The Travel & Tourism Marketing Association and The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board gathered for a luncheon in January at The Garland Hotel in North Hollywood. Ernest Wooden Jr. president and CEO of LA Tourism, was the keynote speaker, delivering the welcome news that tourism is thriving in LA.
California Meetings + Events
When it comes to amenities, welltrained staff, easy parking and, yes, glamour, California’s shopping malls deliver. In fact, the service is so elevated at some of these retail/dining/entertainment emporiums and the offerings so varied, that they shun the term “mall” in favor of “luxury shopping destination” or “lifestyle center.” We’d label the seven destinations below worthy of your consideration for small events or gatherings on a grander scale.
After it was over—after the Broncos beat the Panthers and fans jammed into restaurants and bars to cheer or cry in their beer before returning to their hotels, exhausted— you could almost feel the San Francisco Bay Area deflate like a popped balloon. It took a few days for the last vestiges of a high-energy, weeks-long Super Bowl 50 celebration to be cleared and traffic in downtown San Francisco returned to normal.
Nearly a decade ago, writing about this beach town that’s 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, The New York Times dubbed Oxnard the “Un-Malibu.” It remains so today, as well as the Un-Santa Barbara and Un-Santa Monica. And that makes Oxnard a boon to meeting planners.
Sometimes you just need to get away from conference rooms, computer screens and the daily grind to connect with co-workers, vendors or business associates. Why not take care of business at an early happy hour, enjoying bargain drinks and snacks while you recharge? Here are seven happy hour spots that start early. Consider each a virtual office—at least for the afternoon.
Daily from 3-6 p.m.
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has long recognized that cars, trucks and motorcycles aren’t just modes of transportation. They’re key to the city’s identity, style and history. After closing for a 15-month, $125 million renovation, the museum celebrated its reopening with a December 6 gala attuned to the new look and feel of the museum.
The posh property in Northern San Diego draws C-suite execs, including Gwyneth Paltrow.
Planning a five-day event for 135 people is challenge enough. But what happens when those people are accompanied by 300 head of cattle and 100 horses, and the all-outdoors event moves from site to site over the course of four nights and more than 50 miles?
Centerpieces don’t get any more sustainable than the Garden-in-a-Can from the Oakland-based company Back to the Roots. The cans or mason jars of flowering basil, dill, sage and cilantro were used as table decorations at a San Francisco entrepreneur summit sponsored by Inc. Magazine, at a forum of the nonprofit Social Venture Network held in a San Diego hotel ballroom and, not coincidentally, at the wedding of the brother of the company’s co-founder Nikhil Arora.
The versatile new space hits all the right notes.