I took my family for a quick get-away to the Mendocino Coast and thought it would be a great opportunity to do some research and write a blog about meeting options in the same way I have written about many other destinations.
I contacted the Visitors Bureau up there and asked if they could introduce me to the salespeople who might be interested so I could gather info and publish a (free) blog hyping their destination… didn’t ask for any favors (I already had a B&B rez) and got this very funny response from their representative, Koleen…
“Thank you for reaching out. Mendocino County is not marketed as a meetings destination so we will kindly pass on this opportunity.”
OK. Understand. Never mind. I don’t know if all of the hotels in Mendocino are aware of this official policy, but it was certainly news to the folks at the brand-new Inn at Newport Ranch. I was driving by, saw the place overlooking the ocean, and stopped in to say hello (That’s my job). Glad I did. They exist for group business.
Here’s the low-down… it’s just north of Ft. Bragg (so about 3.5 hours from San Francisco which means you have to want to be there), but once you are there… it has a combination of rooms, suites and houses that, as a buyout could accommodate up to 18 couples… so great for small retreats. True, there are a lot of places like that all over California… but this one is on 2000+ acres that include 1.5 miles of coastline, 20+ miles of trails, horseback riding, ATV touring, spa services and private dining (and all of the other stuff that apparently the Mendocino VB does not want you to know about).
When it comes to incredible views, whatever I write will not do it justice, so go to www.theinnatnewportranch.com.
Like I said, you have to want to be there because it’s not around the corner. But if you want to take your team “away”, think about it.
In keeping with our Mission Statement to share cool stuff you can use, we keep adding descriptions and links to suppliers of all kinds to our Ever-Expanding Meeting Resource Library. Bookmark It. You need an idea or a contact, go there. It’s a free searchable resource of “good”. Always Look There First.
Again…Everything goes into the EVER-EXPANDING Meeting Resource Library that you can search at leisure.
AND… bookmark allthingsmeetings.com, share it with your colleagues, and click on everything. AND… come to one (or all) of our Trade Shows (next one is July 26th in San Jose) so you can meet suppliers and form your own relationships, AND… if there is something you want me to write about, tell me. email: email@example.com
Neilcramerphotography.com visits the Mendocino Coast