It’s time to shake off those winter blues and jazz up your next event at one of these 10 new Philly venues. Bonus: They might just help you forget the dreary outdoors.

 

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  1. Dilworth Park A brand-new park with a fountain, space for tents and cafes? Say no more. Leslie Knope would be proud.  
    Deets: Tented events for 4,500 reception style and 1,500 seated. Other options available. Catering from Brûlée Catering and Garces Catering.

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  1. La Peg Housed in one of our favorite Philly buildings, this French restaurant also boasts a beer garden. Give us all the mussels and beer, please.
    Deets: 8,835 square feet with space for 130 seated guests.

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  1. New Liberty Distillery Whiskey and events. You can’t go wrong.
    Deets: Stephen Starr Events is the events and catering partner for this venue that holds 500 for receptions.

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  1. The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque Stress will be a point of zero concern after group massages, facials and manis.
    Deets: Spa cuisine served in a 15,000-square-foot space, with a health club, pool and outdoor deck and lounge.

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  1. The Yachtsman Erase winter for just a few hours in this Hawaiian tiki bar. Don’t forget the requisite umbrella in your drink.
    Deets: Room for 50 guests in this 1,500-square-foot space with a full sound system and projector.

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  1. Courtyard Philadelphia Lansdale A well-known brand with some spectacular surprises.
    Deets: 135 guest rooms, six floors and 3,600 square feet of meeting space.

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  1. Istanbul Restaurant & Lounge Chow down on authentic Mediterranean and Turkish fare without the 14-hour flight.
    Deets: A plethora of options here. Conference room—30 guests; banquet hall—90; café lounge—40; dining room—74; and bar—60.

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  1. Aqua Vitae Institute This bartending school gives you the chance to sip on cocktails and impress your friends later. Definitely a winner.
    Deets: The 3,300-square-foot venue holds 80 people and features two full bars, a wine and craft beer room, a kitchen and conference room.

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  1. Chhaya Cafe Perfect place for a brunch meeting. Say no more.
    Deets: Space for 50 with 1,800 square feet of space and an outdoor area that holds 10.

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  1. Sarah’s Place A classic dive bar replete with old vinyl floors. Add some soul music and you have the perfect venue. 
    Deets: Full bar and food menu, space for 50 and 1,600 square feet. Outside catering available. 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.