With a scratch kitchen, three bars and entertainment options like bowling, table tennis, 1980s arcade games and pinball, Skee-Ball, shuffle board, corn hole, marbles and darts, Punch Bowl Social is currently thriving in Denver, Austin, Portland and Detroit. The 24,000-square-foot location in Denver, formerly a Big Lots, is popular for corporate outings and events and recently debuted two private karaoke rooms with more than 5,000 songs to choose from.
There's a golden rule for out-fitting hotels with artwork. “Never do the same thing twice,” says Martha Weidmann, co-founder of Denver-based NINE dot ARTS. The firm has curated art collections for about 25 hotels in a dozen states since Weidmann founded it with Molly Casey in 2009.
Built to preserve and educate visitors about the art created by a firstgeneration, 20th-century Abstract Expressionist artist, Clyfford Still Museum is home to one of the most inclusive, single-artist collections in the world. The museum encompasses 825 of Still’s paintings, three sculptures, 2,300 works on paper and various archival materials.
If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.
I am insatiably curious and always keen to learn something new, but I find that I am surprised by the seemingly familiar more often than not. Case in point? The Palm restaurant in Philadelphia. This elegant steakhouse is tucked inside the landmark Hyatt at The Bellevue hotel. It exudes that classic steakhouse appeal – a dark wood bar, a buzzy “business is getting done here” ambience and professional male waiters sporting jackets.
Historic theatres and opera house are absolutely worth saving and restoring. After working in downtown revitalization for many years in Colorado and Iowa, it became very clear that when a town had the ability to construct a distinct and well-built theatre or opera house in the late 1800s or early 1900s and continues to make sure it is a key local venue, there is a strong downtown and community that captures my interest.
Colorado has no shortage of amazing venues for executive-level gatherings, most that offer a taste of adventure, so it’s not all work and no play. They are a bit off the beaten path, but that’s why they are over-the-top special and perfect for focusing on the meetings at hand.
In our recently-released fall issue, don’t miss our destination feature about Glenwood Springs. My family has stayed in Glenwood Springs several times for corporate events, soccer games and getaways, so it is always exciting to hear about new things to enjoy. Since the story was written, I’ve received word about an exciting attraction on the horizon.
One of the phrases that my mother often utters is "kill two birds with one stone." She’s far from violent. Instead, she is highly organized and is the embodiment of a multi-tasker. Like mother, like daughter. I love nothing better than getting two things done at once and just last week I managed to do just that. I interviewed a terrific Philadelphia personality (stay tuned to read that fun interview in our fall issue) and rediscovered a terrific event space. Our interview just so happened to be a lunch meeting at Cuba Libre.
Taking its color palette and sense of openness from the surrounding desert mountain ranges, the re-imagined Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage opens to guests May 15. The now 244-room property - plus 16-new spa suites - will be familiar to many, as it was previously a Ritz-Carlton (and briefly the Lodge) until it closed for renovations in 2006. Financial issues stalled the re-opening but most will agree it was worth the wait.