Wednesday, March 26, 2008

To Do in Denver

Denver is an amalgam of rustic rurality and urban chic. The skyline's backdrop is a set of breathtaking, snowcapped mountains, yet its museums are world-class, its shopping highly respectable and its restaurants delectable. And you're always within a short drive of a rodeo.

Some of the best mac-and-cheese and spaghetti and meatballs can be had at Steubens, an upscale diner, or try a well-crafted pizza at Proto's, a regional chain. On the upper scale, try Rioja for the leg of lamb with goat cheese polenta, Bistro Vendome for its molasses-glazed duck confit, Tamayo for a prickly pear margarita or Mizuna for scallops if they're on the menu.

There are also the wonders of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, distilled right downtown. Next door is Flying Dog Brewery. Both give tours, which might make for an interesting way to pass the time between sessions.

If you've eaten enough and need a non-museum break, Tattered Cover Book Store has a big selection of books and magazines and a cafe where you can inspect the wares pre-purchase. (It's also the host of an Emerging Museum Professionals evening reception during the meeting.) You might also like the flagship REI store with its mountain biking trails and indoor climbing structure, modeled after the sandstone bluffs of the Colorado Range.


Nina Simon said...

any good suggestions for vegetarians? Thanks!

Rebecca said...

Flying Dog only does tours on Saturdays (not ideal for most conference attendees.)

However, they're willing to accommodate 15 or more for a group tour.

Any takers? We already have two from our museum eager to enjoy the Gonzo Spirit of Flying Dog!

Feel free to contact me if you are :)

mwhughes said...


I'm interested and might have a colleague interested in joining as well. Can't figure out how to contact you, though. My e-mail is


Susan said...


Try Vesta Dipping Grill or Steubens for veggie options in a fun atmosphere. On the lower and very casual end, Proto Pizza does a nice job.

Rebecca said...

We're still looking for people who are interested in taking a tour of Flying Dog Brewery.

Any day, Monday-Thursday in the early evening. We need about 8-9 more people, so please email me at if you're interested

Rebecca said...

Hello again!

We have chosen a date and time for a Flying Dog Brewery Tour. We'll be meeting at Flying Dog at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30th.

Please drop me an email ( or or call my cell 281-620-8559 if you would like to join us!

See you in Denver!

Kate said...

Somebody must be going to the Coors tour too, right? :)