There have been several top-to-bottom hotel renovations in Colorado over the last year, and I’ve been getting out and about to see them as time allows. Each summer my family enjoys the Crested Butte to Aspen hike over West Maroon Pass, so it was a perfect chance to experience the St. Regis Aspen, which was classy before but went to ultra sophisticated in a comfortable way. For an outdoor event, the large Fountain Courtyard is hard to beat along with a nicely secluded and renovated outdoor pool and adjoining Mountain Plaza.
Colorado Meetings + Events
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.
While working on a venue report about guest ranches for our new sister publication, Mountain Meetings, it further confirmed what I already knew. Colorado is rich with top-notch ranches. The Dude Ranchers’ Association (duderanch.org) has more than 100 member ranches, and 27 of them call the Centennial State home.
Soak in what's catching the noise this year in the world of decor, food and beverage, entertainment,audio-visual, technology and event planning.
(Photo: A glimpse of what’s to come at The Ranch at Emerald Valley)
(Photo: Alex Fenlon, Crested Butte Music Festival)
I like it when towns get creative in taking a resource they already have and turn it into a non-traditional event venue. Castle Rock and Crested Butte are two Colorado towns that have found their fairly new outdoor ice rinks also can be valuable large event spaces for fair-weather months.
Kick the ‘we’ve always done it this way’ out the door and get down to creating a blockbuster.
Think high-impact décor demands big dollars? Think again.
Now that the holidays are over and January is well underway, it’s time to look at what happened in 2012 and what is being anticipated for 2013. We’re starting to receive year-end data so I’ll share some from the Global Business Travel Association.