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The wondrous natural setting of the US West, from California to Colorado,
inspires a sense of respect and stewardship among resorts and their visitors.
By Barbara Scofidio, Steve Grasso, Laurel Herman & Johnalee Johnston
It's impossible to hold a meeting or incentive
program in the West without immersing
attendees in the spectacular natural setting.
Whether than means harvesting sea salt
along California's Palos Verdes Bluffs or
experiencing the natural hot springs of
Colorado's Steamboat Springs, in the
Western US, nature sets the agenda.
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport
Beach has a strong sustainability story
to tell. Its management has taken active
stewardship of 500 pristine coastal
acres, which include two 18-hole golf
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courses designed by Tom Fazio, and its
sophisticated irrigation system conserves
50 million gallons of water per year. The
courses are home to all kinds of wildlife,
from deer to egrets and blue cranes, as well
as the occasional bobcat.
The 332-room resort can
accommodate groups from 10 to 400 in
its casually elegant event spaces, many of
which have sweeping ocean views.
In keeping with its Italian-inspired
architecture, Pelican Hill brings in a
dedicated pastaia, or pasta maker, Joey
Parks, to offer pasta-making lessons for
groups. In the hour-long session, Parks
teaches the art of making a traditional Italian
egg-based pasta dough, as well as lobster
tortelli and handmade spaghetti alla chitarra.
The session is followed by lunch, where
attendees sample their creations.
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Located on a 102-acre private penninsula
in Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort
offers dozens of activities for groups, many
of which are inspired by its stunning setting
along the Palos Verdes Bluffs overlooking
the Pacific Ocean. The resort has a sea
salt harvesting program and its own
conservatory on-site, where seawater is
gathered and used to produce its signature
sea salts (flavors range from smoked to