The 153-room Lake Yellowstone Hotel, one of the oldest national park hotels in the country, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year in tandem with the National Park Service recognizing its centennial. Featuring Colonial Revival architecture, the hotel completed a $28 million renovation in 2014 and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, construction commenced in 1889 when Yellowstone was the country’s only national park and opened two years later after construction concluded at a cost of $46,000. The hotel, operated by Yellowstone National Lodges, features lakeside and standard rooms as well as lakeside suites and the presidential suite once used by President Calvin Coolidge.
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.
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.