• 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. 

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Most often thought of as a leisure travel destination, Frankenmuth—with its distinctive German flair—is also one of the state’s top locales for corporate events. Dubbed “Little Bavaria” in the early 1950s, this town is rich with tradition, culture, family heritage and plenty of unique spaces and activities for groups of all sizes.

 

Seven years ago, I moved to The Woodlands from out of state to be closer to family. What I was hoping to find was a familial connection that had been missing ever since I moved away from Indiana, where I was born and raised. What I found, however, was so much more: An eclectic, diverse and welcoming community that I am so proud to call home. I also found a wonderful destination for meetings and events.