Population: 9,614

Location: At the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, between Aspen and Vail, Glenwood Springs is 160 miles west of Denver and 90 miles east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70. 

Transportation: Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels from Chicago to San Francisco with daily stops in Glenwood Springs or fly into Eagle/Vail, Aspen, Grand Junction or Denver. Another option is Bustang, a new interregional express bus service from Denver and Glenwood Springs via the West Line. 

Must Sees & Dos: Aquatic attractions are abundant with three hot springs facilities, two rivers and pristine Hanging Lake. Thermal hot springs have drawn groups to this place for hundreds of years. Glenwood Hot Springs, established in 1888, is the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world. Next door, Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves is a naturally occurring underground steam bath. Opened in 2015, Iron Mountain Hot Springs features 16 soaking pools along the Colorado River. 

Also, professional whitewater rafting outfitters are available to guide paddlers through scenic Glenwood Canyon.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a Western-themed park noted for its amazing cave formations and a host of thrill rides including America’s highest elevation roller coaster, the Giant Canyon Swing and the Glenwood Canyon Flyer.

Hotels & Venues: Hotel Colorado, established in 1893, is the largest property with more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 350 attendees. The centuryold Hotel Denver offers a stunning space called The Loft where up to 99 can convene, and Glenwood Canyon Brewpub is downstairs for tasting local beer. Hotels with smaller, traditional meeting space include Courtyard and Residence Inn, Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, Glenwood Springs Inn, Ramada Inn and Suites, and Sunlight Lodge. Other unique venues include Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, Glenwood Springs Community Center, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, and Ironbridge Grill.

Perched above the Colorado River, Canyon Club Event Center at Glenwood Canyon Resort is an 8,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor locale ideal for corporate and social gatherings for up to 125. A zip line and high ropes course are available for team-building. 

Restaurants: Glenwood Springs is home to a vibrant dining scene. Downtown’s Seventh Street is known as “restaurant row” with many options including the western inspired Colorado Ranch House, local’s favorite Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse, the always unique Pullman or the festive Riviera Supper Club and Piano Bar. When spending the day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, continue the fun at the Lookout Grille with gorgeous views of the valley below. For a riverside seat, check out Rivers Restaurant.

How the CVB Helps: Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association assists meeting planners and group leaders by distributing requests for proposals and queries to a variety of venues. Once the event is booked, GSCRA staff provide visitor information materials and assist with arranging activities.

Thirteen meetings industry-related organizations joined forces as the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado to coordinate and host the 24th annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon on Nov. 7 at Denver Mart. More than 700 industry professionals attended and raised more than $30,000 for Food Bank of the Rockies’ Denver’s Table program. Food sta - tions receiving awards included Marriott Denver Tech Center for Best Appetizer, Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel for Best Entrée, Rialto Cafe for Best Dessert, and Scratch Catering Services for People’s Choice.

 

The annual Front Range Trade Show is the place where meeting and event planners and suppliers from around the state gather to network and book business. Destination Colorado’s 21st annual event happened on Dec. 6 at The Hangar at Stanley, located in Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace. 

 

These two have been on a wild confectionary ride since opening Miette et Chocolat in Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace one year ago.