We are pleased to announce that registration for the first SQL Excursion is open. There will be sessions on September 22-23 and September 24th will be an optional all-day wine tour which will have a small additional cost based on the number of people that sign up.
We are working on a two day wine tour available for attendee’s guests for a nominal fee. Once prices have been locked in, we will open registration up and make a formal announcement regarding this add-on event on the mailing list and the blog.
The hotel which we will be hosting our event is the Embassy Suites Napa Valley, which is a beautiful Tuscan style hotel with California redwoods growing at one end of the courtyard and a very large pond which is home to several swans, ducks and turtles (we’ve posted some pictures of the hotel in a Facebook photo album). Your hotel suite includes complimentary breakfast for you and your spouse (even if they don’t register for the wine tour).
We’ve got some great dinner events planned which we’ll be announcing the details of later on once we’ve confirmed sponsors for the dinners.
The rates for the hotel are $189 a night for Wednesday and Thursday, and $289 a night for Friday and Saturday. These rates are severely discounted off of the normal rates for September in Napa. If you would like to arrive early or stay later, the hotel is extended the discounted rates for three days in either direction. To register for this discounted rate you can call 1-800-EMBASSY and use the group name “SQL Excursions” (I would recommend spelling out “SQL”) or use the hotel’s website using “SQL” as the “Group/Convention Code”. Pre-payment of the hotel rooms is not required when you reserve your suite.
We recommend using Evans, Inc. (http://evanstransportation.com/) for airport transportation to and from the Oakland and San Francisco International Airports. Fares range from $29-$45 per person, one way depending on the airport you fly into. If you choose to rent a car, the Embassy Suites has complementary parking for all hotel guests.
The schedule, so far, looks like this.
|8am-9am||Breakfast for you and your guest|
|9am-noon||Sessions with Denny and Tom (there will be a break)|
|Noon-1:30pm||Lunch with a wine tasting and wine lesson|
|1:30pm-5pm||Sessions with Denny and Tom (there will be a break)|
|5pm-6pm||Open bar hotel reception|
|6:30pm-10pm-ish||Some sort of sponsored dinner event (We hope)|
The cost for all this is only $799. However if you register early, we are offering early bird discounts.
|Register Before:||Registration Amount:|
|May 1st, 2011||$699|
|May 15th, 2011||$749|
|After May 15th||$799|
To sign up visit http://sqlexcursions.com/napa-2011-sign-up and fill out the short registration form.
We look forward to seeing you at the first SQL Excursion.