The Logan may be one of Philadelphia’s newest hotels, but its Logan Square address certainly isn’t. This sleek and stylish hotel occupies the former Four Seasons, but with a seven-month-long top-to-bottom renovation, there’s nothing old school about it. “The Logan offers a mix of sophistication and modern luxury,” says Sandra Heydt, director of sales and marketing. “It’s slightly irreverent and avant-garde, mixing traditional with contemporary. It’s very visually interesting.”

Another element that sets this stylish hotel apart is its locally curated art collection with 400 awe-inspiring pieces. “We took our location in the middle of the Art District really seriously,” adds Heydt. All of the original art is crafted by area artists and reflects local history. “It makes the hotel come to life and it’s really resonating with people,” she says. Even the 11 meeting rooms reflect the artful sense of place. From the Monticello, which shares artwork depicting the quills from the special geese Jefferson bred for his writing quills, to the Mt. Vernon, which shows off four unique pieces of art paying homage to George Washington’s famous encounter with the cherry tree, these meeting rooms go beyond four walls to create a lasting impression.

“Meeting planners are really responding to it. In fact, one planner is using a photo of one of the pieces of art in the Save the Date,” says Heydt. The Stenton Ballroom, complete with a fireplace, walls and flooring crafted from reclaimed Pennsylvania barn wood and tables made from reclaimed railroad ties, “offers a completely different feel than any other ballroom,” according to Heydt.

The Logan has 391 guest rooms, boasts a brand-new fitness center and an expansive spa with six treatment rooms. The Urban Farmer steakhouse makes everything from scratch and there’s even a butcher shop in the basement. “Many of the original employees have joined us,” says Heydt, “so expect anticipatory, intuitive service with the freedom of an independent hotel.” Come April, the rooftop will certainly be one of the city’s hottest spots. Designed in an L shape, the rooftop features year-round indoor/outdoor seating with a handcrafted cocktail program and food from the Urban Farmer. Oh, and don’t forget the pièce de résistance—the unobstructed view down the parkway to the Art Museum.

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.