>>  Opened in late 2016, the newest member of The Culinary Institute of America family, CIA at Copia in Napa, features a variety of meeting space options, including indoor teaching kitchens, a 200- seat theater, outdoor gardens, a restaurant and an amphitheater on the Napa River. 

>> Verve Napa Valley has a new team-building activity featuring hands-on learning with horses and professional equine facilitators that addresses topics connected to leadership such as self-awareness, nonverbal communication, embodiment, mood, trust, and intuition. 

>> Silverado Resort and Spa introduced 30,000 square feet of new outdoor function space this summer. Located adjacent to the property’s recently renovated 15,000-square-foot conference center, the Mansion Gardens include a small vineyard, spacious lawn and 5,000-square-foot, seasonal pavilion with heating, cooling, sidewalls, blackout curtains, doors, lighting and power. 

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.