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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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Of course the majority of the holidays have come and gone, but that just means we need something new to entertain us until the spring and summer warmth returns. There's still plenty of special winter beers and brews to sample, so here’s our picks for three festivals from which to take a sip or two this January.
Columbus Winter Beerfest – Columbus, Ohio
It’s January 11-12 for this year’s edition of the Columbus Winter Beerfest over at the Columbus Convention Center. Two nights mean even more beers, as organizers are promising over 60 breweries, more than 300 craft beers, and 10,000 hop heads enjoying each and every sip and sample.
Regular admission sets you back $35 per person, and that’ll get you a sampling cup and a generous allotment of tasting tickets—25 to be specific. The list of beers is still a work in process, but we’d expect some local options like Barley’s, Columbus Brewing Company, and Four Strings Brewing to make an appearance.
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Everyone enjoys a good airplane livery—especially us—so we were pretty excited to hear that Southwest Airlines was busy gussying up another plane to add to its collection. In the past Southwest has painted planes to look like Shamu and even a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, but this month they’re celebrating yet another state with the special design.
As the airline says, they’re now showing off their “LUV” for Colorado. The plane is one of their Boeing 737-700s done up in a creative version—and interpretation—of the Colorado state flag. The plane was shown off for the first time last week, and even the governor of the state and the mayor of Denver were on hand to check out the big bird for the first time.
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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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The summer is fully underway, and if you’re anything like us the warm weather has you yearning for a frosty adult beverage. Thankfully breweries large and small have already read our minds, and they're pumping out pints of the finest summer ales and lagers. While there are plenty of places to indulge in a few summery sips, here’s three summer beer festivals worth the price of admission:
Summertime Brews Festival
It gets pretty darn toasty down in North Carolina, so what better way to cool down than with a few cold ones in Greensboro. To celebrate the season, both tourists and locals alike will be hitting the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Saturday, July 14 for what organizers bill as the state’s favorite beer festival. The fun runs from 2:30pm to 8pm which is plenty of time to learn a little but about craft beers, and to indulge in one too many.
The festival will offer up unlimited samples and sips from over 50 different breweries, and of course there will be plenty of music, food, and other entertainment to keep everyone upbeat and happy. Tickets to this year’s event will set you back $30 if you order online in advance, but if you are having a little analysis paralysis about attending there just might be $35 options available at the gate. Thomas Creek Brewery, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, and Boone Brewing Company are just some of the vendors prepared to provide plenty of samples—cheers!
It's 72 and sunny right now in New York City and promising to reach 80 by week's end, with the midwest enjoying up to 85. Not only are the high temperatures crazy, but they're shocking. Will weather crash in April, bringing back cold temps? We doubt it, but we're not putting away our leather gloves quite yet.
Instead, it's time to start planning winter hotspot getaways for 2013. Deep breath.
If you live in a major US city, it may seem as though everybody and their moms took off for Aspen, Colorado in the last few weeks. During this time, The Daily's Robert Sevilla and Joni Milne grabbed their cameras and pieced together shots of a sort of "ski rush hour." This is peak season, this is the time of year to aim to go to Aspen next year, and this is what it looks like when you do.
It's only mid-March and already we're nostalgic for winter weather. Sigh.
If you didn’t already hear about the latest tourism campaign from Fruita, Colorado, then we’ll fill you in. Local officials thought it was pretty darn clever to promote the town with a WTF—Welcome to Fruita—sticker. Well it sounds like they were all ready to send the graphics off to Kinko’s for printing and distribution, but some town residents had a little WTF moment themselves and now the party is over before it even began.
A local group initially made like 500 of the stickers and they kind of took off, and that’s when the town decided to jump onto the WTF bandwagon. Unfortunately now that the tourism board has had some time to think things over, the idea is out. The decision comes at a perfect time, however, since the next move would have been installing a billboard along the interstate that proudly exclaimed Welcome to Fruita—the abbreviated version—to passing motorists.
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Volunteers in Colorado are helping to build a completely new hiking trail, called the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), that stretches from Mexico to Canada and across Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Volunteers with the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA)based in Golden, Coloradodig out the trail, clear vegetation and move huge boulders and trees from the established route.
If forging a new trail sounds like a New Year's resolution you'd like to make, CDTA is already lining up volunteers for next season, which runs from April to October. Volunteer trips can last from one day to one week and include trail building, maintaining the existing trail, helping the crew chefs prepare meals, and participating in educational outreach programs. Trip leaders provide all gear, food and water, while volunteers bring their own tents, sleeping bags and day packs.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Southwest Airlines, and we’re not just talking about their plans to giveaway free holiday photos and Santa snapshots. Now the holiday spirit is moving to the Mile High City, as the airline and the city is bringing back the Rink at Skyline Park for the 2011 season.
Denver already has its own Southwest Porch—complete with pizzas and drinks—but now the rink is back to help you burn off some of those mozzarella induced calories. The skating is open to one and all, as long as you can get yourself over to 16th and Arapahoe streets.
Mark your calendars for a trip to Colorado in 2014 as plans for the next large, public art project by Christo finally moves forward.
This is a huge deal, not just for fans of Christo and modern art in general, but for Denver, Coloradans, tourists to the state and anyone who enjoys experiencing the great outdoors. Christo, in case you've forgotten the massive "Gates" installation in Central Park, is an artist who typically wraps or covers areas or landmarks in fabric. A personal favorite is his wrapped Reichstag. The project in CO, howeverOver the Riverwould stretch some 6 miles of translucent silver fabric over the Arkansas River.
Yesterday "Over the River" received the OK from federal officials and now the plan is off to state and local authorities before work may begin. Naturally we're already imagining rafting down the river and hiking along it, Christo's creation above our heads.
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The granddaddy of all beer festivals is taking place later this month in Denver. It's the Great American Beer Festival and it runs from September 29 and October 1. There’s not just a few hundred beers and breweries here either, as this sucker will have more than 450 brewers in attendance with over 2,000 beers. There are four sessions spread across the three days of the year’s festival, and whichever one you pick is going to be a winner.
Hold on a sec. It's not just about guzzling either; this festival goes way above and beyond the traditional beer festival by including an on-site beer enthusiast bookstore, discussions from the American Homebrewers Association, and a farm-to-table pavilion. Expect plenty of samples from CAUTION: Brewing Company, Del Norte Brewing Company, and Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, along with plenty of options from outside Colorado.