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.
There are several recent renovations and new hotels being introduced in Colorado. Here is just a sampling inspired by attending the Under the Big Top event held at Hotel Boulderado in downtown Boulder on Sept. 28 to showcase the completed first phase if the historic hotel’s renovation, which included 114 of the 160 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and the outdoor plaza.
The ART Hotel, located in Denver’s museum district, has introduced a 5K urban public art run. Guests can request a detailed map featuring a route that highlights downtown Denver’s most significant public art pieces, and guides are available if desired.
Denver’s first chef-driven farmers market has launched and runs every Saturday until Oct. 24 due to a partnership between the Boulder County Farmers Market, Denver Union Station and prominent area chefs.
What happens when you meet up with two chefs and the food and beverage director from the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Colorado’s largest hotel (1,231 hotel rooms, 82 suites and 133,000 square feet of meeting and event space) on a food journey to find some of the Western Slope’s best growers and food producers? You catch a glimpse of how a large property is dialing into local for groups and leisure travelers and how a food team works together to brainstorm and make buying decisions.
Set to open doors in winter 2017, the Ramble Hotel is a design-forward, 50-room boutique hotel that will be situated in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. The hotel features an theater and bar; flexible meeting space; a small retail outlet; an outdoor courtyard; an independently owned restaurant; and a marquee lobby bar—Death & Co. Denver.
Lake Wallenpaupack’s Ehrhardt's Waterfront Banquet Center was purchased in October by Settlers Hospitality Group.
A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!
However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year.
It takes a lot to capture people’s attention with 24/7 access to entertainment, devices and social media chatter. Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, owned and operated by the City and County of Denver and a regular reader’s choice winner at Colorado Meetings + Events’ Best of Colorado’s awards, is all about delivering unique experiences and VISITDENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau is all about telling the story of these types of opportunities for group and leisure travelers. See what happens when the two collide.
When I used to drop my kids off at the summer Mountain Adventures offered by the Town of Mt. Crested Butte’s parks and recreation department, it would be extremely quiet at the program’s ski area location at drop off and pick up. My kids are now 17, working jobs in and around Crested Butte, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort is hopping during summer and now running Mountain Adventures.
The fabulous months of summer are well underway in ski towns across the U.S. Mountain West. Here are some itinerary-worthy options in four ski towns we’re sure groups will embrace and prompt attendees to return with family and friends in tow.
Big Sky, Montana