• What’s New & Noteworthy Around Colorado

     
    POSTED July 17, 2017
     
  • What’s New & Noteworthy Around Colorado

     
    POSTED July 17, 2017
     
  • What’s New & Noteworthy Around Colorado

     
    POSTED July 17, 2017
     
  • What’s New & Noteworthy Around Colorado

     
    POSTED July 17, 2017
     
  • What’s New & Noteworthy Around Colorado

     
    POSTED July 17, 2017
     

It’s always fun to talk about new happenings around Colorado, and 2017 is proving to be a banner year for places of interest to groups.

In Aspen, Hotel Jerome is integrating the neighboring Aspen Times Building into the historic Hotel Jerome will expand the property’s guest capacity through the addition of eight new rooms and revitalization of the courtyard between the two buildings, including a repositioned pool, two hot tubs, two new meeting rooms, deck, lawn and patio. Plans also include a barbershop and speakeasy.

Also, a new 124,000-square-foot W Aspen is planned for the former Sky Hotel location. The modern-day mountain chalet will feature 88 guest rooms, including six suites, and 11 W-branded fractional residences. A split-level living room/lobby is designed to inspire guest interactivity, and a 1,600-square-foot patio and 8,000-square-foot rooftop bar and pool outdoors to host guests and events in every season. Completion is slated for early 2019.

Lawson Adventure Park opened in 2016 near Idaho Springs and has introduced a two-story lodge, eight cabins ranging in size from 400 to 600 square feet, five yurts and a campground in 2017. A wide range of activities are available, including an eight-element challenge course, bungee trampoline, Water Walkerz, spider wall, mechanical bull, ZORBing (rolling down a hill in a giant orb), rock climbing, disc golf and more. The park can host groups of 10 to 100.

Bremen’s Wine & Tap officially launched as a casual neighborhood eatery in Denver’s LoHi district on June 21 and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for brunch, lunch and happy hour. Executive Chef Matty Selby is creating seasonal dishes with a New American flair with one of the most interesting sweet items being the grilled banana split with candied pecans, chili pineapple wedge, hot fudge and cinnamon ice cream. A selection of white and red wines on tap are available as well as a signature cocktail menu, shaken and stirred by local mixologist Kyle West. AJ Prasaguet is serving as general manager of Bremen’s, which can serve groups of up to 24 on both the patio and in the bar area.

The craft winery Bigsby’s Folly has opened its doors in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood in a 130-year-old, 7,000-square-foot warehouse located at 3563 Wazee St., at the foot of the 36th Street pedestrian bridge. The Roaring ‘20s-inspired tasting room features several house-made varietals as well as a full-service bar and food menu. The full-production urban winery has 30-foot exposed timber ceilings, original brick walls, abundant natural light, a private tasting and meeting room, and an outdoor patio and oversized courtyard with lawn games, a fire pit and comfortable seating. The venue is well suited for a casual

happy hour or a full dinner, accommodating groups of up to 300. In addition, Bigsby’s Folly offers “Winemaker for a Day” custom-blending sessions, where guests create their own red wine blend, design a label, and bottle and cork it. Up to 12 guests can participate per 90-minute session.

Get out an enjoy these exciting new additions to the Colorado scene.

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. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.