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BY Cheryl Reid-Simons

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ST JULIEN HOTEL & SPA OFFERS NEW MENU OF GROUP EXPERIENCES AND TEAM-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES

The new “Boulder Lifestyle Meetings Menu” at St Julien Hotel & Spa will feature a variety of teambuilding exercises designed to help groups be more effective and have fun! Keeping all the sophisticated style expected from a distinguished member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts LVX Collection, an AAA Four-Diamond Property and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, these new experiences allow groups to experience Boulder like never before. 

Smith Teamaker Offers Group Samplings

As the Northwest chill begins to settle in for the season, planners in Portland, Oregon, may want to consider an alternative to wine or beer tasting as a post-meeting activity—tea tasting. You may just find that it’s your group’s, well, cup of tea.

“We sample teas in much the same way as one would experience a beer or wine flight,” says Sara Kaufman, tasting room manager for Smith Teamaker. “Our guests are encouraged to choose their own teas or they can allow our teamakers to lead the way for them.”

Portland Nonprofit Offers Planners an Enterprising Way to Cater and Brand Events

New Avenues Ink and Two Ben & Jerry's scoop shops in Portland, Oregon, are more than just your typical screen-printing business and ice cream shops. As ventures of New Avenues for Youth, these businesses are also roads to independence for at-risk youth.

Tetherow Offers Post-Meeting Wellness Activities for Groups

Tetherow has teamed up with nationally recognized energy healer Bill Turner to offer wellness breakout sessions for groups meeting and staying at the Bend, Oregon, resort. The sessions are held at the resort event pavilion, which includes floor-to-ceiling glass doors framing views of the Cascade Mountains.

Turner has more than 30 years of experience in land, horse and human energy work. Based in Sisters, Oregon, he is also a professional speaker and trainer.

Bullet Journals are the Planner's Planner

Organization is key to a planners’ success; a system for staying on track makes for a sense of control, even for the largest of workloads. But keeping track of daily tasks, upcoming events and goals can be overwhelming, and rarely are all those things recorded in one place. That is until the Bullet Journal took hold. Ryder Carroll, inventor of the Bullet Journal, calls it “an analog system for the digital age that will help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future."

Plan a Team-Building Exercise in Your Budget

When it comes to doing business, whom you know can help you succeed. When it comes to team-building, whom you get to know can as well. 

Team-building at its best, says John Chen, CEO of Geoteaming, “should meet the goal of what we call the pick-up-the-phone factor.” If a team member needs help or clarification at work, having a connection with co-workers can mean the difference between seeking their counsel and not. “People should build relationships long before they need them,” he says. 

Engage Travelers, Media & Clients with Virtual Reality

Tourism organization Destination British Columbia wanted to take a new approach to helping people imagine visiting or hosting events in British Columbia, so it created and launched “The Wild Within,” a series of immersive tours through the most gorgeous locations in B.C. It’s a site-selection trip of sorts that planners and vacationers can take by donning any virtual reality headset or by watching the videos on YouTube. 

New Year, Fresh Flavor: 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants picked the brains of chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from its 70- plus restaurants, bars and lounges across more than 30 U.S. cities to push the foodie envelope for 2017. Here are some trends to look out for at the Kimpton and beyond:

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+ MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED DISHES: Moroccan spiced lamp chops with tomato-cucumber fattoush and lemon yogurt

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