MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 20

Meeting attendees are
welcomed in Wine Country.
(Courtesy of Sonoma
County Tourism)
"We greatly appreciate the support we have received from
those who have visited the Napa Valley since the Northern
California wildfires last October," states Clay Gregory, president
and CEO for Visit Napa Valley. "We look forward to continue to
welcome more visitors to experience the Napa Valley spirit in
person and see the lush green hillsides, which are as gorgeous
as ever."
The October 2017 wildfires burned less than 14 percent of the
total of 504,000 acres in Napa County.
"We are extremely fortunate and grateful that the physical
effect to Napa County was so limited," adds Gregory. "Because
the October wildfires burned predominantly in the forested
hillsides, the well-known Napa Valley floor, located between
Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail, saw little to no impact."
The majority of Napa Valley's more than 400 wineries were
open and hosting guests just days after the fires started and
only a small number of wineries in Napa Valley were severely
affected in the fires. No hotels in Napa County burned.
According to the Napa Valley Vintners, only five Napa County
wineries suffered significant damage (wineries or estate homes
destroyed, equipment lost, inventory lost or vineyards lost).
Signorello Estate, on the Silverado Trail north of the town of
Napa, was the most widely publicized winery to have burned
in the October fires. The other wineries that reported extensive
damage were not open to the public.
And, despite the October wildfires, Napa Valley winemakers
believe 2017 will be an outstanding vintage for Napa
Valley wine.

SONOMA COUNTY
Several months after the wildfires in Sonoma County were
extinguished, myths and rumors rage on. The top myth is the
majority of Sonoma County burned down and the residents need
time to recover before accepting visitors.
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The opposite is true. Only 10 percent of the area's 1 million
acres were affected, mostly in the mountains along the eastern
border. In other words, Sonoma County is open for business.
While three hotels were lost to the wildfires - The Hilton
Sonoma Wine Country and the Fountain Grove Inn, both in Santa
Rosa's Fountain Grove area, and America's Best Value Inn &
Suites on Hopper Avenue in Santa Rosa - Sonoma County is in
the midst of a boom of hotel openings. The Holiday Inn Windsor
Wine Country, Oxford Inn & Suites in Rohnert Park, and the
boutique Astro Hotel in Santa Rosa recently opened and several
other lodging properties are opening or expanding within the
year. The number of rooms available in Sonoma County remains
about the same, around 6,300.
Located just 30 miles north of San Francisco's Golden Gate
Bridge, Sonoma County, with its Mediterranean-like climate,
offers the perfect blend of sophistication and laid-back relaxation
year-round. This destination heightens your senses, tests your
adventurous spirit, and encourages networking and team
building to reach your meeting goals.
There are many ways to explore Sonoma County. Embark
on an iconic California road trip along the famous Highway 1.
Exploring the more than 50 miles of dramatic Pacific coastline
that forms Sonoma County's western border is an experience
that will take your breath away.
Experience famed wine regions: Alexander, Dry Creek,
Russian River, and Sonoma valleys. Learn more how wine is
blended or how grapes are grown in this sustainable region.
Charming downtowns are filled with boutiques and art galleries
- all waiting to be discovered.
While farm-to-fork is considered a new trend, in Sonoma
County it's just called eating. Discover the destination's rich
culinary reputation in a bite-sized two-day itinerary that serves
up the best of the dining scene.
Fans of the area are urged to continue to support Sonoma
County wineries, breweries, cheese makers, farmers, and local
artisans. Purchases of items that were bottled in, made in,
grown in, brewed in or otherwise came from Sonoma County
help local families recover economically.
The majority of Sonoma County was undamaged. The fields
are green, the wildflowers are blooming, and the welcoming
communities are all still here. ●


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Spring 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Innovation Corner
Marijuana Tours & Events: Challenges & Perceptions
MPINCC’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
Wine Country Open for Business
Corks & Forks: A Culinary Art Experience
Meetings Minute
Member Spotlight
MPINCC New Members
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Intro
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover1
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover2
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 3
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 4
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 5
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Innovation Corner
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 8
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Marijuana Tours & Events: Challenges & Perceptions
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 10
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 11
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 12
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 13
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 14
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 15
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - MPINCC’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 17
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 18
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Wine Country Open for Business
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 20
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Corks & Forks: A Culinary Art Experience
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Meetings Minute
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 23
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 24
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 25
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 26
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 27
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Member Spotlight
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - MPINCC New Members
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover3
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover4
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert1
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert2
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert3
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