Among the dining options for
groups in Colorado Springs is
Restaurant 1858 at Broadmoor
Seven Falls, where groups can
enjoy views of the waterfall,
which is lit up at night.
According to Chelsy Offutt,
director of communications
for the Colorado Springs CVB,
groups can also rent downtown’s The Mezzanine, a venue
that merges music, performance
and mixology, for private off-site events.
“Offering an elegant and edgy
ranges from jazz performance
and dueling pianos to burlesque,” she says.
Other options include private
parties at Garden Gods of the
Gourmet market and cafe and
private dining at the Marigold
Cafe and Bakery.
In Boulder, groups should check
out the calendar of performances at the Boulder Theater and
the Fox Theatre, two popular
venues that also host off-site
“Both venues are sure to
entertain your group,” says
Mary Ann Mahoney, executive
director at the Boulder CVB.
“Boulder’s music scene is pretty
YMCA of the Rockies-Estes
Park Center, located in Estes
Park, offers several group-bond-
ing activities at night, including
Brooke Burnham, director of
communications and public relations for Visit Estes Park, adds
groups can also explore Rocky
Mountain National Park during
a moonlight snowshoe tour.
“Pause under the incredible
canopy of stars for some hot
chocolate and serene reflection,”
In the Grand Junction area,
where many vintners reside, is
Varaison Vineyards and Winery,
which accommodates private
tours, tastings and dinners at
the end of the day.
According to Mistalynn
Lee Meyeraan, marketing and
public relations director for the
Grand Junction VCB, groups
might also appreciate a balsamic
vinegar and olive oil tasting at
Sprigs & Sprouts of Western
Colorado’s lavender farm.
“Sample a wide variety of
flavors like key lime or pineapple on locally grown produce,”
Pine Creek Cookhouse in
Aspen, located at the base of the
Elk Mountain range, provides
a unique mountain dining
experience for groups, who
must travel to the restaurant via
cross-country skis, snowshoes
or a horse-drawn sleigh in the
winter, or by hiking or bicycling
during the warmer months.
Another big hit during the
summer is a local stargazing
“The Little Nell adventure
concierge will set up guests with
an astronomy expert who takes
the group up Aspen Mountain
on a private Jeep tour,” says Me-
lissa Wisenbaker, spokeswoman
for the Aspen Chamber Resort
Association. “The guide pro-
vides binoculars to help point
out various meteor showers and
constellations, and guests also
enjoy champagne and sweet or
In Snowmass, an exciting
new winter marketing program
is redefining nightlife, according
to Rose Abello, tourism director
for Snowmass Tourism.
“‘Snowmass After Dark’ is a
fantastic way to merchandise all
the nighttime experiences and
activities that complement a
fun-filled day,” she says.
The after-dark Snowmass
experiences include twilight
dogsled rides concluding with
dinner at Krabloonik, which
specializes in wild-game
fare, moonlit snowshoe tours
or gondola rides, bonfires
complete with hot cocoa and
s’mores, pub crawls to explore
local breweries and bowling at
Evening entertainment for
groups in the Vail Valley also
“Bol Vail brings a contempo-
rary cosmopolitan vibe to the
mountains,” says Kim Brussow,
director of sales for Visit Vail
Valley. “Groups will enjoy a
unique dining experience with
a full-service menu at its 60-
foot bar or in a sophisticated
bowling environment, complete
with oversized plush sectionals,
Brussow adds 4 Eagle Ranch
offers a true Colorado mountain
ranch experience, during which
groups can enjoy a horse-drawn
sleigh ride dinner in the winter
or wagon rides in the summer,
followed by country western
dancing or roasting marshmal-
lows at the campfire.
At Keystone Resort, groups
have a variety of after-hours
options, including stargazing
sessions facilitated by Keystone
Science School and disco tubing
on Keystone Mountain.
“It allows your group a night
of fun under the disco lights at
our on-mountain tubing hill,”
says Tom Kelsey, director of
conference sales for Keystone
Resort Group. “The hill has a
carpet lift so no one will need to
walk up the hill and no special
equipment is needed.”
A sleigh ride dinner to
10,234 feet above the town
When in Colorado, attendees should do as Coloradoans do and get outside for a stroll. From walking tours that take in the area’s beautiful scenery to
those with intriguing themes meant to inform groups about their host destination, there is a great number and variety of options throughout the state from
which to choose.
Following is a brief list of favorite tours throughout the state.
• In Denver, Culinary Connectors ( www.culinaryconnectors.com) offers
the Savor the Flavor Tour, which includes four stops for tastings at local
restaurants and ends at a local happy hour.
• In Boulder, which is on the front burner among culinary trendsetters nationwide, groups can call on Local Table Tours ( www.localtabletours.com)
to lead a walking excursion covering everything from Coffee & Chocolate
to Farmers’ Market to Cocktail tours.
• Aspen Walking Tours ( www.aspenwalkingtours.com) offers various
options as well, including DarkSide, during which groups will learn about
the popular mountain town’s ghosts, murder and mayhem.
• A wintertime snowshoe tour ( www.aspennature.org) in Snowmass, lead
by a knowledgeable naturalist, will have groups exploring area forests
and learning about the animals who call the Rocky Mountains home. The
tour includes snowshoes, gondola ride, snack and a warm drink.
• Telluride ( www.visittelluride.com) offers a historic walking tour featuring
fun facts about the town dating back to the late-1800s. Sights along
the way include the old red light district, called Popcorn Alley, and the
circa-1891 New Sheridan Hotel, Telluride’s first hotel.
• Groups convening in Colorado Springs should step into a naturalist-led
walk inside Garden of the Gods Park ( www.gardenofgods.com) daily at
10 a.m. and 2 p.m., during which they’ll learn about area wildflowers,
rattlesnakes and more.
• And the Mountain Top Trek ( www.keystoneresort.com) in Keystone begins with a scenic gondola ride to the top of Dercum Mountain, followed
by a hike that surrounds attendees with glorious views.