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3 Mountain Meetings US Destinations for Epic From the High Sierra to the Rockies and beyond, when it comes to creating memorable meetings the Western US delivers. BY JOHNALEE JOHNSTON / BARBARA SCOFIDIO W With nature's splendor as a built-in backdrop, mountain meetings can take the pressure off both planners and attendees, boosting wellness and building teams from peak to shining peak. Here are three US destinations for epic mountain meetings that do just that. 1 HISTORIC HIKES IN CALIFORNIA Yosemite National Park is an eco-dream for groups that want to be pampered by the great outdoors. The ancient landscape gained its first resort in 25 years this year with the opening of Rush Creek Lodge, a full-service resort set on 20,000 wooded acres with 143 rooms, suites and hillside villas. One of the biggest perks is its full-service recreation department that offers over 30 guided excursions and wellness programs, as well as CSR opportunities with the National Park 48 | Service. Activities range from golfing, guided fly fishing, hikes and biking to wine tastings, photography workshops and gold panning. Many groups opt for excursions to picturesque Yosemite Valley, local swimming holes or a historic Gold Rush community for antiquing and shopping. There are also plenty of complimentary experiences-from campfire s'mores and moonlit nature walks to guest lecturers and education. Event space at the resort is open-air and indoor; easily customizable for 25 to 250 attendees, and onsite catering team creates everything from backpacker lunches to elegant mountain reception dinners. Surrounded by the Sierra National, the 302-room Tenaya Lodge makes for an excellent base camp for exploring Yosemite's hidden treasures. On the heels of a soft, $5 million renovation of 240 of the resort's main lodge's rooms and suites, the AAA Four

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May/June 2016

Planner’s Pick: Milwaukee
Fresh Meets: Marriott’s Big Plans for 2016
Bureau Buzz: Quebec City Business Destination
Good Business: Carbon Conscience
Sea Shores: New Luxury Cruise Options Debut
The New VIP
On Location: Miami Beach Visionary Summit
On Location: South Africa
On Location: Branson
On Location: Alberta
On Location: Atlantis Paradise Island
Checkout: Hilton West Palm Beach

Prevue May/June 2016