Hosting a meeting in one of California's wine regions is a guarantee that your group will be surrounded by vistas of grapevines, rolling hills and sunny skies.
Long before it became known for wine, this little town at the north end of the Napa Valley was famous for the hot springs and geysers that bub- ble up from volcanic soils at the base of 4,342-foot Mount Saint Helena.
Sam Brannan, California’s first Gold Rush millionaire, recognized a new kind of gold when he saw it. Envisioning a resort town to rival fashionable Saratoga Springs, New York, he was said to have bragged at a dinner party that he would transform the region into the “Calistoga of Sarifornia”—meaning, of course, the Saratoga of California.
I attended the PATT, Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism, conference in Harrisburg two weeks ago. It was a great event that brought together CVB’s, hotel professionals and media professionals at the Harrisburg Hilton. One of the takeaways from the conference was that PA has slipped from its status as one of the most-visited states in the U.S. It’s dropped to 6 on the list. What a shame! The state has so much to offer, which I was reminded of at every turn. Wineries, state parks with fantastic hiking and biking trails, art and culture in our major cities and our small towns.