The Perfect Blend of Sophistication and Relaxation
SITES THAT EXCITE (left and below): Meeting and event venues in Sonoma County go beyond basic ballrooms — private estates, luxury resorts with lavish spas, win-
eries with private rooms, and wildlife preserves, to name just a few. Book a meeting in Sonoma County before Dec. 31, 2013, and receive a cash incentive of up to $4,000 to the hotel master account. For eligibility rules, visit www.sonomacounty.com/ meeting.
supplying some of San Francisco’s most elite restaurants since the days of the Gold Rush. Many of this destination’s own 500-plus res- taurants include private spaces for groups, from Michelin-rated res- taurants to al fresco cafés and cozy roadhouses. The Sonoma County Tourism Bureau’s professional staff of sales
managers, most of whom are CMPs, can assist planners with their meeting from start to finish, including leads, site inspections, spouse programs, and itineraries. n
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HERE CAN YOU EARN YOUR “CMP” (Certified Morale Pleaser), turn your group into “Sonomads” (those who wander Sonoma County in search of new adventures), and learn how to use a “forkscrew” (a multi-purpose utensil facilitat- ing wine and food pairings)? In Sonoma County, a destination so
unique, it had to create its own language. Learn to “speak Sonoma,” and experience a host of other “sonomacentric” activities in this laid-back destination just 30 miles north of San Francisco. With 300-plus award-winning wineries, 21 golf courses, 40-plus spas, quaint historic towns, redwood groves, and 55-plus miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, Sonoma County offers plenty of options for group outings as well as leisure-time activi- ties. And no matter where a group stays in Sonoma County, they are never far from an award-winning winery. Wine tastings are just the beginning — often, winemakers are on hand to discuss the latest varietals in private tasting classes, and groups can even blend and create their own wines. Beyond its renowned wineries, Sonoma County is home to an exceptional culinary scene, much of it based on its own locally grown or produced ingredients. In fact, farms in Sonoma County have been
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Meeting facilities: Sonoma County’s meeting facilities vary from luxury hotels to intimate inns, each with flexible space to accommo- date groups large and small Hotel rooms: 6,600 Attractions: Beyond the 300 award-winning wineries and 55 miles of Pacific shoreline, attractions include the Infineon Raceway, Jack London State Historic Park, Petaluma’s Victorian-era downtown, the Safari West wildlife preserve, and much more.