After working to get a hotel built at Main and First streets since 2010, Ketchum officially welcomed Aspen Skiing Company’s Limelight Hotel at a grand opening celebration in January. The 175,000-square-foot hotel features 111 guest rooms and suites, 14 private residences, and 4,000 square feet of indoor function space.
Active groups are often happy groups. Why stay indoors in meeting rooms all day when so much more can be incorporated as demonstrated by these new ideas from Wyoming, California and Arizona?
Located slopeside in the Canyons Village area of Park City Mountain, Hyatt Centric Park City has completed a $6.3 million makeover of its 115 guest rooms and residences. The renovation includes interior finishes as well as furnishings, linens, wall coverings, lighting and new technology features in deluxe single guest rooms and one- to four-bedroom residences ranging from 680 to 2,700 square feet.
We’re meeting in the mountains? It’s a question attendees might ask when reading any reference to peaks on itineraries and seeing destination photos that generate excitement for gatherings in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Monterey and Carmel area in California. Read on for a brief overview of what groups might find in these unexpected places with peaks.
THE BROADMOOR CLOUD CAMP
Being surrounded by grapevines is blissful in itself, but add a measure of mountains and the atmosphere goes nearly off-the-charts spectacular. The soils and climate of the American West have proven bountiful, resulting in a large a number of vineyards with meeting and event spaces that are surrounded by peaks or located in the foothills of Oregon, California, Idaho and Colorado.
Stanza Italia Bistro & Wine
As the gateway to several of the state’s mountain resorts, Salt Lake City boasts a booming dining and nightlife scene worthy of checking out including a new beer hall and downtown theater and several restaurants with private dining space that recently joined the scene.
There is still time to enjoy spring on the slopes and adventure in the mountains once the sun starts going down in Snowmass.
>> A Moonlight Trek on snowshoes or cross-country skis follows a 1.2-mile loop under the moonshine from Snowmass Cross Country Center to Anderson Ranch Arts Center, stopping at stations along the way for hot cocoa with local firefighters, selfie breaks and more. Head down the hill for live music and a pasta dinner at Snowmass Club’s Black Saddle Bar and Grille.
Community Service in a Snap
The Snake River has carved its way deep into the Earth’s surface to create the massive walls of Hells Canyon. While hiking, camping, fishing, kayak - ing and rafting are great ways to see this amazing attraction, jet boat tours offer something truly different. Hells Canyon is most easily accessed from Lewiston. From White Bird, part of the road is gravel but doable in passenger cars. Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association can provide contacts for guided trips.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort opened Sky House, a new $3.8 million summit lodge with 360-degree views in midDecember. The two-story, 9,000-square-foot facility features The Nest restaurant and full-service bar along with Red Hawk café, offering indoor and outdoor seating for up to 180. Sky House also can accom - modate private events, large meetings and retreats. Peter Tobin, head chef of Sky House, is a certified executive chef from The Culinary Institute of America and a certified culi - nary educator.