Southern California's Top 100 Events 2017

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Feeding the Food Truck Frenzy in California

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When out-of-towners visit California, one of the most frequently requested must-stops is In-N-Out Burger to get a Double-Double, go all-out with Animal Style or get adventurous with the secret menu. Food trucks have become synonymous with California culture.

4 Reasons to Give California’s Mendocino County Another Look

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Mendocino, a popular escape on California’s northern coast, is known for cute Victorian homes, towering redwoods and the Skunk Train. The post 4 Reasons to Give California’s Mendocino County Another Look appeared first on Smart Meetings. Photo credit: Campovida (Facebook page).

Patel and Visit California Make History

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Sima Patel made history this month when she was voted chair of the Visit California board of directors, becoming the first Indian woman to chair a national or state lodging association in the United States. “I Formerly from Surat, India, Patel moved to Oakland, California, at 17.

Southern California Event Trailblazers Inducted Into BizBash Hall of Fame

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California Travel Ban Provokes Scorn and Cancellations

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California ’s ban on state-funded travel to states with LGBTQ discriminating laws has set off a range of reactions in the eight affected states, including a full-blown political feud in one of them.

4 New and Renovated Reasons to be California Dreamin’

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The post 4 New and Renovated Reasons to be California Dreamin’ appeared first on Smart Meetings. Wave Street Inn Inns of Monterey tah-dahed the opening of Wave Street Inn in Monterey, a complete renovation of what was previously Otter Inn.

This Is Now in Sacramento, California

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Sacramento, California, is experiencing a true renaissance. With a character all its own, California’s state capital fuses urban farms, farm-to-fork dining, a hip and modern central city, historic landmarks and natural beauty to create an exciting and down-to-earth meeting experience for any size group. The post This Is Now in Sacramento, California appeared first on Connect Association.

Fire Toll on Tourism and Northern California Economy Enormous, and Growing

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Infernos continue unabated in Northern California’s wine country , even as predictions for strong winds this afternoon are arousing alarm the all-consuming flames could be fanned into new, wider areas. Santa Rosa has emerged as the epicenter of the modern legal pot economy in California.

Groups Get Fresh Inspiration at Marriott’s Newly Renovated Hotels & Resorts in California

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Nearly $200 million later, Marriott is rolling out the red carpet for groups at its premier properties in California. Northern California. Southern California.

California Bans State-Funded Travel to Four States with Anti-LGBT Laws

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In September, California passed a law that prohibits state-sponsored travel to states with legislation deemed to be discriminatory to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups. California is not the first state to ban state travel to North Carolina. Pier 39 in San Francisco.

New Ways to Quench Your Thirst in Oakland

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Warehouse tasting rooms mix the bounty of California’s diverse wine-growing regions and the production and shipping infrastructure of the city for unique tasting, dining and gathering options that bring people together.

10 Reasons To Plan Your Next Event in Anaheim

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Ever since Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, Anaheim, in Orange County, California, has earned a reputation as a destination that offers great getaways for […]. Destinations destination event destination anaheim californiaThis is a sponsored post by Visit Anaheim.

How to Plan an Intoxicating Central Coast Wine Meeting

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Luckily, California’s Coast is well-stocked with some of the best wine-tasting in the world, and some of the most interesting places to do it. Read more about California’s central coast in the October issue of Smart Meetings.

Top Industry Pros Share Their Tips for Better Events

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On July 19, BizBash hosted the Event Innovation Forum as part of BizBash Live: Los Angeles at the California Market

Rating the MTV V.M.A.s: Event Producers Give 2017 Show a B+

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The 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards returned to California this year after a brief stint in New York.

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MPISCC Hosts Buzzworthy Awards And Installation Gala

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The Southern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPISCC) celebrated its 2017 Awards & Installation Gala in a grand way

Top Travel Ideas for 2018, Survey Says

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Napa Valley/Sonoma, California. Before deciding where to meet next, why not think out of the binder? Post-meeting surveys and other tried-and-true analyses certainly have their place, but site decisions can almost always benefit from a little creative input.

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Once Upon a Time in Monterey

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Overlooking a cliff in Point Lobos, California, all we could see were miles of pristine, blue-green water. We enjoyed lunch on beautiful Pebble Beach after stopping off to see the Lone Cypress, the iconic 250-year-old tree along California’s scenic 17-Mile Drive.

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How a Museum Turned Gore Into Glamour for Its Annual Gala

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Every year in Los Angeles, the California Science Center hosts its annual Discovery Ball with an all-encompassing theme that draws

Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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California: Boysenberry Pie. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is the birthplace of the boysenberry. Bring your ap-PIE-tite to meetings today! It’s March 14 (3/14), which means it’s Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant 3.14.

Here’s What Makes for a Successful Hackathon

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Murdock is planning another mini hackathon this month, at Elevate, the annual conference of the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE). At “The Big Hackathon” at Campus Party Brasil. Jenine P. Humber, CGMP, GVEP, is no slouch when it comes to meetings.

New and Renovated, East to West

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5 Refreshed Hotels in 5 Getaway Spots

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Riviera Palm Springs, California The “Riv” has been a desert oasis for Hollywood and Grammy Award-winning royalty since 1959.

6 Striking Bowling Alleys for Events

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With locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.,

Can You Guess the World’s Shortest and Longest Flights?

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Traversing about 62 miles and lasting just 16 minutes, from takeoff to touch-down, United Airlines has begun daily service between San Francisco and Santa Rosa in Northern California’s Sonoma County wine region.

Evacuation Tips in Case of Fire Disaster

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Fires raging in Southern California have already destroyed 1,000 structures. By the end of that month, most of the region’s 1,200 wineries were open for business with fewer than 10 seriously damaged, according to Visit California reports.

Best of 5: Top Tennis Resorts

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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California Photo Credit: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Rally in the serene setting of bougainvillea and citrus groves on one of 18 courts at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Game, set, meet! Feeling inspired by the U.S.

7 Game-changing Coworking Companies

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Locations: Carlsbad, California; San Diego; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; Locations in Chicago, Atlanta and Irvine, California, are expected to open soon. Locations: Portland, Oregon; Lake Tahoe, California; Santa Cruz, California; Venice Beach, California; San Diego; Haleiwa, Oahu Island, Hawaii; New York City; Rincon, Puerto Rico; Bejuco, Costa Rica; Bali, Indonesia; Lisbon, Portugal. Working from home always seems like a good idea until it’s not.

The Planner’s Oscar-Nominee Travel Guide

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Filming location: Sacramento, California. The Oscars are just around the corner, and for most people that means judging who wore it best.

An Island No More: Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Reopens

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An enclave of popular event venues in California’s Big Sur region are now accessible again—and in the case of Ventana Big Sur, greatly improved—after the fast-tracking of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Host Pays $1 Billion for Hotels in Growth Markets

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Host Hotels & Resorts is betting big on future meeting demand by acquiring three Hyatt-managed, signature meeting hotels for almost $1 billion. The growing hospitality company called the coastal markets of Hawaii , San Francisco and Florida highly desirable locales for business growth.

10 Best Ideas of the Week: Mechanical Boar Rides, the World's Longest Pizza, Giant Glow Sticks

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This week's roundup includes mechanical boar rides at a TBS pop-up island in Marina Del Rey, California, a Guinness World

5 Essential Olive Oil Tastings and Tours You Must Visit

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The Olive Press, Sonoma, California. Tours of this family-owned operation in California’s Wine Country introduce visitors to the magic produced by the grinding stones, steel blades and centrifugal spinners involved in the cold press process. Lucero Olive Oil, Corning, California. Lucero Olive Oil is a landmark in Northern California. Forget wine; it’s olive oil season.

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Best Food-Truck Catering for Your Next Event

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Rasta Rita Margarita Truck, Southern California. Established in 2006, Rasta Rita is a vintage GMC margarita truck serving up fresh, organic margaritas and specialty cocktails in Southern California. Food trucks are fun, convenient, serve delicious food at a fraction of the cost of a sit-down meal, and are a great addition to any event. Is it any wonder, then, the concept has caught on big time, with an ever-expanding fleet of these kitchens-on-wheels in operation on any given day?

Team-building Aerial Encounters Inspired by Pink’s AMA Performance

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The sky isn’t even the limit for Oakland, California-based BANDALOOP , which performed alongside Pink. Katherine Barcsay. On a scale of one to Pink, the pop superstar’s American Music Awards performance on Sunday night was off the charts at 26. Twenty-six stories, that is.

Historic Meeting Grounds

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‘Best of the Best’ Hotels Named for 2017

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Sustainable Tourism Leadership: Cavallo Point: The Lodge at the Golden Gate , Sausalito, California. Naming the “best of the best” in the hospitality world is no job for the meek, but international luxury travel network Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts did the deed—again.

Bicoastal Dreams: New and Renovated

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5 Most Infamous Hotel Ghosts

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John Belushi, Chateau Marmont (Hollywood, California) The Saturday Night Live star was known for partying quite frequently at Chateau Marmont. October is the month for all things spooky. And what’s more quintessentially creepy than a haunted hotel?