• Venue Spotlight: Battello

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    Jersey City’s Battello knows how to float a planner’s boat.

It’s set right on Newport Marina in Jersey City, but if you think Battello is your typical waterfront restaurant venue, think again (there’s nary a lifesaver in sight). How do you put a fresh spin on nautical décor? If you’re Anthony Carrino, of HGTV fame and the designer behind Battello, you blend it with industrial chic elements (think filament lighting) for a Manhattan-meets-Maritime look. Oh, and speaking of Manhattan, Battello serves up jaw-dropping, reach-out-and-practically- touch views of Wall Street and the Freedom Tower.

Battello opened almost two years ago and has been generating buzz ever since—both for its sensational setting and for chef Ryan DePersio’s Italian-influenced, seafood-driven menu. The main restaurant has an open-air ambiance complete with an all-season patio. The entire restaurant, which accommodates up to 660 for cocktails, can be rented for private events, but if your budget and/or event size precludes that, book the private dining room or the wine cellar. The wine cellar, complete with dazzling wine bottle waterfall, is an intimate setting for a board meeting for up to 16, while the private dining room, with its own bar, tufted leather seating and unique decorative accents, handles 200 for cocktails or 100 seated. Upstairs from the private dining room is a VIP suite with private bathroom that is ideal for executives needing space for breakaway meetings.

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

A new Autograph Collection hotel brings luxury, bespoke outdoor adventures and transformative experiences to Jackson Hole.

Located at the gateway to the Grand Teton National Park, The Cloudveil, an Autograph Collection hotel, which made its debut in late May, has 100 guest rooms and suites; The Bistro restaurant and bar; an outdoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, and 7,5000 square feet of indoor-outdoor meeting and event space.

 

From building water rockets to competing in cold-water belly flop contests, groups are bonding amid the majestic Cascades.