Local renovated Venue site visits / West Coast road trip vacation

I think this month I was away as often as I was home, but it was a fantastic month that felt like the perfect balance between work and pleasure.

During the first two weeks of July I continued to work on some final details on upcoming weddings that I am coordinating, which involved setting up meetings  with: wedding dress shopping/ entertainment/venues/churches/florists/décor theme… you get the picture. My wedding season this year technically starts in September almost through January (odd I know), however this is how it is this year.

I’ve also continued to put the final details together on a client’s Company yacht party celebrating their 40th year in existence, something that’s been in the works for several months now.

Too boot, I’m in the final stages of the mandate LaSalle College gave us (teachers) for revising/updating the course outlines of the Event Planning evening A.E.C. Program (YAY!)

And then there was the traveling portion of my month where I checked out some venues near and far (all in the name of upcoming client INCENTIVE programs) …
the list goes as follows:


Manoir St Sauveur Was invited to see the renovations that were done at the Manoir Saint Sauveur, by none other than Julie Lacombe, Sales Manager (extraordinaire) and they’re awesome. After our lovely lunch she had me rediscover this gorgeous resort.

Loews Hotel MontrealA few days later, met / visited and lunched with Marie-Michele Thibault, Associate Director of Sales at Loews Hotel (which is always a treat). What a  GREAT job with the renovations.

Hotel Mount Stephen picsAlso, a few days after that, I had the privilege of getting a sneak peek of the inner workings of Hotel Mount Stephen – OMG folks, it’s not only going be different, it’s also GORGEOUS.

Gault VisitThen, out of the blue I got an invite from Karine Camirand, Business Development Officer to visit a boutique-style hotel called Hotel Gault in Old Montreal (what a jewel).

Blues Festival Mont TrembalntWe were invited to go see the Blues Festival in Mont-Tremblant (although it’s been going on for years it was my first time and it was a very nice experience).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Out of Town:

This year the industry’s annual conference was being held in Las Vegas and this was where  my/our vacation/business trip began:

Hotel VegasWe spent four days at THEHotel at Mandalay Bay Resort 
Got to finally see the fruits of our labour as judges at one of the award ceremonies RISE AWARDS honoring industry professionals around the world.RISE AWARDS

You know, it was really nice to be there and see the people receive their well-deserved awards.

After Vegas, my husband and I rented a car and began our West Coast road trip / Vacay;

Arizona Grand Resort Sodoma, ArizonaArizona was our first destination; here we spent a few nights in Phoenix at the Arizona Grand Resort & SPA.  We were warmly welcomed by Mr. Matthew Demirjian, Sales Manager – oh my WHAT A RESORT … we did not want to leave.

Montelucia Resport & SPA  JOYA SPA
Then headed to Scottsdale, where we stayed at the Montelucia another WONDERFUL secluded relaxing resort. Mr. Troy Batt, Director of Sales here, treated us to a tasty lunch and suggest we squeeze in a message at JOYA SPA … ahhhh…

Places in ArizonaDuring our stay in Arizona we went on day trips and to our delight discovered wonderful activities and gorgeous places like Sedona for example, all I need to say is SPECTACULAR.

Miramonte Resort & SPA - Indian Wells, CaWe then headed to California; our first stop was Palm Springs, specifically Indian Wells for a few days – BREATHTAKINGLY WOW. We stayed at Miramonte Resort & SPA where Ms. Annette Saenz , National Sales Manager welcomed us for breakfast and then gave us a tour of the Italian Inspired property … again BREATHTAKING….

Marina San Diego, CaDuring our stay here, we took advantage of a daily trips; so we packed a lunch and spent the day in San Diego; walked the streets and explored it’s marina, just GORGEOUS.

Early next morning we left and headed out to Los Angeles, yup we did all the touristy stuff; stopped at Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and Malibu, just to name a few spectacular places.
Universal Studios, HollywoodHollywood walk of Fame

By days end we reach Santa Barbara, where we stayed in the lovely and quaint Hotel Indigo  (we were very lucky to find a room) – there was a large festival happening.

Boardwalk Santa Cruz, CaRoad trip continued; in the morning we headed towards the scenic coastal drive on Highway 1, first stop that day was Santa Cruz. We stopped and had lunch on the boardwalk walked along the beach (weather was GREAT but the water was COLD)

The road trip brought us to San Francisco. It’s a beautiful city however, the weather was so cold (59o), my husband and I were in shock – being Canadians (and knowing what cold is) – we just couldn’t believe it was really THAT cold it’s San Francisco!?!

Sonoma & Nappa Valley - vineyardsI digress … once settled, we had a few days to visit wine country: Sonoma and Napa Valley… driving along the vineyards was awesomely beautiful… it basically looked like one live massive art canvas painting … WOW…

Another day we visited the typical sites one does in San Francisco: walking the beautiful architecture neighbourhoods and its “hilly” streets, we spent the afternoon at the infamous Fisherman’s Wharf where we ate clam chowder and fresh crab, we also drove down the most crooked street in the world called Lombard Street.
Fisherman Warf San Francisco San Francisco - Lombard Street San Francisco Streets

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront The last day we celebrated our wedding anniversary (27 years) with a picnic looking at the planes take off and land from the San Francisco Airport across the water from our hotel’s ‘backyard’ the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. … It was a real treat to be still for a while after our intensive road trip.

Conclusion: Arizona, you’re definitely getting a visit from one of my incentive groups, and California, well, the client is going to have one difficult choice between, Southern, Mid-State or Northern… ouff… I’m putting my money on all! They simply will have to return several years in a row.

ALL the ROOM keys

SPECIAL MENTION & HEARTFELT THANK YOU … to a lady that made this happen – a testament of her PASSION: Susan Bernad, Area Sales Director, from Associated
Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)


A great July it was, the halfway point of summer, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for August.

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