We had a wonderful visit arranged by a great resource that we were introduced to while we were there for comfortable transportation and accommodation, great winery connections with intimate boutique winery options for some specialized experiences and a fabulous introduction to the Culinary Institute of America with some great options for groups or individual attendance to their many programs.
For our actual conference, we enjoyed the hospitality of the lovely Lodge @ Sonoma, a Renaissance Hotel very near the bustling Sonoma Plaza also referred to as "the square".
Our wonderful wine tasting event was held after our Conference and is depicted above with the photos @ Peju Winery in Rutherford, a family owned business.
One of the coolest experiences we had while we enjoyed our "Wellness Day", better known as our "Fun Day", was to enjoy a fabulous crème brulee at The Culinary Institute of America @ Copia. The dessert itself was superb, but the experience related to it was even better with it being presented in such a unique manner by Le Petit Chef in a 3D dining experience. It was so much fun to be a part of this intriguing presentation. They actually offer this here 3 days per week for a 6 course meal with or without wine pairings. You can book it on your own or with a group. They use a unique form of 'skullmapping' to create this wonderful experience. I would highly recommend it!
The Culinary Institute offers many wonderful programs including hands-on cooking classes in their studios and famous Heston Kitchen.
We also enjoyed a delightful lunch at Las Alcobas in Saint Helena, a Luxury Collection Hotel which shares its' location with the historic Beringer Vineyard. It's a fabulous property in a very central location to great wines, dining, and fabulous scenery.
All in all, it was time well spent learning about the region, bonding with fellow Travel Advisors and being coached for 2 full days by a fabulous team of Travel Marketing specialists, along with some great food, wines, and scenery, all in our very own Napa/Sonoma region - who could ask for anything more!