• Philadelphia Visitor’s Center – Not Just for Tourists

     
    POSTED June 4, 2014
     

It seems that I keep bumping up against things I don’t know. Whether it’s a fact I didn’t know or a place I wasn’t aware of before, it seems that at least several times a week I discover something new.It used to bother me and make me feel less "in the know," but now I put my ego aside and just enjoy the moment of basking in something new.

Case in point was last week’s joint ISES and PHLCVB meeting. It was held at the Philadelphia Visitor’s Center. I always thought of the Visitor’s Center as just that - for visitors - but true-blue Philadelphians can also get in on the action.

Upstairs from the brochures and introductory movies is a fantastic event space that’s just right for your next Philadelphia-based meeting or event. Split into a reception area and a main room, it’s spacious, airy and bright. Of course, it’s not what’s inside that counts here - it’s what is outside. Step outside onto the large terrace and you have a bird’s eye view of Independence National Historic Park. Most guests enjoy events with outdoor space, but looking out over the Liberty Bell and  Independence Hall is more inspiring that most.

Have you been to the space or held an event there before? Email me - nancy.depalma@tigeroak.com -  and we’ll post your comments on the pa.meetingsmags.com. 

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.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.