Five separate spaces available ranging in size and can seat up to 80… or you can take over the whole place

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Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA

www.winchestermysteryhouse.com

You may already know about the (possibly) crazy but (definitely) rich woman who thought that she would die once her house was finished… and so… she died and apparently the house was finished. What you may not know is that you can rent the venue for a special event and it is definitely unique. There are five separate spaces available ranging in size… the largest can seat up to 80… but you can utilize multiple rooms, take over the whole place, wander around, and have fun.

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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The property also features 4500 sq ft of meeting space and the (fantastic) restaurant, John Ash & Co.

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Vintners Inn/John Ash & Co.www.vintnersinn.com
In September this 44-room boutique hotel on 92 acres of vineyards just outside Santa Rosa will become a 78-room boutique hotel and Spa (on 92 acres of vineyards). The property also features 4500 square feet of meeting space and the (fantastic) restaurant, John Ash & Co. (it was really good). (Full disclosure… I was GM here back in 1999-2000 and so I like them)

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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There is nothing like it, so if you have a group in Wine Country you should somehow figure out how to take them here

Safari West www.safariwest.com

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There is nothing like it, so if you have a group in Wine Country you should somehow figure out how to take them here. The following words will not do it justice… your group boards open air 1953 military vehicles and proceeds, with the help of some expert guides, to bounce around 400 acres containing approximately 1200 African animals (give or take depending upon the birth rate). You can come for the day… do some custom-designed teambuilding stuff (in addition to the bouncing around part), have some great food… and even stay overnight! Yes, call it Glamping… they have thirty luxury tents (imported from Botswana) with private viewing decks, real bathrooms and polished hardwood floors. You should do this.

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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If your group wants a nice place for an off-property event, combined with excellent wine and a beautiful setting, consider it.

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Martin Ray Winery
www.martinraywinery.com    

Located on the site of one of the oldest continually working wineries in California, this Russian River Valley winery has indoor space for about 100 guests, and plenty of outdoor space for larger events and fun (including the requisite bocce ball court). If your group wants a nice place for an off-property event, combined with excellent wine and a beautiful setting, consider 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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Benziger, Sonoma perfect setting, excellent wine and, really, really nice people. 

Benziger Family Winery & Imagery Estate Winery, Glen Ellen, CA http://benziger.com

Not to choose favorites, but whenever guests come to visit and we go up to Sonoma Valley, Benziger is the winery we go to first. Why? Perfect setting, excellent wine and (and I am not making this up), really, really nice people. They have a couple of great areas for private events… I like them. 

 

 

 

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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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Fifteen different venues include an Aquarium, a “Living Roof” overlooking Golden Gate Park, Planetarium… Dinosaurs, A Rain Forest… you get the idea

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California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA http://calacademy.org

Fifteen different venues in one… a reception in an Aquarium or on a “Living Roof” overlooking Golden Gate Park… dinner amidst (a great word) the dioramas of the African Hall, a product launch in a Planetarium… Dinosaurs, A Rain Forest… you get the idea. For groups large and small. Always good.

Fifteen different venues include an Aquarium, a “Living Roof” overlooking Golden Gate Park, Planetarium… Dinosaurs, A Rain Forest… you get the idea

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. 

Website Design, Build and Optimization, SEO, Keywords, Hashtags, PhotoShop, Email Marketing and Newsletters - Mailchimp, Google Forms (Registration & Surveys), Survey Monkey, SquareSpace, Wordpress, Square, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Facebook Ads, Pinterest, Instagram, Word, ePub, Excel, Audience Development, and more.

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Located in Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers is one of the most unique historical sites in the Bay Area

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Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco, CA   http://conservatoryofflowers.org/

Located in Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers is one of the most unique historical sites in the Bay Area. A gem of Victorian architecture (and a National Landmark), it offers five exhibit spaces with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world, combined with custom metal work and architectural beauty. Consider 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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Spectacular views of city and the Bay—Exploratorium’s new home offers great setting for events up to 3500 attendees

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Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA   https://www.exploratorium.edu/

With spectacular views of both city and Bay—plus access to hundreds of hands-on exhibits—the Exploratorium’s new home (SF old-timers remember when it was in the Palace of Fine Arts) offers great setting for your event of up to 3500 attendees. To break it down to a word, it’s “Fun”. 

 

 

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. 

Website Design, Build and Optimization, SEO, Keywords, Hashtags, PhotoShop, Email Marketing and Newsletters - Mailchimp, Google Forms (Registration & Surveys), Survey Monkey, SquareSpace, Wordpress, Square, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Facebook Ads, Pinterest, Instagram, Word, ePub, Excel, Audience Development, and more.

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30 miles south of Silicon Valley, Fitz Place a combination 1930’s Farmhouse and English Country Inn… but it’s also 5 acres of vineyards and gardens and lots of places for meetings, team building...

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Fitz Place, San Martin, CA    http://www.thefitzplace.com

On the Santa Clara County Wine Trail (yes, there is one) and just thirty minutes south of Silicon Valley, Fitz Place is akin to a combination of a 1930’s Farmhouse and English Country Inn… seven guest rooms, a Barn (but not really a barn anymore) that can accommodate up to 100… but it’s also 5 acres of vineyards and gardens and lots of places for meetings, team building and all of that jazz.

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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Situated on 15 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards and gardens along the Carmel River with nine event venues for groups from 6 to 1200

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Folktale Winery & Vineyards, Carmel, CA http://www.folktalewinery.com

Situated on 15 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards and gardens along the Carmel River, Folktale Winery features nine event venues for groups as small as 6 and as large as 1200 people. Private dinners, team building, tastings, meetings and… their wine is really good.

 

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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Airfield Estate Is A Charitable Organization With A 38-Acre Working Farm Just Outside Dublin

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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…

Airfield Estate is a charitable organization with a 38-acre working farm just outside Dublin. It’s a meeting venue with a difference – It’s truly the Ireland that most foreign visitors never get to experience.

Imagine holding your meeting in a barn (I mean, a barn designed for meetings) with views of open green (as in Ireland) fields. During your coffee break you can wander in the farmyard and pet a Jersey calf and afterwards, for a team building activity – there is churning your own butter and baking your own brown bread from home grown ingredients sourced on the farm. And other farm stuff.  

Airfield also offers Corporate Social Responsibility options for your attendees (it’s a registered charity).  The Learning through teamwork thing.

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. 

Website Design, Build and Optimization, SEO, Keywords, Hashtags, PhotoShop, Email Marketing and Newsletters - Mailchimp, Google Forms (Registration & Surveys), Survey Monkey, SquareSpace, Wordpress, Square, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Facebook Ads, Pinterest, Instagram, Word, ePub, Excel, Audience Development, and more.

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3 Private Rooms - Great Food By James Beard Award-Winning Author, Chef-Owner Mustards Grill - St Helena

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen

Created by Cindy Pawlcyn, the James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, chef-owner of Napa Valley’s Mustards Grill and co-creator of many renowned Bay Area restaurants (including Fog City Diner, Bix, Roti, Tra Vigne and Buckeye Roadhouse), Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is located in downtown St. Helena… and is good. :)

There are three private rooms; The Gallery (up to 56 guests), The White Room (up to 20 guests) and the Patio (up to 20 guests with a wood-burning oven and a 100-year old fig tree). Or you can take over the entire restaurant (up to 80 guests seated). www.cindysbackstreetkitchen.com

 

Previously Known As Greystone Cellars, Grand Cathedral Ceilings & Massive Hand-Cut Stone Walls, - St. Helena

Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

They say, ”The Culinary Institute of America sets the standard for quality with an unparalleled culinary approach and philosophy.” I’m no expert on that stuff, but based on my non-expertise, I am going to say that yes, that seems true. :)

Previously known as Greystone Cellars, with grand cathedral ceilings and massive hand-cut stone walls, it is now brimming (that is my word and although I don’t know if it really fits, it sounds good anyway) with teaching kitchens and demonstration theaters, perfect for team-building (and eating and drinking). Same goes for private lunches/dinners.

They can handle groups of all sizes and will customize an event and… they know what they are doing. www.ciachef.edu/cia-california/

In addition, they have a new location in downtown Napa, the CIA at Copia. I did not write about it in my previous downtown Napa blog… but now you know.

Merryvale Winery's Historic Cask Room Is Quintessential Wine Country - St. Helena

Merryvale Vineyards

This St. Helena winery’s historic Cask Room, with two stories of century-old 2,000 gallon casks lining the stone walls, is quintessential Wine Country. You can start in the tasting cellar with a reception… then the lights are dimmed, candles lit, the music begins… the curtains are drawn revealing the dining room (for up to 112 guests)… trust me, it’s cool. And if you didn’t already know this… there are some really good chefs in Napa Valley who would just LOVE to cater your event. www.merryvale.com

Located on 60 acres in the famed Stags Leap District - Napa, CA

 Cliff Lede Vineyards

Cliff Lede Vineyards

Cliff Lede Vineyards (Yountville)

Located on 60 acres in the famed Stags Leap District, this beautiful venue offers five indoor and outdoor spaces for up to 150 guests. The contemporary steel and wood architecture, floor to ceiling glass doors, the beautiful vineyard views, museum-quality art, and the general feeling that Cliff Lede (the guy) really likes rock & roll, makes this a venue you should definitely consider. And as an extra note… they also own the Poetry Inn, a five bedroom luxury Inn perched directly above the property… just in case. www.ledefamilywines.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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Two Spots for Formal or Casual Dining – Great Food - Napa, CA

 Bottega, Napa Valley

Bottega, Napa Valley

Bottega Napa Valley and Ottimo

Located in the middle of Vintage Estates (between Villagio and Vintage Inn), Bottega Ristorante has long been a favorite venue for private dining (for groups from 12 to 120). There are three private rooms, plus you can also take over the whole place (il Tutto) that could accommodate up to 200. As an aside… the food and service is great. www.botteganapavalley.com

Just across from Bottega is Ottimo, a casual dining spot that can be taken over and transformed into a formal dining room for up to 100. One idea… have your dinner in Bottega and then walk over to Ottimo for late-night partying. I vaguely remember the days when that sounded like fun. www.ottimo-nv.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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400-acre property includes stone hacienda, vineyards, wine caves, olive grove, horse stables - Carmel Valley, CA

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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    

Hotel and a Venue “Nestled” on 330 acres - Carmel, 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