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.  

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. 

 

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.  

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.