• Get to Know: Colorado Springs

     
    POSTED February 22, 2016
     

    Go off the beaten path and explore these five secret spots. 

  • Get to Know: Colorado Springs

     
    POSTED February 22, 2016
     

    Go off the beaten path and explore these five secret spots. 

  • Get to Know: Colorado Springs

     
    POSTED February 22, 2016
     

    Go off the beaten path and explore these five secret spots. 

  • Get to Know: Colorado Springs

     
    POSTED February 22, 2016
     

    Go off the beaten path and explore these five secret spots. 

The Colorado Springs area is home to popular attractions like Pikes Peak, U.S. Olympic Training Center and Garden of the Gods Park, but there are several lesser-known gems for groups to experience.

Paint Mines Park: Located on 750 acres of rolling plains in eastern Colorado Springs, this geological site offers a rare landscape, unique rock formations and rich history. Walk the 4 miles of trails to spot spires and hoodoos.

The Abbey: Originally built as a teaching facility for Benedictine monks, the four-story brick building completed in 1925 sits on 200 acres in Cañon City and is a serene location for meetings, celebrations and various events. Within walking distance is the tasting room of Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

Miramont Castle: Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, this restored castle in Manitou Springs has original Victorian-style furnishings. Wind through the 30 rooms with a self-guided tour followed by an authentic tea or lunch in the Queen’s Parlour Tea Room. Live History at Rock

Ledge Ranch: Explore life as it was for the first settlers of the Colorado Springs region at this historic site. The West comes alive in the buildings carefully restored to their original appearance. Stop in the blacksmith shop, view work in the fields and enjoy special events and festivals through the summer and fall. 

Iron Springs Chateau: Experience true vaudeville and melodrama entertainment during a threecourse meal, and make sure to stay for the after-show singalong. The longtime landmark is located at the base of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Manitou Springs.

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

The latest addition is the availability of Spanish-speaking guides. 

Based in Boulder City, Nevada, Evolution Expeditions has been running kayak tours since 2006. Today, the outfitter offers fully customizable tours that can include hiking for groups of up to 60 guests, whether it’s a half-day break from meetings or a full day expedition. 

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.