Ever think cliff camping is way beyond your group’s grasp? With Estes Park-based Kent Mountain Adventure Center (1), interested individuals and groups learn the basics of climbing and have the assistance of a guide in setting up a wall camp to enjoy the views over Rocky Mountain National Park. 

The hour-long Colorado Springs Happy Hour Tour (2) introduces the art and history of downtown Colorado Springs. The excursion starts at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company and is held on the third Thursday evening of the month from April to October. Several other tours are offered by Downtown Colorado Springs. 

Snow Mountain Ranch (3) in Granby now offers a tubing hill throughout the summer and fall, allowing eight riders to tube at once. This is only the third tubing hill of its kind in the United States. snowmountainranch.org Whole Journeys, Whole Food Market’s new travel company, has introduced a three-day Aspen Hiking and Tasting Tour (4). Daily hiking options range from active to challenging and are guided by Aspen Alpine Guides. Trail lunches are made with local and Whole Foods Market’s products, tasting tours at local producers like Woody Creek Distillers and Avalanche Cheese Creamery, and a barbeque dinner at T-Lazy 7 featuring responsibly raised meats. 

Bicyclists visit local farms, meet the farmers and indulge in a three-course lunch on a farm during Boulder Bike to Farm Tours with Awe-Struck Outdoors. The tours are available on various Thursday evenings in summer and fall and during the Tour des Farms Festival. 

Geo Tours in Morrison has joined forces with Mountain Toad Brewery and Golden City Brewery to introduce a Boats & Beers brewery tour and rafting trip. A halfday rafting trip on the Class III waters of Clear Creek is followed by a brewery excursion. 

Vail Valley Food Tours link visitors to the rich history and extensive culinary offerings in Vail and Beaver Creek. Three-hour walking tours are offered throughout the week with two options to select from: Art & Après Beaver Creek and Vail Village Food Tasting & Historical Walking Tour. Private tours for groups of six to 12 also are available. 

Fort Collins Tours and Colorado Carriage and Wagon have teamed up to offer a Covered Wagon Historical Tour of Fort Collins. Participants hear stories about the homes, mansions, businesses and streets of Old Town and the surrounding area and learn about cowboys, scoundrels and founding fathers and mothers. The tours are available on several Sunday afternoons in the summer.

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.

 

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.