• Three Off-Grid Ranch & Farm Retreat Pairings

     
    POSTED October 17, 2017
     
  • Three Off-Grid Ranch & Farm Retreat Pairings

     
    POSTED October 17, 2017
     
  • Three Off-Grid Ranch & Farm Retreat Pairings

     
    POSTED October 17, 2017
     

With 90 miles of prime Pacific coastline, more than 90 wineries and beautiful mountain and cliff backdrops, Mendocino County has guest ranches and farms that can be paired with unique team-building and free-time fun.   

1. THE INN AT NEWPORT RANCH debuts as part of a 2,000-acre private preserve and cattle ranch fusing luxury lodgings and magnificent views. Architectural standouts include 20-foot-wide, walk-in stone fireplaces, a building supported by 24 individual redwood trees from base to cathedral-like ceiling and a hot tub perched atop the water tower with commanding views of sea. The Main Inn, with impressive redwood paneling and flooring, has an open kitchen, dining room and plenty of brainstorming space. 

ACTIVITY PAIRING: 20 acres of trails for ATV safaris, hiking and shore walks. South of the inn, at MacKerricher State Beach, go horseback riding in the surf with Ricochet Ridge Ranch. 

2. YOKAYO RANCH, situated on 40 acres inland off the Inspiration Highway (101) in Ukiah Valley, is a working ranch retreat with eight guest accommodations within two combined homes and pool cabanas, the Great Room for meetings, and alfresco event space for 50. Draft horses till Yokayo Roots Farm, and creative culinary sessions are a specialty of the property. 

ACTIVITY PAIRING: Nearby, Parducci Cellars is the stop for a group gathering around prized Pinot Noirs. North of Yokayo Ranch, Seabiscuit Stud Barn at Ridgewood Ranch offers walking tours that showcase restored stud and mare barns, memorabilia and viewing of “Li’l Biscuits,” descendants of the legendary racehorse, and docent-led nature tours of ranch grounds.

3. BLACKBIRD FARM AND FARM STAY INN, set on 250 secluded acres in the heart of a booming wine region, are great options for groups seeking a more in-depth farm and meeting experience. In addition to riding and hiking trails, the property offers four cabins, two farm houses and yurts as well as classes through the farm’s Foodology University such as cheese making, preserving, and mustard and jam crafting.  

ACTIVITY PAIRING: Visit a handful of the 24 wine tasting venues nearby and Pennyroyal Farm Tasting Room and Milking Parlor, which opened in 2016 and features estate vineyards and a farmstead cheese operation housing more than 100 sheep and goats. Tour the creamery, milking parlor and solar-powered barn, learn the methods behind crafting cheeses and wrap up with a wine and cheese tasting. 

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.