Monday, January 17, 2011

Exploring Downtown Denver plus Framing Art Quilts

A number of quilt artists are planning to attend SAQA's Visioning Conference in Denver, CO next May 19-22 in Denver, CO. I had that very much in mind on my visit to downtown Denver earlier this month. The Conference is at The Brown Palace Hotel.

Here are some useful pieces of information to keep in mind as the conference approaches.
  • The Brown Palace Hotel is located on 17th St. One block away is the 16th St. Mall which stretches for 16 blocks and has a seemingly continuous free shuttle running its length. I never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a shuttle to transport me quickly from one end of the mall to the other. This opened up all sort of possibilities for restaurants and shopping. SAQA has arranged discount hotel rates at the Comfort Inn that is connected to the Brown Palace. However, if you are unable to stay there, there are many hotels located off the mall that are convenient, given the shuttle. I stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn on 17th St. and the staff was unusually helpful.
  • I would be remiss not to mention what quickly became my favorite restaurant that is located just off the mall. Rioja is highly rated and difficult to get reservations for, but very much worth the effort. Their website describes the cuisine as "featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean ingredients and influenced by local and seasonal products." I was able to eat there twice - I had to go back a second time for more of their Apple Basil Soup. Both times it was a meal to remember and quite reasonably priced.
  • A good website for summary information on downtown Denver is which lays out clearly city transportation, shopping, and airport transportation.
I suspect that all of us who are attending the SAQA Conference will find more than enough to keep us busy!

One Last Thing on Framing Art Quilts

I was just web browsing and found this reference for simple frames with glass and without mats. Thought it might be of interest as it seems there are always on-going discussions of how to hang quilt art. I know some people like to use glass and some don't. If this is of interest to you, here is the link.


    1. Thank you, Judy for sharing all of your research on the Denver area! This will be a great help! I can't wait!

    2. Thanks so much for this post! I am heading to Denver on 5/9 for a quick trip and plan to stay one night at the Brown Palace Hotel. I appreciate all this information as it will assist in planning evening activities.