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Vail, CO

Colorado is one of the fittest states in the country. Recently, the Centennial State was ranked the nation’s eighth healthiest state in an annual review by United Health Foundation, coming out on top for the lowest percentage of obese adults and adults who have not participated in physical activity in the past 30 days.

Health and wellness are a way of life and can be built into meetings and events in a wide variety of ways. One great way is to build exercise into gatherings, as it’s a great way for attendees and guests to interact as well as to get the blood flowing and brain ready for meetings. Offer complimentary sessions of yoga before sessions start and build in athletic options of various levels if activities are part of a business or social gathering. In Colorado, there is an endless supply of options like hiking, walking, golf, tennis, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and more. Make it easy for people to work out by not jam-packing the schedule from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and by providing information about nearby trails, walking paths and on-site workout facilities if available.

Just breathing fresh air versus being inside all day is good for the spirit. If possible, offer opportunities to go out onto a patio for breaks, lunch or a reception. Sometimes it works well to have a cocktail party on the veranda and head inside for a meal. As mentioned earlier, Colorado is an outdoorsy state and there are many outdoor activities to plug into. Even if some in the group aren’t into athletics, do an outdoor walking tour of historic sites or between restaurants for a foodie tour.

Spa treatments are a huge treat. Even if that isn’t part of the budget, see if a hotel’s on-site spa would offer a special for your group’s stay. Or build in mini-massage or facials for a less-expensive option, and sponsored chair massages during a trade show are a welcome respite from sitting in chairs most of the day. For social groups like wedding parties and sporting events, trips to the spa are a natural fit.

The 27 hot springs facilities across the state, including the newest and also the largest options both located in Glenwood Springs, are terrific options for groups wanting to integrate health and wellness into gatherings. It’s also a great place to sit and relax together, prompting conversation. Some hot springs facilities have lodging and meeting space, providing a special place to gather and stay.

For an executive or team meeting, consider building in a wellness retreat for one or two of the days and survey participants about interests to come up with activities and a schedule. There also are yoga and wellness festivals in Telluride and other Colorado locations that can be scheduled around. Colorado has its fair share of world-class athletes who can share their stories as part of a small or large meeting and perhaps join in on some of the activities.

Healthy cuisine, including meals and snacks, also is an important part of the equation. Many Colorado hotels, resorts and restaurants are very dialed into preparing nutritious and fresh options, utilizing as many local ingredients as possible and sometimes even raising their own produce and herds.

When attendees and guests feel good, they plug into meetings and social occasions  better and will remember their Colorado experience for years to come.

Health & Wellness

Colorado is one of the fittest states in the country. Recently, the Centennial State was ranked the nation’s eighth healthiest state in an annual review by United Health Foundation, coming out on top for the lowest percentage of obese adults and adults who have not participated in physical activity in the past 30 days. Health… Read more »



Dude Ranches for Meetings & Events

Ranching has long been part of Colorado’s rich heritage. Experience the West by gathering at one of the many guest ranches and let time slow down for a few days or several hours as guests unplug from daily schedules and the steady demands of technology.   Some ranches have lodging while others serve as premiere… Read more »



Resort Meetings

Some of the major benefits of planning a meeting at Colorado resorts are access to a variety of meeting and event spaces, lodging types, activities, amenities and cuisine. A full-fledge staff of sales and meetings teams to concierges and experienced chefs who are on the cutting edge of culinary trends are an added bonus. The… Read more »



Social Gatherings in the Winter

There is no doubt that Colorado is a premiere winter playground. What groups might not know is that non-mountain towns also have many beautiful winter days with temperatures that reach 50, 60 and even 70 degrees. With 300 days of sunshine annually, winter days in the mountains feel warm even at higher altitudes when bathed… Read more »



Social Gatherings in the Summer

A favorite saying of Coloradoans who live in the mountains is “I came for the winter and stayed for the summer.” Colorado summers throughout the state are truly spectacular with more moderate temperatures and a dryer climate than many other regions of the United States. Not only are the mountains awash in green and wildflowers,… Read more »



Colorado Event Venues – Mountain Destinations

  Whether your business group is looking to get together or you want to have a high school reunion like no other, you might want to look into Colorado event venues to see how you can make everyone happy.  Too often, people simply try to find the cheapest place possible, hoping that the people who are invited… Read more »



Colorado Event Venues – Metro Destinations

Choosing an event venue in the cities of Colorado has never been easier. With our comprehensive directory you can find and compare a variety of venues for your event and request a proposal from all of them at once. Metro Denver features a number of large and small venues. A good place to start is… Read more »



Facilities for Business, Social and Spiritual Retreats in Colorado

  Whether you are located in Colorado or you are coming to Colorado as a destination, the choice of facilities suitable for your retreat are almost limitless. From the cities to the mountains you will find a wide variety of retreat centers and facilities sure to match your needs. Rustic or stylish, the choice is… Read more »



Colorado Mountain Meetings – Destinations and Facilities

  If you’re thinking the Colorado mountains might be the right place for your next meeting you’ve come to the right place. When you’re looking to plan your next executive retreat, sales meeting or industry conference, consider the possibility of holding a Colorado mountain meeting.  With the setting of the Rocky Mountains, you can ensure your next meeting or event will be something that your participants… Read more »



Colorado Meeting Facilities in Metro Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs

Your search for Colorado meeting facilities in front range cities just got easier. Our comprehensive directory can help you pinpoint and contact facilities and venues who offer space to host your meetings in Colorado, no matter how big or how small.  From executive meetings for just a few people to convention centers capable of handling hundreds… Read more »