By Beth Buehler
Playful, Creative & Outdoor Spaces for Colorado Meetings
Farm dinner (photo courtesy of Paul Bousquet)
With mountains and wide-open spaces in abundance, Colorado is a state known for its outdoor beauty. It’s no wonder that there is a light-hearted and creative vibe that meshes well with groups looking for venues that inspire out-of-the box thinking and networking.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs (photo courtesy of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park)
Groups are discovering the benefits of mixing business with pleasure at upscale entertainment complexes that have meeting and event space integrated into their designs. Six venues of this nature have opened in Colorado over the past five years alone: Ace Eat Serve, Punch Bowl Social, For the Win and Topgolf Centennial in the Denver area and Wild Game Entertainment Experience in Evergreen and Longmont.
Meeting in the mountains? No problem, ski resorts are naturally playful year-round, especially with the addition of summer experiences known as Epic Discovery in Vail and Breckenridge. Think zip lines, alpine coasters, adventure courses, hiking trails and much more. Or head straight to Slopeside Lanes at the base of Snowmass for bowling, happy hour, wood-fired pizza and upscale bar food, and other games like pool, foosball and air hockey.
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park in Denver, Denver Zoo, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs have long been favorite places for all ages and offer all sorts of options for meetings blended with fun. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs and Royal Gorge Bridge & Park near Cañon City also are perfect places for exploring natural wonders, going on daring and easygoing rides, and connecting back for a picnic or barbecue.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex (photo courtesy of Visit Denver, The Convention & Visitors Bureau/Steve Crecelius)
For some artistic inspiration, head to Anderson Ranch Arts Center, located on five acres in Snowmass, and the Golden Triangle Creative District in downtown Denver with amazing spaces and activities for groups at Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and the ART hotel with a beautiful outdoor deck and a dynamite art collection. Nearby are the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House, located in the Chambers Grant Salon in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Music lovers will recognize the merits of the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen and Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts offer flexible and inspiring spaces. The state’s numerous art galleries provide perfect backdrops, with Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center just steps off Boulder’s iconic Pearl Street being among the top.
Biking through Western Slope vineyards (photo courtesy of Visit Grand Junction)
Denver Botanic Gardens, Benson Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado State University’s Annual Flower Trial Garden in Fort Collins and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail are just a few of the many gorgeous parks and gardens in Colorado that can host groups. Four Seasons Hotel Denver, Warwick Denver and Halycon, a new hotel in Denver’s Cherry Creek North district, have glorious rooftop decks and pools, and Del Frisco’s Grille Cherry Creek nearby offers excellent views and atmosphere on its year-old rooftop deck that is perfect for dinner or cocktails.
Several farms in Boulder and Delta County, vineyards in Palisade and Grand Junction, and orchards on the Western Slope offer unforgettable dining experiences in the fields. Or schedule a concert or gathering at truly unique music venues like Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre and Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in the Denver area.
Whether you go with playful, creative or outdoorsy or a combination of these three, it is sure to be a Colorado meeting experience that will keep attendees reminiscing for weeks and months to come. Click here for additional ideas and resources.