While group gatherings can be productive, boardrooms and banquet halls can stifle the fun and creativity right out of any meeting. To make them more interesting, Santa Barbara has paired up the latest emerging meeting trends with unique experiences found only in the American Riviera®. Complemented by an ideal, year-round Mediterranean climate, unending outdoor adventure opportunities, and inclusive lodging options that range from affordable to luxury resort, these ideas will have you looking to Santa Barbara for your next off-site meeting or event for groups ranging in size from 10 – 1,200 people:
- Keep guests caffeinated. We all know that caffeine is essential to any business get-together, and that it’s a great way to keep the conversation and ideas flowing. Santa Barbara offers a new slant on this age-old meeting must. Attendees can meet at an actual coffee farm, or take a true coffee break with a visit to Goodland Organics. Located in the foothills of Santa Barbara, this vast, beautiful organic farm offers fresh beans, tours, and some fantastic fresh air meeting space—including picnic tables by the lake.
- Take it outside. And we don’t mean simply stepping out the boardroom doors for a breath of fresh air. We mean truly emerging your meeting, retreat, or event in the natural wonders of California in a working green house. As the cut flower capital of the world, Santa Barbara offers the unique venue of a working greenhouse to ensure clear minds and a shot of inventiveness in the form of natural surroundings.
- Infuse local flavor. The American Riviera® features an abundance of memorable flavors, and truly flavorful experiences, like the ones you’ll find at Cebada’s Forbidden Fruit Orchards. Fresh crops include blueberries, tea plants, and 6.2 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, Pakistani mulberries, currants, hardy kiwis, and the California favorite—avocado. The surroundings are sure to provide an ideal meeting ambiance, and plenty of inspiration.