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Sirens Newsletter - Special Edition (August 2010)

Not-So-Frequently-Asked Sirens Questions (That We Think You Should Know About)

1. There are 20 days left to register for Sirens. The last day for online registration is September 8, 2010.

2. There are 28 days left to secure your hotel reservation. We recommend doing this sooner rather than later; Vail is a centrally-located meet-up point for the state of Colorado and surrounding areas, and while it's the off-season, it's always a great time to visit Vail. See also #4.

3. For 2010, Sirens will be using the Rocky Mountain Ballroom, which is on the first floor of the Vail Cascade’s conference center, for most programming items. We'll also use the lovely Cascade Ballroom for keynote events and the Mountain View room for Thursday check-in and the A Star Shall Fall Launch Party. You'll receive an e-mail with information about checking in for Sirens in late September.

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa
Rocky Mountain Ballroom

Bathrooms! The restrooms next to Rocky Mountain D include accessible stalls, and there are more restrooms just across the breezeway in the main hotel building. One floor up, near the top of the stairs, there is a gender-neutral, single-toilet, accessible restroom as well.

4. If you'd like to minimize walking, you have several options for making requests of the hotel. First, you can request a room on the first floor of the hotel (the ground level). Then, you may be able to cross the entry plaza diagonally even if your room is on the far side of the hotel from where you want to be. Otherwise, you might want to request a room near to the main elevator, so that you can travel to the first floor and then be equidistant from the Rocky Mountain Ballroom and the Cascade Ballroom. If you planned for the Centennial Ballroom and requested a room near the business center on the second floor, you will be near the conference center and can take the stairs down one floor or use the elevator in the service area behind the ballrooms. The last option might be to stay in the Terrace Wing; this is an additional-cost upgrade, but the elevator that serves just those rooms is near to a door that will allow you to cut across an outdoor space to the Rocky Mountain Ballroom. (Questions? Concerns? Please ask--we're happy to help.)

5. Are you coming to Vail on the Sirens Shuttle? Are you driving? No matter how you're arriving, check out our post from last year about what to look for and how to get there.

6. A few weeks ago, Amy and I visited the Cascade Village Market Café, the quick-service and prepared foods shop in the hotel, and I saw all of the following:

Food: Soups and sandwiches (meat and vegetarian), all about $6.50, and hot pizzas, about $9; Luna and Cliff bars; Deep River potato chips; Orville Redenbacher buttered popcorn; Sun Chips; a variety of cheeses; Sobe, Nantucket Nectar drinks, Izze sodas, Jones Soda, Sweet Leaf iced teas, V8, Coke and Pepsi products; nuts; pasta salad, mozzarella tomato salad, Cobb salad, house salad, and other salad varieties like strawberry chicken bacon salad; wine; crackers; smoothies; ice cream; tea; beef jerky; pretzels; other varieties of chips; bottled and mineral water; Odwalla drinks; Gatorade G2; milk; Red Bull; fresh pastries; yogurt; candy; cereal; fruit; fruit tarts; hot and cold coffee and special coffee drinks; white and regular hot chocolate; and quick hot breakfast items served in the morning (like wraps).

Other: Medicine, soap, lip (and other) balm, feminine products, shampoo, toothbrushes, sunscreen, deodorant, eye drops, cough drops, magazines, and gifts. And that's just in the marketplace. Stores in Vail Village and Lionshead will have more options!

7. Are you a Top Chef fan? Current contestant Kelly Liken's restaurant is in Vail.

8. Questions? Let us know here or at (help at

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