Spring JEA Journalism Convention
April 15-19, 2015
· Learning sessions
· Keynote speakers
· JEA’s on-site Write-off contests
· Exhibit hall with vendors
· Wed—travel to Denver
· Fri/Sat-attend convention
· Sun-travel home
A Weekend In Denver (Possible sightseeing opportunities)
16th Street Mall
The first day is a good day to walk around LoDo, Larimer Square, explore the 16th Street Mall, and generally get your bearings. Start the day at the 16th Street Mall at Wazee Street. Designed in 1982 by I.M. Pei, the 16th Street Mall is a mile-long pedestrian promenade lined with outdoor cafes and retail shops. Free shuttles run the length of the mall stopping at every intersection making it easy to cover a lot of ground quickly.
Rockmount Ranch Wear
1626 Wazee St. A Denver original, fashion pioneer Papa Jack Weil invented the western snap-button shirt and opened shop back in 1946. He sold his shirts to presidents and rock stars alike including Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen.
1628 16th St. The Tattered Cover is one of the nation's largest and most well known independent bookstores and often hosts signings by some of the literary world's most famous authors.
Exploring LoDo (Lower Downtown)
Day or night, LoDo is a must see. By day, this historic 28-square-block area of restored Victorian buildings and renovated turn-of-the-century warehouses makes for an interesting study in architecture. No trip through LoDo would be complete without at least peeking through the gates of Coors Field (2001 Blake St.) If baseball is a passion, taking in a tour or game is definitely in order.
Larimer St., between 14th and 15th Sts. Denver's oldest block is also it's most trendy. The shops and boutiques of Larimer Square carry the latest fashions from New York to Milan.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts
1311 Pearl St. Take in the Kirkland Museum's collection of 20th-century decorative arts. On display is more than 3,300 works of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstatte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, and Pop Art. Additionally, a major survey of Colorado art history is documented with over 170 artists represented by more than 700 works with a strong focus on the first thee quarters of the 20th Century.
Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St. No trip to Denver would be complete without a stop by the house of its most famous prospector, Molly Brown. Margaret "Molly" Brown gained wealth during Denver's gold rush days and fame as a Titanic survivor, earning her the nickname "Unsinkable Molly." This historic turn-of-the-century mansion contains original furnishings and mementos including furniture, china, silver, artwork, photographs and textiles. Her adventurous travels often overshadowed her philanthropic and political contributions and the Molly Brown House is a great place to learn about all facets of the woman and the times in which she lived.
Dinner in Uptown
Colfax Ave. forms Uptown’s southern boundary, while 20th St. creates its northern border. York St. and Broadway border Uptown to the east and west, respectively. Close to City Park lies a neighborhood filled with numerous dining choices - Uptown.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park
18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison Aside from being a geological wonder 70 million years in the making, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the world's most famous concert sites and a must see for any music enthusiast. Trails surrounding the concert venue, and a spectacular view of the plains make it a perfect place for moderately challenging hikes. There are also dinosaur tracks and fossil fragments dating back 160 million years to captivate geologist and students alike.
Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
987 1/2 Lookout Mountain, Golden William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody epitomized the Old West. After leaving his boyhood home in Leavenworth, Kansas at age 11, he went on to become a cattle herder, worked on a wagon train, mined for gold, rode in the Pony Express, scouted for the Army, and traveled the world with the Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows.
3000 E. First Ave. Cherry Creek North and Cherry Creek Shopping Center make up Denver's preeminent shopping and dining district. Cherry Creek North is a 16-block shopping and dining extravaganza and home to more than 320 independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas. Adjacent to Cherry Creek North is the upscale Cherry Creek Mall with an additional 160 brand name stores that when added together create the largest, most diverse shopping district between Chicago and San Francisco.
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202