Summer is just too short. Calendars fill up fast, so enticing guests to attend your conference, summer meeting, corporate retreat or team-building getaway can be a challenge. But if you combine business with fabulous weather, the great outdoors and exciting adventures, you can turn your humdrum gathering into the must-attend event of the season.
Play a Round This Summer
There’s nothing more productive than teambuilding events at the country club. Drink in the sunshine and discuss company initiatives (or not) at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf + Country Club with golf, tennis, swimming or dining on their spacious patio. Or swing over to Garden of the Gods Club, renowned for stunning grounds, delectable dining and an outdoor terrace with spectacular views. Back to nature buffs will love team get-togethers at The Sanctuary Golf Course with its gorgeous course set against a sprawling natural backdrop, or at The Club at Pradera, tucked away in the rolling countryside. The Wellshire Event Center + Golf Course is considered one of the best public courses in Denver, and is widely known as a place where you get country club privileges at municipal course rates.
Inclement weather won’t rain on your parade (or your event) when your team slips on those fashionable shoes and goes bowling. These days, bowling centers are entertainment hubs, like AMF Bowling Centers, where your team can knock down pins, eat and drink, or Brunswick Zone Lone Tree offering lanes, great food, game room, billiards and a super-size lounge. For a bit of variety, try Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar where your crew can enjoy bowling and a Sports Bar with 16 HD Projector TV’s to stay on top of all the major sporting events. Of course, at Dave + Buster’s your crew can visit the midway, play billiards, action games, shuffleboard and grab a bite to eat while they catch their breath. Search for more golf courses, bowling centers or other activities at meetingpages.com.
Get Away From It All
Sometimes there’s nothing like packing up the team in the mini-van and whisking them away for the weekend. Look for accommodations where onsite crews will happily assist you with your planning. Begin by asking the pros at The Broadmoor. They’ll tell you this all-inclusive resort is the perfect distraction-free spot with golf, tennis, swimming, and even a stress-free spa. Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers Rocky Mountain seclusion essential to fostering focus on work, as well as golf, swimming, biking and a full-service workout center. Copper Mountain Resort boasts scenic chair lift rides, downhill mountain biking, cycling and of course, golf. Postcard pretty, The Sebastian Vail is a place for team and leadership development with picturesque views of the classic alpine setting. For luxurious ambience, choose Sonnenalp Resort of Vail nestled just steps from the heart of Vail Village, offering a mix of relaxation and activity. And when your team isn’t horseback riding, fly-fishing or white-water rafting, they’ll appreciate the state-of-the-art conference spaces at Fox Acres Mountain Resort Community, Crested Butte Mountain Resort or the Four Season Resort Vail. Look for more places to gather the group together at meetingpages.com.
Back to Nature
Take the company party out of the lunch room and into the great outdoors. A sporting event at the Denver Bronco’s INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium is always a winning choice. Relax and rejuvenate at the Glenwood Hot Springs with the world’s largest hot spring pool, or book the bunch at the Crooked Willow Farms, The Venue for picturesque perfection amid 90 acres rich in history, amenities and breathtaking views. Then again, you could combine teamwork with fun at Infinity Park Event Center, heralded as the go-to place for professional team building activities and creativity training. Or for a true wildlife experience, nothing rivals the Denver Botanic Gardens with 21 acres of specialized gardens for solitude and serenity. For a more academic encounter, introduce your participants to the Phipps Conference Center located on the verdant campus of the University of Denver, or plan a day of excitement at Six Flags, Elitch Gardens, with rides, waterpark, entertainment, dining and shopping. Look for more outdoor action at meetingpages.com.
Dining Al Fresco
Dining outside on a warm Colorado evening is nothing short of magical. Combine gourmet fare with a view of the stars at Bacaro Venetian Taverna in Boulder. For enjoyable outdoor eating and delightful cuisine, bring the bunch to the patios at Cool River Café or Sullivan’s Steakhouse of Denver. Or gather the gang together at Baur’s Ristorante in Denver’s theater district and savor the dramatic flavors of the gourmet menu. And if you think your group would love dining at any of the areas renowned Kevin Taylor restaurants, there’s an abundance of locations and cuisines to serve every palate, including Palettes at the Denver Art Museum, Rouge--a Modern Mountain Chophouse, Prima Ristorante Denver, Restaurant Kevin Taylor, KT at the Opera House and Limelight. Hungering for more options? Search for fab favorites at meetingpages.com.
Spectacular weather, fresh foods, endlessly entertaining activities--take advantage of all that summer offers and start planning that spectacular event today.