DEN’s Stacey Stegman Spills the Airport’s Best Secrets

Stacey Stegman
Photo courtesy of Stacey Stegman.

Stacey Stegman, head of communications at Denver International Airport, holds the key to its many secrets. Did you know you can reserve a time slot on the Bridge security line or that there’s a Travel Assist program ensuring elevated service from curb to gate? Turn to Stegman for these insider insights. She knows it all—what’s the fastest security line, how to find Ethiopian espresso, where to catch the best view of a sunset, and what’s on the horizon. (Hint: the art collection that launched a million conspiracy theories is growing!) It’s all part of what makes DEN such a happening spot. In this exclusive, Stegman reveals her top tips and must visit spots within the world’s third busiest airport, ensuring your travel is as delightful as your destination.

Dining & Drinks

Go-to for breakfast/brunch: Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Favorite sushi: Mizu Izakaya, opening in 2024
Favorite yogurt or ice cream: Little Man Ice Cream
Favorite outdoor/roofdeck: B Concourse West, A Concourse West, and C Concourse East
An underrated/under-the-radar hidden gem: Ethiopian espresso at Kabod Coffee
A restaurant you’ve been dying to try: The Mercantile Dining & Provisions on Concourse A
Most anticipated new openings: Aviano Coffee, Señor Bear, Bar Dough, Cholon, Marczyk Fine Food, Teatulia Tea & Coffee Bar

Around the Concourses

Favorite book store: Tattered Cover
Favorite place to go for inspiration: seeing loved ones reunite in the arrivals area
Favorite art: Blue Mustang
Favorite conspiracy theory: the tunnels lead to NORAD. (NORAD is 91 miles away from DEN.)
Where to watch the sunset: patios at A or B West, and the top floor of the parking garage
Where to watch the sunrise: patio on Concourses C East or B East
Favorite local artist featured: Thomas Evans, a.k.a. “Detour” and his 3-D installation
Favorite annual event: The Puppy Bowl adoption event held in the Great Hall
Best place to find the Denver CATS: the Great Hall and on the concourses. Follow @DENairport on X to learn the exact times and locations.
Best place to hear live music: DEN Plaza adjacent to the Westin Hotel
Favorite shoe polish: Executive Shine in all three concourses
Fastest security line: TSA PreCheck
Favorite way to pass the time in the airport: Plaza Premium Lounge
Most popular international destination: Cancun, Mexico
What is your mantra: Laughter is everything.
Three words to describe Denver: pioneering, active, laid-back

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