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.

2. Soak up nature at one of the nearly 50 nearby natural areas and then channel attendees’ inner winemaker at the new Blendings at the Preserve, where they can blend and bottle their own perfect vino concoctions.

3. Combine ice skating at City Park or fat biking at Lory State Park with hot chocolate and pie at Ginger and Baker.

4. Attend a football game or host a private event or meeting at Colorado State University’s relatively new Canvas Stadium, followed by a visit to a classic local brewery, like CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewery (Fort Collins’ oldest brewpub) or New Belgium Brewing (the 4th largest craft brewer in the United States).

5. Pair the Fort Collins Foodie Walk, offered the third Friday evening of each month, with a taste of the community’s live music scene. The walk features 12 of Old Town’s culinary shops that offer interactive showcases, seasonal flavors and taste experiences. Check out who’s playing at the historic Aggie Theatre or the newest music venue in town, Washington’s, which can hold up to 900.

6. Offer a farm-to-table cooking class at Farm Fusion (like Hunter’s Field to Plate or Me Oh My, Let’s Make Some Pie) and a stop at the local farmers market.

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. 

 

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.