50-Room Super-Luxury Property – Rutherford, CA

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford

Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford)

I have stayed in a lot of great hotels. I remember looking around my room at this 50-room super-luxury property and thinking… someone really took the time to think about what you would want to have or see in every part of the room, and then put the perfect thing there. What I am saying is, this iconic property really deserves to be called iconic.

Perfect for high-end meetings or incentives where the price is not really the point, it’s the experience (and the perceived ROI from that experience). What do I mean by that? I mean it’s expensive but only if you care about that. And, of course, their restaurant has a Michelin Star.

One small thing about Auberge du Soleil on weekends. There will be weddings. Just saying. https://aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com/

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

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Hotel Is So Good For A Small Meeting Or Incentive - Napa Valley, CA

Napa Valley Lodge

Napa Valley Lodge

Napa Valley Lodge

Part of the well-respected Woodside Hotel Collection, this 55-room hotel on the north end of town also offers 2540 square feet of meeting space (so good for a small meeting or incentive). They do not have their own restaurant but in Yountville, which has more Michelin stars per capita than any other city in the world, you can walk to at least 10 superb restaurants within minutes. www.napavalleylodge.com

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

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140-year Old Winery Turned into Tuscan-styled Villagio Inn and Spa and French Country Manor - Napa Valley, CA

Villagio & Vintage Inn

Villagio & Vintage Inn

Villagio & Vintage Inn

This gets complicated so bear with me. First, take a 140-year old winery, turn it into a Napa Valley marketplace in the middle of the food Mecca known as Yountville. Then build two hotels on either side… The Tuscan-styled Villagio Inn and Spa with 122 guest rooms and suites, and the French country manor-styled Vintage Inn with 80 guest rooms, suites and villas. Together they share 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting/event space and a Spa. It’s all good.

Oh… they are even adding a new 1062 sq. ft. Vintage House, complete with a glass elevator, marble boardroom table, built-in audio visual, separate private lounge area, and an adjacent outdoor patio with gorgeous views of the Mayacama Mountain range. So even more good (and yes I know that is bad grammar). www.villagio.com and www.vintageinn.com

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

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This Napa Valley Hotel has a 62-room property and a Zen feel to it - Napa, CA

Bardessono, Napa Valley

Bardessono, Napa Valley

Bardessono

This 62-room property has a Zen feel to it, assuming that Zen monks like to hang out by the roof-top pool and prefer luxury accommodations, great food and wine, a Spa (what is the sound of one hand massaging), and a high (and award-winning) level of service. I guess what I am saying is… it’s a nice place in the middle of Yountville and so walking distance to some of the best restaurants in Napa Valley (and therefore in the USA).

The resort offers 1664 square feet of meeting space, so it’s better for either a small high-end meeting or an incentive that does not require much indoor space. But… they do have some great outdoor space too for receptions/dinners and such. www.bardessono.com

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

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This 10-room 400-acre property includes a stone hacienda, vineyards, wine caves, Carmel Valley

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Holman Ranch & Vineyards

This 10-room 400-acre Carmel Valley property includes a stone hacienda, vineyards, wine caves, an olive grove, horse stables and not one, but two tasting rooms. The Ranch is available for all sorts of events, both indoors and out, regardless of whether you are staying on property. Each of their many outdoor spaces can individually hold 200+ for an event, but since they only take one event at a time, you could conceivably take over the whole ranch and invite everyone you have ever met. It’s a beautiful spot. www.holmanranch.com    

“Nestled” on 330 acres in Carmel Valley both a Hotel and a Venue - CA

Stonepine Estate (both as a hotel and a venue)

Many resorts seem to be nestled somewhere, and The Stonepine Estate is no exception. “Nestled” on 330 acres in Carmel Valley, the Estate (as a hotel) features an eight-bedroom chateau and three houses, totaling 16 guest rooms. The estate offers a very high-level of service combined with creativity and friendliness, and is a perfect venue for Board meetings and retreats.

As a venue (regardless of whether you are staying there or at another property), they can accommodate groups up to 250 and do all sorts of themed parties and events (my personal experience there involved a private demonstration of amazing horsemanship… combined with a delicious BBQ).  Besides the western themes easily incorporated into their equestrian center, other, more elegant settings are a natural for Great Gatsby type events (or other themes in which people pretend to be rich and carefree). Anyway, whatever the theme, they are good there. www.stonepineestate.com

107 acres of “ecologically diverse” protected beachfront land in Pacific Grove, CA

Asilomar Conference Grounds

There is no place quite like Asilomar, or as it is officially called, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds. It’s on 107 acres of “ecologically diverse” protected beachfront land in Pacific Grove (I assume the market value is “infinite”).

The original Lodge and Cottages were designed by Julia Morgan (of Hearst Castle fame) and more contemporary accommodations were added later on… for a current total of 313 guest rooms and 65,000 square feet of meeting and event space. So… big stuff is possible. They have meeting packages, a slew of activities and team building options, and they are very, very affordable. Note… they are not a traditional resort because their history and status is like no other… but for the right group their location (and pricing) is amazing. They definitely have the nature thing going. www.visitasilomar.com

A Special Place To Think (And Relax, and Drink Wine And Eat Great Food) - Carmel Valley, CA

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

A special place to think (and relax, and drink wine and eat great food). It’s quiet in a really good way and I feel rich when I stay there. 73 guest rooms, suites and villas. It has about 3200 square feet of meeting space (give or take), lots of creative team-building programs, and of course… Carmel Valley, wineries, and easy access to all of the other stuff. www.bernarduslodge.com

 

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If You Really Want To Impress Someone, And Budget Is Not As Important As.... - Pebble Beach, CA

How can I even begin to write about the whole Pebble Beach “thing”. I will try (and fail) in summarizing when I say… if you really want to impress someone, and budget is not as important as whatever ROI you expect from entertaining them, take them to Pebble Beach. Everything about the place is superlative… the location, the service, the prices… and of course, the Golf. Your group can stay in the original 161-room Lodge, the 269-room Inn at Spanish Bay or the Spa-connected 24-room Casa Palmero… it’s all a wow. The thing to remember… the famous line about buying a yacht… if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it… just saying. www.pebblebeach.com

Historic mansion, steps away from the beach, shops and restaurants - Carmel, CA

If you want to feel like you are staying in a charming historic mansion just steps away from the beach and the shops and restaurants of Carmel-by-the-Sea, then this now 75-room boutique hotel is perfect for you (because that’s what it is). Originally built in 1905, it features 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and some beautiful garden and patio space. This place is great. You feel like it’s your home in Carmel. Really nice people. www.laplayahotel.com

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Every Major Company In The World Has Had At Least One Event Here - Napa, CA

Every major company in the world has had at least one event at Silverado, so they must be doing something right. The first thing they are known for… two PGA championship golf courses (and so if you want great golf on property in Napa… they are “it”). But that’s not all… 439 one bedroom condominium suites on 1200 acres, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, 10 swimming pools, 17 tennis courts, a great 16k square foot Spa… and Napa Valley. www.silveradoresort.com

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50,000 Sq Ft Of Indoor And Outdoor Event Space - Napa, CA

Around (but close to) Napa

With 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, The 322-room Meritage Resort and Spa can do big stuff.  Their Estate Cave is perfect for a dinner or group wine tasting experience for up to 200 guests, their Spa is one of the best in Wine Country, and they even have a six-lane bowling alley (Note – not in the Spa :)).

Located across the street from the resort, an expansion opening in Summer 2018 will feature an additional 145 guest rooms and suites, an outdoor pool area (their second on property), a food and wine village. and an expansive event lawn for social gatherings and concerts. It keeps getting better. www.meritageresort.com

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I Have A Lot Of “Favorite Places” Around The World - 86 cottages, 10 two-bedroom suites and a number of 2-3 bedroom homes - Napa, CA

Around (but close to) Napa. 

I have a lot of “favorite places” around the world. This is one of them. Like all of my favorite places it is not just one thing, but a combination of many things. To just say that the resort has 86 cottages, 10 two-bedroom suites and a number of 2-3 bedroom homes does not do it justice. Instead, think of it as a small village… cottages (each with a small backyard), orchards, gardens, great views (with horses), pools, spas, restaurants… plus really nice people who make you feel part of it all. I want to go back. www.carnerosresort.com

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Located On The Riverbank (Across From The Nature Preserve) - Napa, CA

Located on the riverbank (next to the River Terrace Inn and across from the nature preserve), this 180-room property is literally a three-minute walk from the Napa Wine Train Station and maybe 5 minutes more to downtown. It also features approximately 5,000 square feet of meeting space and is home to the Michelin-starred (and therefore fantastic) La Toque restaurant. www.westinnapa.com

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This 106-Room Noble House River-Front Property Is Undergoing MAJOR Changes - Napa, CA

This 106-room Noble House river-front property is undergoing MAJOR changes this year. A new restaurant (called Alba), an additional 1500 square feet of meeting space and 8 new guest suites, all expected to be completed by the fall of 2017. www.riverterraceinn.com

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Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

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66-Room 4-Star Riverfront Property - Napa, CA

There have been several add-ons over the years (starting in 1901) to this now 66-room 4-Star Riverfront property. Three adjacent buildings are organized around the Historic Mill and Riverbend Plaza that also includes a live music venue, spa, three “eateries”, a general store and a sweet shoppe (with “two p’s and an e”).

Their marketing piece says “where everything you need is just steps away”. I get a kick out of marketing phrases (and love to make fun of them), but since the Inn is on the Riverwalk, you can pretty much walk to everything the town has to offer (including 20 tasting rooms and a dozen exceptional restaurants. I won’t say that everything I need is just steps away, but you know what they mean. www.napariverinn.com     

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171-Room Resort Is Set On 20 Acres Of Vineyards And Olive Trees - Paso Robles, CA

The Allegretto Vineyard Resort

The 171-room resort is set on 20 acres of vineyards and olive trees at what used to be the edge of town. It definitely has that “Tuscany in California” feel about it, and even features a 12,000 square foot inner courtyard (I mean piazza) around which swirls village (I mean hotel) life.

Groups use the piazza for outdoor dining (the weather is usually good), and your guests can just relax around the fountain with their favorite “other wine country” glass of wine, or sit by the fire when the evening cools off.

The resort has 5,000 square feet of indoor space and about 30,000 square feet of very useable outdoor space. For a very cool venue for a private dinner, check out The Chapel. Well, I think it’s cool. Also have bocce ball, spa, pool, great food and all of that four-diamond stuff. www.allegrettovineyardresort.com

Want a different team-building idea? Try “Foraging” With The Chef.

Allegretto’s Executive Chef, Eric Olson explained to me that he enjoys taking groups out into wild places to seek out forgotten plants, and eat them. Not only does he teach your group how to recognize what’s edible and/or medicinal, he also gives your team a feeling for what it all means… where do we get our water, how did humans survive here for millennia, and how you can turn what seems to be a handful of nothing into a gourmet experience. Everyone who goes out foraging with the Chef, comes back changed. Think about it.

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

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550-room Resort Has The Del Monte Golf Course Next Door - Monterey, CA

Hyatt Regency Monterey

This 550-room resort has The Del Monte Golf Course next door, a Spa and 40,000 square feet of meeting space. It’s not in downtown Monterey (it’s a Resort), but is “nestled” (their word) on 22 acres just a short drive away. I am not sure why resorts in general always seemed to be “nestled’ somewhere, but that is a subject for an entirely different article. Anyway…

It’s a great resort and, like all Hyatt Regency’s, does a great job. Consider them and Request a Proposal. monterey.regency.hyatt.com

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

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Overlooking the Bay and Next Door to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA

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Intercontinental The Clement Monterey

This 208-room luxury hotel overlooking the Monterey Bay is literally next door to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and on historic Cannery Row. It features 12 meeting rooms and 16,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space.

Note… on one page of its web site it says “the sapphire waters of Monterey Bay” and on another it says “the cobalt waters of Monterey Bay”. I am no judge of that. All I know is… I have stayed there, I have booked groups there (more than once), the staff is great, it’s right on the water (regardless of the color) and it is beautiful there. www.ictheclementmonterey.com

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

I have a large skill set that covers the range of tasks for online marketing. It is both easy and cost efficient to work directly with me. I can get the whole job done. 

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