Colorado is “working hard to promote culinary tourism” says Michael Driver, Colorado Tourism Office’s Director of International Marketing & PR.
“We now have some 200 breweries, 140 wine makers and close to 50 distilleries and are working closely with ranches and farms – many of which are offering accommodation – on the ‘farm to table’ concept. Denver has launched a beer trail.
“There are a lot of world-class chefs now in Colorado and we’ve also become a mecca for the entrepreneurialism that goes with craft beers. We will have 250 breweries by this time (November) next year and each September we host the Great American Beer Festival.
“We are also promoting year-round holidays talking about the ski season and four others! We do have 300 plus days of sunshine per annum.”
In Denver the old railway station is to become an independent boutique hotel in July and it will be directly linked with the airport with the 2016 opening of the light rail link. A Renaissance hotel will also emerge from an old Denver bank building in the first quarter of 2014. In Snowmass, Colorado the Viceroy hotel is adding another 90 rooms.