Colorado is a state that is diligent about protecting its natural resources. While some green meetings components have become a given over the past five to 10 years, it’s always refreshing to attend or receive information about meetings and conferences in the state that are very deliberate about sustainability.
When I’m traveling around Colorado or the rest of the U.S. Mountain West for vacation or Colorado Meetings + Events and Mountain Meetings magazines, I like checking out the places, properties and people that make destinations distinct. Most recently, the road trip was from where I live and work in the Colorado mountains to Boulder and Denver.
Here is just a snapshot of what’s new for activities, lodging, food and beverage around Colorado. The list from the Colorado Tourism Office was long and impressive, so we narrowed it down to some of the standouts for groups to check out. Also don’t forget longtime favorites that have withstood the test of time!
Attractions & Activities
Living in Crested Butte now for 14 years and traveling the state often, I can confirm without a doubt that there are many fun winter activities to enjoy in Colorado ski towns that don’t involve skiing. While I strongly encourage you to offer downhill skiing and snowboarding as an activity option when planning meetings, events and incentive trips in winter, I’ll utilize Snowmass (just over the mountains from me about 20 miles as a crow flies but not as a car drives) as an example of the huge range of non-skiing options.
A Mile High & Rising
As mentioned in my most recent blog, two of Colorado’s best-known historic properties are marking significant anniversaries. The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in Denver wrapped up celebrating 125 years in 2017. The Broadmoor is embarking on a yearlong salute to 100 years of rich history in Colorado Springs in 2018.
Two of Colorado’s best-known historic properties are marking significant anniversaries. The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, opened on August 12, 1892, is celebrating 125 years in 2017 and is the longest continuously operating hotel in Denver. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs opened its doors on June 29, 1918 and is planning all sorts of festivities for next year.
5 Reasons Why Vail Resorts Meetings & Events is the Mountain Meeting Experts
Anyone who works in the meetings and events industry, even as a magazine editor, will tell you that there is no such thing as cut-and-dry road trip for business or pleasure. They key is to look for the unexpected opportunities along the way.