Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2014

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B M & T ••• May/June 2014 ••• 12 North America's finest restaurants and has been awarded more Michelin stars per capita than any other wine region in the world. There are several options for getting there including four international airports: Oakland (50 miles/81 km), San Francisco (57 Miles/95 km), Sacramento (64 miles/103 km) and San Jose (82 miles/129 km). If you're not quite sure where to go or what to do when you get to Napa Valley, before you arrive, contact "I can plan an itinerary for visitors," said Christine McMillan, guest services manager at "That's SITE REVIEW #1 BY DARLENE DONLOE N apa Valley is known for its plush, rolling green hills, scenic, calming vistas and, of course, for some of the finest wine in the world. But, Napa Valley isn't your ordinary destination. It's an experience! It's true that it's one of the premier travel destinations in the world, but it's so much more. You have to inhale it, swirl it, then take it all in. It's just that breathtaking. Everywhere you look there are picturesque hills planted with vineyards year- round, not to mention limitless wineries dotting the landscape. Whether it's a weekend getaway, a day trip, a bachelorette gathering, a family vacation or a corporate meeting, Napa Valley has something for everyone. Plan your next meeting in the legendary Napa Valley, considered America's premier wine, food, arts and wellness destination. It goes without saying that there are any number of wine tastings in Napa, but there is also fine dining, spas to relax and rejuvenate and even mud baths i n Calistoga. Napa Valley, which had 2.94 million total visitors in 2012, hosts 400 hundred wineries, many of which are open to the public (some by appointment only, oth- ers not at all). Some have a large, world-famous wine-education focus, while 95% are small, family-owned hands-on wineries. When it comes to places to stay there are any number of hotels, resorts or quaint bed & breakfasts from which to choose. There are more than 6,000 rooms in 150 properties from 5-star luxu ry resorts to intimate bed and breakfasts establishments. When it's time to meet, there are more than 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting space from ballrooms to barrel rooms and wine caves to vine- yards. For dining, the area has more than 125 of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Entrance NAPA VALLEY IS THE DESTINATION FOR CULBERTSON JAZZ GETWAY Bill Leigon, President Jamieson Ranch Vineyards

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