• Tips for Groups Meeting in Durango, Cortez and Mancos

     
    POSTED November 27, 2018
     

    Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

  • Tips for Groups Meeting in Durango, Cortez and Mancos

     
    POSTED November 27, 2018
     

    Durango Craft Spirits

  • Tips for Groups Meeting in Durango, Cortez and Mancos

     
    POSTED November 27, 2018
     

    Fenceline Cider

  • Tips for Groups Meeting in Durango, Cortez and Mancos

     
    POSTED November 27, 2018
     

    Crow Canyon Archeological Center dig

  • Tips for Groups Meeting in Durango, Cortez and Mancos

     
    POSTED November 27, 2018
     

    Durango Craft Spirits

An excursion to southwest Colorado with several other journalists this fall demonstrated the wide variety of experiences groups can access in Durango, Cortez and Mancos. The Durango Area Tourism Office put together an impressive itinerary that highlighted the craft beverage and culinary scenes and a nice range of activities in partnership with several local entities and the Colorado Tourism Office.

First, let’s talk beverages. We weren’t able to check out all the beer, wine, spirit and hard cider producers (which hints at the large number), but were fortunate to enjoy tastings and/or behind-the-scenes tours at Honey House Distillery, Sutcliffe Vineyards, Durango Craft Spirits and Fenceline Cider. Also, attending the 23rd anniversary party hosted by Ska Brewing meant live music and dancing and 35 breweries offering samples.

The culinary side of the gathering focused on restaurants that have plugged into the local foods movement, such as Ore House Steakhouse in Durango, Farm Bistro in Cortez, and Olio Mancos in Mancos. A stop by Animas Chocolate Company in downtown Durango was bliss for chocolate lovers like me. The husband-and-wife duo that owns the business is dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted chocolate confections (that can be personalized for business clientele), hot chocolate and bean-to-bar chocolate.

Mix in activities like visiting Crow Canyon Archeological Center and seeing a dig site, riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton for lunch and shopping, and stand up paddle boarding at Durango’s Lake Nighthorse, which opened to the public in 2018, and it was a cocktail of memorable moments.

Downtown Durango is an ideal place to base a group. Three terrific historic hotels provide easy access to all sorts of shops, restaurants and coffee houses and the nearby DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Durango overlooks the Animas River and a paved recreation path. We stayed at the charming and historic Rochester Hotel, with a lobby/bar space and the Secret Garden available for meetings and events as well as the RSpace co-working space next door. The Leland House, a sister property across the street, has lodging only and a fleet of cruiser bikes to borrow outside.

Looking for something different? Check out southwest Colorado!

The Westin Westminster recently completed an $8.5 million renovation of its 370-guest modern rooms and 60,000 square feet of flexible event space. 

Designed by Atlanta’s Black Dog Studios, The Westin Westminster’s new décor is a “mountain modern” theme and the design highlights tones of umber, russet, amber, blue gray and teal.  Colors and patterns were inspired by Colorado’s prairie grasses and the surrounding mountainous landscape. 

 

There is no denying the stunning daytime scenery of Colorado, but the state’s amazing celestial landscape after normal meeting hours provides all sorts of great options for groups, from stargazing on moonlit dinners and train rides to nighttime zip lining and rafting.

After Dark Action

 

The 36-room Atticus Hotel in McMinnville, Oregon, opened for business this past spring. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar, private dining in the Atticus Hotel Drawing Room, a boardroom for meetings of up to 16 people, a business center and a fitness room. Additional amenities include Dutch-style bicycles, electric-car charging stations, rooms with fireplaces and original artwork from local artists.