>>  Ski or snowshoe to Tennessee Pass Cookhouse near Leadville, Colorado, for a gourmet dinner featuring Colorado foods such as trout, rack of lamb and elk tenderloin. The off-grid yurt is lit by candlelight and warmed by a wood stove, and there are yurts for those who want to sleep in the woods in winter or summer. tennesseepass.com

>>  The family-owned Waunita Hot Springs Ranch east of Gunnison, Colorado, is a remote lodge where groups can relax, meet in a casual setting and enjoy the hot springs pool and homemade meals. A wide range of activities are available throughout the year. waunita.com

>>  The Garcia River runs through the 240-acre Oz Farm, a working ranch in Point Arena, California, that uses solar energy and wind for power and features a wide range of lodging from rustic cabins and yurts to geodesic domes and campsites. Help with farm chores, hike and take part in seasonal activities like yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, cooking and artist workshops. ozfarm.com

>>  The 250-acre Blackbird Farm and the Farm Stay Inn in Philo, California, has four cabins, two farm houses and yurts for guests interested in learning about sustainable farming.  Take to the trails on horseback, relax by the lake or plug into Foodology University classes addressing cheese making, preserving, and mustard and jam crafting. blackbird.org

>>  Tucked on 37 redwood-rich acres, New Mendocino Campground in Mendocino, California, is approaching its third season as a glamping location. Eighteen campsites have elevated safari tents outfitted with queen beds, down comforters, cotton linens and slingback chairs. Guests dine on a light breakfast served in the Meadow Tent. mendocinogrove.com

>> Next to Montgomery Woods State Park in the backcountry, the 27-acre Orr Hot Springs in Ukiah, California, is the real deal. Groups can stay overnight in guest rooms, cottages, yurts and a cabin, and relax in warm hot spring tubs, a large cold pool, sauna and steam room. orrhotsprings.org

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.