(Photo credit: Jason Dewey Photography, St. Regis Aspen's Farm-to-Massage Table Menu) 

I love September and the hint of fall it brings along with the bounty from my garden. While a full-blown explosion of color is getting underway in Colorado’s high country, it’s harvest time galore in gardens planted a little lower in elevation. My tomatoes and peppers are producing at a good clip so it’s salsa-making time, my son and his friend picked a couple backpacks full of apples for apple crisp and apple butter, and what to do with all the cucumbers?

Speaking of produce, I’ve noticed that several of Colorado’s many great spas are linking into the local foods movement. C Lazy U has offered creative options in the terrific setting of massage tents situated next to a gently meandering creek and for the lovely 15,000-square-foot Remède Spa at St. Regis Aspen, Spa Director Julie Oliff and Executive Chef David Viviano have created a five-course pairing menu using seasonal ingredients from local growers that is three hours of pure bliss.

Here’s a sampling of what’s on Remède’s Farm-to-Massage Table menu until the end of October, when it will be switched up. 

  • Amuse-Bouche: Rejuvenate in the Oxygen Bar with a fresh-pressed juice
  • Appetizer: Savory Salt Glow Scrub in choice of flavors paired with a culinary creation. Choose from Lemon Black Pepper and a Green Tea Poached Chicken Lettuce Wrap topped with lemon black pepper, Watermelon-Spearmint and Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca, and Cucumber-Mint served up with Chilled Cucumber Soup complete with jumbo lump crab and mint yogurt      
  • Main Course: 60-minute massage
  • Intermezzo: Warm eucalyptus compress
  • Dessert: Whipped Body Butter in a choice flavors paired with champagne and dessert. Choose Mango-Ginger paired with Mango Mousse and a gingersnap crumble, Oatmeal Milk & Honey served with Oatmeal Crisp and honey-infused milk, or Lavender-Vanilla with a Lavender Scone served with blackberry jam and vanilla bean cream.

It seems like offering spa options on meeting and incentive itineraries is back, and it’s certainly not an option that is only enjoyed by women. While in the airport recently, I ran into a friend’s husband who was heading to The Broadmoor for a corporate meeting and had left his golf clubs at home, opting for spa and tennis instead. 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Location: Less than an hour away from Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder, Longmont is very much centralized on northern Colorado’s Front Range. Made up of a combination of certified creative and historic downtown districts and St. Vrain State Park on its outskirts, Longmont is a lively scene for those who appreciate a mix of urban and outdoor living.