• The Lure of Meetings and Events on Long Island

    POSTED May 22, 2021
  • The Lure of Meetings and Events on Long Island

    POSTED May 22, 2021
  • The Lure of Meetings and Events on Long Island

    POSTED May 22, 2021

Everyone knows about the world-famous Hamptons from seeing them on TV, or hearing that it’s where some of the rich and famous vacation. That’s part of the reason why it’s such a big attraction for meetings, corporate outings and events.

“Depending on the time of year, there is plenty to do in the Hamptons,” says Jennifer Rothman, international, domestic & sports sales manager for Discover Long Island. “In summer, enjoy the beach, walk up to the Montauk Lighthouse, horseback ride on the beach, play golf at one of the many golf courses that professionals have played at, visit museums, go whale watching, dine at world famous chef restaurants, or just take in its beauty.”

Some of the best places to host meetings include the Southampton Inn, which boasts a 7,000-square-foot space; Gurney’s Hotel & Marina, which is home to a theater and breakout rooms for as many as 100; and the RoundTree Amagansett, which offers a 20-person conference room. Additionally, Shou Sugi Ban House is a great new spot for health and wellness retreats. 

“The Hamptons offers quiet, beauty, and is just different from a typical venue or area,” Rothman says. “People love coming here for a vacation or just the day. There’s so much to do and so much to enjoy.”

Nearby, Shelter Island  is a secluded, 8,000-acre island on the eastern end of Long Island that is about a 5-minute ride from the Hamptons.

“What makes Shelter Island such a great place is that it’s so pristine in many respects,” says Art Williams, secretary and treasurer of the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce. “The island has not been reshaped by commercialism or development, so there’s a tremendous amount of natural beauty.”

Being right on the water, that opens up plenty of boating, fishing and water sports activities, which visitors can take full advantage of, and there are numerous companies offering these activities that you can sign up for while there. Larger groups can plan boating outings or larger fishing trips.

While large meetings don’t have a lot to choose from, smaller corporate meetings can find several places to host their days.

For instance, Dering Harbor is a 7-acre property which comfortably accommodates a variety of private occasions throughout the year and welcomes meetings both inside and outside. The Rams Head Inn has two meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 50 guests.

Not that large meetings are shut out—the Island Boat Yard can accommodate up to 150 people and is a favorite place among planners.

When the meetings are over, there’s plenty of fun things to do.

“One of our big attractions is the Mashomack Reserve, which is part of the Nature Conservatory, and they have fantastic trails on almost 2,100 acres,” Williams says. “There’s diverse habitats, tons of different plant life and animals, and someone can walk all day if they wanted to.” Another site that meeting attendees should check out is the Shelter Island History Center, which has been recently renovated and is home to the historical society.

“It’s one of the nicest history centers anywhere,” Williams says. Shelter Island also boasts the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, which was the original homestead plantation founded in 1652 and today serves as an organic farm and historic manor.

“There’s a reason when people come here, they don’t want to go home,” Williams says. 

Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California’s Cucamonga Valley is one of the Inland Empire’s oldest wine regions. It also checks off all the must-have items on a meeting and event planner’s wish list. Easy to get to? Check. Budget-friendly? Check. A destination for foodies? Check. Beautiful backdrop to serve as inspiration? Check. Plenty to do after all the day’s meetings are done? Check, check, and check. 


The day’s agenda is done—all the to-do items have been checked off, and it’s time to come together as friends and colleagues. So, what is there to do? Well, if you’re meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan, plenty. Located just 20 minutes to the Detroit Metro Airport, which offers 1,100 daily flights from four continents, the city is home to the University of Michigan and is a hub of creativity and culture. Ann Arbor offers a walkable downtown and the quirky and innovative attractions you’d expect to find in a college town. 


A generation ago, people talked about the power lunch. Now, taking the “work from anywhere” trend to a new level,  Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino has introduced the “power palapa.”

These beach palapas, which line Aruba’s shoreline, have been outfitted with everything meeting attendees need to stay connected during breaks, including a power and USB charging station, laptop cooling pad, laptop sunshade privacy cover and a power bowl with hydrating aloe juice or coconut water.