• Meetings in LA Rise to New Heights

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    Downtown Los Angeles Offers a Bird's-Eye View on Gatherings

A Los Angeles skyscraper’s just-opened observation terrace and a new elevated restaurant are giving residents and visitors to the City of Angels a glimpse of the heavens.

In June, observation terraces and a glass slide—the Skyslide—opened atop the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building and event space on the West Coast (until the 1,100-foot Wilshire Grand Center opens in 2017). Called OUE Skyspace LA, the multilevel attraction gives visitors a view from nearly 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles.

Two glass-walled, open-air observation terraces provide 360-degree views of the city below and can hold up to 900 people. Interactive exhibits on Level 54 feature an HD time-lapse of Los Angeles, Infinity Mirror, Shadow Wall and more. For an additional thrill (and cost), ride Skyslide, a 45-foot glass chute bolted outside floors 70 to 69.

At Skyspace, groups are entitled to a priority entry, discounted admission and 20 percent off at the gift store, plus a Skyspace drawstring bag. Starting rates for group admission (minimum 15 people) begin at $19 per person; $25 including the Skyslide; $29 for flex group admission; $35 including the Skyslide. Groups also have a dedicated sales associate to help organize purchases and admission, says Brian Jemison, director, sales and marketing.

If the heights make your group hungry, grab-and-go sandwiches and snacks are sold on-site; catering can be arranged, too. Separately, sophisticated seated dining is available at the new 71Above restaurant. The fine dining restaurant on the 71st floor of the tower offers groups of 14 to 30 people sky-high views during lunch or dinners in private and semiprivate rooms, and cocktail receptions for up to 75 guests. 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours. 

 

 

Set between Pacific foothills and the sparkling San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a spirited city that will surprise anyone who still considers it only as the counter-culture center of the ‘60s. Home to the University of California, Berkeley, the city features an authentic (if endearingly off-beat) college town vibe that is perfect for meetings and events.    

In the absence of a dedicated convention center, Berkeley offers unique venues that reflect the vibrant local scene while at the same time, offer big-city service and amenities.

 

When corporate groups gather in California, boosting health and well-being is on the agenda.