• Family in Tow

    POSTED July 26, 2013

One of the trends we have been hearing about recently is the return of families to the meetings and events mix. It seems that a lot of us travel frequently and spend enough time away from our significant others and kids. When the chance arises, it’s nice to bring them along for the journey. For employers, it is a nice perk to offer employees and can be fun for meeting and event planners to build families into the itinerary.

In some recent Colorado travels, I found myself needing to be in four communities over a period of 12 days straight. My kids needed to be along on both sides of the journey, but right in the middle was a business trip in Vail. This is a perfect place to have two teens along as it’s small enough that they can take a hotel shuttle into the town of Vail or Lionshead to shop, walk around, grab a bite to eat and take the gondola to Adventure Ridge without a parent being along. There’s also the amazing biking and walking path along Gore Creek that connects properties like Vail Cascade and Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek to all sorts parks and great things. At both places you can rent bikes right on the property.

While I was touring around Vail, my kids were totally content lounging by the pool at Vail Cascade (not to mention the free poolside s’mores and movies on weekend evenings), going back to our spacious condo for breaks, and enjoying the basketball court and workout room in Aria Spa. For littler ones, there is an amazing pirate ship playground at the ski area base in Vail, and it’s fun to splash in the creek in shallow areas.

There is an abundance of great gathering spaces in Vail, and I was fortunate to see the many options along with recent guestroom renovations at Vail Cascade and to visit several Vail Mountain venues and attend a Bravo! concert at the lovely Ford Amphitheater. So much to pack in a weekend, but a great blend of work and family time.

Beth Buehler
Colorado Meetings + Events 

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. 


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.  


Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.