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Beyond the Borders: The Magic of Meetings at Universal

The Orlando resort makes planner's dreams come true.

Craft Brewery Scene Continues to Flourish as a Fun Option for Groups

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Avery Brewing Company has moved into a newly expanded, $27 million facility in Boulder. Founded in 1993 by father-and-son duo Adam and Larry Avery, Avery Brewing offers free tours and tastings daily and has a menu of smoked meats, sandwiches, salads, southern dishes, and even fried rabbit and waffles.  

Estes Park’s first microbrewery, St. Vrain Brewing Company, opened in early 2015 and features a 15-barrel system, indoor tasting room and outside patio.

Signature Drink - Mexican Old Fashioned

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INGREDIENTS
—2 oz. mezcal
—3 house-made cherry halves*
—1 tsp. raw sugar
—3 dashes bitters
—.5 orange slice

DIRECTIONS
1. Muddle fruit, sugar and bitters in an old fashioned tumbler (short cocktail glass).
2. Add mezcal and ice, stir several times, garnish with orange slice and serve.

How to Achieve Corporate Social Responsibility

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What exactly is social responsibility, how does it become part of who we are as individuals, and how can it become widely embraced in the meetings and events industry? Social responsibility is an ethical/ moral framework which suggests that any individual or organization has an obligation to do something that can benefit society at large. It can be something as simple as preserving the ecosystem we live in to make the future a better place for generations to come.

How to Budget Wisely for Event Technology

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Every meeting planner knows that even the most dynamic, impactful and talked-about meetings in a planner’s career can hardly be considered successes if they went massively over budget. Since A/V plays such a large role, planners should seek to work closely with their A/V supplier to make sure a rational technology budget is in place.

Unlock Lessons From Local Communities With Place-Based Education

Q: Our attendees are interested in getting out of the classroom to explore the local community. What learning opportunities exist for these adventure-seekers?

A: The number of continuing education units required by attendees to maintain their professional designations often determines the number of breakout sessions offered at annual meetings. But as more emphasis is placed on the total conference experience, attendees are increasingly interested in getting out of the classroom and into the community.

Art Hotel Inspires Creativity in Denver

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JUST THE FACTS
OPENED: June 2015

GUEST ROOMS: 133 Kings + 12 Doubles + 20 Suites = 165

MEETING SPACE: 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a ballroom, three meeting rooms, terrace and more. Can host groups of up to 170.

GENERAL MANAGER: David Bodette

EXECUTIVE CHEF: Chris Jakubiec

ART CURATOR: Dianne Vanderlip

MANAGEMENT GROUP: Commonwealth Hotels Collection, LLC

Bear Lake Debuted New Glamping Resort

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An upscale, comfort-camping experience is what Conestoga Ranch at Utah’s Bear Lake in Garden City is all about. Officially opened on July 1, the 18-acre resort can host up to 160 guests in eight high-end glamping tents with en suite bathrooms featuring hot showers and 16 custom- crafted conestogas, more commonly known as covered wagons. Resort ameni- ties include a main lodge with a restaurant and bar, game tent, bath house, Shake Shack and activities field.

Signature Drink: The Hummer

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Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club turns 100 this year. Among the club’s many claims to fame is the invention of the Hummer in 1968 by bartender Jerome Adams. Forty-seven years later, Adams is the club’s bar manager, and the Hummer is still a hit.

Ingredients:
—1.5 oz. Bacardi rum
—1.5 oz. Kahlúa
—2 scoops vanilla ice cream
—3-4 ice cubes

Directions:
1. Blend all ingredients.
2. Serve in a rocks glass.
3. Enjoy!

Taos Celebrated Major Milestones

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As one of the country’s oldest art colonies in the United States, Taos is recognizing the 100th anniversary of the formation of Taos Society of Artists with celebrations on July 15, which falls between the 30th annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow and the Spanish celebration of Fiestas de Taos, and throughout the year.

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