When meeting in Chaffee County, located in south central Colorado, groups should take time to explore along the beautiful Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway. Here are nine stellar adventures in the Buena Vista and Salida areas. colorfulcolorado.com

1. Raft the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon National Monument.

2. Hike one or more of the fifteen 14,000-foot peaks or along three national trails, including the Colorado, Continental Divide and American Discovery. 

3. Check out the whitewater parks in both towns and walk along the river walk to watch stand up paddle boarders and kayakers in action.

4. Cruise around the 10,000-acre Fourmile Travel Management Recreation Area, one of the best offroad vehicle recreation playgrounds in Colorado. 

5. Soak in the warm, soothing waters at Cottonwood Hot Springs, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort and Salida Hot Springs Pool.

6. Catch a trophy trout on the Arkansas River with approximately 140 miles of stream to fish and more than half of those miles open to public access.

7. Utilize the three zip-line tours and aerial parks for elevated team-building. 

8. Shuttle riders to the top of Monarch Pass to ride more than 30 miles of mostly singletrack on the wellknown Monarch Crest Trail and descend about 6,000 feet.

9. Take advantage of the all-natural snow paradise for skiers and snowboarders at Monarch Mountain, which also offers places for groups to meet and eat. 

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.

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.