• 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.

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

Destination Niagara USA designed its series of 360-degree videos with the purpose of allowing meeting planners to virtually explore meeting and event venues in Niagara Falls, NY. The introductory video, with its footage of scenic spots that include Niagara Falls State Park, Luna Island, Stedman’s Bluff and Cave of the Winds, could do double duty as a meditative app on a stressful day.

 

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.