There’s nothing like fresh mountain air to clear attendees’ heads and inspire fresh thoughts. Find a revitalizing respite in The Lodge at Breckenridge, about 90 minutes from Denver. A $4 million renovation by Thomas Hamilton & Associates completed in December 2014 upgraded the property’s 45 guest rooms and two three-bedroom private homes (perfect for VIPs) while maintaining the hotel’s luxe-rustic aesthetic.
The boutique property sits 10,000 feet above sea level on a cliff overlooking the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado. “Our views are what people come here for,” says Rhonda Wilson, general manager, who’s been with the property a decade. “We are off the beaten path, quiet and don’t get many kids.” The privately owned hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, but a shuttle runs down the hill every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
One bleisure group from a Switzerland-based global tech company recently took over most of the hotel, using its meeting space (one large meeting room holds 60 to 160 people but can be divided into smaller areas) during ski season. They were all fitted for skis by Ski Butlers, which set up a mobile station in the hotel’s fitness area before guests boarded shuttles to the lifts.
On-site catering handled the group’s breakfast and lunch service each day, and the tech execs enjoyed dinner in the newly renovated Traverse Restaurant & Bar on-property one evening. Local fare like elk, Duroc pork chop and house-ground bison brisket can be found on the menu at this casual fine-dining restaurant; Verlasso salmon, potato-chive gnocchi and flash-fried Brussels sprouts satisfy vegetarian and pescatarian palates.
Though most people associate Breckenridge with ski trips, Wilson says summer is the prime season for corporate meetings at the hotel. For teambuilding, there are tons of trails for hiking and biking connected to the grounds. “We work closely with Alpine Sports, and they can bring everything up for group bike rentals,” notes Wilson. Fishing and whitewater rafting are also nearby, and planners can work with Go Breck, the town’s tourism office, to organize excursions like mine tours.