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Colorado is a state of hard-to-beat natural beauty as well as constantly evolving offerings for groups. Both those attractions can be seen at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort in Colorado Springs. The property recently reopened its Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, offering 1,800-foot-high zipline courses through the stunning Seven Falls box canyon and surrounding Pikes Peak Wilderness.
In September, the new course was enjoyed by a meeting group of 50 from the insurance/financial sector, who tried out the zipline (as well as the area's hiking, rope bridges, and rappelling offerings) in groups of eight, staggered by 15 minutes. Following Soaring, the group hiked down 224 steps to a waterfall, where they enjoyed cocktails at the property's Restaurant 1858.
The Broadmoor is indicative of Colorado's range of attractions -- breathtaking scenery combined with memorable meeting venues.Denver Delights
"With a mild climate and 300 days of sunshine, Denver is a great year-round meeting destination, which can come as a surprise to people who think we're covered in snow all winter," says Rachel Benedick, vice president of sales and services at Visit Denver, making the case for why Colorado's capital is a great option for groups.
She cites the city's walkable downtown, "chef-driven dining scene," and active arts and culture offerings -- as well as its top-notch craft breweries -- as examples of how the city also provides no shortage of activities for attendees to enjoy during their off-hours.
In 2016, Denver takes a further step forward by opening a rail connection between the Denver International Airport to the city's renovated Union Station. This summer saw the opening of the ART, a hotel -- a 165-room boutique property with a 50,000-square-foot "Museum Center" on the first three floors. And in 2014 alone, nearly 300 new restaurants opened throughout the city.
The Colorado Convention Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year -- with plans on the way for a refresh.
"On the horizon are a proposed quarter-million-square-foot expansion to the Colorado Convention Center, complete with a new outdoor terrace with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, and brand-new facilities at the historic National Western Complex," Benedick adds.