Originally Posted by mountaingirl1961
I've stayed at the Queen Anne Inn and it is lovely. You'll really enjoy it. And, yes, it's as safe as any city at night is going to be. For good Mexican food nearby, try Tosh's Hacienda.
You are pretty close to the REI flagship store where you are. You should be able to walk a couple of blocks to the light rail station to get downtown. From there you can take the 16th Street Mall shuttle to the north end and walk a couple of blocks to the flagship store. There is an EMS store downtown as well. There's also a used/seconds gear store right up the street from REI (Wilderness Exchange) that's great if you're looking for cheap stuff. It's amazing the stuff they get in there. Not much for clothing but all kinds of equipment. I've gotten some super-cheap base layer stuff there, too.
The Garts Sports Castle downtown is a bit farther away... you'll probably want to catch a bus from downtown to get there.
If you have some time and can find transportation, Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder is Mecca. Seriously, it's one of the best mountaineering stores in the world, has an extensive selection of appropriately-priced outdoor clothing, and is worth visiting just because of its extensive collection of antique mountaineering gear.
EMS is closed.
The Wilderness Exchange is now located on the Corner of 15th and Platte. Very easy to find. It overlooks the back parking lot for REI. In fact it's worth looking there first for any gear you might want before checking out an REI. Otherwise you might end up returning the stuff you just bought at REI.
Take the mall shuttle to Union Station. Walk over the bridge just West of the station, walk across the park across anouther bridge over the South Platte river, make left at the road (platte st). The Wilderness Exchange is just off the corner on your right at the stoplight. Just continue across the street and the huge building is REI. Can't really miss it.
For Garts you'll want to catch a bus that gets you to 11th and Broadway. Probably the closest place for good ski deals to downtown.