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Situated in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the towering Organ Mountains and meandering Rio Grande, Las Cruces or the “City of Crosses” offers out-of-the-box opportunities to explore the area. 

Sled Down White Sands
At White Sands National Monument, groups can participate in many events throughout the year such as going on ranger-led sunset walks or renting sleds for an incredible ride down the dunes.

Pedal Among Pecans
During the spring and summer, bike along historical Highway 28 under the lush green canopy of 180,000 pecan trees at Stahmann Farms, one of the largest family-owned pecan orchards near the Rio Grande River. 

Tour the Greens
With constant sunny weather, Las Cruces is a golfing paradise with the highly rated Sonoma Ranch Golf Course and the scenic course at New Mexico State University.

Stroll the Market
On Saturday mornings at the Farmers & Crafts Market, live music is the backdrop for browsing Southwestern jewelry, handcrafted goods, local produce and more.

Smart. Artsy. Alive. The hallmarks of college towns—thriving downtowns, enviable cultural scenes, and the energy that comes with intellectual curiosity—make for some pretty livable places. Add mountain majesty to the mix and you’ve got some compelling destinations for meetings and events. The following trio of Western college towns fi ts the bill exactly along with several other communities worthy of consideration.

Fairbanks, Alaska

 

As everyone in the industry knows, meetings can produce a variety of waste, from unused handouts and unnecessary printing to the overuse of plastic and paper products. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency cited meetings and events as the second most wasteful industry, after building and construction. The good news is that meeting planners are continuing to become more and more conscientious about reducing this waste and lessening the carbon footprint of their events.

 

Being surrounded by grapevines is blissful in itself, but add a measure of mountains and the atmosphere goes nearly off-the-charts spectacular. The soils and climate of the American West have proven bountiful, resulting in a large a number of vineyards with meeting and event spaces that are surrounded by peaks or located in the foothills of Oregon, California, Idaho and Colorado.

Oregon