When meeting in Chaffee County, located in south central Colorado, groups should take time to explore along the beautiful Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway. Here are nine stellar adventures in the Buena Vista and Salida areas. colorfulcolorado.com

1. Raft the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon National Monument.

2. Hike one or more of the fifteen 14,000-foot peaks or along three national trails, including the Colorado, Continental Divide and American Discovery. 

3. Check out the whitewater parks in both towns and walk along the river walk to watch stand up paddle boarders and kayakers in action.

4. Cruise around the 10,000-acre Fourmile Travel Management Recreation Area, one of the best offroad vehicle recreation playgrounds in Colorado. 

5. Soak in the warm, soothing waters at Cottonwood Hot Springs, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort and Salida Hot Springs Pool.

6. Catch a trophy trout on the Arkansas River with approximately 140 miles of stream to fish and more than half of those miles open to public access.

7. Utilize the three zip-line tours and aerial parks for elevated team-building. 

8. Shuttle riders to the top of Monarch Pass to ride more than 30 miles of mostly singletrack on the wellknown Monarch Crest Trail and descend about 6,000 feet.

9. Take advantage of the all-natural snow paradise for skiers and snowboarders at Monarch Mountain, which also offers places for groups to meet and eat. 

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.