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>>  Ski or snowshoe to Tennessee Pass Cookhouse near Leadville, Colorado, for a gourmet dinner featuring Colorado foods such as trout, rack of lamb and elk tenderloin. The off-grid yurt is lit by candlelight and warmed by a wood stove, and there are yurts for those who want to sleep in the woods in winter or summer.

>>  The family-owned Waunita Hot Springs Ranch east of Gunnison, Colorado, is a remote lodge where groups can relax, meet in a casual setting and enjoy the hot springs pool and homemade meals. A wide range of activities are available throughout the year.

>>  The Garcia River runs through the 240-acre Oz Farm, a working ranch in Point Arena, California, that uses solar energy and wind for power and features a wide range of lodging from rustic cabins and yurts to geodesic domes and campsites. Help with farm chores, hike and take part in seasonal activities like yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, cooking and artist workshops.

>>  The 250-acre Blackbird Farm and the Farm Stay Inn in Philo, California, has four cabins, two farm houses and yurts for guests interested in learning about sustainable farming.  Take to the trails on horseback, relax by the lake or plug into Foodology University classes addressing cheese making, preserving, and mustard and jam crafting.

>>  Tucked on 37 redwood-rich acres, New Mendocino Campground in Mendocino, California, is approaching its third season as a glamping location. Eighteen campsites have elevated safari tents outfitted with queen beds, down comforters, cotton linens and slingback chairs. Guests dine on a light breakfast served in the Meadow Tent.

>> Next to Montgomery Woods State Park in the backcountry, the 27-acre Orr Hot Springs in Ukiah, California, is the real deal. Groups can stay overnight in guest rooms, cottages, yurts and a cabin, and relax in warm hot spring tubs, a large cold pool, sauna and steam room.

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.



Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.


Last spring, I made my first trip to Monterey County, Calif., and fell in love with the mix of sea, cliffs and mountains. As a Colorado native and someone who also lived in the Midwest for several years, this combination is fairly foreign to me but so unique and suitable for groups that I was excited to hear that the area teamed hosted its first-ever Sustainable Hospitality Development Symposium in February.