One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.
Pagosa Springs, Durango and Cortez are a trio of great towns along the Highway 160 corridor that are rich in options for groups.
The time-honored tradition of meeting in an establishment that places value in a perfectly aged steak says a lot about how the host feels about his or her guests. It reflects the importance of the people at the table and creates a lasting impression. And as American steakhouses go, Colorado is in the thick of many fine dining and blue-jean casual restaurants that fit the bill for a successful business outing.
EAST OF THE DIVIDE STEAKHOUSES
Guard and Grace, Denver
In the southwest section of Colorado, two great towns located along picturesque rivers and U.S. Highway 160 are only 60 miles apart. I had the chance to visit Durango and Pagosa Springs for meetings, exploring and high school soccer games in mid-October, when the trees were still displaying their fabulous fall wardrobes and the temperatures were perfect. These are certainly year-round destinations, with ski resorts nearby and tons of other recreation options and attractions as well as distinct meeting and event spaces.
In Colorado's diverse landscape, travelers find themselves with a plethora of intimate, rustic, agrarian, mountain and lakeside inns. However, many small properties are not able to afford groups the space and privacy needed to host retreats, meetings and largerscale events. We have come up with five incredible options that are truly outside the corporate cubicle.
Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park