• Happy Anniversary Harrah’s!

     
    POSTED October 19, 2016
     

 If you’ve been reading anything to do with NJM+E, you know we celebrated our first Best of NJ Readers’ Choice awards in August. We’re still on a high from the great event, but we do realize it’s not all about us! We at New Jersey Meetings + Events wanted to take a moment to give a (virtual) round of applause to Harrah’s. The Atlantic City resort hotel opened their Waterfront Conference Center one year ago in September 2015. Happy anniversary! Have you been to Harrah’s? I attended MPI WEC there this past summer and was impressed with the modern look and feel. Did you know that when it opened, the 100,000 square feet that was added made it the largest hotel conference center between Baltimore and Boston? In case you’re counting, the conference center has a total of 125,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Of course, it’s not just about the conference center here. There is an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, a Viking Cooking School that is perfect for culinary-minded team-building sessions and my favorite spot—the tropical-themed indoor pool. I’ve been lucky enough to attend an event there and just lounge around poolside and it suits both moods perfectly. Harrah’s has plenty of dining options and the marina setting is easy and breezy, but if you’re so inclined, head over to sister resort Caesar’s, right on the famed Boardwalk.

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.

 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.