The maker’s movement is alive and well in Colorado. Here are a few ways groups can connect with artisans and perhaps try a little handy work of their own. 

» DRAM Apothecary in Salida offers a line of bitters, syrup and tea using organic and wild Colorado herbs. Stop by the apothecary and send attendees home with the fixings for their own creations (cocktails or otherwise).

» St. Peter’s Fly Shop in Fort Collins offers introduction to fly-tying classes in fall and winter and private fly-tying instruction. Then test creations on an outing with St. Peter’s guides.

» De Goats N Sheep Ranch in Bayfield (near Durango) is all about spending the day with Wensleydale sheep and Angora goats and putting hands to work at spinning lessons, watercolor felting lessons, knitting and more.

» Greeley Hat Works in Greeley simultaneously offers a peek into the past and a glimpse at the present of hat making. These fine-quality hats are all built one at a time, so they are the perfect attendee or incentive gift. 

The Reception Center at Aspen Meadows Resort on the Aspen Institute campus not only has a new look, the iconic Bauhaus-style structure has a new name. The Walter Isaacson Center was unveiled in June 2018 after a 10-month, $13 million renovation. The original Reception Center, designed by Herbert Bayer and opened in 1958, is now dedicated to Walter Isaacson, who served as president and CEO of the Aspen Institute from 2003 to 2018.

 

Spend a day or a week in settings inspired by the true American West.