Category Archives: Destinations

Marriott Newport Beach

Site Inspection: Newport Beach, California

What was once known as the playground for celebrities—Shirley Temple was crowned the first Miss Newport Beach at age 13 and John Wayne lived there in the ‘60s—is becoming an even more attractive site for corporate events as all eight of the major hotels in this Orange County enclave have gone through recent renovations of meeting space in the last few years.

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The World’s 13 Best Beaches

Whether you’re planning your next incentive meeting or just looking for inspiration for your next vacation, we’ve rounded up these can’t-miss beaches, perfect for lounging and learning. Located from Norway to the Bahamas, each of the beaches is unique and stimulating. Read on, imagining yourself with a pina colada in hand and your toes in…

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Boston skyline

Drop Anchor in Boston

Boston has a bit of an image problem. Non-Bostonians may use Cheers reruns as a frame of reference. (So, where is that bar where everybody knows your name? Answer: Across from the Boston Public Garden.) By American standards, the city is ancient, and full of historic firsts such as the 1636 founding of our first institution of higher education—Harvard University.

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Chicago skyline

Chicago: Bursting with Options

Forget about Mrs. O’Leary’s cow: Chicago is on fire in the best possible way for the meetings market. On the heels of 12 new hotel openings across the city last year, 2017 witnessed several developments in Chicago that will serve the group segment admirably in the years to come.

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8 Chanukah Celebrations Across the Country

Although we call this time of year “the holidays,” it often feels synonymous with Christmas. After all, who can resist joyful music, sugary beverages and glittering lights. So, while I’m guilty of being a Christmas fanatic myself, or more accurately a Christmas culture fanatic, finding a Chanukah celebration is always a pleasant surprise. And these…

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Napa and Sonoma Rise Again

Tourism is one of the leading employers in California’s Wine Country. When news reports across the country showed photos in October of the Sonoma and Napa hills on fire, thousands of acres burned and 16 wineries were severely damaged. But almost 1 million acres were left untouched in Sonoma County alone, and 1,200 wineries are still open and pouring. Featured here are a handful of the hundreds of beautiful meeting spaces welcoming attendees to intoxicatingly beautiful venues in the area.

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Better With Age Versus Fresh Off the Vine

Roll the dice and no matter what property you land on, Napa and Sonoma counties are prime real estate for venues old and new. From a 13th-century inspired castle to the latest restaurant in town, visitors can immerse themselves in an experience spanning centuries, all in one trip. Pull up your pants’ legs and stomp on some grapes, just like Lucille Ball did in the black-and-white days of television.

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