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11154 Highway 76, Pala, California, 92059
40,000 sq ft
Nestled in the beautiful Palomar Mountains, Pala Casino Spa and Resort is a true four-diamond resort experience with 2,000 slots, 87 table games, 10 restaurants, 4 entertainment venues, 507 rooms including 82 luxurious suites, a 10,000 square foot day spa and no sales or hotel taxes of any kind.
By Dawna L. Robertson
April 23, 2013
Planner might easily be convinced that sunny San Diego is designed purely for nce. With San Diego International Airport (SAN), downtown and s wrapped into one tidy package, groups can hit the ground run- Pown to business in a flash. Hese congenial logistics, California’s second-largest city unfurls 269-square-mile canvas of possibilities. Seven distinctive regions stretch 86 miles from the Pacific Ocean to Anza-Borrego Desert and 65 miles from Cleveland National Forest to the Mexico border. It all adds up to meetings and diversions that are far from the same old grind.
By Dan Johnson
March 26, 2013
When Jan and Dean’s catchy song “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” sailed toward the top of the charts in 1964, people across the globe got an inkling there was more to the city than the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game. The song tells of an elderly lady who is “the terror of Colorado Boulevard” as she races a powerful “brand new, shiny red, super-stock Dodge” through the city.She wasn’t and isn’t the typical Pasadena resident, but she represents an eccentric element of the city that intrigues visitors and meeting attendees.
By Holly Woolard
March 26, 2013
San Francisco's got game. So do Oakland and San Jose, and Santa Clara will be added to the list of Bay Area cities with professional sports franchises in August 2014 when the San Francisco 49ers begin playing at Santa Clara Stadium. Heck, even the San Francisco Bay has game and will be showcased this summer during the 34th America’s Cup racing July through September.
By Maxine Cass
January 29, 2013
East of the mountains and pine forest, where Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada border, Reno stretches over high desert. "People don't realize how close Lake Tahoe is to downtown Reno-Sparks," says Chris Baum, president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA). "It really is a mind-blowing experience to see the lake for the first time. When you come over the ridge and see that incredible alpine lake, it's breathtaking."
By Jennie Nunn
January 29, 2013
Say “Palm Springs,” and people usually think of midcentury modern architecture, straw fedoras, sunscreen, Old Hollywood legends and, of course, palm trees. But there’s much more to this idyllic desert city.
By Nikki Gloudeman
December 31, 2012
Setting trends is second nature to Southern California, a region consistently in the throes of buzz-generating new development. Planners who have never booked in this inspired region of the country will find the fresh inventory enticing; those who have booked here, even frequently, will be pleased that the meetings product rarely feels stale.
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California: What Makes California the Perfect Conference, Convention or Meeting Destination
Globally recognized as much for being a beach capital as an environmental awareness hub and cultural hot spot for young Hollywood—the golden state of California offers the ultimate in possibilities for destination meetings. Whether planning a conference near its sandy coasts or scheduling a corporate event amidst the striking desert or towering mountains, California leaves corporate attendees and vacationers longing to return.
The regions that make up this state are as varied as they are intriguing, and this leaves meeting planners with a great problem to have – choosing between so many great options. One way to narrow down the destination meeting choices California offers is to visualize the type of corporate event being planned.
For a hot and sunny, laid-back beach locale, try San Diego on the southern coast, which boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year. For a more active urban scene, nearby Los Angeles lives up to the hype—the electricity and spectacle of Hollywood will keep attendees charged, in and out of the boardroom.
For something more low key, take the meeting to the great outdoors—a commodity that California has a lot of. Tahoe is a true four-season meeting destination, offering ample meeting room options alongside winter snow activities and summer water sports. For an even more remote option, Yosemite National Park is rife with hiking trails for all levels, perfect for team building activities or corporate retreats.
As you can see, each region in California has perfected a specific flavor and personality to suit any conference or meeting. With so many destinations outfitted to accommodate events large and small, planning a meeting in California becomes a natural choice. The hard part is choosing which region!
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