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Sponsored Content by Colorado Tourism Office

1. Aspen

​Teambuilding exercises allow your group to focus on collaboration and direct their energy towards problem solving. Aspen is a region rich with teambuilding opportunities including zip lining, white water rafting, and skiing. Create your own adventure or partner with a company like CBST Adventures to partake in activities ranging from an outdoor survival workshop to an ice carving competition.

2. Bike to Farm Tours in Boulder

Explore Boulder and the surrounding area by bicycle while enjoying the freshest food around. Awe-Struck Outdoors, the first company in Boulder to create bike to farm experiences, has partnered with Lone Hawk Farm, Sol y Sombra, Ya Ya Orchard, 63rd Street Farm and several other farms to help you enjoy lunch with your team after working up an appetite in the Front Range Area.

3. Craft Breweries

With more than 100 breweries and brewpubs in the area, Denver produces more beer than any other urban region in America. The Denver Beer Trail is a free booklet and map highlighting 20 of those establishments in the downtown Denver area. Of course, Denver is not the only city in Colorado to produce this hoppy beverage. New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins has become a household name and Avery Brewing Company in Boulder and Dry Dock Brewing Co. in Aurora are both worth checking out.  

4. Dude Ranches

Dude ranches make for a great place where groups can get away and embrace the traditions of Colorado. For history, check out Drowsy Water Ranch in Granby, which has been open for over 85 years. For fly fishing, check out Home Ranch in Clark or Rainbow Trout Ranch in Antonito. To really get away from it all and revel in the scenery, visit Elk Mountain Ranch in Buena Vista and to experience the all-inclusive feeling of a five-star resort, stay with Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland or Colorado Cattle Company.

5. Denver’s Food Halls

Market and food halls are making a comeback in Denver, providing everything a consumer might want all in one place. These all-inclusive venues bring together various vendors to deliver everything from coffee, to meat, to flowers, to beer. Food Hhalls also offer restaurants and other spaces that can be rented out for private events. The Source is home to two restaurants – Acorn and Comida – as well as the Crooked Stave brewery. Avanti F&B has seven different restaurant concepts and two bars, and the newest, The Denver Central Market, offers a variety of food and beverage options.

6. Colorado Wine Country

Grand Valley is home to more than 20 wineries and vineyards that produce some of the state’s best wines. Tours and tastings at the various properties are just one way to explore the area. Biking tours allow you to experience a few wineries all in one day and the area is also rich with hiking trails to clear the mind after a few glasses of vino. If your group would prefer to stay for a few days, a variety of restaurants and lodging properties are available to fit your every need.

7. Hot Springs

From Carbondale to Pagosa Springs, the state of Colorado is littered with relaxing hot springs. A few of our favorites include the Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs; the Salida Recreation & Hot Springs Aquatic Center; and Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop. To take relaxation to a whole other level, take your group to the Historic Hot Springs Loop where five premier hot springs destinations – and 19 facilities - have formed a 720-mile loop through the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

8. Jessup Farm Artisan Village & BreckCreate

Fort Collins is now home to the new Jessup Farm artisan village, which features businesses focused on handcrafted and locally-sourced products including retail shops, a coffee house and a fitness studio. The Farmhouse at Jessup Fam is set in a 130-year-old building and offers elevated country and healthy farm fare.

Head a little south and check out Breckenridge Creative Arts – or BreckCreate for short – a nonprofit organization developed by the Town of Breckenridge to suppose and promote arts, culture and creative experiences. Let your group explore their artistic side by taking an art class, browsing a craft fair, attending a play, or taking a tour.

9. Denver Transportation

Groups don’t have to rely on Uber or private car companies to get around Colorado’s capital city, there’s plenty of other options to make transportation enjoyable. Denver’s light rail system makes getting around – and out of – the city easy and the new airport rail get travelers from downtown to Denver International Airport (or vise versa) within 37 minutes. Help keep Denver one of the country’s fittest cities and hop on one of the Trek bicycles that are now available for sharing. 88 stations around Denver hold more than 800 shiny red bikes so your group will never be short a ride. Scooter tours, horse-drawn carriages and pedal-cabs are a few more ways to explore the city.

10. Llama Trekking

Imagine hiking through the mountains of Colorado to enjoy lunch with a view and not having to carry any of the food or gear. That’s now possible through a variety of companies that provide hiking with llamas. Paragon Guides, Spruce Ridge Llamas, Redwood Llamas, Buckhorn Llama Company, Antero Llamas, and San Juan Mountains Llama Treks all provide day trips with these cute tour guides.

11. Museums Across the State

Museums are a great way to get out of the boardroom and learn a lot about the city you are meeting in. For art, you can’t miss the Denver Art Museum or Aspen Art Museum. For history, check out the History Colorado Center, Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum, Museum of the West or the National Mining Museum. For museums celebrating the state of Colorado, there is always Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, and Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.

12. National Parks

Colorado is home to four National Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Each park has its own particular reason to visit but each offers beautiful natural landscapes, opportunities for outdoor activities and lodging options.

13. Snowmobiling in the Mountains

Skiing is a great winter activity, but it’s not for everyone. Some members of your group might still want to explore the mountains and get that adrenaline rush, but without the chairlift. That’s where snowmobiling comes in. Snowmobiling can range from relaxing rides to high-speed adventures and is available across the state. Breckenridge offers unparalleled views from the Continental Divide while the Wolf Creek/Pagosa Springs area sees more powder fall than the rest of the state making rides a little more rugged in the San Juan Mountains.

14. Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado’s most famed park is a wonderful place to meet in the mountains. Castle Mountain Lodge on Fall River, Valhalla Resort, YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center, and Streamside on Fall River all have the capabilities to host meetings, events and conferences. Free shuttle buses make getting around the park easy and restaurants offering everything from American to Asian dishes make dining out an adventure. Geocaching, horseback riding, fishing and hiking are just a few of the activities found in Rocky Mountain National Park so visitors will never be bored.

15. The Stanley Hotel

Few things are more iconic to the state of Colorado than The Stanley Hotel, but this hotel is known for more than just being the inspiration behind Stephen King’s The Shining. The Stanley offers a wide variety of meeting and event space ranging from intimate gatherings to large conferences, all with a view of the Rocky Mountains. Onsite catering professionals will work with planners to create everything from banquets to themed events. The property can even be completely bought out for retreats and guests can experience private ghost tours of the hotel.

16. Tipis

Partner with Denver-based Eclectic Hive to incorporate a tipi village into your next event. Use these eye-popping structures for tent talks with guest speakers, collaboration spaces for guests or lounges for relaxation. For the more extreme participants, tipis can also be outfitted to sleep four to six guests.

17. Vail Vitality Center

Relax and unwind during a one-, three- or five-day executive health retreat. The Vail Vitality Center offers a full spa, an 18,000-sqare-foot fitness center, yoga, Pilates, group fitness classes, holistic healing services, outdoor fitness opportunities and human performance testing. All experiences are customizable to fit each individual’s needs.

18. White Water Rafting

White water rafting can range from a leisurely activity to an extreme one, making each trip down the river different. For a mid-level experience that will still get the adrenaline pumping check out Royal Gorge Rafting or The Numbers. For those looking for a calmer float, and the opportunity to appreciate their surroundings, head to Browns Canyon or Bighorn Sheep Canyon. The rafting possibilities are endless in Colorado so don’t be afraid to try it more than once.

19. Yoga

Few things are more quintessential to Colorado than yoga and Red Rocks Amphitheater. When you combine them, guests get the ultimate Colorado experience. Of course Red Rocks is not the only place to practice. The Denver Botanic Gardens, Chautauqua Park, and Sunken Gardens Park in Denver are all picturesque settings for outdoor yoga. Eldorado Mountain Yoga in Boulder and Yoga for the Peaceful in Crested Butte are great options for a full-on yoga retreats. Otherwise check out spas in the area or local studios to help your group unwind with a private class.

20. Zip Lining

Enjoy an elevated view of the mountains, deserts, cliffs and rivers that make up Colorado by zip lining high above the dramatic terrain. Zip lining can be done across the state and almost any Colorado destination will have an option. Head to Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to experience the highest zip line in North America, soar over the snow in winter at Crested Butte Mountain Resorts, or experience the only zip line to fly over a train with Top of the Rockies Zip Line, Inc.

Sponsored Content by Colorado Tourism Office

Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.  For more information or a copy of the 2016 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit the website or call 1-800 COLORADO.

Organization is key to a planners’ success; a system for staying on track makes for a sense of control, even for the largest of workloads. But keeping track of daily tasks, upcoming events and goals can be overwhelming, and rarely are all those things recorded in one place. That is until the Bullet Journal took hold. Ryder Carroll, inventor of the Bullet Journal, calls it “an analog system for the digital age that will help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future."

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Brian Lang was recently appointed area director of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Denver and Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Bess Miller was recently hired as general manager of Denver’s the Curtis—a Double Tree by Hilton.