• New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

  • New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

  • New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center opened its doors on Dec. 18, 2018 and began welcoming groups in January 2019. The new resort, a marquee property for Marriott International, is the fifth Gaylord Hotels resort in the nation and one of the largest hospitality industry projects to break ground in the United States since 2016.

A hyper-local Colorado spirit is at the heart of the property. One of the local food and beverage partnerships is Dry Dock Brewing Co., an Aurora brewery that is producing two exclusive Gaylord Rockies beers. The design and décor resembles the Colorado outdoors, such as boulders molded after iconic attractions and a restaurant with a log cabin-esque ambiance. Elevators on the lower level are designed to look like old mine shafts, while guest rooms feature aspen tree-inspired carpets, lumberjack plaid on pillows, and hiking and camping maps in closets. The convention center has Colorado details sprinkled throughout, including elements that represent ski tracks, snowdrifts and snowflakes.

Visiting two additions to the downtown Denver lodging scene recently brought a smile to my face.

 

Many of Colorado’s wineries are located on Colorado’s Western Slope, but Sweet Heart Winery & Event Center in Loveland is one of the exceptions. Located on 8 acres, the winery has indoor and outdoor venue options to host gatherings ranging from meetings, expos, and fundraising galas to holiday parties and networking events. The barrel room can hold up to 200, or book the entire facility for a larger affair. 

 

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property.