INSPIRING ITINERARIES

Cheese! A strange exclamation, especially when used in a conversation about entrepreneurial business events.

 

I was reading Travel + Leisure’s article, “The Best Places in the World to Vacation If You Love Cheese,” featuring some incredible destinations around the world. I got to thinking: Could a cheese-loving entrepreneur, looking to create an original and unforgettable gathering, have it cheese-themed?

 

Before I begin with "could," the question to ask is "would." Why not? Entrepreneurs are unique individuals with unique messages. Why wouldn’t she take what makes her unique (not to mention happy!) and create an event around it and be the Big Cheese? (Keep in mind, this also works for chocolate, tea, chili, kayaking, country line dancing, gardening, or whatever else her imagination can conjure up.)

RIVER CRUISE
PHILADELPHIA
MADISON, WI
ARTISAN CHEESE FESTIVAL
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River Cruise along the Seine from Paris to Normandy

What? 

  • Private Tour and Tasting of a Parisian Fromagére 

  • Welcome Reception with Fondue Stations to Maximize Networking

  • Nightly Wine & Cheese Pairings

  • Cheese Creation Challenges – Who Creates the Best Cheese Cuisine?

  • Make Your Own Cheese at a Farm in Normandy

  • Send everyone home with a monogrammed, multi-purpose cheese grater

 

What Else?

  • Welcome & Set the Stage for your guests in bright, airy and comfortable space

  • Tour the iconic World War II Beaches of Normandy

  • Intimate and Informal Discussions in the Lounges and Sundecks

  • Enjoy onboard entertainment in a low key and relaxing setting

 

Where/Who? 

  1. AmaWaterways

  2. Avalon

  3. Emerald

  4. Scenic

  5. Uniworld

 

When? 

Shoulder season – September to Early November and Easter to Early June

 

How?

Fly into Charles De Gaulle International Airport. River cruise lines may include roundtrip transfers in the cruise pricing.

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What? 

  • Philly Cheesesteak Tour

  • Craziest Use of Cream cheese challenge

  • Reading Terminal Market

 

What Else?

  • Run up Rocky Steps

  • Learn to row on the Schuylkill River

  • Art Tours

 

Where/Who? 

  • The Rittenhouse Hotel

  • LeMeriden Philadelphia

  • Loews Philadelphia Hotel

  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar

  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco

 

When? 

March to May

How?

Philadelphia International Airport

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Follow the Cheese Trail – Madison Wisconsin

What? 

  • Kick-off with a cheese class at Madison’s famous Fromagination followed by a Patio Picnic.

  • Can’t miss time at the Dane County Farmers Market, the largest producers-only farmers’ market in the country.

  • Farm-to-Table dinner – not just a meal but an extravaganza.

  • Visit Village of New Glarus – America’s Little Switzerland. Enjoy fondue demonstrations AND beer tastings.

  • Create a Cheesology teambuilding game.

  • Take a group cooking class at the cooking school.

 

What Else?

  • Schedule a ½ day or full day for your education programming at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Estate.

  • World Famous Happy Hour at the Nomad World Pub

  • One of 10 Best Cities for Food Trucks

  • Take advantage 

 

Where? 

  • The Speckled Hen Inn

  • Holy Wisdom Monastery

  • Cambria Suites Madison

  • (University of) Wisconsin Union Hotel 

 

When? 

Late April, May and September combine better weather with lower occupancy to make for good times to visit.

How?

Dane County Regional Airport is located minutes from downtown Madison and offers more than 95 daily arrivals and departures, including direct non-stop service from: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Washington, DC.

 

Combine Your Event with the California Artisan Cheese Festival

What? 

  • Kick off with intimate tours of various local farms, creameries and artisan purveyors

  • Seminars and Pairing Demos that include: Exploring Your Palate; Fast Food 1.0: The Cheese & Charcuterie Plate; and The Art of Melting Cheese

  • Cheers to Cheese Networking Reception

  • Cheese Challenge: Judge Cheese Like a Pro

  • Scavenger Hunt through the Marketplace

  • Every guest brings home an insulated cheese tote bag. Add a customized luggage tag.

 

What Else?

  • Start the day with sunrise yoga.

  • Host focused, intimate discussions around a fire pit.

  • Can’t miss Hot Air Ballooning

  • Relax and rejuvenate at the spa.

 

Where/Who? 

  • Astro Motel

  • Kenwood Inn and Spa

  • Olea Hotel

  • Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

 

When? 

Late March (March 23-25 in 2018)

 

How?

Sonoma is conveniently located 53 miles from San Francisco International Airport and 50 miles from Oakland International Airport.

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