Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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May 2017 25 As the last building designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright before his death, the Marin County Civic Center serves as both an event center and a National Historic Landmark, character- ized by circular themes and a blue roof that seems to blend with the sky. Tours of the stunning facility are available every Wednesday morn- ing, and event planners can use the 22,500-square-foot Exhibit Hall, the 2,001-seat Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, the 348-seat Showcase Theatre or one of the smaller meeting areas that hold between 20 and 150 guests. Visitors to Marin County would be remiss not to stop by the region's most popular cheesemaker, Cowgirl Creamery, which is in a reno- vated hay barn in the seaside town of Point Reyes Station. Founded by two former college friends during the 1990s, the creamery now sells its artisan cheeses in over 500 stores, with favorites like Mt. Tam, named after the nearby Mount Tamalpais, and the spicy Devil's Gulch. For an unusual after-hours event, groups can schedule a tour and cheese tasting on Fridays, as well as pick up some savory souvenirs from the Cowgirl Cantina gift shop. Located at the foot of Mount Tamalpais along the deep blue waters of Richardson Bay, the Acqua Hotel provides a tranquil and scenic event venue with 1,600 feet of meeting space. The hotel's bayside terrace is a great setting for outdoor banquets and receptions, and the Richardson Room complements meetings and seminars with a sweeping view of the water through wall-length windows. After a meeting, attendees can stretch their legs along the bayside trail and bike paths. The hotel also provides guests a morning breakfast buffet and a complimentary wine-and-cheese reception in the evening. Founded by Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh, Terrapin Crossroads features farm-to-table American cuisine and weekly live music. In the bar area, visitors can sip one of the unique brews on tap as seasoned musicians take the stage, with an occasional appearance by Lesh himself; the Grate Room provides a larger venue for concerts, trivia nights and special dinners. Groups can reserve a private section in any of four event spaces that accommodate from 20 to 150 guests, or they can buy out the entire restaurant. Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael Cowgirl Creamery, Point Reyes Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael Wildflowers overlook the California coastline.

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