10-$30

Weekdays:
Dinner

Weekends:
Brunch
Dinner

All of the French bistro classics done very nicely. Same owners as Rioja.

http://www.bistrovendome
.com/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1420 Larimer Sq

Fusion

Zengo*

720-904-0965

$20-$30

Lunch
Dinner

Fusion that works: “Eclectic and energetic... Latin-Asian restaurant”.

http://www.modernmexican
.com/zengodenver/index.htm

Worth a taxi

1610 Little Raven St

Gourmet Deli

The Market

303-534-5140

$10-$20

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

 

Amidst all the tony restaurants and pulsing dance rooms on Larimer Street this gourmet deli lends a nice change of pace. Plank floors, wooden shelves filled with tea and coffee, and old-counters give it a look and feel more suited to the 1940s, but in a mysteriously hip way. The outdoor sidewalk tables are perfect perches for people watching.  

http://coloradoeats
.com/market/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1445 Larimer St

Indian

India House

303-595-0680

$20-over $30

Lunch
Dinner

http://www.indiahouse.us/

1 mile from Hyatt

1514 Blake St

Italian

Cafe Colore

303-534-6844

$10-$20

Lunch
Dinner

“Traditional Italian fare boasting fresh ingredients in a quaint cafe setting.

http://www.cafecoloredenver
.com/restaurant.htm

.4 miles from Hyatt

1512 Larimer St

Italian

Prima Ristorante (in Hotel Teatro)

330-228-1100

Over $30

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

“Nationally acclaimed chef Kevin Taylor's latest Denver concept serves up Contemporary Italian cuisine with fresh modern takes on Italian classics. A wide range of homemade pastas, antipasti and carpaccio are offered...”

http://www.coloradoeats
.com/primaristorante/

.4 miles from Hyatt

1100 14th St

Italian

Osteria Marco

303-534-5855

$10-$30

Lunch
Dinner

Features house-cured meats and cheeses, panini, pizza, etc. 

http://osteriamarco.com/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1453 Larimer St

Italian

Panzano (in the Hotel Monaco)*

303-296-3525

$10-$30

Weekdays:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Brunch

Weekends:
Brunch
Dinner

“Northern Italian cuisine in a spectacular urban setting with uncompromised service and wines...named one of Denver's top five restaurants by The Rocky Mountain News.

http://www.panzano-denver.com/

.5 miles from Hyatt

909 17th St

Japanese

Sonoda’s

303-595-9500

$10-$30

Lunch
Dinner

Sushi, seafood

http://www.sonodassushi
.com/

.6 miles from Hyatt

1620 Market St

Latin American

Samba Room

720-956-1701

$20-$30

Lunch
Dinner

Fun, with many choices in mojitos and Latin American food: “Samba Room offers a menu that marries award-winning Latin cuisine”
http://www.sambaroom.net/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1460 Larimer St

Mediterranean

Rioja*

303-820-2282

$20-over $30

Lunch
Dinner

“Flavors of the Mediterranean influenced by seasonal, local ingredients.” 

http://www.riojadenver.com/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1431 Larimer Sq

Mexican

Lime

303-893-5463

$10-$30

Dinner

Closed Sunday

http://www.eatatlime.com/

 

.5 miles from Hyatt

1424 Larimer Sq

Mexican

Tamayo*

720-946-1433

$20-$30

Weekdays:
Lunch

Weekends:
Dinner

Part of Rick Sandoval’s Modern Mexican group. Contemporary, fresh-tasting and inventive Mexican: “serves the unexpected in traditional Mexican cuisine.”

http://www.modernmexican
.com/tamayo/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1400 Larimer Sq

Mexican

Rio Grande*

(The Rio)

303-623-5432

Under $10-$20

Lunch
Dinner

Since 1986,, the philosophy has been to create a great place to work, with quality food and drink, World’s best margaritas

http://details.riograndemexican
.com/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1525 Blake St in LoDo

Modern American

Earl’s*

303-595-3275

$10-$30

Lunch
Dinner

Numerous awards for casual dining across Canada – now in Denver; great frozen mojitos

http://www.earls.ca/about.asp

.5 miles from Hyatt

1600 Glenarm (16th St mall)

Modern American

Tables*

303-388-0299

$20-$30

Tuesday-
Saturday:
Dinner

A chef-owned shabby-chic place where they have a lot of fun and do excellent-quality very fresh and inventive yet not weird food. Good service.

http://www.tablesonkearney
.com/
 

Worth a taxi

2267 Kearney St(Park Hill)

Modern American

Fruition*

303-831-1962

$20-$30

Dinner

This restaurant has received all the attention (deservedly) from the food magazines. Good service, simple/sophisticated food, with seasonal ingredients and a very thoughtful chef, everything perfectly cooked.

http://www.fruitionrestaurant
.com/

Worth a taxi

1313 E 6th Ave

Morrocan

House of Marrakesh

303-623-3133

$20-$30

(call)

“...authentic Moroccan cuisine served in a beautiful environment...

http://www.houseofmarrakesh
denver.com/

1 mile from Hyatt

1530 Blake St

Seafood

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

303-623-4867

Under $10-$20

Lunch
Dinner

http://www.bubbagump.com/

 

Next door to Hyatt

1437 California St

Seafood

Jax Fish House

303-292-5767

$20-$20

Dinner

One great happy hour (4 -6) with a wide variety of oysters on the half shell and exotic fruit-infused vodka martinis

.8 miles from Hyatt

1539 17th St

Seafood

Oceanaire Seafood Room

303-991-2277

Over $30

Dinner

http://www.theoceanaire.com/

.4 miles from Hyatt

1400 Arapahoe St

Seafood

Willie G’s

303-575-9000

$10-$20

Lunch
Dinner

Voted Best of Citysearch Seafood Restaurant in 2006 and 2005

.5 miles from Hyatt

1585 Lawrence St

Spanish

9th Door*

303-292-2229

$10-$30

Dinner

Closed Sunday

“Menu focuses on classic Spanish Tapas creatively and zestfully infused with flavor and an ever changing list of delicious wines from the wineries of Spain and South America.” http://9thdoor.com/

1 mile from Hyatt

1808 Blake St

Steakhouse

Capital Grille*

303-539-2500

$20-$30

Weekdays: Lunch
Dinner

Weekends: Dinner

“As the Zagat Guide praised, you’ll find “awesome steaks served by the pros are the order of the day” ... centrally located in historic Larimer Square, just a few blocks’ walk from the Convention Center and Coors Field as well as the Denver Center for The Performing Arts.”

http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/

.5 miles from Hyatt

1450 Larimer Sq

Vegetarian

Watercourse*

303-832-7313

$10-$20

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

“100% vegetarian menu. Our style of comfort food has won over the hearts and stomachs of people from all types of dietary backgrounds.”

http://www.watercoursefoods
.com/

1 mile from Hyatt

837 E 17th Ave

* Denotes local favorite

16th Street Mall “Sidewalk” Cafés 

Coffee

Daz Bog - 110 16th Street

American

Quizno’s – 216 16th St

American

Bravo Ristorante @ The Sheraton Denver

Coffee

Starbucks Coffee – 303 16th St

American

Johnny Rockets – 403 16th St

Bakery

Corner Bakery – 500 16th St

Coffee

Peet’s Coffee & Tea – 1600 Glenarm

American

Cook’s Fresh Market – 1600 Glenarm

American

Hard Rock Café – 500 16th St

American

Marlowe’s – 501 16th St

American

Paramount Café – 509 16th St

Continental

Appaloosa Grill – 535 16th St

Coffee

Starbucks Coffee – 700 16th St

Juice Bar

Jamba Juice – 701 16th St

American

Suzy Q’s Deli & Frozen Yogurt – 709 16th St

American

Chili’s Too – 951 16th St

American (burgers)

Good Times – 951 16th St

American

Rialto Café – 934 16th St

Coffee

Starbucks Coffee – 934 16th St

Breweries / Pubs

Rock Bottom Brewery – 1001 16th St

Bakery

Paradise Bakery – 1001 16th St

Japanese

Tokyo Joe’s – 1001 16th St

Bakery

Corner Bakery – 1147 16th St

American

Cheesecake Factory – 1201 16th St (open seasonally)

Cafe / Diner

Noodles & Co. – 1460 16th St

Mexican

Chipotle Mexican Grill – 1480 16th St

Coffee

Starbucks Coffee – 1490 16th St

Mexican

Illegal Pete’s – 1530 16th St

Creole

Gumbo's - 1530 16th St

American

Dixon’s Downtown Grill – 1610 16th St



Entertainment, Museums, Daytrips, Sports, Events

A myriad of activities are available in and around Denver. Below are some suggestions for things to do, including some ideas for day trips as well as some for extended trips, in case your plans allow you to arrive before the conference or stay a few days after.

Museums / Art

 

Denver Performing Arts Complex

“Ground zero for the Denver performing arts world is, naturally, the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC). Located in the heart of downtown at 14th and Curtis Streets, the DPAC houses the 2,700-seat Boettcher Concert Hall (the nation’s first in-the-round concert hall, house of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), the Helen G. Bonfils Theatre Complex (with four separate stages), the 2,830-seat Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Denver Center Theatre Company makes its home here, and since 1979 has created an impressive body of classic and contemporary drama and world premieres.

During the week of the conference:

Colorado Symphony Orchestra (www.ColoradoSymphony.org):

Saturday November 1 (7:30PM) at the Boettcher Concert Hall: CSO Goes to the Movies “The Music of Star Trek”

Friday November 7 (7:30PM) at the Boettcher Concert Hall: CSO Showcase “An Evening of Judy Garland” Starring Linda Eder.

Opera Colorado, Sat. Nov. 8 (7:30 PM) at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House: Puccini's Madama Butterfly. http://www.operacolorado.org/

The Drowsy Chaperone and Girls Only—The Secret Comedy of Women http://www.denvercenter.org/home.cfm

Denver Art Museum

“One of the city’s newest architectural jewels, the striking Hamilton Building opened to rave reviews in October 2006. Its bold, jagged look was inspired by the Rocky Mountains and geometric rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver. Of course, the original building built in 1971 and designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti remains an impressive part of the Denver landscape, and is renowned for its collection of Native American art and artifacts. The art inside DAM is impressive, but the buildings themselves are attractions all on their own.”

“On view through November 16, 2008: Clyfford Still Unveiled, Selections from the Estate. http://www.denverartmuseum.org/home

Colorado History Museum

“Constructed in 1977, the museum preserves a collection of historic and prehistoric artifacts and documents and is the Colorado Historical Society's headquarters. In addition to exhibits and educational programs, the museum includes the Stephen H. Hart Library, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and membership services.” http://www.coloradohistory.org/hist_sites/chm/colorado_history_museum.htm

Museum of Contemporary Art

At 15th & Delgany: “...designed by cutting edge London architect David Adjaye. Its sleek exterior houses works by some of today’s most innovative artists.” http://www.mcartdenver.org/#

Children’s Museum

“The Children's Museum of Denver offers 11 innovative and interactive Playscapes, educational daily programming and special events all year long for children newborn through age eight. Annually serving nearly 250,000 children, the Museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to explore and discover.” http://www.cmdenver.org/

Museo de las Americas

“Located in the heart of Denver’s Santa Fe Art District, the Museo de las Américas was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit museum that is committed to preserving, presenting, and promoting the art and culture of the Latino people. Through innovative exhibitions and collections, bilingual programs, educational activities and special events, the Museo educates its public in the richness of Latin American arts.”

http://www.museo.org/

First Friday Art Walk

The first Friday of every month is “First Friday Art Walk” -- local art galleries in four of Denver's hottest areas stay open late (along with the bustling neighborhood businesses and restaurants). If you are planning to go on Friday, check to find out whether the free shuttle from downtown is operating when you make your plans. Just south of downtown is the Santa Fe Art District, featuring over 40 galleries, restaurants, and shops (http://www.artdistrictonsantafe.com/). The Golden Triangle Art District is immediately south of downtown Denver (http://www.goldentriangleofdenver.com/). In the city's “poshest” zone, Cherry Creek North (“320 independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and spas” and the upscale Cherry Creek Mall) boasts the Cherry Creek North Art Walk (approximately 3.5 miles from downtown http://www.cherrycreeknorth.com/). The Tennyson Street Art Walk may only be a block-and-a-half long, but every inch is jammed with contemporary art galleries and a casual ambiance. Galleries are located between 39th and 45th St. on Tennyson (look for the annual NOW ArtSpace artists small works in November) http://www.denverartwalk.com/

Science

 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Located in City Park, 3 miles east of downtown Denver, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. From September 2008 – January 2009, the museum will feature: Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries.

The Museum is open seven days a week year-round, with the exception of December 25:  9:00A–5:00P

http://www.dmns.org/main/en/

Downtown Aquarium

“Get a behind-the-scenes look at the chemistry, biology, and technology involved in keeping thousands of aquatic animals healthy and a million gallons of water habitable. Downtown Aquarium has five exhibit areas that show water and aquatic life in all its forms, from the seas to the freshwater river systems of North America. Stand above the largest exhibits and you’ll get a sense of how big Downtown Aquarium really is! Learn about filtration, how the animals are fed, and what aquarium staff does on a daily basis to take care of their aquatic charges.”

http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver
/flash_content/index.html

National Center for Atmospheric Research

“Visit a working research laboratory to see how scientists explore the atmosphere and Earth system. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a scientific research facility sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of over 100 university and international members and affiliates.”

www.eo.ucar.edu; www.ucar.edu

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

“Humans have tapped into solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy sources for millennia. Lately, renewable energy is receiving a lot of attention as a result of international interest in climate change and global warming and increased energy demands by developing countries. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is our only national laboratory dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.” (Cameras are not allowed in several of the research areas)

http://www.nrel.gov/

Local Landmarks, etc.

 

Molly Brown House Museum

"The mission of Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum is to accurately portray the story of Margaret Tobin Brown within the context of her lifetime through ongoing research, artifact collection, preservation, and educational programming in order to inspire courage, conviction and proactive change in the spirit of Margaret Brown."

http://mollybrown.org/

REI Flagship Store

“The REI Denver flagship location in Denver, Colorado is a must visit for anyone who is interested in the outdoors or sports. The spacious property on the banks of the Platte River offers all of the fantastic REI products for camping and biking and snow sports. The property also hosts a Starbucks, with indoor and outdoor seating. The banks of the Platte outside of REI is a great place to take a lunch on a nice day or the trails offer great walking or biking opportunities. If you’re headed there from downtown, the Free Mall Shuttle can save you about a mile of walking distance.” http://www.rei.com/stores/18

Denver Mint

One of six U.S. mints in operation in the United States. Tours are free, but reservations are required.

http://www.usmint.gov/mint_tours/index.cfm?flash=yes&action=StartReservation

Tattered Cover

“One of Denver’s most treasured attractions – the independently owned and operated Tattered Cover Bookstore. Of course, calling Tattered Cover merely a “bookstore” is doing it some injustice. Its multileveled location is filled wall to wall with books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts and souvenirs. There’s also a great café serving coffee, pastries and sandwiches. This is a great spot to take a break in and settle in with a good book – browsing is strongly encouraged! Also enjoy the architecture. This building once housed the Morey Mercantile warehouse business which thrived in the late 19th century.” http://www.tatteredcover.com/

State Capitol

“Modeled after the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., the 272-foot-high dome of Colorado’s State Capitol is covered with 200 ounces of 24kt. gold leaf. However, the truly priceless material is inside where the entire world’s supply of Colorado rose onyx was used as wainscoting. No more of the ultra-rare, rose-colored stone has been found since. Construction on the building began in 1886 and was finally completed in 1908. Free tours of the Capitol offer this and other tidbits of information as well as visits to the Senate and House of Representatives chambers.” http://www.milehighcity.com/capitol/

Denver Botanic Gardens

Ten minutes east of downtown and one mile north of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, the Denver Botanic Gardens ...presents a wide range of gardens and collections that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate our Western identity and a unique high altitude climate and geography. Many of our innovative gardens are models of drought-tolerance and showcase native and adapted plants that thrive in Western gardens. Throughout Denver Botanic Gardens, the time honored traditions of European horticulture merge with a dynamic diversity of plants and design that represent the best in horticultural achievement.”

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (September – May) http://www.botanicgardens.org/

Hammond's Candy

The Travel Channel considers Hammond's Candies in the top five of candy stores in the country. The factory is located in Northern Denver and provides free tours from April 2-December 31, 2008: Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm, every 30 minutes; Saturday, 10am - 3pm, every 30 minutes; Sunday-Closed. Location: 5735 N. Washington Street in Denver, across from the Denver Merchandise Mart on 58th Avenue between Washington Street and I-25.

Evening Entertainment

 

Jazz@Jacks

“Denver’s Premier Live Music Venue” http://jazzatjacks.com/ Schedule for week of the conference:

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

2

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Nelson Rangell **No Cover**

3

7:30 PM
Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra **Big Band**

4

8:30 PM
Funk Night hosted by Skip the Funktologist

5

 

6

 

7

5 PM - 7:30 PM
Three Dollar Fridays

8

Dazzle

“Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge is consistently getting the highest marks from local and national media as one of the top Jazz Clubs in the world!”

http://www.dazzlejazz.com/index.php?s=5

Sporting Events

 

Denver Broncos

Football - Sunday November 2 versus Miami Dolphins, 4:05P,  http://www.denverbroncos.com/

Colorado Avalanche

Hockey - Sunday, November 2 versus Sharks, Thursday November 6 versus Wild, Saturday November 8 versus predators http://avalanche.nhl.com/

Denver Nuggets

Basketball - Friday, November 7 versus Dallas - http://www.nba.com/nuggets/

Day Trips

 

Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods

“Imagine towering sandstone rocks against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies—the Garden of the Gods is truly one of a kind. Explore the geology, plants, animals, and people of this amazing regional park in Colorado Springs. The park offers paved and unpaved hiking paths as well as the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, also a historic landmark. The Garden of the Gods Trading Post gallery offers a vast collection of Southwest art in addition to works by Colorado artists.” http://www.gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm?&Flash=1

Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak

“The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan's Mount Fuji, Pikes Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. At an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks. It is the farthest east of the big peaks in the Rocky Mountain chain, which contributed to its early fame among explorers, pioneers and immigrants and made it the symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush to Colorado with the slogan, "Pikes Peak or Bust". The 8.9 mile Cog Railway started operating year round in 2007 weather permitting.” http://www.pikespeakcolorado.com/ http://www.cograilway.com/

Canyon City: Royal Gorge

“’Awe’ doesn't begin to describe what you'll feel when walking or driving across the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the world and an unforgettable quarter-mile journey through the clouds. Or what you'll experience in the expanded Royal Gorge Park, a unique combination of natural adrenaline, human achievement and scenic beauty that must be experienced to be believed.” http://www.royalgorgebridge.com/

Boulder

Catch the bus from Market Street Station in Denver. It's a short 40 minute ride to access miles of hikes around the Flatirons, CU Boulder campus and Pearl Street mall. http://www.bouldercoloradousa.com/

Colorado Springs: Challenger Learning Center

“The Challenger Center for Space Science Education was founded in April 1986 by families of the 51-L Challenger Space Shuttle crew to continue the educational mission of the NASA Teacher-in-Space program. The center is devoted to inspiring young people to learn and explore. Through these innovative experiential learning centers, hundreds of thousands of students and thousands of teachers participate in exciting -on mathematics, science, and technology programs each year.” www.clccs.org.

Estes Park including Rocky Mountain National Park

“Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest surround the village of Estes Park, Colorado with spectacular mountain scenery, abundant wildlife habitat, miles of hiking trails and scenic drives including Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide and the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Drive up Trail Ridge Road to the alpine tundra and sample the air at 12,000 feet. Get off the beaten path and glimpse the backcountry from Old Fall River Road. Enjoy the scenic Peak to Peak Highway that leads to Central City gaming or Eldora downhill skiing. Watch for bighorn sheep in the narrows of the Big Thompson canyon as you go to the flatlands to shop at Centerra in Loveland or see the Budweiser Clydesdales north of Ft. Collins. Estes Park is a hub of scenic drives to interesting places.” Some roads in Rocky Mountain National Park will be partially closed in November. Please check the website before departing.  

http://www.estesparkcvb.com/ http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/hiking.htm

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

30 miles from Denver. More than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed meadows laced with miles of trails await the hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and winter sports enthusiast at Golden Gate State Park.” http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/goldengatecanyon

Dinosaur Ridge, Red Rocks & Triceratops Trail

“The Dinosaur Ridge area is one of the world's most famous dinosaur fossil localities. Here, in 1877, some of the best-known dinosaurs were first discovered. These include Apatosaurus, better known as Brontosaurus; Diplodocus; Stegosaurus, the Colorado State Fossil; and Allosaurus. These animals represented life 145 million years ago in the Late Jurassic Epoch, also known as the “Age of Brontosaurs."  http://www.dinoridge.org/

Red Rocks State Park (& Amphitheatre)

“At an Elevation of 6,200 feet above sea level, Red Rocks Park is in a unique transitional zone where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. This diverse environment allows the visitor to see plants, birds and animals of both regions.” Carved into 70 million year old red sandstone, the Amphitheatre seats 9,000. October-April: 5:00A-11:00P http://www.redrocksonline.com/

After visiting Red Rocks, consider stopping at the Fort for dinner: 19192 Hwy 8, Morrison. 303-697-4771. www.thefort.com

Roxborough State Park

A short drive southwest of Denver, Roxborough is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark for good reason. The 3,339-acre park is filled with dramatic red-rock formations, distinct plant communities, and a host of wildlife ranging from black bears to mule deer. Visitors can take in all of Roxborough’s geological wonders via a series of trails for every level of hiker. The Fountain Valley Overlook is only 100 yards from the Visitor Center and provides spectacular views of several beautiful rock formations, including the Fountain Formation, Lyons Formation, and the Dakota Hogback, Many visitors tote their cameras to capture one of the many beautiful views or animal sightings such as red fox from one of the park’s overlooks.
4751 Roxborough Dr, Littleton, CO 80125. (303) 973-3959. http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/Roxborough/

Eldorado Canyon State Park

Outside of Boulder. “Eldorado Canyon is a hidden treasure right in Boulder’s backyard! Whether it’s hiking amidst the towering sandstone cliffs, picnicking along scenic South Boulder Creek or climbing Eldo's sheer golden walls, Eldorado Canyon State Park truly has something for everyone! Discover this hidden jewel and take home memories that will last a lifetime.” http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/eldoradocanyon

Castlewood Canyon State Park

“Visitors may access deep and dramatic canyon walls and the meandering Cherry Creek. Whether it's for hiking, picnicking, celebrating or learning, this Colorado Natural Area is a great place to spend the day. Nature lovers and groups enjoy environmental diversity on several hiking trails ranging from mild to moderate. All trails are less than two miles long and can be combined for longer journeys.” http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/castlewoodcanyon

Breckenridge / Dillon

“A premier, year-round resort town, Breckenridge is a rural Colorado destination offering a wide array of lodging options, including vacation home rentals, cabins and lodges with spas. One of the more popular summer activities here is golfing at the Breckenridge Golf Club... In the winter, the Breckenridge Resort provides a convenient base for skiing and snowboarding.” http://breckenridge.snow.com/

Extended Trips 

 

Mesa Verde

“The stunning landscape of Southwest Colorado, near Four Corners, is the backdrop as you explore Mesa Verde National Park. Here in the nation's richest archeological preserve, amazing cliff dwellings and more than 4,000 ancient sites reveal the fascinating culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people.” http://www.visitmesaverde.com/

Aspen

“Aspen is among the most popular ski destinations in the entire West. Nestled high in the Elk Mountains branch of the Rockies, Aspen and its sister town of Snowmass Village service four major ski areas (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk), the highest concentration anywhere in Colorado. The surrounding peaks are some of Colorado's most picturesque, and provide a massive playground for both winter and summer activities.” http://www.aspenchamber.org/




Ten Things to Know About the Mile High City  
(from Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau)

  1. Denver really is exactly one mile high. By incredible good luck, there is a step on the State Capitol Building that is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. In Denver's rarified air, golf balls go ten percent farther. So do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. The sun feels warmer, because you're closer to it, but your coffee is cooler, because water boils at 202 degrees. Mile High Denver is also extremely dry, so it is good idea to drink more water than normal. With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado. But there's 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must.
  2. Denver has the 10th largest downtown in America. Unlike some Western cities, Denver has a definitive, exciting and walkable downtown. Within a mile radius, downtown Denver has three major sports stadiums, the nation's second largest performing arts center, three colleges with 30,000 students, an assortment of art and history museums, a mint producing 10 billion coins a year, a river offering white water rafting, over 5,300 hotel rooms, a $140 million amusement park, a $100 million aquarium with sharks and sea otters and well over 300 restaurants. The Colorado Convention Center is located within easy walking distance of over 7,000 hotel rooms and is within safe walking distance of 300 restaurants.
  3. Denver is near the mountains, not in them. Denver might not be in the mountains, but the mountains dominate Denver. There are 200 named peaks visible from Denver, including 32 that soar to 13,000 feet and above. The mountain panorama visible from Denver is 140 miles long. State law prohibits building any structure that would block the view from the State Capitol. To penetrate the mountains west of Denver, required building the highest auto tunnel in the world (Eisenhower Tunnel) and the longest railroad tunnel in North America (Moffat Tunnel).
  4. Denver has 300 days of sunshine a year. Located east of a major mountain range, Denver has a mild, dry and sunny climate with more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami Beach. Golf courses remain open all year and have been played as many as 30 days in January. The average daily high in February is 45 degrees--warmer than New York, Philadelphia or St. Louis.
  5. Denver's history is short, but colorful. Prior to 1858, there were no permanent residents in the Denver metro area. Thirty years later, Colorado was a state with a population of almost 200,000 people. It was a Gold Rush that caused this boom, and in a 30 to 40 year period Denver saw some of the wildest events in the Wild, Wild West. This fascinating period lives again in museums, old gold mining villages and hundreds of wonderful, elegant Victorian buildings that can be found throughout the city, many of them now housing restaurants, shops and hotels.
  6. Denver has the largest city park system in the nation. Denver has more than 200 parks within the city and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, including spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheatre. There are 650 miles of off-street bike paths, 90 golf courses, one of the nation's largest urban trail systems and Denver owns its own ski area – Winter Park Resort. Denver pets fare well too. Denver was selected as the number 1 city for dogs and cats in May 2003 by the Purina Pet Institute. They rated Denver as the healthiest city for pets because the Denver metro area has the most veterinarians per capita and the fewest fleas.
  7. Denver is a cultural city with the highest educated population in America. In its Old West days, Denver had a performance of Macbeth before it had a school or a hospital. That performance took place in a saloon. Today, the Denver Performing Arts Complex has nine theatres seating 10,000 people and is second only to New York's Lincoln Center. Denver is currently adding a new $75 million theatre to the complex; completing a $130 million refurbishing of the Denver Zoo; and adding a new wing to the Denver Art Museum, which will be designed by Daniel Libeskind, winner of the World Trade Center redesign competition.
  8. Denver also loves its sports. Denver is one of only a few cities to have eight professional sports teams including the NFL Denver Broncos, the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche; Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies, Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids, the Arena Football Denver Crush, the Colorado Outlaws outdoor Lacrosse team and the indoor Lacrosse team Colorado Mammoth. Denver also has horse and dog racing, professional rodeo and an annual Grand Prix on Labor Day Weekend. Denver is the only city to build three new stadiums in the 1990s: 50,000-seat Coors Field; 75,000-seat INVESCO Field at Mile High, and 20,000-seat Pepsi Center.
  9. Denver is a city of many colors and cultures with great diversity. Denver grew by 30 percent in the 1990s--an average of 1,000 new people a week, every week for ten years. In this period, the Hispanic population in Colorado increased by 73 percent. Today, 32 percent of the City of Denver is of Hispanic and Latino descent and 11 percent is African American. Denver's diversity is celebrated at numerous festivals and events including the nation's largest Cinco de Mayo celebration and the annual Juneteenth and Dragon Boat Festival.
  10. Denver brews more beer than any other city. The first building in Denver was a saloon, so it's natural that Denver would become a great beer town. Coors Brewery is the world's largest. Denver's Great American Beer Festival is the largest in the nation with 1,400 different beers. The Wynkoop Brewing Company is one of the largest brewpub in America and Colorado's oldest brewpub. On an average day, Denver brews more than 80 different beers.  

AA and NA Meetings:

Meetings about which we know:

  1. Wednesday and Friday at 5:45 pm there is an AA meeting at 1050 Broadway, at the same address on Thursday 7pm there is an NA mtg.
  2. Two miles down Colfax from the Civics Center at 1311 York Street there is an AA Club (www.yorkstreetclub.com) which has meetings all throughout the day (7am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 3pm, 5:45pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, 10pm, and Midnight on Friday).
  3. 6 miles away in Lakewood there is an NA clubhouse which has meetings at 12noon, 6pm, 10:30pm daily at 1395 South Sheridan Blvd, Unit G.

AA Intergroup information can be found at www.daccaa.org
NA Regional information can be found at http://www.nacolorado.org/denver/meetinglist.html