November not only is a month to gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving, the meetings and events industry in Colorado has several opportunities for face-to-face time to help others and celebrate accomplishments. The Meetings Industry Council of Colorado’s annual Serving Up Hope luncheon on Nov. 5 raised $28,000 for Food Bank of the Rockies, and 26,634 pounds of food donated by MIC’s 13 member organizations. That is an increase of approximately $5,000 and more than 3,600 pounds of food from last year!>>
It’s almost impossible to not see that Colorado is bike crazy. Bike trails, bike events, bike shops, B-Cycle stations, bikes by residents’ houses, bikes on the road …It doesn’t really matter if it’s ski season, as there are snow tires for those colorful cruiser bikes loved by mountain towns.>>
Autumn is a stunning season in Colorado. This year, it was stunning for reasons more than beautiful fall foliage and mild temperatures. While the late summer and early fall rains were a welcome relief in many towns, they became a nemesis in others when the faucet wouldn’t shut off. Thankfully, much of the state was not impacted and it’s business as usual, but it has been difficult to see the damage flooding caused at a variety of properties, venues and businesses that are part of our industry. >>
I love September and the hint of fall it brings along with the bounty from my garden. While a full-blown explosion of color is getting underway in Colorado’s high country, it’s harvest time galore in gardens planted a little lower in elevation. My tomatoes and peppers are producing at a good clip so it’s salsa-making time, my son and his friend picked a couple backpacks full of apples for apple crisp and apple butter, and what to do with all the cucumbers? >>
Having quality meeting and event space can seal some deals, but attendees like me want to get a taste of the destination and better yet to have some unique experiences mixed in. Don’t discount the partnerships and local knowledge that a hotel’s staff can bring to the table and experiences they can deliver. >>
There have been several top-to-bottom hotel renovations in Colorado over the last year, and I’ve been getting out and about to see them as time allows. Each summer my family enjoys the Crested Butte to Aspen hike over West Maroon Pass, so it was a perfect chance to experience the St. Regis Aspen, which was classy before but went to ultra sophisticated in a comfortable way. For an outdoor event, the large Fountain Courtyard is hard to beat along with a nicely secluded and renovated outdoor pool and adjoining Mountain Plaza.
One of the trends we have been hearing about recently is the return of families to the meetings and events mix. It seems that a lot of us travel frequently and spend enough time away from our significant others and kids. When the chance arises, it’s nice to bring them along for the journey. For employers, it is a nice perk to offer employees and can be fun for meeting and event planners to build families into the itinerary.