Every so often I take a moment and write about new hotels that may be of interest to you (my meeting planner readers). Here are a few new hotel openings (either just opened in 2018 or scheduled for 2019), but just a few because there are so many you will get bored and so I will break them into a series of blogs…. #NewYork #Barcelona #Aspen #PuertoRico #Georgia #LasVegas #MassachusettsRead More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
First, I apologize for using the word “cute”. Second, you may not have heard of MetWest Terra Hotels, but you might be familiar with some of their Bay Area boutique properties. In case you have not… here is some basic info and check out their web sites when you get a chance. Here goes…Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
I wrote about Napa (The Town) and Napa Valley (The Middle), and promised I would eventually finish the whole Napa thing…and although I have since been distracted by just about everything… it’s closure time. Therefore… Napa Valley, Part Three… Up There (Part One).Read More
(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)?Read More
I recently wrote about Napa (The Town) and said there was so much to cover, so for now, let’s talk about Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford and we’ll save the rest for some other “other” day. Luxury hotels and a few spectacular venues.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More