Meetings Beyond San Francisco: North Bay and Wine Country
The beauty of the Bay Area doesn’t stop at San Francisco’s city limits, and neither do the helpful services for meeting professionals provided by San Francisco Travel. A short trip north from the city, planners will find a variety of distinctive destinations offering unique settings for meetings, retreats, incentive travel and more. And best of all, San Francisco Travel’s Convention Sales and Services teams can help you make all the necessary arrangements — whether you want to add a day in Wine Country to a San Francisco-based meeting, or book an entire event in a nearby community. Here are a few destinations north of the city that are worth considering.
Napa Valley (1 hour drive)
The destination that practically invented Wine Country in America offers luxurious experiences for before, during or after your meeting. From wineries with meeting and event space to world-class resort properties like Auberge du Soleil, attendees can enjoy wine tasting, famed dining, scenic beauty and unique activities like hot air ballooning and cooking classes. San Francisco Travel partners with Visit Napa Valley to ensure that all your logistical needs are met hassle-free.
Yountville (1 hour drive)
The “Culinary Capital of Napa Valley” gives attendees a true taste of Northern California with world-class restaurants and celebrated wineries in a unique, small-town setting. Groups of 5 to 500 can be accommodated at a variety of venues and meeting facilities with plenty of activities for team building or incentive groups. San Francisco Travel works with the Yountville Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center to provide seamless assistance to planners.
Marin County (1 hour maximum drive, depending on destination)
With breathtaking coastal beauty at Point Reyes and the Marin Headlands as well as creative dining opportunities in waterfront communities like Sausalito, Marin County is the perfect location for attendees who think big ideas are best discovered with fresh air and fun. Plan an outdoor excursion, a reception with local oysters on the half-shell and discover venues that make meetings productive and memorable. Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Travel partners with the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide exceptional service to meeting planners interested in this destination.
Tiburon (20 minute drive)
Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, Tiburon offers incredible views, plenty of sunshine, easy access to the water and lots of fun activities for groups — all within easy access of San Francisco (by car or boat). Plan a team outing to a cheese-making class, wine tasting on Ark Row or a sailing adventure on the bay to round out a long day of meetings. Destination Tiburon and San Francisco Travel collaborate to offer local expertise, assistance and leads to meeting professionals interested in planning an event here.
Sonoma County (1 hour drive)
Stretching from the craggy Pacific coast of Bodega Bay to the lush redwood forests of the interior, Sonoma County offers meeting professionals a variety of settings in close proximity to more than 400 local wineries — and only about 30 miles north of the City by the Bay. San Francisco Travel partners with Sonoma County Tourism to provide meeting planners with one-of-a-kind venues like wineries, locavore-friendly restaurants and cultural arts facilities, like the stunning Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, as well as service providers and other leads.
Sonoma Valley (1 hour drive)
This charming section of Sonoma County located southeast of Santa Rosa includes the historic town of Sonoma and artsy communities like Glen Ellen, along with a handful of American Viticultural Areas and plenty of scenic beauty. The Sonoma Valley Visitor’s Bureau partners with San Francisco Travel to offer meeting professionals local expertise for planning events at more than 100 local wineries, ranches, outdoor spaces and creative eateries as well as service providers and other logistics.
Petaluma (1 hour drive)
With it’s charming, historic downtown sitting on the banks of the Petaluma River, this quintessential Northern California community was named one of the nation’s “Top Ten Getaways Near a Major City” by Travel + Leisure magazine for good reason. From artistanal cheeses to celebrated craft breweries like Lagunitas, there’s plenty of local flavor to enjoy during or after your meeting. San Francisco Travel works closely with the Petaluma Visitors Program to ensure meeting professionals have the tools, information and access they need to create a perfect event here.
Richmond (30 minute drive)
Richmond is an idyllic bayside setting just north of Berkeley that offers a memorable experience for attendees and planners alike. Richmond combines history (The Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park), creativity (a thriving local arts and culture scene), natural beauty (bay views and outdoor activities), and state of the art meeting venues (Richmond Memorial Convention Center and Craneway Pavillion, among others). San Francisco Travel and the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau provide meeting professionals with everything they’ll need to execute a successful event at this community nearby San Francisco.
Fairfield (1 hour drive)
Situated between San Francisco and Sacramento, Fairfield offers all the charm of Northern California’s Wine Country in a budget-friendly package for meetings and events. Offering championship golf, charming wineries, delicious dining and a landmark Jelly Belly jellybean factory, San Francisco Travel and the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau work together to help meeting planners discover the perfect balance of work and play in this wonderful destination.