Many groups like to meet in the mornings and schedule team-building activities like golf, horseback riding, fishing and more in the afternoon. In the Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita area on the Western Slope of Colorado, there is a fun option of happy hour hiking, a great way to combine getting outdoors with sampling local beer, wine and spirits and possibly capping off the outing with dinner.
Staying at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza no longer means just looking at the diverse collection of art and guessing at the history behind some of its most celebrated features. During a new docent-led tour, groups can take part in an hour-long tour and learn about notable artists and how the iconic hotel’s 400-year-old beginnings and elements from its past are part of the modern-day look.
Sante Fe’s Eldorado Hotel & Spa has added a new 7,000-squarefoot ballroom, lobby bar and wedding chapel and introduced a refreshed room design and new artwork in its 219 guest rooms and suites. Now offering a total of 29,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Eldorado’s outdoor pavilion was transformed into the fully enclosed ballroom with 18-foot ceilings, the ability to divide into two separate meeting rooms and a state-of-the-art LED lighting system in the ceiling.
The 84-room El Monte Sagrado in Taos has been purchased by Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc., which also owns Palacio de Marquesa in the community. The Albuquerque-based company plans to keep the design, history and character of El Monte Sagrado. Formerly owned and managed by the Florida-based Kessler Collection, El Monte Sagrado opened in 2003 and underwent significant additional updates, additions and construction to reopen in 2007.
The long awaited A Line, a new electric commuter rail route, now connects Denver International Airport, the country’s sixth busiest airport, to historic Denver Union Station, the city’s urban transportation hub that houses a hotel, boutique shops, restaurants and meeting and event space after a $54 million restoration project that wrapped up in July 2014.
I live squarely in the Colorado Rockies. My town of residence, Crested Butte, is located at 8,900 feet elevation and the base of my local ski “hill,” Crested Butte Mountain Resort, is at almost 9,400 feet. Other mountain destinations around the U.S. Mountain West are equally as obvious, yet it’s also fun to discover destinations and properties that aren’t as readily thought of as connected with mountains but when you arrive it’s an “aha” moment.
Training & Retreats Located one hour southwest of Jackson Hole, the all-new Star Valley Lodge opened in December and is situated in an open valley bordered by two mountain ranges and within close proximity to the Salt and Snake Rivers.
The 58-room, eco-conscious Hotel Jackson, opened in June and situated in the heart of downtown Jackson Hole, combines rustic elegance with a contemporary Western design. The walls are crafted from reclaimed barn wood and the décor includes leather, hides, thick wools and pillows and curtains printed with feathers, antlers and bison.
The 153-room Lake Yellowstone Hotel, one of the oldest national park hotels in the country, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year in tandem with the National Park Service recognizing its centennial. Featuring Colonial Revival architecture, the hotel completed a $28 million renovation in 2014 and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.
Wenatchee Convention Center in north-central Washington has completed a remodeling project in excess of $3 million that modernized the Grand Apple Ballroom and Orchard Exhibit Hall. Owned by the City of Wenatchee and managed by Coast Hospitality, the renovation of the more than 10,000-square-foot ballroom includes new lighting, carpeting and an acoustical ceiling system and updated carpeting in the lobby just outside. The 7,560-square-foot exhibit hall received the same upgrades as well as new wall décor.