• Colorado Springs Offers New Options for 2018

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    Destination Spotlight

  • Colorado Springs Offers New Options for 2018

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    Destination Spotlight

  • Colorado Springs Offers New Options for 2018

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    Destination Spotlight

Colorado Spings is home to more than 55 attractions and activities, including the iconic Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Park. Take a look at what’s new for groups to enjoy in Colorado’s second largest city. visitcos.com

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park’s Via Ferrata – One of the Colorado Springs area’s oldest attractions has added a via ferrata rock-side climbing path that consists of metal rungs connected to a secure harness. The course ends with two zip lines. caveofthewinds.com

DroneSpace –This 12,000-square-foot indoor facility has a large dedicated race track, racing drone shop and spacious lounge. Drone pilots wear goggles so they can look through the “cockpit” of the racing drone as they fly the course. dronespace.org

Dragonfly Stand Up Paddle Board Glowga – This 60-minute paddleboard class has been timed to experience Colorado’s setting sun alongside paddle yoga practice on Quail Lake. Boards are illuminated with colorful LED lights. dragonflypaddleyoga.com

Ent Center for the Arts – Year-round music and performances are planned for this new 92,000-square-foot facility at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A 774-seat concert hall, 245-seat recital hall, Gallery of Contemporary Art, theaters, a recording studio and audio laboratory are among the highlights. uccs.edu/entcenter

Trail’s End Taproom – Forty beers are on tap in this first self-pour taproom in Colorado. Guests pay by the ounce, and 100 percent of tips are donated to local trail and humanitarian nonprofits. trailsendtaproom.com

Pikes Peak Lemonade Company – For something completely different, head to a lemonade tap room where organic lemons and limes, organic cane sugar and filtered water are combined with lavender, hibiscus, jalapeño and a variety of other fresh ingredients. pikespeaklemonade.com 

Crafts and Drafts Passport – From microbreweries to moonshine, visitors can sip and savor their way through the area using a downloadable Crafts & Drafts Passport featuring 24 libation and coffee locations. visitcos.com

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

Incorporating the host city into the framework of the meeting is an effective way to enhance the content of the conference.

Host in Local Hotel
While attendees might flock to flag hotels, consider a boutique hotel as overflow to showcase the destination. In Lubbock, the DoubleTree by Hilton offers a local flair through design and cuisine; meanwhile, just a few streets over, the Cotton Court Hotel pays tribute to the area’s cotton history.