Looking forward to Denver in November

The board of the REA/APRRE just concluded our annual working retreat, and we held it in the same hotel in which we’ll be meeting in November, the Denver Renaissance. I’m happy to report that it’s a very comfortable hotel, and we enjoyed the food and the amenities.

I do want, however, to let you know why we chose this hotel. Some of you know that we worked very hard to try and find a hotel in downtown Denver. Given another major conference happening on the same dates, we could find nothing that we believed our members could afford. That left us looking for alternatives. The Denver Renaissance is a newly renovated hotel near Stapleton, which used to be the old airport. It’s actually closer to the Denver airport than is Denver, and there is a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel (free wifi, too!).

But even more interesting, just about a mile away is a substantial new community development (Stapleton) that was designed and built to be as eco-friendly as possible. This community has a small “main street” with individual shops, restaurants and a movie theater. It’s also a place you can visit via the complementary hotel van. Here are a few pictures to give you a sense:

downtown Stapleton, CO

downtown artwork stapleton, CO

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