Seven family-run farms in the Applegate Valley offer a multisensory experience on the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail, open to visitors in July and August when the lavender is in full bloom. Not only are there great views of the Siskiyou Mountains along the way, the farms offer u-pick flowers and potted plants as well tasty treats, handcrafted lavender products, a variety of crafts and distilled DIY essential oils.

Eugene Ale Trail features 11 of the region’s best craft breweries, bottle shops and tap houses, including Ninkasi, Hop Valley, Oakshire, Falling Sky, Sam Bond’s Brewers Union Local 180, Steelhead, McMenamins, Plank Town, Claim 52 and Agrarian Ales, many using local ingredients and ultra-pure water sourced from the McKenzie River. Make it extra fun for a group by visiting at least eight of the 10 Eugene-area breweries and having a trail passport stamped at each to receive a 16-oz. amber growler. A side trip 44 miles east on Highway 58 to Oakridge’s Brewers Union Local 180 nets suds-lovers a stainless steel pint cup.

One of the United State’s best-known destinations for spiritual vacationing, rest and renewal is Sedona, Arizona. After the many challenges of the past few years, groups who are looking to provide immersive and fulfilling excursions for meetings and incentives trips may want to consider this mountain destination with majestic red rock scenery. 

L’Auberge de Sedona aims to make it easy and unique with new metaphysical programming that incorporates the resort’s serene and intimate grounds and amenities.

 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.