While the snow that began falling in October defines Colorado for many, the state's myriad outdoor attractions have year-round appeal. On the hotel front, the Gaylord Rockies (above) debuts next month in Aurora, the latest in a long line of top-notch luxury and convention properties.
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TAXES: Room tax in Aurora, 8%; sales tax, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%
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As part of a $3.3 billion revamp of Denver International Airport, the white-tented Jeppesen Terminal is welcoming some new local restaurants and shops in its 1.5 million-square-foot Great Hall. First to open will be Denver's own Post Brewing Co. The airport also is adding a total of 39 new gates across its three concourses.
• Opening next month, a quick ride from Denver International Airport, is the 1,501-room Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. The complex's 485,000 square feet of meeting space will feature a 175,000-square-foot exhibit hall and a 20,000-square-foot outdoor patio, four ballrooms, 81 breakout rooms and five outdoor event areas. F&B offerings will include Italian, Asian fusion, American and a steak house. A Relache Spa & Fitness Center, retail shopping, an indoor/outdoor pool and a lazy river also will be on-site.
The 201-room Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop
, part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, has debuted in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. The hotel's 6,900 square feet of meeting space features floor-to-ceiling windows.
The 1,231-room Sheraton Denver Downtown,
Colorado's largest hotel, has been sold. The property, which has 133,000 square feet of meeting space, will be renovated.
• Medical meetings have become a specialty of the 249-room Hyatt Regency Aurora Denver, near the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and 36,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space.
Group properties include the 287-room Radisson Hotel Denver-Aurora, 250-room Doubletree by Hilton Denver-Aurora, 249-room Hyatt Regency Aurora Denver, 238-room Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park, 151-room Cambria Hotel Denver International Airport and 124-room Residence Inn Denver Airport.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit Northstar Meeting Group's new venue finder.
WINTER IS COMING
The 68-room Beaver Creek Lodge
has benefited from early-season snow and a redesign, to be unveiled this month. The slopeside inn is now part of Marriott's Autograph Collection.
Set in a hangar on the former Lowry Air Force Base, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum houses such classics as a B-52 Stratofortress and a F-104 Starfighter. Groups of 20 to 3,500 are welcome. (303) 360-5360
Restaurants, a designer winery, a beer hall and an ice cream parlor are just some tenants of the mixed-use Stanley Marketplace. Inside the 1954 former home of Stanley Aviation is the 18,500-square-foot Hangar, which holds 1,500 for a reception. The five-acre Field at Stanley, one of three outdoor spaces, offers festival grounds and a sports field. (720) 588-2500
Aurora is home to two iterations of Peak to Peak Tap & Brew, a restaurant and taproom that began serving Colorado's top craft beers in 2014 before starting to concoct their own ales in 2017. Today, options include delicious brews such as Peak's Chaos Creek Lager and Chocopocalypse Milk Stout, which are paired with salads, sandwiches and bar snacks. The original location hosts up to 88 people, and the second holds 50. (720) 446-8714
Getting Here and There
Denver International Airport, about 15 miles from downtown Aurora. Transfer cost by taxi, $42; by Lyft and Uber, $28; by shuttle, $25