It would be a very flat New Year’s Eve celebration that didn’t include some bubbles. And this year, we’ll be combining our love of champagne with our love for California’s Central Coast.

Cali Coast Wine Country Country recently released their first-ever Santa Barbara Sparkling Wine Trail Map. As the map shows, effervescence abounds here. The area is known as one of the world’s premier growing regions for chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, which are two of the main varietals used in traditional champagne. The sparkling wines are made in the same méthode classique as the Champagnes of France, and they’re every bit as delicious.

In all there are more than 50 sparkling wine producers in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles wine country. So, leave your passport at home, and stop by to meet and mix with some local vintners. And, while you’re in the neighborhood, why not devote a couple of hours to the Santa Barbara Taco Trail? You’ll find more info at

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.


Destination Niagara USA designed its series of 360-degree videos with the purpose of allowing meeting planners to virtually explore meeting and event venues in Niagara Falls, NY. The introductory video, with its footage of scenic spots that include Niagara Falls State Park, Luna Island, Stedman’s Bluff and Cave of the Winds, could do double duty as a meditative app on a stressful day.