Kennolyn Events, Soquel, CA
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just 45 minutes from San Jose and 90 minutes from San Francisco, Kennolyn’s venues boast breathtaking ocean views, peaceful redwood forests, and proximity to local wineries. With all the amenities your guests will need on-site, there’s no reason to leave for the duration of the conference. In fact, there are plenty of activities built in: hiking around 300 redwood acres, a high ropes course, a pool, sports courts, and a campfire in the woods. Your attendees can spend the evenings team building, networking, and unwinding while enjoying some old-fashioned outdoor fun.
You are guaranteed a distraction-free, exclusive setting, and the staff will be entirely focused on your event details. For overnight conferences, there is a minimum requirement of 30 guests and a maximum of 120, making it perfect for small- to medium-sized conferences. Also included are customizable gourmet meals and refreshments throughout your meetings.
Dolce Hayes Mansion Conference Center, San Jose
Located in the heart of the South Bay’s Silicon Valley, this award-winning hotel and conference center is great for high-budget conferences. With 33,000 square feet of meeting space, 24 meeting rooms, and an outdoor patio area for breaks, this upscale venue provides a comfortable and versatile environment for you and your attendees. With 214 guest rooms, this venue allows for medium- to large-sized gatherings. And it’s only 20 minutes from the San Jose airport, an hour from SFO.
There are plenty of golf courses nearby, as well as a few wineries. Most shopping and entertainment centers are located about 10 miles away. You can expect other events to be happening and guests to be staying at the conference center simultaneously, but the space is large enough for separation. You won’t have a live coordinator assisting you with the planning process, but the center offers a virtual online meeting planner guide—and audio-visual staff to assist during your conference.
San Ramon Valley Conference Center, San Ramon, CA
This large, campus-like center sits on 16 acres of rolling East Bay hills. Its manicured lawn and modern buildings contain over 40 conference rooms and 119 guest rooms, making it suitable for medium-sized overnight conferences. While there isn’t much to do in the evenings, it is in close proximity to a few wineries. And it’s located 20 miles outside of San Francisco, so if guests will have access to transportation they could go off exploring on their own.
Meeting spaces are private and adaptable, but there may be other events going on at the same time throughout the center. You’ll have the support of an experienced conference coordinator and audio visual technicians during your event. An exclusive catering company offers meals, and there are refreshment centers throughout the venue for beverages and snacks.
South San Francisco Conference Center, San Francisco, CA
This large, single-building conference center is conveniently located 5 minutes from SFO and only 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco. While there is no accommodation on-site for overnight conferences, there are plenty of hotels within walking distance of the center to choose from. Because of its size, the center can accommodate conferences of any size, from small to very large, and has a number of different meeting rooms available to choose from.
You can expect to have other events happening at the same time around yours unless you reserve the entire building. On-site coordinators offer planning and coordination assistance, but there will be additional fees for setup and teardown assistance.
Hilton Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, CA
The Hilton Santa Cruz, located just 30 minutes from San Jose International Airport, offers a peaceful mountain retreat setting. Just 10 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz, attendees can easily slip into the city in the evenings and explore the area on their own. With a capacity of 300 guests, this venue is suitable for large conference groups, and has an on-site restaurant for meals.
Privacy is not guaranteed, as there may be other events booked at the same time and other guests staying in the hotel. Your booking will include a planner tool kit, a conference planning manager, and support services during the event.
NatureBridge Conference Center, Sausalito, CA
Sitting on the Marin Headlands in the North Bay, NatureBridge Conference Center offers beautiful views of the ocean and a peaceful natural setting. The space is well-equipped for conferences ranging from 20 to 130 people, and offers dorm-style accommodations complete with bunk beds. Guests do need to bring their own linens or rent them from the center. There are plenty of outdoor activities to take advantage of, from campfires in the evenings to hiking, and even volleyball and basketball. For a relaxing experience, head to Rodeo beach, or if your attendees are looking for a faster pace, they can head over the Golden Gate bridge (only ten minutes away) and spend the evening in San Francisco.
Technological resources are limited at NatureBridge, and other than a one-time room setup service, coordination and other services are limited as well.
AMA Conference Center, San Francisco, CA
Located in downtown San Francisco, this conference center is on the second floor of the Marriott Marquis Hotel and boasts 13 meeting rooms of various sizes. Great for a medium-sized conference, this simple meeting space can accommodate up to 130 people. There are no on-site accommodations, but hotels and other amenities are within walking distance and early reservations may enjoy AMA preferred rates. Because the center is close to so many San Francisco attractions, attendees would have many dining and entertainment options to take advantage of in the evenings.
The included technological offerings are basic, and you can expect to pay fees for WiFi and additional equipment. It’s likely that there will be other conference events reserved in the surrounding meeting rooms. Catering is available but not for dinner, and the meal options are very basic. AMA does not offer complimentary parking, which could present financial and logistical challenges for you and your participants.