Napa (as in the town) Re-Born

Napa (as in the town) Re-Born

Billions of marketing words have been written about Napa Valley. Rather than re-hash all of that, and in the interests of time, I have edited them down to… food, wine, great hotels, lots of things-to-do and really good. The town of Napa (itself) has been undergoing a steady renaissance of its own, and is now actually a place to go (itself). The marketing highlights? All of those Valley things but you’re in town.

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Peerspace Update: Online Venue Marketplace - It's Still A Cool Idea

Peerspace Update: Online Venue Marketplace -  It's Still A Cool Idea

I had written about Peerspace in one of my first blogs, long before the sponsorship thing. And why had I written about them? Because it’s a cool idea. Why am I writing an update? Two reasons… 1. it’s still a cool idea and 2. I would not have found Forager for my next Trade Show, a very cool, new venue, if it wasn’t for their listing on Peerspace. 

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Meet Halfway In The Other Wine Country

Meet Halfway In The Other Wine Country

(All Things Meetings Visits Paso Robles)

Can’t decide if your northern California people should meet with their southern California counterparts “up here” or “down there”? Getting tired of the back and forth thing and want something different (that is also an excellent option)? Want to make the people who are unhappy with either choice, happy (once they get there)?

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The New Monterey

The New Monterey

I do not have to tell you that Monterey is a great destination for meetings and incentives. You already know that. So why am I writing this? Monterey is in the midst of a major renovation, the main component being the completely re-born Monterey Conference Center, plus the make-over of everything around it Yes, it’s Major.

With all of that in mind, here is a very brief guide to what is happening in Monterey. We’ll keep adding things as we find them.

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Luxury Retreats With Fish

Luxury Retreats With Fish

Personally, I am not a Prisoner of the Rod and Reel. I am more of a Slave to the Light (photography) kind of guy, but I have been fishing, like fishing, caught fish, and basically know nothing about it. So, I present the results of my research without prejudice neither for nor against any fishing genre; fresh or salt water, lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, species of fish, whatever. My job here is just to give you some ideas for the next time somebody says… “Hey, let’s have a retreat somewhere and since the company is paying and I get to choose where we go, let’s go fishing.”

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Luxury Hotels With Guns

Luxury Hotels With Guns

I am sure that you religiously read all of my blogs and know that I have written about “Luxury Retreats with Horses” and “Luxury Retreats with Fish”. It was just a matter of time before we got to “Luxury Retreats with Guns”. If your decision-maker likes guns, or wants to do a Team Building “thing” involving loud noises and really fast moving pieces of metal, than here are some ideas for your next meeting, retreat, or shoot-em-up… 

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Luxury Retreats With Horses

Luxury Retreats With Horses

Last month I mentioned the new Auberge-managed resort in the Costa Rican mountains that, among many other wonderful features, also has a world-class stable. I thought… I write about a lot of things that meeting and incentive planners can use, so here are some of my favorite North American luxury retreats… perfect for small meetings, retreats, incentives, team-building (and all of that jazz)… that have good horses. I want to go.

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More New Luxury Hotels: The USA Edition

After wandering through a bunch of second-hand furniture stores and browsing on Ebay, I discovered… I was an Art Deco guy. Who would-a-thought? Not that I don’t fully appreciate all sorts of design and fashion… I am an artist after all :) , but given my druthers, that’s what I am drawn to. My apartment is now pretty cool. Or at least it was until I re-married and have a seven year old son. Now it’s sort of an art deco foundation covered with legos. But I’m OK with that too.

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Teambuilding On Alcatraz (And Some Other Things You Might Want To Know About).

Teambuilding On Alcatraz (And Some Other Things You Might Want To Know About).

America’s premier maximum security prison, thousands of the nation’s most incorrigible prisoners spent day and night trying to figure out how to escape the 22 acres of living hell. Irony being what it is, you can now pay to go there and have fun while learning valuable team building skills.

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