Location: Less than an hour away from Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder, Longmont is very much centralized on northern Colorado’s Front Range. Made up of a combination of certified creative and historic downtown districts and St. Vrain State Park on its outskirts, Longmont is a lively scene for those who appreciate a mix of urban and outdoor living.

Transportation: Getting around Longmont is easy with paved greenways for walkers and bicyclists and local public buses offering free fares to riders. The community is situated along Interstate 25 and is only 40 miles from Denver International Airport.

Venues & Hotels: Longmont has intimate meeting and event spaces. Mikayla Adair, marketing and communications coordinator for Visit Longmont recommends The St Vrain with its mix of brick, wood, industrious metal and soft lighting that is both rustic and chic. Meanwhile, the Oak Room at Oskar Blues Brewery exudes warm and friendly vibes with playful nuances like distilling barrels and live bands to give business meetings and events a more laid-back atmosphere. Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hotel 2 Suites are the newest lodging properties in town and offer common places for meeting and events, as they have spaces to accommodate larger groups.

Food: The award-winning Haystack Mountain Creamery is well-known for goat cheese in particular, but the business also makes a wide variety of other cheeses for purchase. For restaurants with private dining spaces, Adair suggests Collision Brewing due to its breathtaking views, in-house food, bar and separate area for meetings. The Wild Game Entertainment Experience is another  great option with 24,000 square feet of space, multiple levels, various rooms and many different menu and activity options all under one roof.

Breweries: A memorable way to host parties or corporate events is the BrewHop Trolley. The trolley travels through the Longmont loop of breweries, cideries and distilleries. It’s a great way for riders to explore the area and indulge in local libations.

How the CVB helps: Visit Longmont’s website has a section specifically for groups/meetings where you can find suggested dining spaces, meeting rooms, hotels, vendors and more. Visit Longmont staff are available to connect meeting planners to properties and venues and distribute informational bags that include guides, maps and complimentary swag.

It’s easy to meld urban adventures with brewery or culinary experiences that are sure to leave attendees grinning.

1. Pair an artistic adventure at the brand new Board & Brush creative studio at The Exchange in Old Town with a stop at Copper Muse Distillery or Infinite Monkey Theorem winery, located in the same open-air plaza.

 

The world’s largest fly-fishing industry trade show crushed attendance records with its Denver homecoming in October 2019 after a seven-year run in Orlando. The International Fly Tackle Dealer Show’s (IFTD) registration partner, Experient, verified that 2,251 attendees took part in the event, which is a 97 percent increase over 2017 numbers (1,141) and a 137 percent increase over 2018 (950). 

 

With the introduction of two newer hotels in downtown Denver and Fort Collins, The Maven and The Elizabeth Hotel both by Sage Hospitality, the alleys are among the star attractions and have demonstrated their huge potential as outdoors venues. In fact, downtown Fort Collins puts a high priority on its alleys by utilizing murals, painting utility boxes and sometimes having pianos there to play as well!

The Alley at Dairy Block, Denver