When Inspirato was forced to cancel its in-person events last year as the COVID-19 pandemic began, many of its members were disappointed. But Inspirato’s Events team came up with a clever way to continue bringing members together in a time when they needed it most.
Since last spring, the team has put on more than 150 virtual events for Inspirato members, with such varied options as cooking and mixology classes, calligraphy, wine tasting, photography, fitness, virtual tours, and so much more.
“I have kids at home and it’s hectic, and I’m trying to carve out a little sanity and space for myself, and these events allow me to do that,” she said.
Jackie appreciates that the Events team puts together classes that she feels aren’t “typical,” like finding smaller businesses that members wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.
“The way that they’re produced and the way they moderate things, even the way that they sign everybody up and ask for feedback, it’s so well done,” she said. “It takes a lot of skill to make an event look easy and effortless, and they do that.”
Aside from the classes being really interesting, everything Inspirato does is done so well—you get transported to another place, whether it’s France with a baking class, or Florence with a cooking class, or a tour of a river cruise somewhere. I’ve learned about and been exposed to such fascinating places.JackieInspirato member
She continued: “I love being able to go somewhere like Charleston—virtually—and learn about a business or their background story. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, for instance; I ended up ordering some products from them and the manager told me that the next time I’m in Charleston to let him know and he’d give us a tour. Little things like that make it special.”
“It’s great, because I don’t want to run around and get all of the ingredients myself, and so many places are still shut down here,” she said.
Speaking of shutdowns, Jackie said that’s another aspect of the events that she loves—the opportunity to interact with other people, even while we wait for a sense of normalcy to return. She hopes that Inspirato will continue to put the events on in the future, too.