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Mountain Meetings Unspoiled beauty and adventure energize off the beaten path meetings & incentives O BY JOHNALEE JOHNSTON Off-roading across 80 acres of hills, woods, rocks, sand traps and other real-world obstacles is an adrenaline rush many would not expect from California's serene Monterrey Peninsula. After mastering an on-site obstacle course, the Quail Lodge & Golf Club's Land Rover Experience Driving School offers this thrilling teambuilding adventure for groups. The workshop runs from an hour to a full day, with possibilities for a geocaching scavenger hunt or mission impossible-inspired challenge intermixed. Though certainly the pièce de résistance, Max Schroeder, director of sales/marketing says off-roading isn't the only thing capturing the attention of planners these days. "Attendees and meeting planners are also appreciating our locally sourced, organic, non-GMO banquet menu and some of the other sustainable programs we have in place." Four annual world-class events hosted by the 75-room/18suite lodge create their own buzz. "The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering" is considered the crown jewel of these events, and one that planners can easily wrap their arms around. Combining topnotch cuisine with vintage luxury cars that can be driven locally and on the driving school's off-road course, the event fans out over an 18-hole championship golf course with lush landscapes and historic lodge buildings as backdrops. It's this mix of hyperlocal experiences, sustainability and modernity that makes meeting in the mountains such a viable option for groups seeking to temporarily disconnect from the daily grind. Schroeder says at the lodge, jack-of-all-trades guest service agents create cost-cutting perks that enable planners with modest budgets to provide a luxury experience "without the big price tag." Of course, miles and miles of explorable wonderland-from hiking in the nearby Santa Lucia Mountains and other redwood-shaded canyons to diving in Point Lobos' natural reserves, one of the richest marine habitats in California-offer the utmost in experience for free. THE SEBASTIAN-VAIL At the base of Vail Mountain, The Sebastian-Vail offers high-end comfort in a cozy mountain atmosphere. They call it "mountain chic," and a new reconfiguration of its guest rooms-from 100 rooms to 84 and 16 executive suites-supports this idea. Eight of the executive suites can be configured into two-bedrooms. The Sebastian is in close proximity to boutiques, galleries, dining, music and a multitude of outdoor activities-from skiing and snowshoeing to fly-fishing. A concierge armed with all the gear your groups will need hangs out at The Sebastian Base Camp, allowing for a quick ski-in/ski-out experience. 32 | prevue magazine 32-37_Mountain Meetings.indd 32 4/22/15 12:22 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May/June 2015

Planner’s Pick: South Africa
Fresh Meets: Sheraton Expands in China
Bureau Buzz: Meet Hawaii
Good Business: Accor on Gender Equality
Sea Shores: Windstar Cruises
Experience Luxury
On Location: Destination Resorts
On Location: Northeast Florida
On Location: Iberostar Playa Mita
On Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Checkout: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall & Zilara Rose Hall

Prevue May/June 2015