Recipient of the World’s Leading Luxury Train title from the 2020 World Travel Awards, Rocky Mountaineer launched its first-ever excursion in America’s Southwest on Aug. 15, 2021. Rockies to the Red Rocks is a two-day route that winds alongside rivers and through canyons and mountains between the vibrant city of Denver, Colorado and the red rock formations of Moab, Utah.
Recently, the Colorado Meeting + Events editorial advisory board shared musings about the state of the meetings and events industry in Colorado. This annual conversation with industry pros from around the state is always thought-provoking, candid and a back-and-forth about challenges and opportunities. One key topic was what differentiates Colorado from other states.
The advisory board concluded that many times, getting a group outside in Colorado’s fresh air and beautiful surroundings can be just what the meeting productivity doctor ordered.
Several hotels are opening on the Front Range, significant renovations are happening at properties around the state, the Colorado Tourism Office’s press release on what’s new for summer is multiple pages long and the restaurants launching just seem to get more creative and find their own unique niches. These are exciting times in Colorado. Here’s just a few new things that stood out recently, and make sure to watch for the Spring and Summer 2017 issues of Colorado Meetings + Events. I don’t want to spoil what you'll find in those pages!
Location: At the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, between Aspen and Vail, Glenwood Springs is 160 miles west of Denver and 90 miles east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70.
Two of Glenwood Springs’ most iconic properties will be under the same ownership again after a 70-year hiatus if a purchase agreement goes through as planned in early 2017. Walter Devereux opened Glenwood Hot Springs in 1888, followed by Hotel Colorado across the street in 1893.
As snow returns to Colorado’s high country and anticipation of the upcoming winter season becomes evident among locals, there are some fun announcements of interest for groups from mountain towns and those surrounded by mountains. These are just a few of the many new highlights shared by our friends at the Colorado Tourism Office.
Colorado is definitely known for its high-octane winter pursuits, but summer and fall gatherings with plenty of adrenalin junkies won’t be disappointed with options such as these.
Nature and man collaborated to create the ideal meeting spot in Glenwood Springs. This robust and friendly community is snugged into the Roaring Fork Valley, where two rivers—the Colorado and Roaring Fork—meet. It’s surrounded by snowcapped peaks and is ideally situated between the famous ski towns of Aspen and Vail. Getting there is easy. Visitors can either drive a scenic three hours from Denver or fly into their choice of four nearby airports.
In our recently-released fall issue, don’t miss our destination feature about Glenwood Springs. My family has stayed in Glenwood Springs several times for corporate events, soccer games and getaways, so it is always exciting to hear about new things to enjoy. Since the story was written, I’ve received word about an exciting attraction on the horizon.