San Diego = Good

I have been to San Diego many times, and after this most recent trip, once again have concluded… San Diego has a lot of pros and not many cons. There are a zillion great “things” in Greater San Diego, I will start with these four, all worth noting from my recent trip, and purposefully chosen to be unique Greater San Diego experiences…

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We Went and Saw Things

Sonoma County is big. Really big. You’ve got the Valleys… Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, all with about a zillion wineries… you’ve got Redwood Forests, miles of coastline, cute towns (with shopping) and world-class restaurants. And in an entirely different category, you’ve got Safaris West.

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I Took a Trip. It was a Trip.

I Took a Trip. It was a Trip.

The background story… my niece runs a non-profit called schoolboxproject.org. Whenever there is a natural disaster or there is a refugee crisis somewhere in the world, her volunteers go in either with an old school bus or shipping container, plus lots of art supplies, and hold art classes for kids.

After hurricane Maria in Houston they sent in one of their old school busses and when it was all over, she needed a volunteer to drive it back to San Francisco. I said why not… a road trip sounded like fun, plus I could stay at some nice hotels along the way and write about them.

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Why Meeting People is a Good Idea.

Why Meeting People is a Good Idea.

If you don’t care about time, money and your effectiveness, then relationships don’t matter. If you do, they do.  

For over ten years I helped a Senior Bank VP organize the annual intl meeting for their CEO by sourcing the best hotels and using my lifetime of relationships to get the best venue, rate, concessions and ground suppliers, while assuring the highest level of discretion and security. I trusted my contacts ...

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Why I Really Like GSOs

Here’s why… sometimes I have to find answers from a lot of places all at once. A multiple destination search, a large, complicated event… or maybe I have to find something in a destination I have never worked… I turn to my GSO friends and suddenly have an army of helpers who want to help me close a deal.

The “Big Chains” have GSOs and although they are always willing to help.... many planners do not make that minimum threshold…

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New York. Center of the Universe.

New York. Center of the Universe.

I grew up in New York City. Been back many times over the years and (assuming I have some money in my pocket), immediately feel comfortable there…the intensity, the “everything in its original” experience. The Babel of languages, the food, the feeling of “there is no place like this” and it goes on forever. But my Moldovan born wife and Siberian born son had never been, so I had the great pleasure of re-experiencing the city through their eyes.

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More Team Building Plus Etc.

More Team Building Plus Etc.

Hey, wait a second, how did this 496-room Scottsdale resort with 50k square feet of meeting space 36-holes of golf, a 90k sq. ft. casino, six restaurants, 3 pools and a Las Vegas style showroom appear in a team building blog? Because… they have a “zillion” team building options either on property or “like”, right there.

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Here's An Idea For A Meeting Venue

Here's An Idea For A Meeting Venue

Ireland is one of those places I would go back to again and again. Some of the nicest people I have ever met (and you also want them on your side in a bar fight). I could write pages and pages, BUT… for now, I had asked my DMC friend, Derek Wallace with the Wallace Travel Group (http://www.wallacetravelgroup.com/, to give me an idea about a “different” meeting and/or event venue in or around Dublin. He recommended…

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Here’s An Idea - Vol. I 

Here’s An Idea - Vol. I 

I really loved my experiences in Costa Rica. It has everything a planner could want, plus lots of “critters” (I like critters) and great photo opportunities (I like photo opportunities). I asked Mauricio Arevalo (a really nice guy) with Costa Rica DMC (costaricadmc.com) to suggest an event for a group that has limited time to really explore the amazing diversity that is Costa Rica. He suggested…

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If I Was The Decision Maker. Volume 1

If I Was The Decision Maker. Volume 1

Seabourn Cruise Lines provides private group shore excursions with their partnership with UNESCO to World Heritage Sites around the world. And if you have never been to a WHS, you’ll understand why they are so amazing as soon as you get there and why the words that follow can in no way do justice to the experience...

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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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