The small town of Kolasin is one of Montenegro's premier winter-sports destinations (the main skiing center, known as Kolasin 1450, is approximately 10 miles to the east). The Moraca and Tara rivers further enliven the scenery, and 24 ski runs dot the area, which is noted for the good quality of its air. Venues in Kolasin might especially warm to meetings in the summer, which is pleasant, with temperatures rising to about 70 degrees.
Kolasin is easy to reach, being on both the E80 freeway and the rail line that links the Serbian capital of Belgrade (300 miles north of Kolasin) to the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica (50 miles south) and, farther south, to Montenegro's principal Adriatic Sea port of Bar. The closest international airport, however, is in Podgorica (TGD), with no direct flights to North America; however, it does serve several key European cities such as London, Paris, Rome and Vienna. Shuttle service to Kolasin is possible.
Meeting venues in Kolasin do not include convention centers, so plan to use the facilities of its hotels. The grandest hotel is the recently remodeled Bianca Resort & Spa, which is a modern (but yet still classic-looking), elegant and light-filled spot with 117 rooms, a spa, a large indoor pool, a business center and a conference room for 50 persons. Other hotel venues in Kolasin include the good-looking Hotel Lipka, which has 72 rooms, a spa and a conference room; and the Hotel Cile, which has 15 rooms but no meeting space. Other properties in the area are small guesthouses or backpackers' hotels serving the Great Outdoors crowd.
Kolasin 1450 is the heartbeat of the skiing and winter-sports community and can host groups (unfortunately, its website is not in English). The most beautiful monument in the region is the Moraca Monastery, which sits beside the river of the same name some 12 miles to the south of the center of Kolasin. Its inner courtyard is a step back in time, and events can be held outside the monastery walls in a swath of green, above which sit the Komovi Mountains.
First-time visitors can reliably choose the hotel restaurants for groups dining., Bianca has a large restaurant with bar and lounge, but possibly the best spot in Kolasin is the Panorama Restaurant on the top floor of Hotel Lipka, which has, as its name suggests, great views, as well as a fireplace, a lounge and a private group room. Elsewhere, Konaba is wonderfully Old World in atmosphere and menu and faces the statue of Veljko Vlahovic (a national hero), regarded as the very center of town.