Colorado

Go Spelunking
Wander around stalagmites and stalactites by flashlight through the Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, just outside of Colorado Springs. The eco-tour is conducted after 5 p.m. for 15 to 75 participants. Daytime tours also are available, but the attraction is more crowded by day. The tours, which are wheelchair accessible, last about 45 minutes and wind through caverns that naturally stay at 54 F. (719) 685-5444; caveofthewinds.com

Colorado Springs
Local Update: In May, a $20 million propertywide renovation project was begun at the 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort. All guest rooms are being redone, a large fire pit is being added to the Mountain View Restaurant Terrace and all 40,000 square feet of meeting space is getting a facelift. The work will be finished in spring 2011.

A 300-room Renaissance Hotel, Spa and Conference Center will open in summer 2011. The property will offer about 50,000 square feet of meeting space and a Spa Botanica.

Scheduled to open in
the fall is the 135-room Mining Exchange Hotel, a Grand Urban Resort in downtown Colorado Springs. The project involves the renovation of four historic buildings. The property will have 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Daily direct flights from Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport began arriving at Colorado Springs Airport on June 9.

Meeting Hotels: Major properties include the 744-room Broadmoor, 500-room Crowne Plaza Hotel Colorado Springs, 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 309-room Colorado Springs Marriott, 299-room Doubletree Hotel Colorado Springs-World Arena, 292-room Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs, 207-room Embassy Suites Colorado Springs and 87-room Garden of the Gods Club. For more area hotels, visit mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.

Airport Transit: Colorado Springs Airport, 10 miles southeast of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $20 to $25. Many area hotels offer airport shuttle service.

Taxes: Room tax, 2%; sales tax, 7.4%; total tax on hotel rooms, 9.4%

Group Venues: Attendees with a need for speed will enjoy the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, just south of town. Oppor­tunities include the Rookie Driving Experience and ride-alongs reaching 140 mph. (800) 237-3889; drivepetty.com

Combine team building with rappelling at the CityROCK Climbing Gym in Colorado Springs. The 10,000-square-foot facility can handle up to 100 for goal-oriented events; the smaller the group, however, the more climbing participants get to do. Outdoor adventures can be arranged, as well, for up to 20 people. (719) 634-9099; climbingtherock.com

CVB Services: Experience Colorado Springs, (800) 888-4748; visitcos.com

Statewide Developments
A 121-room Four Seasons Resort will open in the ski town of Vail by the end of the year. Nearby, in Beaver Creek, the 210-room Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa has gained Silver LEED certification. The property offers 4,000 square feet of meeting space and the "green"-themed Spa Anjali. In Snowmass, the ski-in, ski-out Viceroy Snowmass Resort & Residence opened last November with 173 guest rooms, 9,000 square feet of meeting space and a spa. Last fall, the Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa in Tellu­ride finished an $11 million revamp of its 149 guest rooms, lobby and event deck. Just outside of Denver, the 369-room Westin Westminster has installed 139 solar panels on its roof. Warren Station at Keystone, a new 7,200-square-foot event pavilion, opens this month at the ski resort.

Denver
Local Update:  Opening at the end
of October is the 239-room Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Among the features are more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space and a spa with 11 treatment rooms.

The city's largest property, the 1,225-room Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, opened its 16Mix Cocktail Lounge and a fitness center last November, the final pieces of a $70 million revamp. Every inch of the property was refurbished, including all 133,000 square feet of meeting space.

A 403-room Embassy Suites across the street from the Colorado Convention Center will open in December. The property will offer 22,500 square feet of meeting space.

The refitting
of the bathrooms at the historic 1892 Brown Palace Hotel and Spa continues. The project, which touches 199 of the property's 241 guest rooms, began in 2008 and will be completed in 2011. The luxury hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Colorado Historical Society
is relocating and renaming the Colorado History Museum. The new $113 million History Colorado Center will open sometime next year.

Ground was broken last
December on a 31,500-square-foot facility that will house the 2,000-piece collection of American abstract expressionist Clyfford Still. The museum is scheduled to open in mid-2011.

Meeting Hotels: More than 8,300 rooms are within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center. Major properties include the 1,225-room Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 615-room Denver Marriott City Center, 512-room Grand Hyatt Denver and 430-room Westin Tabor Center. For more, visit mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.

Convention Center: Colo­rado Convention Center; exhibit space, 584,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 63; (303) 228-8000; denverconvention.com

Airport Transit: Denver International Air­port, about 24 miles northeast of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $54.50 to downtown and $60.50 to the Denver Tech Center; by Super Shuttle, $21

Taxes: Room tax, 7.5%; sales tax, 7.35%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%

The Molly Brown House MuseumGroup Venues:
Molly Brown was called unsinkable after surviving the tragedy of the Titanic; her life and charitable vision are celebrated at the Molly Brown House Museum, a Victorian masterpiece built in 1889. Molly and her husband, J.J., bought the property in 1894 after J.J., a mining engineer, helped find gold in the Colorado hills and the Browns became millionaires. The two were separated in 1909 and Molly was traveling abroad in 1912 when her desire to visit a sick grandson prompted her to buy a ticket on the doomed ship. Her home is available for receptions of up to 60 people. (303) 832-4092; mollybrown.org

A swanky evening out is on the agenda at Bar Standard and Milk, the upstairs/downstairs nightspots at 1037 Broadway. Between the two, guests can dance or mingle at 10 bars and on two patios. The venues hold a total of about 620 people. (720) 985-7547; www.coclubs.com

CVB Services: Visit Denver, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, (303) 892-1112; visitdenver.org