One important aspect to the Wine Bloggers’ Conference is our pre-conference excursions. Each year, optional excursions are arranged with local wineries, associations, and organizations in the region(s) surrounding the conference to offer our wine bloggers additional opportunities to explore the area. For many, the excursions are often highlights of their WBC experience!
Each year brings unique opportunities and unique challenges when arranging pre and post excursions, and 2013 is no exception! We know that the location of WBC13 in Penticton, B.C. presents additional expense and travel logistics for many attendees of the conference. As such, we are working with two great partners to bring you two equally great pre-conference excursions with one that offers transportation from Seattle. There are currently no post-conference excursions planned at this time, giving attendees the option to make arrangements on their own to either return home on Sunday or continue exploring the region.
Cost for each excursion is $100 for Citizen Bloggers who agree to post at least one blog post about their experience on the excursion. The excursion cost is $200 otherwise and for non-blogger attendees.
Pre-Conference Excursion from Seattle via Chelan, Washington
Lake Chelan Wine Valley has arranged an epic 2-day excursion for 50 WBC13 attendees. Participants will meet at Seattle-Tacoma airport (SEA) on Wednesday, June 5 (start time 11:15am) and will be bussed to the conference by way of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley. Not only is your transportation arranged for you from Seattle to the conference (a possible cost saver if you fly into SEA), but you’ll stay at the beautiful Campbell’s Resort & Spa on Lake Chelan, visit wineries, enjoy a winemaker’s dinner and a sparkling wine brunch, and be supplied with boxed lunches each day. On Twitter, use @LakeChelanAVA and the hashtags #lakechelanwine and #WBC13.
Pre-Conference Excursion in Kelowna
The conference excursion in Kelowna is equally exciting! Arrange to fly in or drive to Kelowna (YLW) on Wendesday June 5th (excursion start time 4pm). Our partners at Tourism Kelowna have arranged for several spectacular experiences, which includes visits to CedarCreek Estate Winery, Tantalus Vineyards, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery. This excursion includes lodging Wednesday in Kelowna, three meals (lunch at CedarCreek Estate Winery, dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and breakfast at Tantalus Vineyards0) wine tasting and winery tours, and transportation from Kelowna to the conference in Penticton. On Twitter, use @Tourism_Kelowna and the hashtag #WBC13. (Photo of CedarCreek Estate Winery by Brian Sprout, courtesy of Tourism Kelowna.)
Full excursion details can be found on our Excursions page. Each excursion is limited in the number of participants, so register for WBC and your excursions soon! You can register for the conference and excursions on our Registration page. If you have already registered for the conference and want to add either excursion, please email Sonya in our office: sonya @ zephyradventures.com