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by Lisa DelPiccolo
Mark Your Calendars!
October 15-18 in Durango
Annual Conference Committee members met in Durango recently to tour the venues for the 2019 conference. It was a productive, inspiring meeting that has me ready to plan my trip. Below are my top 10 reasons why you should plan on being there.
10. THE JOURNEY
To get to Durango, you’ll likely travel through some of the most scenic areas of the state. I traveled Highway 550, Otto Mears’ Million Dollar Highway, over Red Mountain Pass. Absolutely gorgeous. I passed through the charming historic towns of Ouray and Silverton and watched for deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and moose along the way. From the Front Range, Wolf Creek Pass is equally scenic.
9. THE DESTINATION
There’s only one way to say it, Durango is cool. It’s lively and fun. It’s historic and youthful, all at the same time.
8. THE VENUE
The Double Tree Hilton is very nice. Comfortable rooms, a restaurant and bar on site, shuttle service, a Starbucks nearby, and a warm cookie when you check in. My room overlooked the Animas River, and the amazing river front trail. The hotel is within walking distance of the downtown, restaurants, and the train depot. I parked my car when I arrived and never needed it during my stay.
7. THE DOWNTOWN
Prepare to shop and eat. Lots of boutiques and restaurants and a trolley that will transport you around the downtown area.
6. THE RESTAURANTS
An abundance of unique restaurants and brew pubs. Choose carefully. It would be a herculean feat to try them all.
5. THE HISTORY
I love historic hotels and museums. Durango has both. Make sure to visit The Strater Hotel. You will be transported back in time. The Durango Railroad Museum is loaded with old west artifacts, including a haunted train car. Admission is free.
4. THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
The Education Committee and award-winning Institute Director Kathie Novak are putting together interesting and valuable educational sessions to meet the needs of clerks with varying responsibilities.
3. THE EXCURSIONS
I can’t reveal the details yet, but we have a Wednesday excursion planned that you won’t want to miss. A cocktail reception is also in the planning states for Thursday. Stay tuned.
2. THE HOST CLERKS
Amy Phillips, Chris Vicari and Ben Florine are rolling out the red carpet to make sure you enjoy your visit their City. They’ve arranged excellent speakers for the opening and closing sessions with ties to their corner of the state.
1. THE NETWORKING
What’s better than spending time with your fellow clerks? We want you there with us! Plus, we will have at least one special guest in attendance that you will want to meet.
See you in Durango!
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