Published on : Saturday, September 6, 2014
New activities, events, culinary offerings and more are the buzz this winter in Colorado. Throughout the state, visitors and locals are invited to experience what’s new. From major anniversaries including Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th, to museum exhibits such as the world-wide exclusive of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, and the restoration of historic landmarks with the opening of the much-anticipated Union Station in Denver, Colorado is the place to be this fall and winter for all things innovative and fun.
Following is a sampling of what’s new in Colorado. For more information on Colorado or for a free copy of the 2014 Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com.
New Attractions and Activities:
Denver’s Union Station. Officially opened on July 26, 2014, Denver’s Union Station is set to become the “Grand Central Terminal” of Colorado. The Station includes 13 new restaurant and retail outlets and the luxurious new 112-room Crawford Hotel. Retailers and restaurants include Stoic & Genuine, a seafood restaurant from James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Jennifer Jasinski; The Kitchen Next Door Community Pub, an extension of the Boulder restaurant; European-style Mercantile Dining & Provision from 2010 Food & Wine Best New Chef Alex Seidel of Fruition; Snooze, A.M. Eatery serving breakfast and lunch; Tattered Cover Book Store, the Milkbox Ice Creamery, Acme Burger & Brat Corporation, Pigtrain Coffee, The Cooper Lounge, The Terminal Bar, Bloom, 5 Green Boxes and Fresh Exchange.
The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Reopening.After a 16-month closure to rebuild due to a wildfire that demolished 90 percent of the park, The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park re-opened its gate to the public Labor Day weekend 2014, to showcase the completion of a brand new 14,500-foot Visitor Center and to allow visitors to walk or drive across one of the world’s highest suspension bridges. The park is on track to have a Grand Opening celebration spring 2015 when more buildings and attractions are available.
Woodward Copper Barn Becomes Teen Hub. New this winter, The Woodward Copper Barn transforms into the hub for all teen lessons. Ages 13 to 18 of any skill level will begin their day with Copper Ski and Ride School at The Woodward Copper Barn adding foam pits and trampolines to their experience.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort’s Skijoring Lessons. Starting January 2015, St. Regis Aspen Resort invites guests to em“bark” on the sport of skijoring with private lessons in Aspen. The St. Regis Aspen has partnered with a certified professional dog trainer to assist in training guests, and their dogs, in the art of skijoring. Those traveling without a dog have the opportunity to skijor with an adoptable pooch on loan from the Aspen Animal Shelter. A portion of proceeds goes towards the operating costs of the shelter.
Winter Fat Bike Tours with Breck Bike Guides. Huge, low-pressure tires make these specialty bikes perfect for riding all winter long. Join the staff at Breck Bike Guides for a snowy cruise from their downtown shop. Try out the winter legs on a mellow loop or go big with an all-day adventure. Weather just not cooperating? Breck Bike Guides’ brand-new spin studio is perfect for high altitude cycle training no matter what conditions Mother Nature brings.