Colorado is the West. It’s one of those attributes and pieces of the history and present that I hope we never forget. When talking to event planners and designers over the years asking about trends and themes, the West frequently comes up with a mention of how it can be a struggle to keep it fresh, especially when it’s so regularly requested by out-of-state groups. However, it’s something that makes us so very unique, and when doesn’t it feel good to slip into a pair of jeans, comfortable boots and one of the many great Western shirts available versus a fancy ball gown or tux?
I like how the Sheraton Denver Downtown rolled up it’s sleeves in true ranching fashion to celebrate the city’s 108th National Western Stock Show last month. The hotel’s lobby, 16Mix cocktail lounge,15|Fifty restaurant and entrance windows were transformed to welcome guests to the world’s largest stock show. We’ll let the photos do the talking.
The point is, utilize the fact that we still have acres and acres of ranchland and open plains still being worked by cowboys and rodeos held all over the state and that people make specific trips to Colorado to experience guest ranches, take horseback rides on mountain trails, shop in Western stores and absorb what sometimes we take for granted.