It’s always fun to see what imaginative chefs come up with to celebrate holidays and other special occasions. Most recently we can’t stop quacking about the Easter Duckies that Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ford of the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, created for the spring holiday. Made of hallowed bittersweet chocolate and presented on a wooden crate with a mallet, the ducks are designed to be cracked open to unveil the surprise treat inside: Easter-themed Jordan Almonds and caramelized chocolate truffles.
Moscone Center “Topping Out” Signals Final Phase of Expansion, was the headline on the latest news release from San Francisco Travel, the Bay Area destination marketing organization. The headline writer exercised restraint in not adding exclamation points and happy emojis to the end of that sentence. The $551 million expansion, which will bring the center’s total exhibit space to more than 504,000 square feet, began construction in November 2014.
This Western resort is your gateway to the Grand Canyon and an adventure-filled getaway.
The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley is set to open The Vineyard, as well as complete a renovation of its 11 event spaces. Other spaces being renovated at The Estate Yountville include Villagio Inn & Spa, the Vintage House, V Marketplace, and The Spa. These spaces, as well as The Estate's outdoor vineyard will allow individuals to make any meeting or event special.
From all-new stand-alone conference centers to outdoor event lawns, the Hyatt Regency LAX offers the most robust and upscale amenities for meetings and events. The newly completed hotel is one block from the airport, featuring 580 guest rooms, including the largest presidential suite in the area and 23 suites that can be used as a meeting space or longer gathering.
Following a multimillion dollar renovation, Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay is refreshed and ready for business. The renovation touched the restaurant, lounge, guest rooms, meeting space and open-air lobby of the coastal hotel.
The 220-acre Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has long been one of the foremost venues in Southern California for hosting a meeting or retreat. It’s about to get even better. The property has broken ground on The Farmhouse, a 20,000-square-foot culinary and event center. Set to open in Fall 2018, this will be a stunning new space, as the renderings show.
From San Diego to Sonoma County, Palm Springs to the Sierra Nevada foothills and across the California border into Las Vegas, Reno and Scottsdale, Arizona, gaming destinations abound. In California alone, there are 69 Indian casinos, 13 with hotels and other resort amenities. These destinations and properties off er a boon to planners in terms of both accessible amenities and aff ordability. Think free parking, multiple dining and entertainment options under one roof, accomplished catering and technical crews, and often room rates that beat what you’d get at a standard convention hotel.
My dog Carlos and I celebrated the recent holiday weekend by taking a road trip to a trio of Kimpton properties in Southern California. I’m always happy when an invitation to check out a new property includes a “dog welcome” plus one. And I’m sure many dog owners attending corporate meetings are, too.