Wine Country Meetings
A massive planned power outage by Pacific Gas & Electric that affected nearly 750,000 Californians starting October 9 didn’t dampen the can-do spirit of the staff and groups at Napa, California’s Carneros Resort and Spa, who banded together to make “light” of a bad situation under the mantra “the show must go on.” Learn more.
Nestled in northeast Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains region is an easy escape from the metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia. In recent years, the region’s options for meeting groups has expanded with several large casino resorts, as well as retreat-like properties, but the small-town welcome remains strong.
It’s been six months since the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties were extinguished, and the message from locals to planners is clear: Spring is in the air, and it’s business as usual in Wine Country—as beautiful and bucolic as ever.
Lower prices, less traffic and that sense of discovery are often the best reasons to consider alternatives to the familiar destinations when it comes to wine. In the case of four off-the-beaten-path wine regions, add small-town charm and big-time hospitality to the top reasons for groups to visit.
One of Southern California’s oldest and most important wine regions, the Inland Empire, particularly Temecula Valley, is filled with winery venues and wine-related activities for groups.