Groups convening in Colorado Springs are
frequently encouraged to go on a tour, hold
an event or take a class at the Colorado
Springs Fine Arts Center.
“From the spectacular Smith Gallery
Glass Corridor and outdoor courtyard to
historical spaces like the cafe and theater,
this venue creates a unique artistic ambience perfect for receptions and corporate
meetings for up to 400 people,” said Chelsy
Offutt, director of communications for the
Colorado Springs CVB.
At Cottonwood Center for Arts, which
also offers meeting space, groups can arrange a private class in hand-molding clay
sculptures, mixed media and more.
And at The Broadmoor, which has an art
collection valued at roughly $350 million,
groups can take a free one-hour guided
tour at 10: 30 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday mornings or arrange a private
tour for a fee, according to Shauna Sartori,
the property’s director of concierge.
“Many of The Broadmoor’s meeting
rooms are named after famous Western
artists, with those spaces displaying works
by those particular artists,” Sartori said.
“Thus, the Maxfield Parrish room in Broadmoor West and the Frederic Remington
room in Broadmoor South, for example,
offer those treasures.”
In downtown Billings, groups can mix local
art and refreshments for standout off-ses-sion activities, including a brewery/art
walk and a cocktail/painting experience.
The former option, according to Stefan
Cattarin, sales manager at Visit Billings, begins with a fresh beer on the patios of two
neighboring craft breweries, Thirsty Street
Brewing and Angry Hank’s Microbrewery.
“The walk will then take you down ‘art
alley,’ which boasts colorful, expressive
graffiti art,” he said. “You’ll also pass by
local art galleries with open doors.”
The tour ends at the Western Heritage
Center, which houses exhibits that show-
ceilings and origi-
nal oak floors, this
structure is the
perfect venue for a
featuring more tantalizing culinary treats
and local drinks,” Cattarin said.
Another memorable outing begins with
handcrafted cocktails at Trailhead Spirits
before attendees head next door to the cen-tury-old Billings Depot, where blank can-vases and coaches from Canvas
Creek Team Building await
them with a collaborative
“[Groups can ] sip
wine, eat delicious,
locally catered hors
d’oeuvres from Raven’s Cafe d’Art, and
paint,” Cattarin said.
Home to, among other
festivals, the Fall Arts Festival and Grand Teton Music
Festival, as well as rodeos, county
fairs and other cultural experiences, Jackson Hole always has something fun on the
calendar for groups to check out.
The premier wildlife art museum in the
U.S, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, is
also in Jackson Hole.
“From the time our groups are greeted
in the lobby by our staff until they depart,
they will have a world-class experience
surrounded by beautiful art, gorgeous
views of the mountains and the National
Elk Refuge, Sleeping Indian and more,” said
Maggie Davis, the museum’s supervisor of
group tours and visitor services.
Davis added that the museum regularly
hosts corporate meetings that conclude
with an after-hours reception in the iconic
venue’s beautiful lobby.
“When a group buys out our space, they
have the museum to themselves the entire
evening,” she said. “We are well-known and
loved by many meeting planners, and have
many repeat customers.”
Inspiration abounds in Lake Tahoe, where
a popular arts option is a teambonding
painting activity facilitated by The Painted
Vine in Truckee, Calif., which offers mobile
classes that meet groups at their host hotel.
“You don’t just see art and culture in
North Lake Tahoe, you experience it,” said
Jason Neary, director of sales for the North
Lake Tahoe CVB. “Groups can see local art-
ist talent in galleries then create their own
art with a painting class. In addition, year-
round festivals like Winter WonderGrass
Tahoe, a concert for all ages, are perfect for
groups looking to add a cultural edge to
their Tahoe stay.”
Neary added that the most popular
arts-related event is the Lake Tahoe Shake-
“It’s the quintessential arts and cultural
experience,” he said. “Guests sit
on comfortable chairs on the
beach overlooking the maj-
esty of Lake Tahoe while
enjoying the show. A
myriad of food ven-
dors, performers and
musicians add to the
In South Tahoe,
the Tallac Historic
Site provides a glimpse
into the elegant life on
the shores of Lake Tahoe
during the 1930s, according to
Carol Chaplin, the president and
CEO of Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.
“[Groups can] can reserve space for a
picnic on the lawn during one of the many
outdoor music events here,” she said, add-
ing that groups might also purchase tables
at the annual Gatsby Festival and enjoy an
authentic Old Tahoe afternoon tea. “And
the Valhalla Grand Hall, with a massive
stone fireplace and wraparound balcony,
provides a spectacular venue for a group
Valhalla Tahoe, also held at Tallac
Historic Site, is Lake Tahoe’s premier
summer-long festival of live music, theater
and visual and cultural arts. Planners are
encouraged to check out the festival’s line-
up of events, as including one will certainly
enhance any group itinerary.
Park City, “the preeminent artist colony of
the Rocky Mountains,” according to Dan
Howard, director of communications for the
Park City Chamber/CVB, is home to dozens
of fine art galleries along its historic Main
Street and the Kimball Arts Festival each August, and is the proud summer home of the
Utah Symphony, which annually performs
at the Deer Valley Music Festival from the
end of June through mid-August.
“Groups of up to 1,000 people can
gather at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at Deer Valley Resort and enjoy
gourmet picnic basket dining—along
with a wide selection of fine wines—while
taking in headliner music acts from the
worlds of opera, Broadway, jazz and
more,” he said.
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