Exciting Venues and Activities Make Aspen the Ideal Site for Conferences, Meetings and Retreats
ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2018) – Aspen is a destination that will defy ordinary for meetings and groups, with nearly limitless outdoor adventure, world-class dining, shopping and culture concentrated within a quaint mining town against a stunning mountain backdrop.
Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) can assist in planning a meeting, special event, wedding or group gatherings. ACRA provides a wealth of information and can match planners with Aspen hotels, venues, vendors, outfitters and more. For more information, visit ACRA’s group site at www.aspenchamber.org/group-planner, or call 1.866.564.8623 or 970.920.7185.
Recently Renovated & Coming Soon
- Hotel Jerome, Aspen’s historic gem and au Auberge Resort, will add six new keys (which can also function as two three-bedroom suites) in a new building adjacent to the historic Aspen Times building to in June 2018. The new rooms will allow Hotel Jerome to attract multi-generational families who desire a residential-designed room with the new units able to be configured in a variety of different ways. In addition, Hotel Jerome will unveil a new event space this June, which will open onto the courtyard and offer 735 square feet of event space, designed to accommodate weddings, meetings, and social events. (330 E. Main St.)
- Aspen Meadows Resort will open a new Pavilion and renovated Reception Center in June 2018. With stunning views of the surrounding mountains from Aspen Mountain to Aspen Highlands to Buttermilk, the new Pavilion will incorporate a modern design aesthetic from Jeffrey Berkus Architects, while preserving key elements of the present architectural work. The addition of the Pavilion will provide an all-weather venue and outdoor deck space for events, weddings, and meetings accommodating up to 100 more guests. A new outdoor deck will be added to the existing Meadows Restaurant. (845 Meadows Rd.)
- W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen is slated to open by spring 2019. The new hotel and residences are being designed by Nemaworkshop in partnership with local firm Rowland + Broughton Architecture and W’s in-house design team, offering 88 guestrooms and 11 W-branded fractional residences. Conveniently located at the base of Aspen Mountain, the development will also feature a 12,000 sq. ft. rooftop bar and pool, which will be open to the public with expansive views of Aspen Mountain.
Team-Building & Leadership Experiences
Reconnect with staff on an Aspen adventure on the road, trails and rivers of this pristine natural playground. Aspen outfitters and cultural organizations customize group experiences based on interests and objectives. The following is a selection of some of the finest experiences:
- Aspen Meadows & Aspen Institute’s “Leadership Fundamentals Program” – Based on the Aspen Institute’s classic approach to roundtable discussion, this program brings team members, classical literature and life’s most basic yet profound questions into a moderated discussion. Not your typical ‘trust fall’ exercise, the Leadership Fundamentals Program delves into unique discussions which create lasting, life-long bonds and, equally important, translates to company-wide success. Hosted at Aspen Meadows Resort in collaboration with the Aspen Institute, this program is offered in two-hour, half-day and full-day packages. (845 Meadows Rd.)
- Blazing Adventures – Specializing in a wide array of adventure activities, Blazing Adventures offers customized team-building experiences including Road Rallies on established on and off-road courses, Scavenger Hunts in downtown Aspen and wilderness areas, Team Challenges on rock climbing routes, and Competitive Active Team Building twists on outdoor activities including rafting, biking, shooting and fly-fishing, among others. (555 E. Durant Ave.)
- Aspen Expeditions –Take your group on a customized outdoor adventure, featuring activities ranging from rock climbing, rappelling or zip line ropes courses, a group mountain hike to unique places such as the Pyramid Amphitheater, or a multisport adventure including climbing, rafting, fly-fishing and paragliding. Aspen Expeditions’ professional mountain guides will show you how to enjoy the mountain environment safely and respectfully for an unforgettable bonding experience. (Prospector Rd, Aspen Highlands)
- Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) – At four sites in the Roaring Fork Valley, including a 22-acre nature preserve in downtown Aspen, ACES offers private, naturalist-guided hikes and educational programs, customized for groups. Full-day hikes focus on wildflowers, birds, history, geology, or photography. Moderate hikes focus on basic naturalist knowledge and activities. (100 Puppy Smith St.)
- Theatre Aspen, a homegrown theater company, has received national acclaim and performs a rotating schedule of productions for both adults and families. The organization’s mission is to entertain, enlighten, enrich, educate and challenge the residents and visitors of the Roaring Fork Valley through professional-quality theatrical productions, new play development initiatives and a broad spectrum of educational programs. The theatre can be rented for groups up to 130 for seated dinners, 200 for a cocktail reception and 189 theatre style for a performance. (110. E. Hallam St.)
- Aspen Historical Society – Aspen has a deep history, and the Aspen Historical Society brings it to life with customized, interactive tours by foot, bicycle or car. Pick your time period and points of interest, and AHS historians craft an amazing experience to discover Aspen’s past. Groups can also rent space at any of the society’s three campuses, including the Wheeler/Stallard museum in Aspen’s famed West End, the ghost town of Ashcroft, or the Holden/Marolt museum. (620 W. Bleeker St.)
- Aspen Art Museum‘s new 30,000-square-foot building designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Shigeru Ban, opened in August 2014. A non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art, Aspen Art Museum’s innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society. Located in the center of downtown Aspen, the museum offers free admission Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Closed Mondays). (637 E. Hyman Ave.)
- Wheeler Opera House is a classically designed opera house which seats 503 people. It first opened in 1889 but has undergone extensive renovations to remain a state-of-the-art facility. The Wheeler is the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, plays and a whole lot more. The Wheeler is available for rental by groups who want to engage in an historic facility. (320 E. Hyman Ave.)
High-altitude golf is one of the great summer pastimes in the Roaring Fork Valley, and not only because balls fly 10 percent farther here. The courses in Aspen and Snowmass offer varied terrain set to gorgeous mountain vistas, and multiple tee boxes means everyone from novices to pros can have a great time.
- The Aspen Golf Club – ranked as the 21st Best U.S. Municipal Golf Course and the No. 1 Municipal Course in Colorado by Golfweek Magazine – the Aspen “muni course” was designed by Frank Hummel and provides a challenging 18-hole, 7,156-yard championship course with water features on 14 of the 18 holes. There is also a PGA award-winning golf shop, practice hitting area, chipping green, putting green, cart rentals, as well as full-service locker rooms. Group and private instruction is available by PGA staff. (1000 Truscott Pl.)
- Award-winning architect Jim Engh designed the Snowmass Club Golf Course to capture its majestic views and challenging landscapes, with sensitivity to the land that surrounds it and the sky above it. The fairways are sculpted, the greens are challenging, and the bunkers are imposing. With five sets of tees, novices and pros alike are guaranteed an adventure. With limited public access, foursomes who are not staying at the resort may book tee times Friday to Sunday, 12 noon and 2 p.m. (239 Snowmass Club Circle, Snowmass Village)
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