May 18 – 20 2018
How I Got There
Once again, I merged a work trip with a tralev trip. I was in Broomfield for GlueCon 2018. I flew into Denver airport from SFO and began my adventures following a couple of work meetings on Friday.
Where I Stayed
I stayed at the historic Brown Palace Hotel which is a part of the Marriott Autograph Collection. The Brown Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels that I have ever stayed at. It has regal decor and and old world charm. It has several wonderful restaurants and they even have a tea service in the lobby.
How I Got Around
Denver has a train connection from the airport directly downtown. It has a decent public transportation system that consists of rail and buses, including a very convenient free bus that runs along the main Mall. I did not rent a car, I spent most of my time downtown so I walked around everywhere. I took a few buses here and there and used Lyft for all other trips.
What I Did
I checked into the hotel in the afternoon and had lunch. I spent most of the day wrapping up work and had dinner at a Mexican restaurant across the street. On Saturday I had a Denver omelette (of course) for breakfast and then began to explore the city. I visited the Colorado history museum and the Denver art museum. Afterwards I walked around the capitol grounds and took photos. I then went to the museum of nature and science and afterward found my way to Union Station, bought way too many books, and had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants from North Carolina called Tupelo Honey. I was surprised and excited to see this place in Denver.
On Sunday, I slept in a bit and then had breakfast in the hotel. It was a pretty gloomy day, but I went to the botanical gardens (which is becoming a theme) and enjoyed a wide range of beautiful plants, flowers, and artwork. I planned on visiting the aquarium, but the line was too long. I ended up having a late lunch at Union Station and then made my way back to the airport for my flight home.
What Was The Fuss
Denver is a massive city with way too much to do in just a single weekend. It has always played an important role in the development of the western part of the United States and continues to be a center of industry, art, and culture in the West. I got a small taste of it during my brief visit but I can’t wait to go back in the future.