3 Unique Group Activities Give Attendees a Taste of Local Flavor

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Distilled Flights by Helicopter

Savor local food and spirits, two unique venues and a helicopter ride during “Distilled Flights” offered by Marble Distilling Company in Carbondale. Available from May 1 to Nov. 1 for groups of up to six participants, the adventure begins at a family-owned ranch less than one mile from the distillery and tasting room. Tour the ranch where grains used by Marble Distilling are grown, then used in the distilling process and eventually returned to Nieslanik Beef for livestock feed. Get whisked away by Aspen Heli Charter’s Eurocopter 130B4 for an aeriel view of Marble, home of the marble used to filter the company’s spirits, build the distillery’s bar, and create national monuments like the Lincoln Memorial. 

Upon return, enjoy a farm-to-table culinary feast featuring Nieslanik Beef and other local ingredients and sip spirits paired with the meal. Complete the adventure at the tasting room, where the entry patio, rooftop deck and barrel room can be reserved by groups and lodging added by booking the five-suite luxury Distillery Inn within the working distillery. 

Creative Offerings from Viceroy Snowmass

During fair-weather months, meeting planners can set up a mini farmers’ market with Roaring Fork Valley purveyors on Viceroy Snowmass’s spacious pool deck. Attendees can meet the farmers, hear the background stories about products, and pick out snacks and items to keep in their room throughout their visit. In keeping with healthy lifestyles, groups also can book wellness walks that include a guided hike and select from a menu of various add-ons such as a post-hike neck and back massage, a meditation session on the trail, and yoga at the summit. 

The property’s You Catch, We Cook takes farm to table to another level. Following a successful hunt with Viceroy Snowmass executive chef Will Nolan, he teaches participants everything there is to know about breaking down the animal and preparing it for a meal. Hunting seasons dictate what guests can bring back to the property for preparation. 

How much is too much? At many meetings and events, frazzled and fractured attention spans are put in hyperdrive with a wall-to-wall, dawnto-dusk agenda.

“Things are so rushed in today’s world,” says Angela Coleman, manager of events and meetings for KPMG, LLC in Denver. “Everybody’s got to do five things at once. We’re learning quickly that it doesn’t always benefit our attendees or conferencegoers.”

 

Denver’s McNichols Civic Center Building was decked out Willy Wonka style on June 20, 2017, for the ninth annual International Live Events Association (ILEA) Denver Excellence Awards. Members and guests celebrated the accomplishments of their peers and enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing. A team of judges from the Chicago chapter of ILEA selected the winners.

 

For the past five years, Destination Colorado has been switching up its Customer Appreciation Event from golf to experiential. This year, partner suppliers helped host planners for a private dinner reception at Red Rocks Amphitheatre followed by a 1964 Beatles tribute band performance. Nostalgic costume items, a photo booth and a roped-off seating section at Red Rocks were part of the fun.