travel & lodging

driving to the friday evening speakeasy

  1. From Boulder: If you are flying in, we recommend you arrive by mid-day Friday or early afternoon and go first to Boulder to settle into your lodging. The drive from Boulder to the Speakeasy is shorter and less congested than from Denver, and we will set up a carpool meet up spot in Boulder if you'd like to "spare the air"  on your way to the Speakeasy (45min. without traffic, but there WILL be traffic, so do allow more time.)
  2. From the Denver Airport: If you cannot arrive until late Friday afternoon, we recommend you take the E-470 toll road (see below.)  (approx.  1.25 hours with rush hour traffic.)
  3. From Denver proper: If you are driving to the Friday event from Denver proper, and not from the airport, you will be taking I-25 north out of Denver and will not be needing the E-470 toll road.  Expect a lot of Friday rush hour traffic heading north on I-25. (1.5+ hours, as the traffic going north on I-25 in the Friday rush hour is pretty slow.)
  4. Questions: If you have ANY questions about how to get to the Speakeasy that your GPS does not answer, please contact Dorothy at or home (303) 443-9415 or cell (303) 725-3647.  The Barn is on Frank and Dorothy's property, so they know the territory quite well!!

TOLL ROADS for those flying in/out of denver


If you go directly from the Denver airport to the Speakeasy north of Longmont on Friday, taking the E-470 toll road will cut off a lot of the congested I-25 route.

Note that when you rent a car at the airport, they will ask if you will be taking any toll roads. You must decide in advance, because unless you set it up with a rental company in advance, there is no way for a rental car to pay the tolls.  If you do decide you will need E-470 on Friday, please know in advance that the rental car company will charge you something like $10/day for every day of your rental period regardless of whether you use a toll road every day.


If you are coming in from out of town, you will need a car for travel between venues. Plan to carpool with someone locally or rent a car at the airport. 

If you do not rent a car, and you are connected with a Boulder host for lodging, please do not expect the Boulderite to fetch you from the airport.  There are public vans and buses available, and you can coordinate with your host after you get yourself to Boulder. 

Boulder lodging

dancers' homes

If you would like to request free housing in a local dancer's home, please check the appropriate box to request this when you register.  In the Comments box, indicate if it is 1 or 2 of you, male/female, whether or not you share a bed with each other, any pet allergies, how to contact you, and any other helpful information for your host. 

Boulder County dancers - if you can host 1 or 2 dancers, please indicate your willingness to host on the registration form.  In the Comments box, indicate how many you can host, if you prefer male/female, how many beds, if you have cats or dogs, or anything helpful to a prospective guest.

We will do our best to match up guests with hosts, but we cannot guarantee there will be enough free, local lodging to fill all the requests for in-home stays.  We will give preference to out-of-staters, so if you are coming in from a nearby city such as Ft. Collins or Colorado Springs, and can make your own arrangements with a Boulder friend, we recommend you do that on your own, in which case, do not make a request to us when you register!

boulder hotels (within 24 miles of avalon ballroom)


Hotel Boulderado, 2115 Thirteenth Street, Boulder 

The National Register Landmark Hotel Boulderado (~15 min. drive to Avalon), is impeccably restored to its 1909 splendor. Not cheap, but if you want a lovely Edwardian ambience, this is your hotel! It is right next to the downtown Boulder Mall, so in easy reach of restaurants and shops.  Of particular interest to died-in-the-wool vintage dancers might be Goldmine Vintage, a vintage clothing shop.)

 Foot of the Mountain Motel, 200 West Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.  Built in the 1930's, modernized, but still has a historic flavor.

more contemporary

Best Western Golden Buff, Boulder, 1725 28th Street, Boulder

Courtyard Boulder (Marriott), 4710 Pearl East Cir, Boulder

 Days Inn (Days Hotel) , 5397 South Boulder Road, Hwy 36 & S. Boulder Rd/Table Mesa Exit, Boulder

Homewood Suites by Hilton, 4950 Baseline Road, Boulder

Millennium Harvest House Boulder, 1345 Twenty-Eighth St., Boulder

Basecamp Boulder Hotel, 2020 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

Silver Saddle Motel, West end of Canyon Blvd, Boulder