Times are a changing. In Crested Butte, Colorado, where I live and work, two longtime businesses have recently changed ownership or management (including Cristiana Guesthaus, a European-style inn) or are morphing into something new. I also discovered that our friendly community chiropractic office and has a new location in hip new digs down the street. Just like in communities, things rarely stay the same in the meetings and events industry, but this is especially true here and now in regard to Colorado’s lodging sector.
In a follow-up email for the 17th annual Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference & Trade Show held March 14 and 15 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, organizers attributed the record sellout attendance of 1,200 to “a perfect storm of collaboration.” I like that description and find that it also perfectly describes the 11th annual Colorado Meetings + Events magazine’s Best of Colorado readers’ choice
Stir up engagement and tune into a host destination with gatherings that utilize multiple venues.
Renovations are officially complete at St Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colo.
“Our team at St Julien Hotel & Spa is always working to provide our guests with an experience that is not only exemplary, but is also authentic to the town we call home – Boulder,” says Bob Trotter, general manager, St Julien Hotel & Spa. “Our recent property refresh is yet one more way in which we continue to deliver that experience to our guests.”
St. Julien Hotel & Spa, a AAA Four-Diamond Property and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, has been recognized as the number 14 hotel of the 25 Top Hotels in the West according to Condé’s Nast Traveler’s 29th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The hotel features 201 guest rooms, the 10,000-square-foot Spa at St. Julien, dining options such as Jill’s Restaurant, T-Zero Lounge and Saturday Afternoon Tea, and more than 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.
The plainly wrapped gift is often times picked last to open, so why settle for the norm when colorful and magical gatherings are first selected off busy holiday schedules?
If meetings and events have fallen into a rut, you may simply need a higher calling. The Rocky Mountains are so stunning and the sunsets so vibrant that reaching a vantage point to enjoy them is a great way to rise above the blasé. Check out these venues to help gain this unique per - spective for upcoming get-togethers.
There are several recent renovations and new hotels being introduced in Colorado. Here is just a sampling inspired by attending the Under the Big Top event held at Hotel Boulderado in downtown Boulder on Sept. 28 to showcase the completed first phase if the historic hotel’s renovation, which included 114 of the 160 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and the outdoor plaza.
Boulder native and Destination Colorado President Lisa Lindgren takes helm of a classic Colorado hotel.
Tap into Colorado's burgeoning beer and wine scene for gatherings with a local touch.