Active groups are often happy groups. Why stay indoors in meeting rooms all day when so much more can be incorporated as demonstrated by these new ideas from Wyoming, California and Arizona?

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole in Wyoming has created a three day, three river fly-fishing experience led by the property’s in-house guide. The excursion is ideal for groups or incentive trips with all skill levels and includes the Snake, Salt and Green rivers. The excursion includes daily transportation in one of the Four Season’s luxury SUVs, a gourmet lunch prepared by resort chefs, and custom-made, handcrafted drift boats from Montana. fourseasons.com/jacksonhole

In California, Napa Valley Paddle offers two kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours on the Napa River that work well for groups. On the Living River Tour, witness the Napa River’s transition from saltwater wetland to the clear fresh waters of the Oak Knoll AVA, where the tour finishes. The Carneros Wildlife Preserve excursion (with two route options) explores the northern reach of San Pablo Bay, including Skaggs Island, a former top-secret naval installation during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis. napavalleypaddle.com

In Arizona, treetop thrills at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course are soaring to new heights with the addition of Adventure Zip Lines. A network of 30 zip lines zigzag through the Ponderosa pines of Fort Tuthill County Park, with riders climbing seven ladders and traversing eight bridges to access zip line takeoff platforms. The zip lines join the popular adventure course that already offers more than 70 aerial challenges.  

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority has selected SMG, a worldwide entertainment and convention venue management company, to operate the RSCVA-owned Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC), state-owned Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, and Reno Events Center and National Bowling Stadium, both owned by the City of Reno. The four-year agreement began in June and also includes culinary services through SMG’s in-house food and beverage division.

 

Twenty additional historic hotels have been nominated and accepted into the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America program, which includes properties ranging in age from 52 to 246 years old. Two that fall within Mountain Meetings’ coverage area include the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle, Washington and Alpenhof Lodge in Teton Village, Wyoming.

 

Forbes Travel Guide has revealed its 2018 Star Award winners. The 60th annual list of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas included nine U.S. Mountain West hotels that landed the prestigious Five-Stars and are located in the mountains or immediately surrounded by peaks.