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Escape to the Front Range

May Eynon

With spring in full swing on the Front Range, theres no better time to hit the road for a weekend getaway. The Hotel Teatro and Adega restaurant, with their Roaring Fork Valley ties, invite locals to enjoy a trip to the Mile High city for some rest and relaxation.The Teatro, a small boutique hotel managed by Coni Thornburg, formerly the food and beverage director at The Little Nell, is luxurious, with an intimacy one would expect to find in a small town. Featuring 111 rooms and two restaurants jou jou and Restaurant Kevin Taylor the Teatro is no small establishment.Italian for theater, the hotel took its name from its proximity to the Denver Performing Arts Center and its collaboration with the Denver Center Theatre Company, which endowed the hotel with stage sets, props, costumes, masks, photos and playbills from past productions.Located in Lower Downtown or LoDo, the Teatro offers guests complimentary shuttle service around the neighborhood in its Range Rover. Adega is a common destination for our guests, said Greg Garwood, a bellman and driver for the hotel who formerly worked at the Silvertree Hotel and the Snowmass Fire Department. Another business with Aspen ties, Adega is run by partner/executive chef Bryan Moscatello, who worked at the Restaurant at The Little Nell back in the early 90s under acclaimed chef George Mahaffey.An elegant restaurant featuring a wine cellar encased in glass in the center of the dining room, Adega was named for the Portuguese expression wine room.When Moscatello lived in Aspen, It was during a time of great inspiration. I trained under George Mahaffey, who I deeply respect as a chef. Everyone was coming to town then Todd English with Olives at the St. Regis, Charles Dale developed Renaissance it was all very competitive and very exciting.Mahaffey has successfully parlayed his skills from the Aspen kitchen to the downtown Denver gourmet scene. Among his credits, Moscatello was recognized as one of the 10 Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine at the 2003 Classic in Aspen, a notable achievement. Moscatello spoke of his Aspen connections and maintaining his ties to friends who still live in the Roaring Fork Valley, as well as to those who have moved to Denver. He and Thornburg complement one anothers businesses and often encourage guests to pay the other a visit. When youre from the same area, you tend to keep track of each other, said Thornburg. Its wonderful to be able to continue working together.Working with Thornburg at the Teatro are a host of former Roaring Fork Valley residents, including assistant general manager David Craig, formerly of the Stonebridge Inn; guest services manager Tina Cardin, formerly of the Silvertree Hotel; director of revenue Jenny Moore, formerly of the Stonebridge Inn; Brian Smith in the accounting department and formerly of the Silvertree Hotel; director of sales Ann Forsyth, formerly of the Hotel Jerome and St. Regis; conference services manager Kristin KK Kenny, formerly of the St. Regis; human resources director Emily Morelli, formerly of The Little Nell; and Tim Flowers, who now manages Restaurant Kevin Taylor and jou jou, and was formerly with the Hotel Jerome, Cache Cache and Ajax Tavern.About 40 percent of our transient business is from Aspen, Thornburg stated. Ive been able to keep a lot of my relationships with people from Aspen as a result.Thornburg developed a Canine Companion program at the hotel, inviting pets to stay with their owners. Many Aspenites travel with their dogs to Hotel Teatro; 15 percent of our guests have dogs with them! she remarked. Dogs are treated to a place mat in the shape of a bone, a toy upon check-in, chilled FIJI water served in dog dishes and jaunts to the park with bellmen.We live in Colorado … dogs are a part of our families. Our dogs need a little pampering now and again, so we provide excellent canine companion services, Thornburg continued. Aspen writer Cindy Hirschfeld and her dog Clover distinguished the Teatro as the Best Hotel in Colorado in Cindys book Canine Colorado.Other amenities added by Thornburg include special turndown services at night referencing either the bedroom or the bathtub pillow preferences and escorted running programs. Aspen travelers are well-traveled and very sophisticated, said Thornburg. Service standards are high and excellence is the expectation. When traveling, the staff takes on these responsibilities.Its all about the guest, echoed Jamey Trotter, the hotels chief concierge. The Teatros attention to detail is in the production everyones role is important in our cast.For a special Roaring Fork Valley resident rate, mention the Friend of May rate, starting at $135 a night, honored during the month of May. For more information, visit or To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail: