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Wining-and-Dining in Style
in Northern California
By Rachel Walker
SACRAMENTO
Known for their fresh dining and innovative art scene,
Sacramento provides plenty of tastes and sights to keep anyone
entertained and invigorated. Proclaimed America's Farm-toFork Capital in 2012, the city offers a wide array of fresh food
choices in more than 40 farmers markets. Looking to mix
the food and art culture together? Look no further than the
largest California Certified Farmers Market in the state. They
recently added a 70,000-square-foot mural on the underside
of the freeway at 8th and W streets in downtown Sacramento,
which houses the market. The mural mirrors a blue sky seen
through sycamore trees. You get the dual pleasure of shade
from the sun while still enjoying a painted blue sky above you.
The city's art scene has recently experienced revitalization,
which can be seen through new innovations such as the
opening of the theater, The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for
the Arts. The Sofia, the state-of-the-art home of the B Street
Theatre, opened in late January 2018 and includes two stages
and presents unique plays, music, dance and speakers. When
looking for a place to host members or a relaxed outdoor
event, The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel provides all the amenities
needed and more. Opened in October 2017 and located next to
Sacramento's new Golden 1 Center arena (another large space
to host events), this hotel offers 250 rooms, 35 suites, a poolside
Revival bar and lounge and a recently opened farm-to-table
restaurant, Echo & Rig.
SONOMA COUNTY
Famous for their exquisite wines and relaxed vibe, Sonoma
County will allow members to easily mix business with
pleasure. With over 425 wineries, 600 restaurants and 40 spas,
it is clear that the tourism industry is one of the largest, private
employers in the county. Along with wining-and-dining and
spa experiences, Sonoma County also includes 18 golf courses,
12 farmers markets, 11 California State Parks and 20 coastal
beaches to increase your relaxation levels.
If your form of relaxation involves nature and exercise, the
Jenner Headlands Preserve recently opened its gates to the
public to roam through the 14 miles of scenic trails that overlook
the Pacific Ocean. After increasing your heart rate with some
hiking, stop by the new Séamus Wines Tasting Lounge to try
their handcrafted wines while using their Internet access to stay
updated on the business side of your visit.
NAPA VALLEY
Speaking of relaxation, Napa Valley provides the perfect
spot to take in the beautiful scenery in between sips of local
wine. With approximately 475 wineries and over 1,000
different wine brands produced in Napa Valley, wine tours can
create a priceless bonding experience for members to enjoy.
To add nature into the mix, take a walk through gorgeous
vineyards like Herb Lamb Vineyard, a small-production

family-owned wine brand, to get a feel for the natural side of
Napa Valley while working on a much needed tan.
For more adventurous members, Napa Valley offers hot air
balloon rides just after dawn to start the morning with a great
start as the balloon rises with the sun. The ultimate mixture
of business with pleasure is achieved at The Meritage Resort
and Spa, which offers the two largest ballrooms in Napa Valley,
multiple outdoor courtyards, two boardrooms with fixed
tables and two meeting rooms ranging from 250-square-feet
to 461-square-feet. The hotel also offers plenty of amenities
that will check all the boxes for the pleasure aspect of business
travel such as a private nine-acre vineyard with walking trails,
a world-class spa, a Crush Lounge with bowling lanes, a rooftop
terrace, two pools, a Jacuzzi and more.
FAIRFIELD
For outdoor retreats and events, Fairfield offers the best
weather to accommodate your members with an average yearly
temperature of 73 degrees. Rockville Hills Regional Park
marks a great spot to mountain bike, hike and run with over 30
miles of trails in the 633-acre grasslands and oak woodlands
park. Additionally, Erickson Ranch Produce Stand allows
visitors to pick fruits and vegetables in U-Pick fields as well as
sample their local jam made from the fruit on their farm.
Along with many wineries and vineyards
in Fairfield, the local brewery and
taproom scene is increasing in
popularity. Anheuser-Busch
Brewery offers three
signature tours to start
off the tastings with
a more well-known
brand. Heretic
Brewing Company,
a microbrewery,
is the next best
place for beer
flights due to its
award-winning
flavored ales and
lagers. With over a
dozen beers on tap
along with rotating
food trucks that
add onto the local
food and drink scene,
beer drinkers will find
heaven in Fairfield.
Source: Visit Sacramento,
Sonoma County Tourism, Visit
Napa Valley, Visit Fairfield

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: CalSAE Still in the Middle of Its Story By Jim Anderson, CAE
AT A GLANCE BY THE NUMBERS: Understanding Gen Z as They Enter the Workforce
AT A GLANCE BLOG SPOT: The Importance of Virtual Meetings
AT A GLANCE TECH TOOLS: Prioritize Your Association’s Technology Needs
AT A GLANCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Want Successful Marketing Campaigns? Don’t Leave Emotions at the Door
A Tale of Three Chapters: Rebuild, Rebrand or Reinvent
Don’t Let These Communication Culprits Derail Your Content
Is Your Communication Keeping Up with Leadership Evolutions?
Embrace Your Personal Brand— And Make it Work for You
DESTINATION: Wining-and-Dining in Style in Northern California
NEW MEMBERS
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Laura Calderon Rivera
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The Executive - November/December 2018 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: CalSAE Still in the Middle of Its Story By Jim Anderson, CAE
The Executive - November/December 2018 - AT A GLANCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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The Executive - November/December 2018 - Want Successful Marketing Campaigns? Don’t Leave Emotions at the Door
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The Executive - November/December 2018 - A Tale of Three Chapters: Rebuild, Rebrand or Reinvent
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The Executive - November/December 2018 - Don’t Let These Communication Culprits Derail Your Content
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The Executive - November/December 2018 - Is Your Communication Keeping Up with Leadership Evolutions?
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The Executive - November/December 2018 - Embrace Your Personal Brand— And Make it Work for You
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The Executive - November/December 2018 - DESTINATION: Wining-and-Dining in Style in Northern California
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The Executive - November/December 2018 - MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Laura Calderon Rivera
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