• Get to Know Longmont

     
    POSTED April 14, 2020
     
  • Get to Know Longmont

     
    POSTED April 14, 2020
     
  • Get to Know Longmont

     
    POSTED April 14, 2020
     

Location: Less than an hour away from Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder, Longmont is very much centralized on northern Colorado’s Front Range. Made up of a combination of certified creative and historic downtown districts and St. Vrain State Park on its outskirts, Longmont is a lively scene for those who appreciate a mix of urban and outdoor living.

Transportation: Getting around Longmont is easy with paved greenways for walkers and bicyclists and local public buses offering free fares to riders. The community is situated along Interstate 25 and is only 40 miles from Denver International Airport.

Venues & Hotels: Longmont has intimate meeting and event spaces. Mikayla Adair, marketing and communications coordinator for Visit Longmont recommends The St Vrain with its mix of brick, wood, industrious metal and soft lighting that is both rustic and chic. Meanwhile, the Oak Room at Oskar Blues Brewery exudes warm and friendly vibes with playful nuances like distilling barrels and live bands to give business meetings and events a more laid-back atmosphere. Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hotel 2 Suites are the newest lodging properties in town and offer common places for meeting and events, as they have spaces to accommodate larger groups.

Food: The award-winning Haystack Mountain Creamery is well-known for goat cheese in particular, but the business also makes a wide variety of other cheeses for purchase. For restaurants with private dining spaces, Adair suggests Collision Brewing due to its breathtaking views, in-house food, bar and separate area for meetings. The Wild Game Entertainment Experience is another  great option with 24,000 square feet of space, multiple levels, various rooms and many different menu and activity options all under one roof.

Breweries: A memorable way to host parties or corporate events is the BrewHop Trolley. The trolley travels through the Longmont loop of breweries, cideries and distilleries. It’s a great way for riders to explore the area and indulge in local libations.

How the CVB helps: Visit Longmont’s website has a section specifically for groups/meetings where you can find suggested dining spaces, meeting rooms, hotels, vendors and more. Visit Longmont staff are available to connect meeting planners to properties and venues and distribute informational bags that include guides, maps and complimentary swag.

Two Valencia Hotel Group properties in Bryan College Station—The George, and Cavalry Court—recently partnered with Dorm Dish to help Aggie students who were in need of meals.

 

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.