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Winter Is in the Air

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All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

Destination Spas Put the Zen Into Your Next Meeting

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If destination spas have you thinking girlfriend getaways or mother-daughter retreats, it’s time to put down the mouse and pick up the chakra bowl. Destination spas, with their contemplative ambiance and tucked-away setting, are perfect for smaller groups that want to really get away from it all and get to know one another better. “We are ideal for groups who want to concentrate on their goals,” says Brooke Jennings Roe, director of marketing and public relations at The Lodge at Woodloch. Pennsylvania just so happens to be home to several award-winning spas.

Lehigh Valley Offers Small-Town Charm & Big-Time Fun

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Once a formidable industrial and manufacturing powerhouse, today the Lehigh Valley region is known for its considerable charm, and its downtowns are fi lled with excitement and family fun. One can learn about the American Revolution, attend a minor league baseball game (go IronPigs!) or visit the popular family-friendly Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. It’s also a great place to plan your next meeting or event.

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Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurants Make Other States Green With Envy

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Do images of flavorless tofu and bean sprouts come to mind when you hear the words “vegetarian food”? As recently as five or 10 years ago, it was difficult for anyone embracing an animal-free diet to find restaurants that would accommodate their tastes and preferences. Things have changed; today’s health conscious diners can enjoy some of the most creative and surprising cooking throughout the entire state. According to Andrea Kyan from Philadelphia’s P. S.

Venue Spotlight: Cairnwood Estate

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It’s not too often that you get an entire mansion at your disposal, but when you book an event at Cairnwood Estate, the whole National Historic Landmark is yours. Built in 1895 by John Pitcairn, this Beaux Arts French chateau was just named one of the top 25 best historic homes in America by Traditional Home magazine. While the event venue, which has been open since 2001, is most often associated with weddings, this Gilded Age landmark isn’t just for brides and grooms.

3 Tips for Getting the Most From Your Event Speaker

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A SPEAKER DOES MORE than establish the theme of your conference or meeting. Right from the start, he or she will determine the quality of your event, so it pays to do your homework and invest in someone who will make your event great before and after the keynote address. Here are a few suggestions to guide you in getting the most from your event speaker:

Venue Report: Lancaster Arts Hotel

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If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.

Put Private Dining in the Palm of Your Hand

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I am insatiably curious and always keen to learn something new, but I find that I am surprised by the seemingly familiar more often than not. Case in point? The Palm restaurant in Philadelphia. This elegant steakhouse is tucked inside the landmark Hyatt at The Bellevue hotel. It exudes that classic steakhouse appeal – a dark wood bar, a buzzy “business is getting done here” ambience and professional male waiters sporting jackets.

Meet Sarah Anello, Center City Distric

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CITIES ARE SYNONYMOUS with skylines. Think of any major city and a landmark building or glittering glass tower probably springs to mind, but a city’s real personality comes alive in its parks. These down-to-earth spaces are where you’ll find children playing, co-workers lunching and couples canoodling. In areas where traffic is snarled and elevators are crammed, parks give us a respite from all that is, well, urban. Literally and figuratively, parks offer us a breath of fresh air.

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