• Experience Colorado Through the Makers

     
    POSTED September 24, 2018
     

The maker’s movement is alive and well in Colorado. Here are a few ways groups can connect with artisans and perhaps try a little handy work of their own. 

» DRAM Apothecary in Salida offers a line of bitters, syrup and tea using organic and wild Colorado herbs. Stop by the apothecary and send attendees home with the fixings for their own creations (cocktails or otherwise).

» St. Peter’s Fly Shop in Fort Collins offers introduction to fly-tying classes in fall and winter and private fly-tying instruction. Then test creations on an outing with St. Peter’s guides.

» De Goats N Sheep Ranch in Bayfield (near Durango) is all about spending the day with Wensleydale sheep and Angora goats and putting hands to work at spinning lessons, watercolor felting lessons, knitting and more.

» Greeley Hat Works in Greeley simultaneously offers a peek into the past and a glimpse at the present of hat making. These fine-quality hats are all built one at a time, so they are the perfect attendee or incentive gift. 

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.