• Retreat to the Lost Sierras for an Unforgettable Group Experience

     
    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE
     

    There’s gold—and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed meeting center—in them thar hills.

Nakoma Resort is a gem of a place, so it isn’t surprising that it sits at the base of Gold Mountain in the Sierra Nevada Mountains high above Lake Tahoe. This wilderness region of California is known as the “Lost Sierras,” as these mountains and buttes are a bit off the beaten path.

Nakoma Resort consists of the Lodge at Nakoma, an extremely comfortable, 42-room modern wood frame building nestled in the woods, a full-service spa and the breathtaking Altitude Recreation Center. That 12,000-square-foot facility has everything, from a large swimming pool and a challenging indoor climbing wall to a 30-seat movie theater/media room and an outdoor amphitheater.

Nakoma also boasts a famed 18-hole, semiprivate championship golf course. Known as The Dragon, the course is designed to make corporate meetings a walk in the sun, with perhaps a few frustrations. There are some challenging holes, albeit with spectacular views and a family of golden eagles that live on the cliffs nearby.

The crowning glory of this hideaway resort that is perfect for a full corporate buyout is the resort’s Clubhouse, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923 and finally realized here in 2001. Influenced by the shape and look of Native American teepees, the Clubhouse is a unique wood and hewn stone structure that is enhanced by stained glass windows and friezes throughout that evoke the harmonious design motifs of the Cherokee tribe. The massive building’s large outdoor patio looks down onto the golf course and into the wooded mountains beyond, while inside Wright’s design genius extends to the Wigwam Room Restaurant as well as into various meeting rooms (capacity 20-140), all of which boast high ceilings and large windows that bring the views inside, even in the snowy season. And the food is top-notch, too.

In addition to Nakoma’s beautiful lodge and clubhouse, the resort offers numerous opportunities for group experiences, ranging from summer fishing excursions to nearby mountain lakes (including Gold Lake) and along the Feather River or hiking expeditions to famed Mills Peak Trail. Winter experiences including ice skating or skiing at nearby Northstar.

No matter what the season, Nakoma Resort truly is a retreat like no other, where an easy pace, crisp mountain air and a welcoming atmosphere create a soothing setting—and a golden opportunity for having a meeting to remember.

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.