One trend that seems to be here to stay in the meetings and events industry is making sure venues, destinations and gatherings are respectful to the environment and the animals that also occupy our planet. Here are some examples from U.S. Mountain West properties that are part of Teneo Hospitality Group

The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, is comprised of 37,000 acres of hills, woodlands and rivers ideal for team-building and special adventure programs. The property has teamed up with local ranchers, hoteliers, conservationists, and state and federal wildlife agencies to make sure waterways are clear and brimming with trout. 

Employees at Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, Colorado, regularly volunteer to clean the nearby Eagle River, local highways and mountain bike trails. The resort also helps employees to reduce their carbon footprint by providing bus passes, car pool coordination and housing within walking distance of the hotel.

Groups staying at Garden of the Gods Collection in Colorado Springs, Colorado, can experience the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center or the 200-acre Elk Glade Ranch, where participants can gain courage and confidence through the science of equine therapy by riding horses and driving cattle.

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.