The 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort brings the outdoors inside for your meetings, framed by the namesake mountain rising over Colorado Springs. Following this year’s $20 million renovation, the experience starts in the open lobby with high ceilings, broad beams and panoramic views of the verdant valley from the oversized deck. Guest rooms and the 38 meeting venues totaling 40,000 sf were also redesigned in the “luxury-meets-lumberjack” style, with warm earth tones and high-end wood furnishings. On top of all that, the place literally reeks of fresh air.
The beauty of the 4-diamond hotel is its wealth of outdoor group experiences that celebrate the natural environment. Year-round activities at the Clubhouse include swimming, tennis and basketball. Customized teambuilding activities include a Scavenger Hunt navigating the property’s 217 acres, and a game of Human Battleship with Nerf balls as live ammunition.
Book a golf tournament at the 18-hole Pete Dye golf course with fairways edging the 35-acre lake and awesome views of the rugged mountain ridgeline. If you’re short on time, try a chip ’n putt group session with abundant sightings of fox and coyotes, or sailboat races on the lake.
Something about all that fresh air and healthy mindset makes the cuisine taste better than we anticipated. The chefs at Mountain View Restaurant morph Southwest flavors with Rocky Mountain food creating “Colorado Fusion.” Sample dishes include: baked striped bass in a parchment shell, salmon topped with huitlacoche, and lamb chops encrusted with chocolate mint pesto.
Outdoors at Pineview Grille, sommelier Steven Kander led a wine tasting class and a competition among our group to see who could pick out the characteristics of each varietal. Dinner followed in the 95-pax dining room with a black angus tenderloin and wild porcini mushrooms prepared in a Mondavi cab reduction.
Mixing things up a bit, friendly bartender Adrienne taught us the fine art of making Thai basil margaritas and Palisade peach sangria. All of it organic, naturally.
For cool executive training, Five Ring Insight is based in town, operated by nine Olympians with 16 Gold Medals. They specialize in “elite performance training” for corporate groups, utilizing both the hotel and pristine mountain landscape.