September 9-13, 2017


Excursion Sign Up Sheet    Cost depends on number of members who sign up for the excursion.


Wynkoop Brewery Tour   6pm (depart hotel at 5:35pm)

Cost: $5-$10

Within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt

Opening in 1988, Wynkoop Brewing Company has been a pioneer in the American beer landscape. The first craft brewery in Colorado, Wynkoop put Colorado on the path to becoming the craft beer heaven it is today. The brewery tour will take you behind the scenes to see how it all happens and features tastings along the way! Situated across the street from Union Station and steps from Coors Field, the brewery is in the heart of the city where activities abound.



Hiking Excursion-Matthews/Winters Park   3:30pm shuttle departure

COST: $20-$30 (depending on number of participants)

A creek that winds past wild plum and willow trees greets visitors to Matthews/Winters Park, offering a bucolic setting for picnickers and a starting point for reaching the City of Denver’s Red Rocks Park by trail. Across County Road 93, the Hogback offers a different recreation experience, with a steep climb up to the hulking ridge between plains and foothills.



Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center is a neighboring attraction, providing interpretation for the dinosaur tracks imprinted on the eastern face of the Hogback. The property was also home to the Town of Mount Vernon, a gateway to mining regions to the west and briefly the capital of the Jefferson Territory. The town disappeared as Colorado’s political and economic hub shifted to Denver in the 1870s and 1880s.

Today Matthews/Winters is a vibrant recreation hub, with limited parking during peak hours in the early evenings and on weekends. Please refer to the park map for hiker & equestrian-only and biker-only trails.

See park map below: 

Trail Name


Elevation Gain and Loss


Dakota Ridge

2.2 miles

+118' / -939'

Narrow, sometimes steep trail that follows the hogback ridgeline; spectacular views.

Morrison Slide

1.2 miles

+584' / -542'

Numerous switchbacks; nice city view from plateau.

Red Rocks

2.8 miles

+515' / -918'

Exposure to elements; view of Red Rocks.

Village Ride




Village Walk

0.9 miles

+197' / -210'

Mt. Vernon historical town site; picnic area; view of hogback and Red Rocks.



(6:30 pm reservations for up to 20 people)

1. La Loma: A Mexican Kitchen-Melissa

La Loma began as a family-owned Mexican restaurant in a small brick house and is currently located in the heart of downtown across from the historic Brown Palace. The family created a menu of Tex-Mex and Mexican favorites that showcased the flavors of the Southwest, featuring award-winning dishes like their renowned green chili, signature margaritas, and fresh tortillas, which are made on display in the dining room. La Loma’s famed barrel-aged tequila is still in the bar, and the atmosphere continues to be cozy and warm, welcoming parties of any size to enjoy their favorite dishes.

2. Stout Street Social-Carolee

A hip eclectic setting offering small plates or large, sushi and fresh seafood, healthful salads and hearty entrees. The bar boasts over 40 craft beers on tap, creative cocktails and a well rounded list of approachable wines.

3. Euclid Hall Kitchen & Bar-Kenli

An American tavern featuring high quality and innovative pub food from around the world including housemade sausages, poutines and schnitzels. An award-winning beer selection, wine on tap and creative cocktails drives the beverage program.


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Local Attractions/Fun Things to Do

16th Street Mall • Botanic Gardens • Children’s Museum • Clyfford Still Museum • Colorado Convention Center • Coors Field (Colorado Rockies) • Denver Aquarium • Denver Art Museum • Denver Center for the Performing Arts • Denver Mint • Denver Museum of Nature and Science • Denver Pavilions • Denver Zoo 

16th Street Mall:  Built in 1982, the Mall is a tree-lined, pedestrian promenade of red-and-gray granite that runs through the center of Downtown and is lined with outdoor cafes, renovated historic office buildings, sparkling glass-walled skyscrapers, shops, restaurants and retail stores. Numerous fountains and plazas offer a variety of daily special events and entertainers. Free shuttle buses cruise the mile-long Mall seven days a week.

16th Street Fair:  The16th Street Fair is an annual celebration of fine art, handcrafted goods, and the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver. Take a stroll along the 16th Street Mall to enjoy a showcase of emerging artists and designers, producing original and unique handmade goods, in a wide array of media. This is Downtown Denver’s premier art and craft festival located in the city center along the busiest pedestrian street in the State.            

Bike Tours: Mile High Bike Tours is Denver's premier guided bicycle tour operator. Tours provide you with a unique and personal experience as we navigate along riverside bike paths, city bike lanes and neighborhood streets. During the bike tour you will visit diverse public art, important government buildings, beautiful parks, distinct architecture, professional sports arenas and so much more. The tours are approximately 10 miles in distance and 2.5 - 3 hours long on flat, easy terrain. "This is definitely one of the best things to do in Denver."

Denver Botanic Gardens: One of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city, offering year-round events, Mordecai Children’s Garden, lifelong learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources.