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.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

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.