The Denver International Airport corridor has taken off with hotels, restaurants and conference centers.
Colorado Meetings + Events
In Colorado's diverse landscape, travelers find themselves with a plethora of intimate, rustic, agrarian, mountain and lakeside inns. However, many small properties are not able to afford groups the space and privacy needed to host retreats, meetings and largerscale events. We have come up with five incredible options that are truly outside the corporate cubicle.
Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park
The MIC Educational Conference and Trade Show not only elevated attendance numbers, it showed how shaking up tradition can skyrocket energy and enthusiasm for all involved.
The Fis Alpine World Ski Championships has been to the United States three times in the last 26 years (1989, 1999 and 2015), and Epicurean Sports (a division of Epicurean Group) and our CEO, Larry Dipasquale, have been on-site to provide food and beverage services to thousands at the race finish line.
Even after 30 years working in meetings and events, Bruce and Donna Horii find plenty of motivation in what they do.
“We both have a passion for the mountain lifestyle, Colorado as a state and Breckenridge as a home base; I think that kind of shows through to our guests and clients,” says Bruce, director of sales and marketing at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge for the past 15 years.
Colorado is definitely known for its high-octane winter pursuits, but summer and fall gatherings with plenty of adrenalin junkies won’t be disappointed with options such as these.
Opened earlier this year in a restored industrial warehouse in Denver’s River North Arts District (RiNo), Nocturne is a modern take on jazz and supper clubs of the mid-20th century. Nightly live jazz, including regular performances by nationally touring jazz artists, and a menu that features “Standards” like cubano sliders and boardwalk frites and constantly changing “Renditions,” which are tastings inspired by iconic and historical jazz recordings, are part of the theme.
Avery Brewing Company has moved into a newly expanded, $27 million facility in Boulder. Founded in 1993 by father-and-son duo Adam and Larry Avery, Avery Brewing offers free tours and tastings daily and has a menu of smoked meats, sandwiches, salads, southern dishes, and even fried rabbit and waffles.
Estes Park’s first microbrewery, St. Vrain Brewing Company, opened in early 2015 and features a 15-barrel system, indoor tasting room and outside patio.
—2 oz. mezcal
—3 house-made cherry halves*
—1 tsp. raw sugar
—3 dashes bitters
—.5 orange slice
1. Muddle fruit, sugar and bitters in an old fashioned tumbler (short cocktail glass).
2. Add mezcal and ice, stir several times, garnish with orange slice and serve.
On the surface, the typical meeting and event planner appears to live a charmed life: jet-setting all over the world, dining at lavish gala dinners, staying at the finest hotels and attending some of the world’s premier sporting events. These activities seem like daily occurrences when following a planner on Facebook or Instagram. We’re not complaining, but what photos don’t show is the work and behind-the-scenes maneuvering that created that perfect photo op.