Wilson Hotel Big Sky Residence Inn by Marriott opened the end of May 2019 and is named after Wilson Peak, one of the most prominent of the Spanish Peaks overlooking Big Sky. The hotel has 129 guest accommodations (a mix of spacious studios, one- and two-bedroom suites); 3,000 square feet of meeting space; a steakhouse-style American restaurant; and The Wilson lobby bar. The hotel’s Town Center location is just steps from shops, restaurants and nightlife and a complimentary shuttle ride from the ski lifts at Big Sky Resort. Groups and guests also can unwind in the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool and 24-hour fitness center.

A team of veteran hospitality executives is at the helm, including General Manager Mandy Hotovy, Assistant General Manager Minsun Robillard and Director of Sales Dan Moller. Wilson Hotel Big Sky Residence Inn is owned by Lone Mountain Land Company and managed by Urgo Hotels & Resorts.

Recently, I wrote about Santa Fe, New Mexico’s new Sky Railway, which made me think about all the train tie-ins for groups in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada. Several tourist trains offer special events that groups can tag onto and allow private rental of train cars, and there are venues and museums that celebrate the railroad’s front-and-center place in the development of the West.

 

The slopeside Viewline Resort Snowmass has reopened in the heart of Snowmass Village after a $40 million refresh. Previously known as The Westin Snowmass, this prominent property for meetings and events was purchased in December 2020 and has relaunched with a new name, elevated interior and exterior, and enhanced culinary offerings and guest programming.

 

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.