By LINDSAY H. JONES
Hello from Denver!
We can’t wait to welcome you to the Mile High City.
As a Colorado native, and a resident of Denver for the last seven years, I am confident that Denver will have plenty to offer participants of the 2015 Association for Women in Sports Media convention.
The majority of the convention will take place in downtown Denver, which you will find to be a vibrant area full of restaurants, bars, shopping and recreation all within walking distance from the Grand Hyatt.
Just a block south of the hotel is the 16th Street pedestrian mall, with a free shuttle that runs from one end of downtown to the other, making transportation a breeze if you’re not up for walking.
Among the highlights of downtown:
– Coors Field: The home of the Colorado Rockies the centerpiece of Lower Downtown, and the Rockies are in town over Memorial Day weekend hosting the San Francisco Giants. If you happen to come in on Friday May 22, you can’t go wrong by buying a ticket. Coors Fields’ new party deck, which opened in 2014, is especially popular, and is a tremendous deal. It’s mostly standing-room-only up on the right field deck, but you’ll have your choice of multiple bars and concessions and amazing views of the mountains.
– Union Station: A couple blocks south of Coors Field, at the east end of Lodo is the recently remodeled Union Station. Denver is very proud of the revamped train station — for good reason. It is gorgeous inside and is full of restaurants and bars. You can’t go wrong if you head here for a happy hour drink or a meal.
– Riverfront Park: The South Platte River runs just to the east of downtown, and you can walk east past Union Station (across a very cool bridge over the train tracks) into Riverfront Park. This area has plenty of new high-end condos, restaurants, bars and a large park. From the park you can pick up both The Cherry Creek and South Platte trails. The Cherry Creek trail (accessible at other points on the south side of downtown as well) is a tremendous option for anyone looking to go running during their time in Denver.
– Breweries: Us Coloradans sure are proud of our local beer, and there are plenty of options to choose from in downtown Denver. Among my favorites, if you want to stay downtown and drink local: Great Divide (22nd and Arapahoe); Denver Beer Company (17th and Platte); Breckenridge Brewery (22nd and Blake). Falling Rock Tap House at 19th and Blake has Lodo’s best beer selection.
Other popular places to explore — but that will require a car — include Boulder, home of the University of Colorado, approximately 40 minute drive northwest, Golden/Morrison, home of Coors Brewery and Red Rocks Amphitheater, about 20 minutes west; Fort Collins, home of Colorado State, an hour north.
We can’t wait to see you here!
Lindsay H. Jones covers the NFL for USA Today.