Meetings on Draft: Breweries aren’t only for drinking.
Hosting a meeting in one of California's wine regions is a guarantee that your group will be surrounded by vistas of grapevines, rolling hills and sunny skies.
Minnesota is known for its scenic beauty—from its many lakes to its beautiful forests to its western prairies—much of which is captured on the properties of numerous wineries throughout the state. From a winery in Winona that overlooks the rolling ridges of the bluffs of the Mississippi River to one in Red Wing that sits on a working farm to another in St. Louis Park that gives visitors a “view” of the world, Minnesota is stockpiled with wineries that not only offer picturesque views but also private meeting and event space.
Traverse City Tourism, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit focused on attracting conventions and tourism to the area and building the region’s economy. Trevor Tkach, executive director of the National Cherry Festival and Traverse City native, will step in as the new president/CEO of Traverse City Tourism.
It's Time for Wine
The wine industry has exploded in Pennsylvania. From humble beginnings, the number of wineries has increased from as few as 12 in 1976 to over 200 in 2014. Pennsylvania now ranks fifth nationally in terms of grape production. There are six distinctly different regions, and five American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).
I attended the PATT, Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism, conference in Harrisburg two weeks ago. It was a great event that brought together CVB’s, hotel professionals and media professionals at the Harrisburg Hilton. One of the takeaways from the conference was that PA has slipped from its status as one of the most-visited states in the U.S. It’s dropped to 6 on the list. What a shame! The state has so much to offer, which I was reminded of at every turn. Wineries, state parks with fantastic hiking and biking trails, art and culture in our major cities and our small towns.