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Wet Stock 2008 Location Activity Question?

My wife and I are going to be in the area for 4 days. Are there any interesting things to do, good restaurants, close movie theaters, spas (my wife made me ask)?

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  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
    Good question Jamie

    My wife and I will be there 4 days too. We've never been Off the East coast (other than our honeymoon 25 years ago when we flew over the country on our way to Hawaii.) and want to see some mountains and sights, so we have extended our stay a little. Watching with interest. WW

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  • Darin Cook_5
    Darin Cook_5 Member Posts: 298
    Colorado

    Myself and my new bride will be staying out to thursday. We will be going up to Estes Park for a few days in the Rocky Mountain National Forest, possibly down to Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy. Alot of nice things to see and do in the Denver area also.






    Darin

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  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928


    If you like beautiful scenery, head west, northwest or soutwest from Denver. (East of the rockies, IMHO Colorado is boring and ugly.)

    Head NW through Boulder up to Estes Park. Incredible drive. Once near Estes Park, take nearly any side road that looks to be going generally up and there are some truly wondrous places to stop and gawk. One time in the summer I watched a thunderstorm come UP at me through a huge draw--all of a sudden I was inside the thunderhead--awe inspiring and humbling. This is an easy day trip.

    If you head south to Colorado Springs and then somewhat southwest, take in Royal Gorge near Canon City. Very popular and rather "touristy" but incredible to visit. About 125 miles each way but depending on the crowds it can take hours to do everything at Royal Gorge, so start early in the morning and don't expect to get back before dark. If you have time, take the "long" way back to Denver roughly following the continental divide. Make sure you start with a full tank of gas! Very sparsely populated, this is the dry part of the mountains. Very interesting scenery unlike anything I've seen before.

    You can always head West from Denver on I-70 through the mountains. If you keep going about 160 miles, around milepost 121 start following the signs to "Hanging Lake". Once there, park and take a fairly short and fairly strenuous hike up the the lake. Genuinely magnificent and worth every ounce of energy to get there. Hanging Lake is at Glenwood Canyon. Even the interstate is attractive and I daresay somewhat "natural" looking. On your way there or back head roughly south off I-70 up to Leadville. This is an old silver mining town. Very historic and the scenery is again, fantastic. Last time I went there the road was still narrow, winding and rather primitive. If anyone has problems with seemingly endless sheer drops just feet--if not inches--from the edge of the road, either don't go or take a blindfold.

    In Denver, the U.S. mint and Colorado capitol building are very interesting. The old residential areas just east of downtown are great for walking. The science center? museum? (something like that) has an INCREDIBLE selection of minerals--the best I've seen in my travels.

    Not sure about restaurants, theaters, spas or shopping as whenever I'm in the area, those are the last sorts of things on my list of things to do or see. While it doesn't have a good reputation with the pros, Do-It-Yourself Plumbing in Denver has the most amazing selection of salvaged fixtures and radiators that I've ever seen. Have a customer who needs a tank lid for an old toilet? Literally thousands of them...
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928


    Just remembered a very good restuarant:

    The Red Lion, 38470 Boulder Canyon, Hwy 119, Boulder, CO.

    Definitely for carnivores with a huge selection of exotic meats. They'll accept orders cooked beyond medium, but they don't particularly like to. I'd suggest fowl or fish before thinking of having one of their exotic and succulent steaks cooked well done... Their escargot is especially good.

    Anyone want to plan a dinner there? If so let me know! They have some really big tables, but they're busy and we'll need to make reservations fairly early if there's a large group. Not sure how long I'll be there yet, but almost certainly Friday - Sunday.

    Expensive but not ridiculous. They have sampler platters but with decent sized group it's fun when most everyone orders something different and then shares.

  • Tom Hopkins
    Tom Hopkins Member Posts: 552
    Restaurants

    People always say (think) that Denver doesn't have good restaurants. However, I think they are just chain jumping. After 25 years here, and A LOT of eating out, I made up a list of favorites for out of towners.

    Many of these have won Westword Newspaper and 5280 Magazine awards at some time. I went ahead and updated it today with websites where I could.

    All are good, but my top 11 from the different cuisines are: Pagliacci's Italian, Taqueria Mi Pueblo (or) El Tepehaun, Jerusalem, Red Tango (or) Cafe Brazil, Sushi Den and/or Domo, Racines, McCormicks (which is a chain I think, but still great), and Sloans.

    Most of these are downtown area or just west of downtown. It's my neighborhood!

    Bon Appetite.
  • Tom Hopkins
    Tom Hopkins Member Posts: 552
    Attaching a Word document

    I have a list of my favorite Denver Restaurants that is in a Word (.doc) file. I can't get it to attach. Any suggestions?
  • Paul Fredricks_5
    Paul Fredricks_5 Member Posts: 132


    It has to be a jpeg to attach. Email it to Dan and he can convert it for you.
  • Ruthe Jubinville_2
    Ruthe Jubinville_2 Member Posts: 674
    try copy /paste

    If it is in word copy and paste works.
  • Jim_65
    Jim_65 Member Posts: 184
    It's Denver bud...

    Our farmers out east think their fields are quite beautiful. :) Even if they are currently brown.

    I believe all of our major sports will be on the road during this time period...Although we are a proud bunch I am sure that the folks from NE and NY would beg to differ on the quality we offer in comparison to the great traditions that they have become accustomed to.

    I actually believe that we have a lot to do here...Like Mike T. stated in regards to museums (Art, History, IMAX, Zoo) and the tourist attractions. However, some will be difficult to travel to due to distance and time of year.

    Restaurants: During Wetstock 2003 Dan's favorite was "The Fort" WAUGH...

    I am a native and I will start brainstorming for everyone...I would suggest a tour of Mark Eatherton's underground lab/testing facility but he may have a say in it.

    We are looking forward to all of the great Wallies in our backyard. See you soon!
  • Metro Man
    Metro Man Member Posts: 220
    Things to do in the Bid D..

    Try;

    www.denver.org

    www.westword.com

    Colorado Division of Wildlife.

    Mountains are always great... explore. Watch afternoon storms! Spring time is rock and roll time if your at altitude... usually around 2:30 and after. Get going early is good advise. Temps can drop 30* quickly.

    Careful you may get hooked... the west is the best!

    Metro Man
  • Dave Stroman
    Dave Stroman Member Posts: 763


    There is a light rail station across the street from the hotel. It can take you to a large mall called Park Meadows Mall, or to downtown Denver. Downtown has the 16th Mall and lots of nice restaurants. Also walking distance to the captial, a few small museums, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. You will have to drive to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science- worth the visit. They also have an IMAX theater and a planetarium. The zoo is next door.

    In Colorado Springs there is a cog railway that goes to the top of Pike's Peak. There is gambling in Black Hawk/Central City. There is a place just west of town called Look Out Mountain. It over looks the entire city and has an interesting museum. Buffalo Bill Cody is buried there.

    There is a factory outlet mall in Castle Rock, only about 30 min. south of Denver. Wings Over the Rockies is a cool aircraft museum at the old Lowrey Airforce base.

    Dave Stroman
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  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    For the Wifes

    Send them to Boulder for the day. Nice little town with great shops all in a walking mall. Also try the Coors factory tour. A tour of a beer factory ... what else is there :)

    Also if you have the time go done to Breckenridge. Thats a Great Place to walk around.

    A trip up into the Mountains is Not To Be Missed.

    Scott

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  • Tom Hopkins
    Tom Hopkins Member Posts: 552
    Restaurants with Attachment

    People always say (think) that Denver doesn't have good restaurants. However, I think they are just chain jumping. After 25 years here, and A LOT of eating out, I made up a list of favorites for out of towners.

    Many of these have won Westword Newspaper and 5280 Magazine awards at some time. I went ahead and updated it today with websites where I could.

    My top 11 from the different cuisines are (cost from $ to $$$$):

    Italian: Pagliacci's $$$ (http://www.ipagliaccio.com/)

    Mexican: Taqueria Mi Pueblo $ (or) El Tepehaun $

    Middle East: Jerusalem $

    South American: Red Tango $$$ (or) Cafe Brazil $$$$ (they do take credit cards now)

    Japanese: Sushi Den $$$$ and/or Domo $$$

    "American": Racines $$, McCormicks $$$(which is a chain I think, but still very good), and Sloans $
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