• Colorado Springs Offers New Options for 2018

    Destination Spotlight

     
    POSTED September 24, 2018
     

    Dragonfly Stand Up Paddle Board Glowga

    Dragonfly Stand Up Paddle Board Glowga
  • Colorado Springs Offers New Options for 2018

    Destination Spotlight

     
    POSTED September 24, 2018
     

    Cave of the Winds Mountain Park’s Via Ferrata

    Cave of the Winds Mountain Park’s Via Ferrata
  • Colorado Springs Offers New Options for 2018

    Destination Spotlight

     
    POSTED September 24, 2018
     

    DroneSpace

    DroneSpace

Colorado Spings is home to more than 55 attractions and activities, including the iconic Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Park. Take a look at what’s new for groups to enjoy in Colorado’s second largest city. visitcos.com

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park’s Via Ferrata – One of the Colorado Springs area’s oldest attractions has added a via ferrata rock-side climbing path that consists of metal rungs connected to a secure harness. The course ends with two zip lines. caveofthewinds.com

DroneSpace –This 12,000-square-foot indoor facility has a large dedicated race track, racing drone shop and spacious lounge. Drone pilots wear goggles so they can look through the “cockpit” of the racing drone as they fly the course. dronespace.org

Dragonfly Stand Up Paddle Board Glowga – This 60-minute paddleboard class has been timed to experience Colorado’s setting sun alongside paddle yoga practice on Quail Lake. Boards are illuminated with colorful LED lights. dragonflypaddleyoga.com

Ent Center for the Arts – Year-round music and performances are planned for this new 92,000-square-foot facility at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A 774-seat concert hall, 245-seat recital hall, Gallery of Contemporary Art, theaters, a recording studio and audio laboratory are among the highlights. uccs.edu/entcenter

Trail’s End Taproom – Forty beers are on tap in this first self-pour taproom in Colorado. Guests pay by the ounce, and 100 percent of tips are donated to local trail and humanitarian nonprofits. trailsendtaproom.com

Pikes Peak Lemonade Company – For something completely different, head to a lemonade tap room where organic lemons and limes, organic cane sugar and filtered water are combined with lavender, hibiscus, jalapeño and a variety of other fresh ingredients. pikespeaklemonade.com 

Crafts and Drafts Passport – From microbreweries to moonshine, visitors can sip and savor their way through the area using a downloadable Crafts & Drafts Passport featuring 24 libation and coffee locations. visitcos.com

Four distinct seasons impress guests, accommodate budgets and tap into a laid-back lifestyle.

 

Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort. colorado.com

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.

 

When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.