Meeting Places in Wine Country

Corporate Retreats can be a great place to escape the demands of everyday work life, get to know your colleages, participate in team-building and do some planning in a stress-free environment. In Wine Country, venues for Corporte Retreats are far too numerous to mention in any comprehensive fashion in this magazine… but here are a few. For more comprehensive descriptions, and periodic incentive packages, go to sonomacounty.com and visitnapavalley.com.

Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa (Sonoma County)

If you are looking for a larger meeting space set in a AAA Four Diamond property, Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa is an excellent choice. Just across from Historic Railroad Square, and a short walk to Santa Rosa Plaza, there are myriad shops, restaurants and cultural attractions nearby. Their central location is also a short drive to over 200 Sonoma County wineries, the coast and Santa Rosa’s Airport. Meeting space is practically unlimited with 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including their recently renovated ballrooms, executive board room and garden courtyards. Amenities also include a steam room and fitness center. 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa. 707.284.1234. •vineyardcreek.hyatt.com

Miiliken Creek offers 12 rooms along the Napa River

 

Napa Valley Marriott (Napa Valley)

The Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa provides an ideal location for intimate Napa Valley meetings, events, and corporate retreats. Surrounded by the natural beauty of California’s most renowned Wine Region, business functions hosted here benefit not only from a central location, but also from well-equipped meeting rooms, flexible floor plans, and excellent event services. The flexible facilities can accommodate Napa meetings from 15 to 800 guests. 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa. 707.253.8600 •napavalleymarriott.com

Vintners Inn is a luxurious Four Diamond Inn centrally located in Sonoma County

For the medium size group in a luxurious setting, Vintners Inn by Ferrari Carano is ideal. Their outdoor Vineyard Pavilion offers views of their 92-acre vineyard. The beautifully landscaped grounds are accented by courtyards and fountains, an outdoor hot tub and bocce court. Award winning John Ash & Company restaurant is on-site. Choose private meeting rooms or the larger Event Center. Close to wineries, golf and highway access. 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.575.7350 •vintnersinn.com

Milliken Creek Inn & Spa (Napa Valley)

A secluded location with three acres, tucked along the Napa River off the Silverado Trail make Milliken Creek an ideal location for a retreat. Twelve rooms available for the smaller office. They are close enough to visit wineries, or you can arrange to bring vinters in to pour on-site. 1815 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.255.1197 •millikencreekinn.com

Dawn Ranch Lodge (Russian River, Sonoma County)

Dawn Ranch Lodge offers a unique setting for corporate events, team-building retreats, and business meetings. A short walk from the main Lodge, their rustic Boathouse Meeting Room can accommodate up to 60 attendees. For outdoor group activities, they offer 15 acres of lush grounds, private river beach front, and swimming pool. 16467 River Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.0656 •dawnranch.com

Calistoga Ranch (Napa Valley)

For the larger office, Calistoga Ranch, is a great choice. With 48 rooms, this luxury napa resort is nestled in a secluded Upper Napa Valley canyon on 157 lush, oak-lined acres that would make the Ponderosa pale in comparison. A wine cave makes a unique spot for events and celebrations. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a yoga deck, a pool featuring dramatic views of the resort’s private vineyard and oak groves, and 140 acres of land dedicated to hiking and active pursuits. 580 Lommel Road Calistoga. 707.254.2800. •calistogaranch.com

The Carneros Inn (Napa County, bordering Sonoma Valley)

Located in the midst of the Carneros winegrowing region, the surrounding picturesque landscapes are the perfect setting for a Napa Valley business conferences, corporate retreats or social gatherings. The Carneros Inn offers a wide range of inspiring event and meeting facilities, from panoramic dining rooms, lush courtyards and a vineyard-edged apple orchard, state of the art meeting facilities and ballrooms and luxury private Homes for the ultimate executive retreat. Offered are 86 individual cottages, including 10 suites, amid landscaped courtyards allowing for optimal seclusion and exclusivity. 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 707.299.4900 •thecarnerosinn.com

Villa Chanticleer (Sonoma County)

Located in the heart of wine country, overlooking beautiful Alexander Valley, you will find Villa Chanticleer, a peaceful, 17-acre park. Spacious rooms in the main Villa and Annex, and smaller classrooms, in combination with a picnic area provide the perfect setting for your training, workshop, conference, or staff retreat. 1248 North Fitch Mountain Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.3303. •villachanticleer.com

Silverado Resort in Napa Valley is the ultimate meeting place.

Siverado Resort (Napa Valley)

The Silverado Resort provides an excellent venue for meetings and conferences in Napa Valley. It offers comfortable and versatile meeting facilities, state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, and a prime location for your next meeting or event in the heart of the world-famous Napa Valley. The Resort’s impeccable service, a recent multi-million dollar renovation and numerous recreation opportunities for unwinding between meetings, justifies Silverado’s Gold Key Award from Meeting and Conventions Magazine 12 years straight. Silverado has also won the annual Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine on 10 occasions. 707.257.0200. 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. •silveradoresort.com

Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds (Sonoma County)

Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds is a non-profit retreat and conference center located in a beautiful, old-growth California Redwood forest in Occidental.  Since 1946, they’ve provided tens of thousands with outstanding hospitality, exciting recreational  activities and accommodations suited to most every budget. They offer team building programs which utilize their 800 foot long zipline. The unique course features sky bridges high above forest views and deep ravines. Whether you are planning an event for a small group or a large group, Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds’ staff is prepared to provide “Service as Tall as Our Trees.” Just minutes from wine tasting and the coast. 6250 Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.3507. •allianceredwoods.com

Retreat to Spirit Rock in West Marin

Spirit Rock Meditation Center (West Marin)
Set on 420 acres of beautiful land in the San Geronimo Valley of West Marin County, Spirit Rock provides an ideal natural setting for reflection and contemplative practice. The center hosts a full program of ongoing meditation classes, daylong programs and special events/benefit workshops, as well as residential meditation retreats. It follows the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) tradition from the Forest Monasteries of Thailand, but welcomes people of all backgrounds. For more information about Spirit Rock, visit their website and be sure to check the Calendar section for upcoming events. 5000 Sir Francis Drake, Woodacre. 415.488.4164. •spiritrock.org

Ratna Ling (Sonoma Coast)

If you enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature but also value the luxury of first class accommodations, Ratna Ling is sure to be your destination. Are you looking for a unique and serene place to host a group event or retreat? The beauty of Ratna Ling is evident in its architecture and the intention of holistic healing, harmonious living and human compassion is what is felt in the hearts of its visitors. Ratna Ling has been created with this love and holds the vision of thriving as a center for spiritual discovery. The center is breathtaking with exquisitely cared for land including a natural rain water reservoir and organic garden. Enjoy quiet contemplation amongst the grand Redwoods or feel invigorated by the nearby ocean and expansive views. Ratna Ling offers delicious vegetarian meals and wonderful private cottages. Just 2.5 hours North of San Francisco, this treasure is located at 35755 Hauser Bridge Rd. Cazadero. Call or check their website for package deals. 510.809.4987 or 510.809.4995 •ratnaling.org

Find peace and tranquility at Ratna Ling

Doubletree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country (Sonoma County)

With over 18,000 square feet of indoor space, from a large ballroom and foyer to a wine themed board room (13 meting rooms), Doubletree Hotel is perfect for a retreat conference or catered event. Their 32,000 square feet of outdoor space adds options for team building, dining al fresco and activities. Surrounded by two 18-hole golf courses, this Tuscan-style hotel boasts 245 spacious guest rooms, an elegant selection of suites and an on-site restaurant. Centrally located in Rohnert Park, just off of Highway 101, they are minutes away from wineries, shopping and family fun activities. One DoubleTree Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.584.5466. •doubletreesonomahotel.com

Sheraton Sonoma County

The Sheraton overlooks the Petaluma Marina, and features Destination Spa & Bodyworks and Tolay Restaurant on-site. The property is adjacent to the tranquil wetlands and walking trails of Shollenberger Park, and is in driving distance to over 300 wineries in Napa and Sonoma County. With over 15,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, they can accommodate most any conference, retreat or special event. 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. 707.283.2888. •sheratonsonoma.com

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