By Don & Barbara Laine and Eric Peterson -  February 4, 2005

United's low-fare service, Ted (tel. 800/225-5833; www.flyted.com) launches in Denver on April 3, 2005 with three daily flights between Denver International Airport (DIA) and Chicago's Midway International Airport. Except for 3.2 % beer sold in supermarkets and convenience stores, Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages have been banned by Colorado state law. But that may be changing. A bill was introduced into the 2005 state legislature that would allow local governments the option of allowing liquor, beer, and wine sales on Sundays from noon to 8pm. Whether it passes this year or not, this is probably not the last we have heard on this issue.

Boulder Visitors have waited almost a century for a new luxury hotel to open in downtown Boulder, and now their wait is ending. The upscale 200-room St. Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St. (tel. 800/323-7500; www.stjulien.com) is opening in March 2005 -- two months after its intended launch date -- promising world-class facilities and services.

Formerly the Coburn House B&B, the Bradley, 2040 16th St. (tel. 800/858-5811 or 303/545-5200; www.thebradleyboulder.com), has been extensively renovated and opened again in late 2004. All 12 rooms feature private baths; double rates range from $145 to $195.

There are a plethora of new eateries in Boulder. Two are located at One Boulder Plaza, 13th and Walnut sts. (www.oneboulderplaza.com): Acqua Pazza, 1801 13th St. (tel. 303/442-0378), offering health-conscious Italian fare and tapas during happy hour; and Bombay Bistro, 1800 Broadway (tel. 303/444-4721), specializing in traditional Indian cuisine and featuring a fountain with water from the Ganges River.

Opening soon in the same complex is Absinthe, a French restaurant. Other new standouts include The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl St. (tel. 303/544-5973), which focuses on organic ingredients and simple presentations with outstanding results; and, for a cup of coffee or delectable dessert, Blue Fine Pastries, 1918 Pearl St. (tel. 720/565-9092). Construction is underway on Twenty Ninth Street, 29th St. and Canyon Blvd. (www.twentyninth.com), the long-awaited redevelopment of the Crossroads Mall, which will include a retail/residential district with a 16-screen movie theater, a Wild Oats flagship market, and many other retailers. The first phase is slated to open in late 2005. At One Boulder Plaza, The Reef Piano Bar & Grill, 1801 13th St. (tel. 303/209-3740), features dueling pianos and sing-alongs for entertainment and Caribbean cuisine for food. Bard fans, take heed: The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (tel. 303/492-0554; www.coloradoshakes.org) has announced its 2005 program, which features performances of Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, and Othello. The festival takes place on the University of Colorado campus from late June through mid-August.