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Denver - Let's Ride the Waves & Visit the Mountains

Time for another vacation, but this time, let's get away and take in the beautiful nature of Denver, Colorado, explore the village of Estes Park, and hike through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Or, how about white water rafting, horseback riding, or zip lining through the mountains? 

Travel Itinerary:

Saturday - Tuesday (Frontier Airlines)
Saturday: Depart 6:10am - Arrive 7:07am
Tuesday: Depart 8:20pm - Arrive 11:07pm

We will lodge at the Marriott at Gateway Park. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, free on-site parking, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, fitness center, and more. Unfortunately, there is no free breakfast option (buffet $15pp).

ATTENTION: The poll is now closed, and below are the votes. The main itinerary, will be geared around "majority rule". But, don't fret, there will be free time set aside for you to do things that you want to do on your own

• White Water Rafting – 11 votes
• Horseback Riding – 12 votes
• Ziplining – 6 votes
• Kayaking in Confluence Park – 7 votes
• Bike rental/Downtown shopping – 6 votes
• Hot air balloon – 2 votes
• Rocky Mountains/Estes Park, Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 17 votes
• Wine Tasting/Brewery Tour – 16 votes
• Botanical Gardens/Contemporary Art Museum/Black American West Museum – 13 votes
• Shopping – 16th St Mall/Cherry Creek Shopping District – 10 votes
• Denver Downtown Nightlife – 18 votes

p.s. Addt'l travel fees to include hotel and rental car will be provided to you by Sunday, June 8. Room assignments will be given around this time as well.

Please note, for those NOT traveling on the above mentioned itinerary, you will have to utilize the complimentary shuttle serve to/from the airport and hotel. I will try an make agenda arrangements based around the flight schedule that you have chosen, so you will not miss out on any of the planned items. If questions/comments, I am only an email away - [masked]!

 

 

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  • Shaniqua E.

    Wonderful! Absolutely no complaints at all. Beautiful state, great adventures, great group of people! Looking forward to our next adventures together.

    June 27, 2014

  • Naz

    I had an awesome time!!! Thanks Shaniqua for all of your efforts - arranging such an fun-filled weekend!

    2 · June 25, 2014

  • Sonya C.

    Fantastic trip! So glad this group was created.

    3 · June 25, 2014

  • Monique S.

    For whitewater rafting is there anything specifically we need to bring or wear?

    June 20, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      WHAT TO BRING FOR WHITEWATER RAFTING • Old sneakers
      • Bathing suit or shorts
      • Change of clothes and shoes
      • Eyeglass straps
      • Suntan lotion and a cap or visor in summer
      • Wool hat, sweater, socks, gloves - in early spring
      • Light windbreaker (no hood)
      • Driver's license (if renting wet suits - 1 license per 6 suits)
      • Cash - for souvenir photos, T-shirts and other whitewater goodies!

      1 · June 20, 2014

  • Monique S.

    2 · June 17, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Agenda will be sent electronically via email by Friday end of day. Keep in mind you are under no obligations to follow the agenda. Do what works best for you. I have although arranged the agenda to accommodate flight schedules and itinerary preferences. Although i can't please all, I've tried my absolute best to accommodate and please the majority

    2 · June 10, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Our trip to Denver is quickly approaching, and I have some final plans to put together based around each member's schedule, and preference. Although I can't please everyone, I will do my best in order to make you feel comfortable. Below, is a list of the activities that we will try and accomplish on this trip. Please list your order of preference on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being a definite must, 10 not interested/doesn't matter. Email me back your results ([masked]). Cost listed is an estimate, and does not include tax/fees.

    1. White Water Rafting - $50
    2. Museums/Gardens - $25 (incl both)
    3. Horseback Riding (Rocky Mountains/Estes Park) - $50
    4. Ziplining - $119
    5. Kayaking - $30
    6. Downtown Denver Bike Tour (9.3 miles) - $50
    7. Wine Tasting
    8. Brewery Tour
    9. 16th St Mall Shopping/Cherry Creek Shopping District
    10. Hiking in Rocky Mountains

    ***Nightlife is guaranteed, but list out preference: Bars, Jazz Lounge, Karaoke, Hip Hop Dance Club

    June 6, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    ATTENTION: The poll is now closed, and below are the votes. The main itinerary, will be geared around "majority rule". But, don't fret, there will be free time set aside for you to do things that you want to do on your own

    • White Water Rafting – 11 votes
    • Horseback Riding – 12 votes
    • Ziplining – 6 votes
    • Kayaking in Confluence Park – 7 votes
    • Bike rental/Downtown shopping – 6 votes
    • Hot air balloon – 2 votes
    • Rocky Mountains/Estes Park, Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 17 votes
    • Wine Tasting/Brewery Tour – 16 votes
    • Botanical Gardens/Contemporary Art Museum/Black American West Museum – 13 votes
    • Shopping – 16th St Mall/Cherry Creek Shopping District – 10 votes
    • Denver Downtown Nightlife – 18 votes

    June 4, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Please send me food/restaurant options. This is definitely a group effort

      June 4, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    ATTN: Please send me your travel itinerary. This is of urgent nature, so that I can coordinate transportation and hotel arrangements. I need airline you are flying, and arrival/departure times. Thanks

    email: [masked]
    Subject: GEM Denver

    1 · May 29, 2014

  • Lynne

    Just a question bout transportation...is a 15 passenger van not an option? Or is it cheaper to do the 4 cars

    May 28, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      We can't do 15 pass. van b/c we have 18 going. With vehicles (4/5 per vehicle), this option allows the group the opportunity to experience the trip like they see fit, without feeling obligated to follow a strict agenda. This has worked our perfectly in the past, with no complaints

      May 28, 2014

    • Lynne

      Make sense...thanks..

      May 28, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Looks like the votes are coming in, but there are still a few more that have not provided a response. For those with guest please provide the options to them as well. I want us all to have equal say. Also, I still need volunteers to rent vehicles to save from having to take taxis. Let's enjoy this trip together and participate.

    May 28, 2014

    • Nisha

      Since my guest can't vote via the poll. Here is the options picked-White Water Rafting beginner-Wine Tasting & Brewery Tour-Shopping - 16th St Mall/Cherry Creek Shopping District-Denver Downtown Nightlife (Dance/Karaoke, etc.)-Rocky Mountains, Estes Park, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

      May 28, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Gotcha. Greatly appreciated! I like for everyone to have a say on the things that are chosen to do in order to make it pleasing for all. I appreciate you for reaching out

      May 28, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Your votes are REQUIRED. A poll has been created, and your input is necessary. Please visit http://www.meetup.com/TravelingGEMS/polls/1081162/ to vote

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Who is interested in White Water Rafting, Horseback riding, and/or Zipline adventures? I need to book a group reservation, and your input is requested. Please comment below

    May 27, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Volunteer drivers needed to rent vehicles at airport. Cost will be split between 4. This is necessary in order to proceed forward with finalizing trip planning. Too make the most of this trip it is cheaper for us to have our own transportation as opposed to paying for taxi service. Do not all speak at once.....lol.

    May 22, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      I need 4 vehicles, since there is a great turnout. Your participation is appreciated

      May 22, 2014

    • Carla L.

      I don't volunteer to drive but will pay the split lol.

      May 22, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Based on 12 guests, I have planned tentative room assignments based on 4 to a room. Please let me know if you rather have 2 to a room, which of course will come at a higher cost. Of course, those that are bringing a guest will be assigned together. Those that are new to the group, will be assigned to the room with me. :-)

    Please note, that I would love to see again/meet you all at the upcoming event scheduled for Saturday, May 31st, in order to become better acquainted before our travels to Denver. Furthermore, please note that I will schedule 1 or 2 more meetups during the first and second week of June. It is imperative that we become better acquainted before attending any trips together - just a precautionary measure. If you are unable to make any pre-schedule events prior to traveling, you are always welcome to contact me directly for a personal one-on-one.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon

    2 · May 19, 2014

  • Marilyn

    Got my ticket.....ready to go:)

    May 19, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Great! Looking forward to seeing you.

      May 19, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    If your plans have changed please let me know. I need to begin planning our itinerary. Also, please send me your guest info in order to put together the finance spreadsheet and coordinate room assignments. This is of urgent matter. Send info to my email at [masked]

    1 · May 18, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Joleta, I typically assign rooms based on 4, but the option will be left up to you. Please forward me your preference and i will make arrangements accordingly. Rooms are currently $99 night, so depending on your budget, will depend on your preference. :-)

      May 19, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Yes, members are welcome to share rooms with other GEMS. This is why it is important to come to other planned prior event in order to get acquainted. Besides the May 31st event, I will plan another gathering in June. Contact me if you have further questions

      May 19, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Please provide me with you and your guest's contact information (Name/Email/Gender) via email: [masked]. This information will be used to make room assignments, and finalize total cost. Thanks in advanced. Please use subject line: GEMS DENVER

    May 14, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    If you missed purchasing your ticket on yesterday, today's price is $147. Use the coupon code for an additional $14 off. Hurry, b/c there are only 3 seats left on our return flight to Dallas. More details to be provided at a later time. Contact me if questions:[masked]

    May 13, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Yea, it's about to go down....yoohoo. We about to turn up. Please lmk if your invited guest is male or female, and how you would like your room assignment. I need this info by June 1 in order to coordinate final payment and book rental cars. Thx in advance for your participation

    May 12, 2014

  • Trina

    In case anyone is interested the tckt is only $90 round trip with the promo code!

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Wow....that's crazy

      May 12, 2014

    • Trina

      I got it early this morning!

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • Kim J

    Enjoy ladies. I will be in the Bahamas and not able to attend....again

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      You will be missed Kim, but we will hang out on Saturday, May 31st. See you soon

      May 12, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    If you have not booked, I am noticing that Tuesday's departure is steadily on the rise from the initial $49. Book now, or forever hold your peace...lol. But, if you do miss out on this special, Spirit Airlines has a very similar flight itinerary, and the Marriott offers free shuttle services to/from the airport. Therefore, don't fret, you still have time

    May 12, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    ATTENTION: There are only 4 seats left on the Tuesday return flight #F9 0132
    depart: 8:20 PM
    return: 11:07 PM

    May 12, 2014

  • Adesuwa

    Aww...too bad I don't like nature! LOL. But I know you girls will have fun. :-)

    May 12, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      You can still come. We are just going to visit the mountains for a day and then the rest will be spent in the city. Come on. I promise you that you will enjoy yourself. We're not staying in tents. ...lol

      May 12, 2014

  • Lynne

    I can do either dates...I just need to know asap to request that Friday it Tuesday off..

    May 9, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      More details to follow regarding hotel and transportation. Flights must be booked by Monday, 5/12 or fares are subject to change. This communication will help lot in an email before end of day today

      May 10, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Feel free to proceed with booking through Frontier for Saturday - Tuesday! See you soon

      May 11, 2014

  • Sonya C.

    Have flights been purchased yet?

    May 10, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Tomorrow

      1 · May 10, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Sonya, please book flight through Frontier in order to keep us all together. Flight prices are subject to change after tomorrow, Monday, 5/12. Please follow instructions in the detail section

      May 11, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Do you have other guests that may be interested in joining in on this weekend getaway? Since this trip will be full of adventure men are welcomed to travel too. Do you have platonic guy friends, or maybe a boyfriend, brother or cousin that may be interested. ...lmk ASAP before I book the room assignments. I need to know by June 1

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    What are your date options. ...Friday to Monday or Saturday to Tuesday?

    May 9, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Well, you definitely can't be $97 for a Round trip flight from Dallas to Denver. Plus, if we stay in a hotel again, we can drastically cut cost. This is a perfect and affordable last minute getaway. Thanks to Richelle for sharing.

    Sherryl, I'm so happy that you can make it. We have been missing you on our adventures

    Sonya, let's turn up! See what you can find out with your schedule, and let's get en motion, and GO!!!!

    May 9, 2014

  • Sonya C.

    Definitely interested in going!

    1 · May 9, 2014

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