There are all sorts of cool things for groups to plug into this summer, including two new options in Snowmass and opportunities to sample all sorts of Colorado food and beverage at the Truck Stop: Food Truck Rally Summer Series, held at various locations in the Denver area.

The first of four food truck rallies organized by Mile High Festivals and Two Parts, a Denver-based event production and promotions company, happened in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood on June 2, but there are three more to go: Stanley Marketplace in Aurora on July 4, Art District on Sante Fe on Aug. 3 and River North Art District (RiNo) on Sept. 1. Planners can visit great venues and neighborhood districts and utilize Truck Stop to entertain small groups or sample mobile food options for later consideration.

The event series explores the ever-evolving world of food truck fare through small-bite offerings, local craft beer and cocktail selections, and live music all set against the vibrant backdrop of the location being featured. Truck Stop is family-friendly and entry-free, with multiple ticket options for buying food and beverages.

For groups seeking a mountain setting, head to Snowmass and check out one of the first (if not only) hike-in/hike-out and bike-in/bike-out bar that I’ve ever heard of at Viceroy Snowmass. The new bar is adjacent to the property’s outdoor pool and located directly on the trails of Snowmass. Look for a beverage menu of local Roaring Fork Valley beers, crafted cocktails, house-made juices and more and order off the hotel’s Nest restaurant food menu to satisfy hunger pangs.

For some additional pampering or working out sore muscles, The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass is transforming part of the pool deck into a mini al fresco spa sanctuary with poolside spa treatments. Sounds like an amazing day in Snowmass!

But wait, that’s not it! The new Lost Forest adventure park at Snowmass officially launched on June 22 and is open for the summer/fall season through the month of September. Take a break from meetings or enjoy a whole day of fun at Lost Forest or if an evening works better, purchase tickets for Farm to Table Tuesday dinners and have access to fun features like the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, Treeline Trial Challenge Course and Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall (opening in August). Booking the Canopy Run Zipline Tour is an additional cost but is a two-and-a-half to three hour guided experience for groups of up to eight that includes eight zip lines and three sky bridges.

Get out and enjoy summer in Colorado!

In the Winter 2018 issue of Colorado Meetings + Events that will be released this December, I wrote a feature story about the Experience Economy. Instead of being hemmed in by four walls or one conference hotel, groups want local experiences. In my opinion, 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 in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.