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Santa Monica: DESTINATION UPDATE

Santa Monica group events managed by Relevé Unlimited are more popular than ever with our corporate clients — and not only because of Santa Monica’s proximity as the closest beach resort destination to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Santa Monica Group Events

Santa Monica offers a blend of urban energy, beach town atmosphere, oceanfront hotels and Pacific Ocean backdrop for incentive and corporate groups.

One of California’s most iconic images is Santa Monica Pier and its Pacific Park, home to the nine-story Pacific Wheel (the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel), the five-story West Coaster roller coaster, the nine-story Pacific Plunge tower ride, and the Santa Monica Aquarium. In fact, National Geographic ranked Santa Monica as one of the “Top Ten Beach Cities in the World,” putting Santa Monica in a class with Barcelona, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.

The pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade and adjoining Santa Monica Place offer premier shopping (Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Nike, Louis Vuitton, for starters), dozens of fancy and informal foodie experiences, and world-class “people watching” opportunities for Santa Monica group events.

Some of our favorite Santa Monica group event restaurants include Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois On Main, Del Frisco’s Grille, Tiato in mid-city, and The Upper West on Pico — but there are so many more delicious dining options once you’ve got the insider’s advantage of Relevé Unlimited’s professional destination management company services.

A teambuilding opportunity unique to Santa Monica is a Flying Trapeze and Aerial Arts session on the Santa Monica Pier: Learning flying trapeze and aerial arts is bonding, as everyone supports each other and shares the accomplished feeling of going outside of their comfort zone. A tamer-but-oh-so-delicious option is an interactive cooking event at Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories.

Outdoor Activities for Santa Monica group events along Santa Monica’s 3.5-mile-long beach include biking along the South Bay Bicycle Trail (AKA “The Strand”), stand-up paddleboarding; surf lessons, volleyball and yoga on the beach.

An uber-popular group excursion is an LA Wine Safari to the 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard in Malibu. Your guests will enjoy tastes and flavors of the casual wine-making culture alive in the Santa Monica Mountains, as well as custom-built open-air Safari vehicles to “get up close and personal” with zebras, camels, alpacas, bison, and even Stanley the Giraffe.

Exciting changes are coming in Spring 2018 to the famed Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. More gallery space has been created to support a chronological display that better illustrates why art historians and deem some works “masterpieces,” while reinforcing cross-cultural comparisons of artwork from the ancient world.

One-of-a-kind Santa Monica venues include the National Historic Landmark Looff Hippodrome Carousel (where Paul Newman worked in The Sting), located on the Santa Monica Pier just above Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and The Annenberg Community Beach House. Designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, The Annenberg was the former oceanfront estate of actress Marion Davies, and was developed during the Gold Coast era of the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst.

Santa Monica offers a blend of urban energy, beach town atmosphere, oceanfront hotels and Pacific Ocean backdrop for incentive and corporate groups — contact Relevé Unlimited’s Director of Sales Fred Huther at (805) 688-1434 to acquire a detailed program description personalized to your group’s goals and budget.

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