• Colorado Sunsets, Stars & Evening Fun for Groups

     
    POSTED April 10, 2019
     

There is no denying the stunning daytime scenery of Colorado, but the state’s amazing celestial landscape after normal meeting hours provides all sorts of great options for groups.

Twice each month from May through September, groups meeting in Leadville or nearby can enjoy a stagecoach ride beneath a full moon with Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting. Based on the 19th-century tradition of mail delivery by stagecoach, moonlight rides are offered on the eve and night of the full moon.

Experience Colorado’s legendary Browns Canyon in the Arkansas River Valley during a full moon raft trip with The Adventure Company offered from May through August. Groups will relish illuminated water and beautiful views of the Collegiate Peaks and can add on the Ultimate Fajita Buffet dinner served as the sun sets.

Strap on a headlamp and experience five zip lines in the moon glow during Alpenglow Zip Tours at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash. Tours are available from May through September on full-moon nights and include post-zip beverages. 

The Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues team up to offer Film on the Rocks from mid-May to mid-August at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. There is a great view from any seat in the house, and guests are treated to live music followed by the scheduled movie under a blanket of stars. Each showing begins at dusk.

Experience a Rocky Mountain sunset, entertainment, dinner and the bright light of the moon at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad themed sunset dinners. During summer and autumn, each sunset dinner offers a different theme like murder mystery, fiesta, speakeasy and more.

Groups can experience Colorado’s celestial landscape at Chimney Rock National Monument, located 20 miles from Pagosa Springs, during a Full Moon Program that occurs against the backdrop of the Great House Pueblo at the top of Chimney Rock Mesa. The program lasts approximately three hours and includes an informative lecture followed by watching the full moon rise to the music of Charles Martinez’ Native American flute.

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.

 

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.