by Kim Fredericks | June 20, 2019

A great way to refresh a recurring meeting is to take it to a new destination. While the following cities might not automatically spring to mind, all are increasingly pushing their way onto planners' short lists, thanks to shiny new hotels, booming culinary scenes and engaging activities for groups. From 2017 to 2018, these 10 towns all moved up the hot list of Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the U.S. from event-tech giant Cvent. 

Aurora, Colorado

Up 14 places to enter Cvent's list at No. 42

The Centennial State's third-largest city is ideally situated for business and recreation. Minutes from Denver International Airport, this former military town is home to players in industries such as aerospace, defense, renewable energy, bioscience and health care.

Dubbed the "Gateway to the Rockies," Aurora shares Denver's 300 days of sunshine a year, and adds five golf courses and 97 public parks. Groups book horseback riding excursions with 12 Mile Stables or hop on Pedego Electric Bikes for a scenic loop around the Aurora Reservoir.

Sampling local beers also is a sport in Aurora -- 15 establishments are brewing in town. Try an apricot blonde ale at Dry Dock or a Milkshake IPA at rocket-themed Launch Pad Brewing. Meanwhile, a historic aviation hangar now serves as Stanley Marketplace, housing 50 local businesses, including Annette, a modern gastropub from rising-star chef Caroline Glover.

Read about nine other up-and-coming meetings destination by visiting NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com.