THE DENVER SKYLINE HAS exploded, and we’re not talking fireworks. The excitement is from an enormous downtown transformation, adding cultural buildings, hotels, dozens of local-chef restaurants, breweries, distilleries and event spaces to the Mile High City’s central sector.
I spent last week visiting two extraordinary properties in San Diego:
NESTLED ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IS THE CITY OF BOISE. Its name is French for wooded, and you need only view a panoramic shot of the City of Trees to see that its nickname is well deserved. This American beauty has plenty to offer visiting groups, conferences and conventions-from its unique cultural heritage activities to its vibrant wine scene and overabundance of scenic expeditions.
Bask in Boise’s Basque Culture
A 60-PLUS MILE STRETCH along U.S. Route 50 in western Colorado links Montrose to the south, Delta County in the middle and Grand Junction to the north. Two solid regional airports, a host of agricultural-related and outdoor options, spectacular scenery, milder temperatures and a friendly demeanor make this section of the Western Slope a must-consider for groups looking for something different.
The stately 1920’s Hotel Casa Del Mar, which sits right on the sand in Santa Monica, is always a magical place to visit. But never more so than when Derek Hughes is in residence. A "modern conjurer" and comedian, he’s performing a show he calls Insomnia in a private suite on a half-dozen dates over the next few months. I caught a preview performance of Insomnia and it’s both astonishing and charming. The space where Hughes works his magic is limited to 50 guests, giving you a close-up view of the goings on and a chance to participate. Still,
Last week I spent 36 hours in Temecula Valley, hosted by the Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Just ninety minutes, and roughly as many miles, from Los Angeles Temecula offered a small-town infusion of holiday cheer that can be difficult to come by among the palm trees and sprawl of LA.
Copper Mountain, Crested Butte and Chaffee County offer some of Colorado's best winter experiences without draining meeting budgets.
When I was invited on a combination staycation and quick getaway by Kimpton Hotels I quickly said yes. These boutique properties are among my favorite places to stay, especially since they welcome dogs of all sizes and breeds. That meant my golden retriever Carlos could come with me.