Community Service in a Snap

Impact Experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offer groups the opportunity to support causes that help people and the environment. On-property activities with the culinary team can be incorporated into lunch breaks, receptions and coffee breaks such as preparing regionally adapted dishes for donation to a local hunger relief organization, assembling school supplies and art materials in backpacks, preparing emergency preparedness kits for disaster relief, and designing and creating greetings cards for children. Off-site volunteer activities include working with the Sugar Pine Foundation to collect pine cones, plant trees and care for saplings to ensure reforestation of Lake Tahoe’s native sugar pine trees and surrounding woods. Another option is preserving the deep blue waters and shoreline of Lake Tahoe with the League to Save Lake Tahoe through monitoring invasive species, restoring trails and helping with water quality improvements. 

Chaminade Resort & Spa Completes Room Renovations

The historic, Mission-style Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, located on 300 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains and overlooking Monterey Bay, has transformed its 156 guest rooms and suites and corridors with a style reflective of Santa Cruz’s artisan community and railroad and tanning industry heritage. One of the most mindful elements added to select guest rooms during the $7.9 million renovation are meditation alcoves for guests who routinely practice meditation, mindfulness and well-being when traveling. As a result, the property has introduced a new Mindful Meetings Package that includes guided meditation at the start and end of each day’s meeting, yoga stretching breaks, guided afternoon hikes on Chaminade’s three miles of nature trails, jasmine and chamomile tea and mindful menu selections. 

There are all sorts of happenings for meeting and event planners to plug groups into in Snowmass Village this summer, taking some of the pressure off building a memorable and effective agenda. 


As travel comes returns in many parts of the world, Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2022 Star Award winners on April 26, 2022. The United States debuted 10 hotels, three restaurants and seven spas on the Five-Star list. In U.S. Mountain West towns with peaks, 12 hotels, one restaurant, and six spas landed a Five-Star nod. 


In the soon-to-be released Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings, I write about Mountain Activities 101. That’s not the official title of the article—it’s actually Mild to Wild—but it is a primer about the many amazing activities groups can enjoy in the mountains, from cave tours in Bend, Oregon, to a kayaking, hiking and hot springs excursion near Boulder City, Nevada.