October 2016 Around Town

Denver to Winter Park Ski Train Returning for 2016–17

After a seven-year hiatus, the ski train will operate from Denver Union Station to a new platform at Winter Park Ski Resort during ski season. The ski train previously ran from 1940 to 2009. It was discontinued in 2009 when it became too costly for a private operator to run. Amtrak is partnering with Winter Park to bring the train back. The Colorado Transportation Commission this week announced a $1.5 million grant to help build an ADA-compliant boarding platform and rail improvements at the ski area a few yards from the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel. CDOT was also studying the 2015 train ride to see if it would reduce traffic on the mountain corridor. CDOT said last winter that a ski train could take 450 to 500 vehicles off the I-70 corridor during peak traffic times during ski season. WinterParkResort.com

Westin Denver International Airport Hotel Unlocks a New Way to Stay with Starwood Preferred Guest’s Next Generation of SPG Keyless

The Westin Denver International Airport has joined a groundbreaking turning point in the hotel experience with the launch of SPG Keyless. SPG Keyless is the industry’s first truly mobile and keyless entry system that allows guests to use their smart phone as a key to their hotel room doors. All they need is an SPG account and the SPG app. In this updated product being launched by Westin Denver International Airport, SPG is also expanding mobile check-in capabilities on the SPG app.

“We are excited to be among the first of the next generation of Starwood brand hotels to offer the convenience and flexibility of SPG Keyless to our guests,” said Tom Curley, general manager of The Westin Denver International Airport.  “It seems only fitting that this world-class hotel also leads the trend among hotels to provide this world-class service and technology to its busy, tech-savvy travelers.” WestinDenverAirport.com

Post Chicken & Beer Opening Late Fall 2016 in Denver

Post Chicken & Beer will open at 2200 South Broadway in October 2016. A close cousin of The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette, the restaurant will be the second Post Chicken & Beer; the first is located at 1258 S. Hover Rd. in Longmont and opened in January 2016 under the name GoodBird Kitchen.

Post Chicken & Beer Rosedale will serve the trademark Colorado-style fried and roasted chicken and medal-winning beers in a mountain-meets-roadhouse setting. Dave Query and his team took possession of the former 4 G’s Mexican Restaurant on August 1. Renovations began immediately upon taking possession of the building. PostBrewing.com

Launching of FreeHouse in Lyons, CO

FreeHouse is a vacation rental website for off-the-grid properties in Colorado and beyond. In a world of constant connectivity, it’s becoming more important than ever to take vacations where one can hang a virtual “Do Not Disturb” sign. FreeHouse caters directly to the backcountry enthusiast who wants to travel off the grid. Each listing on the FreeHouse website is illustrated by a scale of how rustic, remote and unplugged the property is. The description lists the elevation, as well as how accessible the property is—in each season—by vehicle, skiing, hiking or biking in. This allows travelers who are seeking freedom from their normal routine to carefully select their off-the-grid retreat. FreeHouse represents the feeling of freedom one gets when visiting places that take travelers away from the familiar.
“FreeHouses are free of outside infrastructure, self-sufficient, off-the-grid and remote,” says Jason. “A vacation is all about freedom from daily life. A FreeHouse is a place to truly disconnect and find a genuine escape.” DiscoverFreeHouse.com

Roadhouse Boulder Depot Supports Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance with Charitable Donation Program

Roadhouse Boulder Depot, a landmark Boulder dining destination and proponent of supporting the local community is helping improve mountain biking trails, support responsible riding and promote trail access advocacy with a donation program benefiting The Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance (BMA). The restaurant will donate $1 to the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance for every BMA Burger, Sanitas Saison Beer and Bicicleta Wine sold. In addition to the Roadhouse Boulder Depot donations, their parent company, Roadhouse Hospitality Group will match the donations dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. “The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance would not have the positive impact on our trails and extensive public outreach without the help of valuable partners like Roadhouse Boulder Depot and Roadhouse Hospitality Group,” said Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Executive Director, Steve Watts. “We’re extremely thankful for their assistance in spreading the BMA message and helping to build better trails for the Boulder community.” RoadhouseBoulderDepot.com