Category Archives: Don't Miss It!

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


Fun Food Downtown

Here are some indulgences for taking a break during the conference (or hanging out with colleagues at midnight – you know you want too!)

Denver now has a Pinkberry – the trendy yogurt place with exotic and interesting flavors. It is very close to the conference hotel, so check it out when you need a little break or “fun food”.

Pinkberry 16th Street Mall
1600 Glenarm Pl 130
Denver, CO 80202
P 303 592 7465
Sun – Thurs 11 AM – 11 PM
Fri + Sat 11 Am – 12 AM on 16th Street

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory ( has high quality chocolates that you can buy by the pound so you can buy just one for your chocolate craving, or a bunch to take back home. (My weakness is their peanut butter chocolate sticks!)

There are two locations downtown.

Rocky Mt Chocolate Factory – in The Pavillions
500 16th St, Denver, Colorado – (303) 629-5500
(The Pavilions is a big outdoor mall complex on 16th Street that spans several blocks, you can’t miss it!). This is quite near the hotel.

Rocky Mt Chocolate Factory at Writer’s Square
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Writer’s Square, 1512 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202
Tel: 1-800-322-2854 or (local) 303-623-1887
This location is on the 16th Street Mall, right near the shuttle stop at 16th and Larimer, in Writer’s Square.

Sanfe Fe Cookie Co (aka “The Cookie Lady)
She is open from 10am to 3pm and has been called the “best secret cookie place in Denver.” Check out for more info and to see a photo.

The deal is, 3 great cookies for $1 on the honor system: just stick a buck in the bucket (or change on the counter). My friends say it’s “YUM!” and that the cookies go fast!

To get to the Cookie Lady in the 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 – thought that doesn’t tell you much, since there are about 15 Starbucks downtown!). The Cookoie Lady is next to the card shop AvantCard.

REI Denver Flagship Store

If you are at all into exploring the outdoors (and even if you are not), you will want to check out REI’s Denver Flagship store. It is three floors of outdoor gear and apparel housed in the historic and restored 1901 Denver Tramway building. It is a very cool place to visit, on the Platte River and near bike trails and with a great view of the city (and near a great lunch place, Mona’s).

You can get there by taking the free 16th Street Shuttle almost there and then walking down to Platte, and then over to 15th (or walk all the way up 15th if you are looking for more of a challenge).

REI Denver Flagship Store
1416 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 756-3100
M-F 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Red Rocks

Red Rocks is not located in downtown Denver, but is a gorgeous and special place just outside Denver limits (you’d need a car or bus) that you should not miss if you have any extra time outside of the conference schedule. Red Rocks is a world-famous park and amphitheater that offers concerts, hiking, biking and unparalleled sightseeing any time of year. For photos that will knock your socks off visit their website.

For help on getting the most out of your visit, check out Red Rocks’ Tourist Info Services. To see everything you can do at Red Rocks, visit their main website for the venue is here.

Little Man Ice Cream

Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th Street
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-3811

One thing about Denver is, at the end of October when the ATA Conference takes place, it could be snowing and 25 degrees, or it could be sunny and 75 degrees! Either way, Little Man Ice Cream, across the pedestrian bridge to the Highlands neighborhood from downtown is totally worth it.

This place is a hoot – it is a boutique ice cream shop with divine flavors housed in a custom-made, giant old-fashioned milk jug. I don’t know the stats, but it is something like 40 feet high. You have to see it (and taste it!) to believe it. Check out their website to see a photo, and snow or sun, try to check it out during your visit to Denver.

Iconic Stores in Downtown Denver

Rockmount Ranch Wear Manufacturing Company
1626 Wazee Street
This store is the retail branch of this famous manufacturer of western wear, who provides duds to the rich and famous as well as the working cowboy, and the rest of us in between.

The Tattered Cover Book Store
1628 16th Street
One of the largest independent book stores in the country, a reader’s delight. A pleasure to visit and browse, as well as find lots of books you will want to buy.

Cry Baby Ranch
1421 Larimer Square
Find cool, Western-theme gifts and collectibles that are hip and attractive. One of a kind store that is a must-see.

All of these stores are accessible using the 16th Street Shuttle and/or walking.

Gateaux: Pastries in Denver

This well-loved pastry shop is a little bit of a walk from the 16th Street Mall, but worth it. Known for its pastries and cakes, you can find it at:

1160 Speer Blvd
Denver, CO