The ART Hotel, located in Denver’s museum district, has introduced a 5K urban public art run. Guests can request a detailed map featuring a route that highlights downtown Denver’s most significant public art pieces, and guides are available if desired.

Denver’s first chef-driven farmers market has launched and runs every Saturday until Oct. 24 due to a partnership between the Boulder County Farmers Market, Denver Union Station and prominent area chefs.

The new Jessup Farm artisan village in Fort Collins features businesses focused on handcrafted and locally sourced products and utilizes rebuilt and remodeled chicken coops, a loafing shed, a saddle shop and old barn. A new restaurant, The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm, is located in a 130-year-old home and utilizes the village’s small farm and garden.

For the first time, Minturn Anglers is offering helicopter fly fishing to allow anglers access to private Colorado waters and streamside fine dining. Custom itineraries can be built for groups.

Smith Fork Ranch near Crawford has started offering a horseback riding and foraging experience led by one of the ranch’s chefs. Guests depart on a guided ride in search of mushrooms and other local delicacies and return to the ranch to create a meal using the ingredients paired with produce from the ranch’s farmstead.

Vail Mountain has introduced Epic Discovery featuring learn-throughplay elements that provide guests with hands-on information and activities about forest health, wildlife and mountain geography and includes Game Creek Canopy Tour, Forest Flyer alpine coaster and an expanded trail system for hiking and exploring.

Food Lab is a new cooking studio located in downtown Boulder that helps enhance culinary skills and food and wine knowledge and teams up with local chefs to teach classes and create unique menus.

The popularity of food halls continues in Denver with the upcoming opening of Stanley Marketplace in 2016, once headquarters of Stanley Aviation and soon home to a park, beer hall, multiple restaurants, boutique shops and more. 

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.

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs and sweatpants have become a work-friendly outfit, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.

 

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.