Over the summer I was given the opportunity to join the TSTS Tech Summit in Cancun. It was the first time I had travelled for work - outside of internal company trips - and the first time I had ever travelled to Mexico. In anticipation of the next TSTS event in Dallas, I’ve been reflecting on the trip, the positive experience I had, and what made the conference so successful. I’ve narrowed it down to one major thing: the attention to detail at all of our site visits.
The National Park Service and Department of the Interior recently named Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp a National Historic Landmark. Red Rocks Park, located in Morrison west of Denver, is renowned for having the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world, which was built by men who lived at the camp.
Go off the beaten path and explore these five secret spots.
BACKCOUNTRY SNOWCAT TOURS: Cozy up in Devil Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa’s new heated, eight-passenger Pisten Bully snowcat for a one-hour Happy Hour Tour that includes taking in incredible views, learning about local wildlife and history, and stopping at the Lakeside Yurt for a hot beverage.
Hotel du Village captures the beauty and romance of the French countryside and places it squarely in the charming and creative hamlet of New Hope. It’s long been a New Hope landmark, beloved by visitors and residents, many of whom spent Thanksgiving dinner around a table at the hotel’s restaurant, so it was naturally met with curiosity when Hotel du Village was sold in 2013.
Whenever I visit Denver for meetings, conferences and leisure, it feels active, prosperous and like a lot of new is going on. Living in Crested Butte about 4 hours away and with my handy little TV antenna, I watch Denver news stations and recently heard that local home values increased more than 10 percent in 2015 and put the Mile High City on the top in the United States.
Tap into Colorado's burgeoning beer and wine scene for gatherings with a local touch.
One thing I love about living in a mountain town, specifically a ski town, is the winter buzz that begins in November as snow starts appearing on the peaks and sticking on the ground enough to start Nordic skiing. The colorful soft shell and light down coats start coming out of the closets, and it’s best to get Christmas lights up by Halloween so your hands don’t freeze and bulbs don’t break when stringing them on porch railings. It’s also when I’m receiving tidbits about what’s new in ski country. Here are just a few highlights of interest to the meetings and events world in the U.S.
BloombergBusiness released its list of the 50 wealthiest small towns in America list in August, and it is interesting to see how many of the top 20 are located in the Mountain West and have a serious connection to mountains and ski resorts. Case in point is the top three: Summit Park, Utah (home of Park City Mountain Resort), Edwards, Colorado (think Vail and Beaver Creek) and Jackson, Wyoming/Utah (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King and Grand Targhee).
From anywhere you can catch a bird’s-eye or slightly distanced view of downtown Denver, the number of cranes on the horizon quickly make it obvious that the city core is on the move.