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RIMS 2014 Denver insiders' recommendations


Denver, the host city for the 2014 Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. Conference & Exhibition, offers visitors plenty of attractions, fine restaurants and proximity to several getaway destinations within a few hours by car. Business Insurance polled a group of local risk management and insurance professionals for inside scoops and recommendations of their favorite activities, dining spots and quick getaways.

Steven Levine, director of risk management, U.S. Olympic Committee

Dining: Tamayo at 14th and Larimer streets for their roasted corn chowder; Cherry Cricket in the Cherry Creek shopping area for an amazing burger; Snooze for a decadent breakfast.

Attractions: Rent a bike and enjoy the miles upon miles of bike paths throughout the area; Boulder, Colo., provides beautiful scenery and the walkable Pearl Street Mall; Red Rocks amphitheater in Morrison, Colo.

Getaway: Drive south to Manitou Springs, Colo., for lunch and to climb the 2,000-foot elevation incline.

Carter E. Boardman, director of contracts and risk management, Merrick & Co.

Dining: Jax's Fish House, DOMO Restaurant (authentic Japanese) and Brewery Bar II (authentic Mexican).

Attractions: Molly Brown House Museum and Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

Getaway: Estes Park, Colo., a beautiful little town nestled in the Rocky Mountains with Rocky Mountain National Park as its backdrop. See the elk wandering through the town and get a caramel apple form Laura's.

Scott D. Collins, director of risk management, Digital First Media

Dining: Breakfast: Snooze, the best breakfast fare in Denver. Saturday or Sunday Brunch/Dinner: The Root Down with excellent local fresh fare. Dinner: Domo — delicious country Japanese restaurant near downtown.

Attractions: Great museums like the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Art Museum. Afterward, sample some microbrews at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, Great Divide Brewery or The Falling Rock Taphouse.

Getaway: Head to Boulder, Colo., for a beautiful day hike in the Flatirons.

Ondrea Matthews, director of riskmanagement and benefits, CoorsTek Inc.

Dining: Linger and Osteria Marco. I always recommend Linger for its diverse food and eclectic history … it used to be a mortuary! Osteria Marco puts you in the middle of Larimer Square with affordable, delicious options.

Attractions: Mile High and Red Rocks. Did you know you could take a tour of Sports Authority Field at Mile High?

Getaway: A quick drive with maximum views can be found by heading up I-70 to Lookout Mountain. Stop at the overlook at Buffalo Bill's grave for amazing views.

Ray Sibley, director of risk management, City and County of Denver

Dining: Good meals have to have both good food and a great beer selection: Fresh Craft (Blake Street), Euclid Hall (14th Street, Larimer square) and Cheeky Monk (Colfax Avenue).

Attractions: Red Rocks. Denver cultural venues: Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo. Or just walk around downtown or Lodo.

Getaway: Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, Estes Park, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak.

Gloria Brosius, director of risk management and insurance programs, FCC Services Inc.

Dining: Ted's Montana Grill for outstanding bison; Elway's in Cherry Creek for a wonderful dining experience and great food.

Attractions: The Red Rocks Amphitheater — beautiful natural amphitheater. Lookout Mountain — fabulous views of Denver and the front range from north to south.

Getaway: Estes Park, Colo., offers mountain scenery and small town charm. While there, be sure to tour the Stanley Hotel, the setting for the movie The Shining.

Teresa Spencer, senior director, global risk management, IHS Inc.

Dining: Osteria Marco; The Kitchen; Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge.

Attractions: Downtown Aquarium; Washington Park (aka “Wash Park”), 165-acre park in urban Denver; 16th Street Mall — outdoor pedestrian mall in the heart of Denver.

Getaway: Red Rocks Amphitheater. A great venue for music and entertainment, in addition to walking trails, a trading post and beautiful views of the red rock formations and Denver.

Rick Dingman, director of enterprise risk management, IMA Inc.

Dining: Breakfast: Rialto Café; Lunch: Southern Hospitality; Dinner: Bistro Vendome; Late Night: Tom's Urban 24.

Attractions: Denver Art Museum. If you're into whiskey: Stranahan's Whiskey Tour. If you're into beer, Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Getaway: A great day trip is to head south on U.S. Route 285 through South Park, Colo., (yes that one) to Fairplay, Colo., where you are surrounded by all the 14ers in the President's Range.