• 3 Unique Group Activities Give Attendees a Taste of Local Flavor

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    Experiences Made Easy 

  • 3 Unique Group Activities Give Attendees a Taste of Local Flavor

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    Experiences Made Easy 

Distilled Flights by Helicopter

Savor local food and spirits, two unique venues and a helicopter ride during “Distilled Flights” offered by Marble Distilling Company in Carbondale. Available from May 1 to Nov. 1 for groups of up to six participants, the adventure begins at a family-owned ranch less than one mile from the distillery and tasting room. Tour the ranch where grains used by Marble Distilling are grown, then used in the distilling process and eventually returned to Nieslanik Beef for livestock feed. Get whisked away by Aspen Heli Charter’s Eurocopter 130B4 for an aeriel view of Marble, home of the marble used to filter the company’s spirits, build the distillery’s bar, and create national monuments like the Lincoln Memorial. 

Upon return, enjoy a farm-to-table culinary feast featuring Nieslanik Beef and other local ingredients and sip spirits paired with the meal. Complete the adventure at the tasting room, where the entry patio, rooftop deck and barrel room can be reserved by groups and lodging added by booking the five-suite luxury Distillery Inn within the working distillery. 

Creative Offerings from Viceroy Snowmass

During fair-weather months, meeting planners can set up a mini farmers’ market with Roaring Fork Valley purveyors on Viceroy Snowmass’s spacious pool deck. Attendees can meet the farmers, hear the background stories about products, and pick out snacks and items to keep in their room throughout their visit. In keeping with healthy lifestyles, groups also can book wellness walks that include a guided hike and select from a menu of various add-ons such as a post-hike neck and back massage, a meditation session on the trail, and yoga at the summit. 

The property’s You Catch, We Cook takes farm to table to another level. Following a successful hunt with Viceroy Snowmass executive chef Will Nolan, he teaches participants everything there is to know about breaking down the animal and preparing it for a meal. Hunting seasons dictate what guests can bring back to the property for preparation. 

There are all sorts of happenings for meeting and event planners to plug groups into in Snowmass Village this summer, taking some of the pressure off building a memorable and effective agenda. 

 

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.