Welcome to Denver, ATA!

The Colorado Translators Association is very excited to welcome our colleagues to Denver for the 2010 annual conference of the American Translators Association! We’ll be posting lots of insider tips to help you make the most of your stay in the Mile High City. On the “Topics” menu at the right, click on the category of tips you’re interested in. For example if you are looking for restaurants in Denver, click “Restaurants” and you will see all of the posts related to restaurants. See you a mile high in October!

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Blake Street Restaurant List

Blake Street, that intersects with the 16th Street Mall, has a row of great restaurants. Take the free shuttle bus or walk down to the Blake Street stop and explore the following restaurants (you may want reservations for some).

Marrakesh – “authentic Moroccan cuisine served in a beautiful environment” located at 1530 Blake Street, Denver, phone: 303.623.3133. http://www.houseofmarrakeshdenver.com/

ChoLon Bistro – new restaurant with former NY chef. Talk of the town, but not “expensive.” More info in this previous post. Asian-style menu. 1555 Blake Street, Denver, Tel 303.353.5223http://www.cholon.com/denver/

Organixx – eco-friendly, local, organic, they serve breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Located at 1520 Blake St, Denver, (303) 825-1550, http://organixxrestaurant.com/

Riod Grande – local favorite Mexican restaurant with well-loved margaritas. 1525 Blake Street, Denver, (303) 623-5432  http://www.riograndemexican.com/

Freshcraft– 20+ beers on tap and 120+ in bottle and the menu is “upscale comfort food” with sandwiches and salads too. Lunch and dinner served. Located at 1530 Blake Street, 303-758-9608. freshcraft.com

Savory Spice Shop

I have been going here to get my spices since before they became nationally famous (they have their own food show now!) and this place is awesome. You can find any spice you want and wonderful custom blends. Need cinnamon? They have about 5 kinds! Sold in special plastic bags or spice bottles (for easy packing). Take the free 16th Street Shuttle bus to the end past Market Street, and walk to Platte. Close to REI and the Colt & Gray restaurant.

Savory Spice Shop
1537 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202
Ph: (303) 477-3322
Toll Free: (888) 677-3322

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: 11-4
http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/

St Mark’s Coffee Shop

This place is a bit of a walk from the conference hotel, but sounds like a great coffee shop find and would be a fun walk to stretch your legs after conferencing! See this article for the inside scoop on St. Mark’s Coffee Shop in Denver.

St Mark’s Coffee House
2019 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO
Tel 303-322-8484

Click here: RedHeadRanting Article on Denver Coffee Shops

Denver History and More

Click on over  here to read some history and other tidbits about Denver, written by one of our CTA members, for your enjoyment.

Freshii

Freshii is a good lunch option near the conference hotel (open till early dinner time) that makes tasty wraps and bowls and has more interesting flavors (and more reasonable prices) than most chains.

Freshii in Republic Plaza
16th Street between Tremont and Court
http://www.freshii.com/
303 16th Street
Denver, Colorado
Tel: 303 825 3320
rp@freshii.com

Store Hours
Mon – Fri 7:00am to 6:00pm
Sat – Sun 9:00am to 5:00pm

To get to Republic Plaza food court, you access the food court from the 16th Street Mall by walking down a set of stairs to access it (it is near a Starbucks – though that doesn’t tell you much, since there are about 15 Starbucks downtown!).

Spas!

I had a request to give some suggestions for high-quality spas downtown, not far from the conference hotel. Here you go!

RENAISSANCE AVEDA SPA & SALON
Located at the gorgeous Hotel Monaco, this is a popular day spa.
http://www.denverspa.com/

THE SPA AT THE BROWN PALACE
The spa at the  Brown Palace is located in Denver’s oldest and most elegant hotel. This spa opened in 2006 in a space off the atrium lobby which once housed Turkish baths back in 1892. The spa’s special soaks draw natural spring water from the artesian well which has always provided water for this historic hotel. Waterfalls also form part of the spa’s decor.
http://www.brownpalace.com/

SPA UNIVERSAIRE
This spa has a highly-rated location within the conference hotel (the Hyatt Regency Denver).
http://www.spauniversaire.com/spa.htm
HYATT REGENCY LOCATION:
Phone 303.486.4575
Fax 303.486.4576
Fifth Floor of Hyatt Regency
email: spauniversaire@gmail.com

THE OXFORD CLUB
The Spa at the Oxford Hotel also comes highly recommended.
http://www.theoxfordhotel.com/spa.html

AVEDA INSTITUTE DENVER
Aveda has a school in downtown Denver and they offer discounted services. This is right on the 16th Street Mall and is very close to the conference hotel as well. Find out more information and book here:
http://www.avedaschooldenver.com/

The Peaks Lounge (great views!)

The Peaks Lounge is at the top of the Denver Hyatt Regency (the conference hotel) has a view not to be missed. The view is recommended by locals and visitors alike is one-of-a-kind.

The views from this perch are stunning and include the Mile High City and the surrounding Rocky Mountains from atop Hyatt Regency Denver at Peaks Lounge.

The lounge offers cocktails, light appetizers and desserts as well large wine and beer selections.

The Peaks Lounge at the Hyatt Regency