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A new distraction has arrived at Denver International Airport, so if you find yourself waiting for a flight with a dead smartphone battery, cheer up: Here's something that will occupy your interest while you're in a social media blackout. (Shudder.)
The folks over at Airport World report that DEN just debuted this week one of the world’s newest television channels — its very own. The airport now has 30 screens dedicated to its own TV channel, which beams programming chockfull of Colorado-related news and information across the terminals and concourses. (Plus it includes some programming from the major networks too.)
It takes some serious time and effort to produce all those Christmas candies, and if you need a timeout from the holiday shopping and stress there’s a place where you can go right to the source. Over in Denver is Hammond’s Candies, and the folks there are still making plenty of stuff the old-fashioned way—including candy canes—and would love to show you around their place.
They have been making goodies and confections since like 1920, so we can only assume they know what they are doing at this point. There’s all kind of stuff to check out, and best of all the factory tours are totally free and open to the public.
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Following the stuffing, spending, and sleeping of the long holiday weekend it might be a good idea to get outdoors and move around a bit. Enter our buddies over at Southwest Airlines, as once again the carrier is sponsoring an outdoor skating rink just in time for the holiday season.
Last week was the opening day for the winter season, as the Southwest Rink at Denver’s Skyline Park is now doing its thing until February 16. The hours vary a little bit depending on the day of the week and any pesky holidays getting in the way, but for the most part you should be able to lace up your skates and hit the ice.
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Thankfully we can’t recall a time where we left something behind at the airport, but if you’re someone who has gone through your fair share of cell phone chargers the airport in Denver has you covered. The airport just brought their lost and found system online in hopes of reuniting travelers with their lost goodies.
At Denver International Airport all the lost items are collected and organized over in the Jeppesen Terminal on Level 5 near the International Arrivals. However, now the forgotten goods are available over at their website as well, so there’s no need to double-back to the airport to start your searching.
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So you probably know that Colorado has legalized marijuana—in all kinds of forms—for recreational use. However, you probably didn’t know that there’s a new place to acquire the state’s latest cash crop. It’s your rental car!
Okay—not really, but it does sound like unwanted marijuana has found a second home within the rental car garage. Most of the stuff is left behind at Denver International Airport right in the rental car, and sometimes it’s even offered up to the agents by those departing the state.
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In 2011, St. Louis Airport suffered a direct hit by an F-4 tornado, causing significant damage to the terminal buildings (but no deaths). The event was a reminder that as secure as an airport may be, it's never safe from the whims of Mother Nature, a lesson learned today by Denver International Airport.
Around 2.15pm local time, a tornado warning was issued for the area around Denver Airport. It didn't last longonly 40 minutesbut it was enough time for a funnel to form and touch down on the eastern runways of the airport, sending travelers scurrying into the tornado shelter, bathrooms, stairwells, storerooms and other more sheltered areas of Denver Airport.
Flights were delayed, of course, but the airport itself hasn't reported any damage or injuries. despite winds which reached 97mph.
In the meantime, social media once again proved the best reporting source of what exactly was going on at DIA, with amazing images of the live tornado such as these:
Last September, Denver coffee fiends rejoiced over the opening of Black Eye, a hip new coffeeshop in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lower Highland.
Housed in an old Coors tavern (which then became a barber shop, which then became a Mexican liquor store), the site's industrial past is now proudly referenced with tables made out of old barn doors, and daily menu specials scrawled onto a salvaged mirror. In short, Black Eye is a DIY masterpiece. But luckily, the appeal of this place goes way beyond Instagram-worthy decor.
Prior to the cafe's opening, co-owner Dustin Audet admitted he was routinely driving 30 minutes out of his way just to find a good cup of coffee. "The neighborhood needed a full-on, good coffee shop, and community space," he told us.
So that's exactly what he, along with two other co-owners built. Here's what we recommend ordering when you go:
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We’re pretty sure that when it comes to cities and their residents Southwest Airlines doesn’t want to play favorites, but that might not be the case when it comes to Denver. After all the city is the proud of home of the airline’s skating rink—Southwest Rink at Skyline Park—and now it looks like the airline is getting ready to shower the city with even more
First and foremost you’ve only got a couple more weeks if you’re looking to take a spin out on the rink. Winter isn’t coming to an end anytime soon—but the skating rink is—as the ice is no longer an option starting around Valentine’s Day. However, there’s still much to celebrate as the rink prepares for its final days in the Mile High City.
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When it comes to cute critters on the internet it’s hard to beat kitties, but we have to argue that bunnies might be able to give felines a run for their money. Unfortunately the bunnies we’re talking about aren’t 100 percent cute, as apparently the bunnies that call Denver International Airport home have a little bit of a mean streak.
There’s quite a few rabbits living in and around the airport, but they’re getting a little frisky when it comes to checking out parked cars at the airport. They are getting a little too friendly with the vehicles, as they’ve started to nibble and chew on some vital components—like wiring and brake lines.
The US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services is already on the case, as they’re promising to remove any of the critters that are doing the damage. However, it might be a good idea to leave some carrots outside your car when parking at DEN—you know, just in case.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
If you weren’t paying attention during the offseason, there was a pretty big move by one future hall of fame quarterback. Due to a nagging injury Peyton Manning kind of didn’t play during the 2011 season and, as a result, he packed his bags and moved away from Indianapolis. It was certainly the story of the offseason, but after all was said and done he decided to join the Denver Broncos.
We’re thinking that the Broncos will do fine without fan favorite Tim Tebow, and it’s likely that with Manning at the helm they’ll be back in the playoffs once again this season.
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We knew that Frontier was all about the sudsy stuff up in the air, but now it looks like their expanding their pride to other in-flight items. Frontier is pretty darn excited to be from Colorado, and they’re starting to share their pride with one and all. The best part is that they’re doing it right through the in-flight menu.
Of course nothing is free, but at least when you’re spending your digital dollars up in the air you’re getting something somewhat unique. Earlier this month Frontier added local options like Boulder Canyon Kettle Chips, Evol Burritos, and Mountain Man Almond Chocolate Cherry Crunch trail mix to its menu. That’s in addition to other Colorado options like Colorado Native Beer, Blue Moon, Fat Tire Amber Ale, and of course Coors Light.
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If you’re flying through—or heading to—Denver International Airport any time soon you might just notice something you haven’t ever seen before. The airport is planning to install some kind of high tech advertising screens, and apparently they’re the first to get these new slices of sales-y technology.
Technically they’re digital LED video curtains, and the plan is to install them all over the airport—with a focus in and around the security screening spots. They’ll also be hung from some of the elevator towers in the main terminal, where they can welcome visitors but also inform passengers of the best deals on airport parking. They’re super thin—truly like electronic curtains—and super large, as the new screens are around 26-feet diagonally.