Destination: Napa/Sonoma Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
3637 Westwind Blvd, Santa Rosa, California, 95403-1039
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Make your meeting a Sonomalicious pairing; book it in Sonoma County, Calif. Earn your CMP – Certified Morale Pleaser – the official designation for meeting professionals who bring their groups to Sonoma County, America’s premier wine, spa and coastal destination.
By Holly Woolard
March 26, 2013
San Francisco's got game. So do Oakland and San Jose, and Santa Clara will be added to the list of Bay Area cities with professional sports franchises in August 2014 when the San Francisco 49ers begin playing at Santa Clara Stadium. Heck, even the San Francisco Bay has game and will be showcased this summer during the 34th America’s Cup racing July through September.
By Nikki Gloudeman
December 31, 2012
Northern Californians are quick to share an audacious opinion: Their region is the best in the world.
A lofty claim, sure, but there are ample facts to back it up: Where else can you find scenic coastal towns, a world-class metropolis, a political hub, the epicenter of technology and a renowned ski resort? Where else can you explore one of the world’s most heavily visited wine regions and national parks? And where else can you do all this in a famously sunny and temperate climate? The reality is, few other places boast the diverse appeal of Northern California, and few serve as such an enticing, well-rounded meetings locale. Making the decision to book in this stellar region should be easy; a better question is what to do while here.
By Josef Aukee
August 30, 2012
Northern California’s most famous wine country in Napa and Sonoma counties, about an hour north of San Francisco, delights visitors with its geography, color, light, evocative aromas, agricultural imagery and inspiring natural simplicity— its poetry of the senses.
By Sandi Cain
December 28, 2011
California is well known for its Spanish and Mexican heritage, but it also boasts roughly 70 other ethnicities, reflected in delightful museums, restaurants and cultural centers throughout the state.
By Nikki Gloudeman
October 01, 2010
The waft of currant from top-rate pinot noir. Touring a chateau in the middle of a sprawling vineyard. A five-course meal with foie gras, tartare and truffles at a world-class restaurant.
By Nikki Gloudeman
August 02, 2010
When a destination strikes a nerve, the first thing people want to do is talk about it. So it’s a good sign that, over the years, a whole lot of people have quipped about Northern California.
Learn about Napa/Sonoma for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 6
Total Hotel Rooms: 621
Number of Special Events Venues: 4
Local Convention Centers: Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Local Airports: San Francisco International, Sonoma County Airport
Local CVB: Sonoma County Visitors Bureau, Visit Napa Valley
Possessing worldwide cache for its wine-growing pedigree, Sonoma County offers more than the swirl and sniff. Wine champion Napa, and its laid-back but equally qualified neighbor Sonoma, are not hurting for good grape, but in addition to the vine, this region has culinary, natural and active delights, perfect for any group.
It is the quintessential wine country region and there is a certain authentic quaintness about Sonoma County that has been replicated in baser forms from coast to coast. The landscape is decorated with rows of wine grape, the streets punctuated with Mexican mission style buildings and the vibe relaxed. And the meeting options are along the same lines. Sonoma County offers some great intimate properties perfect for smaller meetings, but it is also the home of the Sonoma Fair Ground, a huge event venue that has numerous structure options. If you lucky enough to visit the region during the winter, pull over to the side of the road to look at the mustard flowers in bloom—miles and miles of bright yellow flowers line the roads each year from January to March.
Although it is not the only thing that Sonoma County has to offer, you would be remiss to not taste a little wine while in the region. If going to an actual winery is little too daunting, wander around Sonoma downtown. In a destination so dedicated to the grape, the wine country culture has permeates even the local grocery store where you can breeze through a quick, intimidation-free tasting with a local sommelier.
Give Sonoma County a second glance, there is more than meets the glass.