Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole welcomed Emma Matilda, a 16-weekold Bernese mountain dog last May. She has been melting the hearts of guests, groups and staff ever since. Tillie is named after the wife of William O. Owen who was the first, along with three other climbers, to ascend to the summit of Grand Teton in 1898. Follow Tillie’s adventures in Jackson Hole on the property’s social channels and the hashtag #FSJHTillieDog.
Planning trips that are distinct can help inspire top performances and loyalty. Grand American Adventures, which specializes in small group excursions for 35- to 65-yearolds, has launched a series of in-depth, guided tours in the Mountain West that also can work well for incentive trips. The excursions feature an element of luxury and accommodations in upscale boutique lodges, ranches, yurts and cabins.
Camp connections are big on interaction instead of bells and whistles.
These neighboring destinations offer opportunities for meetings and events on both sides of a mountain pass.
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?
Reflections on 30 years in the DMC business and how Colorado’s meeting and event finesse has transformed.
There are places in the U.S. mountain west and western Canada that are so stunning, they can’t help but inspire brilliance. The Rocky Mountain backdrops and vivid contrasts of seasons have long drawn artists who come to spark their imagination. Meeting planners also can stimulate inventiveness by hosting gatherings in these three communities of varying sizes where creativity thrives.
Training & Retreats Located one hour southwest of Jackson Hole, the all-new Star Valley Lodge opened in December and is situated in an open valley bordered by two mountain ranges and within close proximity to the Salt and Snake Rivers.
Resorts in the West are aging like fine wines with today’s facilities built with groups and year-round in mind.