Part of meeting in a new destination is leaving time to experience the city. While shopping for meeting and event space, don’t forget to consider activities that will get your group interacting and talking about favorite Albuquerque adventures following the gathering. 

Dormant Supervolcano & Ancient Petroglyphs
Walk along history at Petroglyph National Monument with more than 20,000 petroglyphs and view wildlife in the 13-mile-wide Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Southwest’s supervolcano. 

Fabulous Flamenco
Albuquerque is considered the  flamenco capital of the United States. The annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque is held each June, and an intimate performance space Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque recently opened at Hotel Albuquerque.

Mountain Vistas Galore
A 15-minute ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway whisks passengers to the 10,378-foot peak of the Sandia Mountains for a panoramic view. More active groups also can hike the La Luz Trail or bike the steep inclines and unique high desert terrain.

Spaceport America
Located  south of Albuquerque near Elephant Butte Lake, explore the Spaceport America Visitor Center and tour the 2-mile-long runway, Astronaut Walk, Gateway Gallery, Spaceport Operations Center and Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space hangar facility.

U.S. Hot Air Ballooning Mecca
There are more resident balloonists in the city of Albuquerque than any other state. The area’s cool mornings and stable winds create 300 flyable days a year. 

Two Roads Hospitality has assumed management of L’Auberge de Sedona and Orchards Inn, which are now part of the Denver-based company’s Destination Hotels collection, which features more than 40 properties. L’Auberge de Sedona features 4,480 square feet of event space in addition to several outdoor venues, 62 luxury cottages, 21 traditional lodgestyle guest rooms and the five-bedroom Creekhouse. Many of the guest rooms feature new furniture and design elements.

 

Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona has a new lineup of health-focused team-building and breakout sessions for groups of 10-120 that spotlight relaxation, meditation and clean eating. Examples of these options include experiencing the world-famous Sedona spirituality with guided meditation breaks in meeting rooms along with chair massages and yoga classes. Groups also can get creative with meeting room setups so they feature lounge furniture, yoga balls and mats, and cocktail tables to provide more room for activities.

 

Taliesin West, the winter home and living laboratory of architect Frank Lloyd Wright is available for hosting meetings and events in Scottsdale. The venue offers groups of 15-250 the opportunity to immerse themselves in Wright’s world by choosing from nine unique locations or buying out the entire property. The Cabaret Terrace, Garden Room Lawn, Garden Squares, Kiva and Pavilion Terrace are available along with the following four options.