February 26, 2020

Inspire Your Attendees with these Creative Santa Cruz County Meeting Spaces

You’ve seen one conference room, you’ve seen them all, right? Not here in Santa Cruz County! Our meeting spaces are much more than a conference room; they’re dynamic spaces ready to inspire attendees with local art, history, and our famous Santa Cruz style.

Get Local with Hotel Paradox

Hotel Paradox is known for its unique design features and whimsical tagline to, “Expect the Unexpected.” Their modern cement façade and neon logo are unmistakable, and they’re doing even more than their usual to supply the unexpected when it comes to inspiring spaces for meetings and events.

Your attendees’ experience starts right inside the front door where they’ll be greeted by hanging musical instruments, skateboards, and a gallery of artwork by local artists. Hotel Paradox has made interactive art their mission and brings their walls to life by allowing guests to borrow these items to enjoy during their stay! The Music Wall is made up of instruments from Sylvan Music on the Westside of Santa Cruz and the Skateboard Wall is a collection of boards from NHS and Santa Cruz Skateboards. Your attendees will love borrowing a taste of Santa Cruz to get their creativity flowing.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though! Hotel Paradox partners with local artists to showcase their work in a monthly revolving gallery. Their Second Friday Artist Reception provides the chance to meet the artist, enjoy some live music, and treat your attendees to bites from Solaire’s menu! (Second Fridays 6pm – 9pm) February’s current show features the art of Santa Cruz legend, Jim Phillips.

Last but not least, after a long day of meetings your attendees can hit the hay dreaming of this final local Santa Cruz touch: photography by local artist, September Wren. Each guest room is complete with photos taken exclusively for Hotel Paradox that make your already one-of-a-kind event that much better.

TIP: For a good laugh, ask them the story behind the white squirrels in their lobby!

Italian Inspiration at Regale Winery

As if the vineyard views and extensive outdoor games weren’t enough to inspire your attendees, Regale Winery & Vineyards also boasts an incredible mural in their upstairs meeting space. The mural was inspired by the abridged version of The Wedding Feast at Cana by Paolo Veronese. The mural speaks to what Regale Winery & Vineyards hopes their visitors feel when they’re on the property: lavishly supplied with food and drink, entertainment, and great enjoyment. The mural was painted in May of 2010 by Wilfredo O. Baet and has been an inspiration for groups ever since!

Meeting with Meaning at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is the perfect venue to host your company reception. They offer gorgeous views of the Monterey Bay and indoor and outdoor spaces to mix and mingle. While there, don’t forget to look up! A bloom of jellyfish float at the top of the landing on the second floor, welcoming guests to your event. Though these jellies are beautiful, they stand for much more than decoration. This installation titled, “Jellies Forever,” was made by the JellyGirls of Fusion Glass Co. using donated plastic painters tarps, grocery bags, VHS tapes, and salvaged plastic wrap. The mission of the piece is to remind visitors of the sea turtles lost due to our plastic pollution. Leatherback Sea Turtles, which primarily visit Monterey Bay to eat jellyfish, commonly ingest plastic bags by mistake. So, while enjoying the Exploration Center and their breathtaking ocean views, look to this great conversation piece to remind your attendees to do their part to protect our oceans.

Dreaming of the Perfect Wave at the Dream Inn Santa Cruz

In between sessions at the Dream Inn, encourage your attendees to take a quick jaunt down the hill to check out the Dream Inn’s Jack O’Neill historical mural. Jack O’Neill was not only the inventor of the wetsuit, but he also trademarked the name, “surf shop,” and opened his first Santa Cruz surf shop where the Dream Inn’s delivery area is today. The mural marks this historical spot and pays homage to the man who helped surfing and Santa Cruz become all that they are today.

After watching the surfers hit the waves during their meeting, your attendees are bound to want to know a little more about our Santa Cruz surf culture. Take your group back through the lobby of the Dream Inn to get an up close look at surfing history through the boards that shaped it. From balsa wood boards crafted in the early 50’s to custom airbrushed boards made for O’Neill’s son, there’s bound to be something of interest for everyone.

Get the Giggles at DNA’s Comedy Lab and Experimental Theater

DNA’s Comedy Lab is the fresh venue on the Santa Cruz conference scene! The Lab was built into an old movie theater and has made use of its retro cinema charm by keeping the light boxes formerly used to illuminate movie posters. These boxes now display photographs of famous comedians taken by artist Dan Dion. The Lab Lobby features three different collages of Dion’s photos curated around a central theme. If your guests guess the throughline they’ll win tickets to a show at DNA’s Comedy Lab! After sharing your best guesses, have your attendees convene in one of the Lab’s two theaters for your presentation, meeting, or screening. The expansive, versatile lobby is also available as an add-on benefit for guests—or as a sole rental for private parties—and includes a small raised stage with café tables and seating for over 60 guests.

Awe-Inspiring Architecture at Chaminade Resort & Spa

Big news! If you haven’t already heard, Chaminade Resort & Spa is undergoing renovations and is set to reveal their transformation in March! They’ve given us a sneak peek at some of the new features added to the property that your attendees will love. Chaminade has a rich history dating back to 1904 when it was a summer home to Judge Curtis Lindley, and later Chaminade Boys High School in the 1930’s. The new renovations seek to transform the property while keeping with the integrity of the iconic Spanish Revival architectural style. Host your meeting or event on the outdoor patio to take advantage of their gorgeous fountain complete with tiled mosaic around the base.

No matter what your meeting style is, Santa Cruz County can provide you with venues that are more than just a conference room. See for yourself what these dynamic spaces packed with art, history, and some Santa Cruz flair can do for your next event.

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