A multimillion dollar renovation project has upgraded Monterey’s largest luxury conference hotel with a new lobby featur- ing a fireplace and seating areas and 550 updated guest rooms with patios, walk-in rain showers and more. Throughout 2012 and 2013, more than 40,000 square feet of ballrooms and meeting spaces underwent a $6 million renovation that plays off the decorative theme of land, edge and sea. The Monterey Ballroom theme is based around the agricultural land and coastline. The edge and sea come together in the Monterey Conference Center with waves, coastal bluffs and whales.
Did you know that Washington is the second-largest premium wine producer in the country? Or that Oregon has more than 600 wineries and more than 950 vine- yards? This summer, celebrate Northwest wine by explor- ing its wine countries with a group tasting tour or stocking your event bar with some of the region’s most acclaimed vintages. Cheers!
Wine Tasting 101
IPAs, stouts and steam beers: There's a craft beer for almost every taste and a brewery event space to match almost every function.
From nothernmost Etna to Coronado at California's southern tip, from the Central Coast to the eastern Sierras, you can find craft breweries making unique artisan beer. While not every brewery has the right space for events, enough do that booking one of California's 550 boutique beer production facilities is as easy as tapping a keg.
Sports are all about teamwork. So play for the day at a sports complex and you'll help build a sense of camaraderie among employees or members of groups and organizations. Sports complexes are facilities with courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis, and indoor and outdoor fields for baseball, softball, soccer and more. And many sports complexes host corporate meetings and events. Additionally, these facilities often have conference rooms or spaces that can be converted to accommodate meetings or events.
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There are times, says Stefen Janke, when a board of directors, a small meeting group or a group of friends doesn’t want to dine in a restaurant. That’s where Kitchen Kriminal, a division of Davis-based Gourmet Solutionz, a well-known regional caterer, comes in.
Unconventional, unfettered and sometimes a little unpredictable, dinners beyond the confines of restaurants and hotels can be a blast for laid-back groups.
Food trucks have been a sta- ple of big cities, college campuses and just about anywhere else that you find folks on the go and in need of quick, cheap eats.
In the early 20th century, Pasadena was an idyllic resort town where wealthy Easterners flocked in winter. Today, the allure remains, and that era’s rich legacy offers a wealth of gorgeous meeting spaces. Beneath a picture-perfect mountain-view setting, with sunny, year-round temps of 75 degrees, even the busiest meeting planners can stop to smell the roses at events in this charming city.