Denver Int’l Airport

Fresh parking amenities at DEN & CVG airports

DEN Airport parking

New LED signs in the Pikes Peak shuttle lot at Denver International Airport let passengers know when the next bus will arrive.

Anyone who has parked their car in an airport parking lot on a dark, cold, snowy morning and stood there wondering when – and if – the shuttle bus to the airport was coming by will appreciate the new amenity being introduced at Denver International Airport this week.

The airport has added LED display screens to the 18 parking shelters in its Pikes Peak shuttle lot (where the rates are currently $8/day) that use GPS to let passengers know when the next parking lot shuttle bus will arrive.

LED signs should be added to the Mt. Elbert shuttle lot ($8 per day) and the east and west economy lots ($13 per day) next spring, but for now travelers can find out when the shuttle bus is coming by the shelters in those parking lots via phone, text or QR codes using a smartphone.

CVG Cart

Meanwhile, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), has added courtesy golf carts that will operate daily to shuttle passengers from their car to the elevators and escalators in the terminal garage and back to their car. (The airport is also offering a discount coupon for holiday parking).

Inside CVG, there’s also a new all-access lounge – The Club at CVG – offering complimentary snacks, bar service, Wi-Fi and comfortable seating for $35 a day – no matter which airline you’re flying on- and at cost below what the airline lounges usually charge for a day pass.

The club is on Concourse A, between Gates A8 and A10 and you can get $5 off the $35 fee by using the coupon on this page. The same company also operates club rooms at airports in San Jose (SJC), Atlanta (ATL), Phoenix (PHX), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and two at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. You can purchase day passes for those clubs here.

Beer garden at Denver Int’l Airport


Consider wearing your lederhosen or a dirndl if you’re flying through Denver International Airport during the next few weeks.

This is Oktoberfest season and DIA is celebrating with a temporary beer garden set up in the center of the main terminal.

Opening through Oct. 4, DIA’s “Beer Flights” (get it?) beer garden is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


You’ll need to be 21 or older and pay $10 to get in the door, but the admission fee gets you a souvenir glass, a bag of pretzels provided by Southwest Airlines and 10 two-ounce samples of beer.

In addition to beer sampling, the 16-day pop-up beer garden will offer live music, talks by brewmasters, brew trivia and eight picnic tables decorated by local artists.

And to add to the festivities, DIA is having a Twitter photo contest (#BeerFlightsDIA), with prizes from T-shirts and hats to a snowboard, a Durango hotel stay and a day with the head brewer of the Ska Brewing Company.

Not drinking but curious about Colorado-made beer? There’s no admission fee or age limit to view the beer-themed art exhibit, Colorado on Tap: The State of Brew Culture, on the pre-security bridge walkway to A gates through December.


Photo by Dustin Hall

The exhibit includes artifacts from a variety of Colorado craft breweries, including pub glasses, specialty glassware, coasters, tap handles, t-shirts, bottles, cans and custom art created for beer labels.

And keep in mind, while Denver International Airport’s beer garden will close Oct. 4, the Airbräu, a 600-seat Bavarian-style covered beer garden with an on-site brewery and live music, operates at Munich Airport year-round.

Art Bikes at Denver Int’l Airport

Denver airport art-bike, courtesy Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport is hosting an exhibition of bike-themed art to celebrate the upcoming USA Pro Challenge race in Colorado, which takes place August 18-24.

The bikes, created by local artists, are displayed on top of baggage carousels and will be on view through the end of August, when the bikes will be auctioned off to benefit a local charity.

Here are more examples:


DEN bike two

Fresh art at Denver Int’l Airport

DEN_Magic of Glass - Davide Salvadore chitamara

Italian artist Davide Salvadore’s string instrument made from glass. Courtesy DIA.


From April 24 through August, 2014, the Art and Culture Program at Denver International Airport (DIA) will be hosting a temporary art exhibition titled The Magic of Glass in Ansbacher Hall, the main walkway connecting  Jeppesen Terminal to Concourse A.

Included in the exhibit will be more than 60 glass objects made by 31 local, national and international artists.

Want more art glass?

Denver Botanic Gardens is opening an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture in June.



Tattered Cover opens at Denver Int’l Airport

Great news for book lovers whose travels take them through Denver International Airport:

The first of four planned branches of the iconic, independent Denver bookstore, Tattered Cover, opened this week on Concourse B.


The three other branches will open in the other concourses, and in the Jeppesen Terminal, in the first half of 2014.

Here’s a list of some author-events scheduled to take place in the store this coming week:

Saturday, Dec. 7: 9:30-10 a.m. Graeme Simsion, “The Rosie Project”

Sunday, Dec. 8: 10:30 a.m.Signed copies of Pulitzer Prize-winning historical author Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” will be available for sale.

Dec. 11, Approximately 2:30-3 p.m. Amy Tan, the bestselling author of “The Joy Luck Club,” will sign her new novel, “The Valley of Amazement.”