access to group-friendly hotels.
“There are amazing theater groups in
town that can incorporate period perfor-
mance arts,” said Elissa English-O’Brien,
director of group marketing for Visit Port-
land. “Your guests can be engaged and en-
tertained while appreciating the stunning
architectural details of this mansion.”
Situated just outside of Manchester,
N.H., is the historic Bedford Village Inn.
The restaurant at the inn is a restored
1800s colonial-style home where planners
may arrange meetings, private dinners and
cocktail receptions in one of five individually decorated dining rooms.
“The Porch Room is surrounded by windows and is great for cocktail receptions,
and the Overlook Room, which features
beautiful wood-paneled walls and a private
built-in bar, is perfectly suited for meetings
and dinners,” said Candace Burgess, the
inn’s director of lodging.
In Manchester, Vt., is Hildene, The
Lincoln Family Home, which was built by
presidential son Robert Lincoln in 1905.
The 412-acre estate also includes a welcome center, store, gardens and an exhibit
featuring one of President Lincoln’s three
existing stovepipe hats, according to Paula
Maynard, Hildene’s group tour director.
“Hildene’s grounds offer breathtaking
views of the surrounding mountains and
the sweeping valley below,” she said.
“A seasonal tent is available for cocktail
parties, dinners and corporate receptions.
And Hildene’s Beckwith Room is especially
The Cape Cod COC held its annual meeting
at Heritage Museums & Gardens in June
2016. This Sandwich, Mass., venue features
the largest public garden in southern New
England, where attendees can find the
most comprehensive collection of hydrangeas in the country, as well as rhododendrons and a Windmill Garden.
“The Shaker round barn houses an
extraordinary automobile collection and
is a dramatic space for cocktails and hors
d’oeuvres,” said Olive Chase, owner of The
Casual Gourmet, a local catering company.
Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield,
Mass., offers farm and garden tours as well
as Shakers talks and crafts demonstrations.
In Cape Cod, Falmouth, Mass.-based
Highfield Hall & Garden, a circa-1878
Queen Anne-style mansion that sits on
5. 5 acres, features heirloom trees and two
“The wraparound covered porch
overlooking a spacious lawn and colorful
gardens is perfect for enjoying outdoor
cocktails or a seated meal,” said Janet
Morgenstern Passani, the venue’s director
The Venetian-inspired Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which today hosts
receptions, meetings and meal functions,
was the scene of elegant entertaining in
1903 when it opened, according to the
Greater Boston CVB’s O’Donnell.
“The lush and lavish courtyard and garden at the museum is one of Boston’s most
iconic locales,” he said.
In Connecticut, Foxwoods Resort Casino
Latest + Greatest
➜ Boston Park Plaza ( www.bostonparkpla
za.com) in summer 2016 completed
a major renovation, including updates
to its 1,054 guest rooms and 50,000
square feet of meeting space.
➜ Earlier this year, Ames Boston Hotel
( www.ameshotel.com) joined Hilton’s
Curio Collection, completed a renovation of its 115 guest rooms and
unveiled 1,700 square feet of new
➜ In spring 2016, the Royal Sonesta Boston ( www.sonesta.com) unveiled 28,000
square feet of renovated meeting/event
space, including a 6,000-square-foot
➜ In March, Sheraton Springfield Monarch
Place Hotel ( www.sheratonspringfield.
com) completed a renovation of its 148
➜ The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum ( https://springfieldmuseums.org/
seussinspringfield) opened in June to
celebrate the work of Springfield native
➜ Miraval recently purchased Cranwell
Spa & Golf Resort and plans to renovate
and enlarge the property with an expected grand reopening as Miraval Lenox
( www.miravallenox.com) in 2018.
➜ Features of the recently opened Courtyard Lenox Berkshires ( www.marriott.
com) include an on-site restaurant,
indoor pool, business center, outdoor
courtyard with a fire pit and one large
➜ The Connecticut Convention Center
( www.ctconventions.com) in downtown
Hartford recently completed a renovation
that includes new public space furniture
and a new box office in the lobby.
➜ Uncasville-based Mohegan Sun (www.
mohegansun.com) is scheduled to open
a new $80 million Exposition and Convention Center in summer 2018. The
expansion will span over 240,000 gross
square feet, including a ballroom, 18
meeting rooms and a boardroom, among
other features. In November 2016 Mohegan Sun opened the 400-room “Earth
➜ At press time, Mashantucket-based
Foxwoods Resort Casino ( www.foxwoods.
com) was scheduled to introduce the
Highflyer Zipline in August.
➜ Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury (www.
opened in November 2016 with 114
guest rooms and a 2,600-square-foot
➜ Gurney’s Newport ( www.gurneysresorts.
com/newport), which features 257 guest
rooms and 27,000 square feet of meeting space, including an 8,000-square-
foot ballroom, recently opened in the
former Hyatt Regency on Goat Island
after a major renovation.
➜ Newport Car Museum ( www.newport
carmuseum.org) recently opened with
several meeting/event spaces, including
the 5,000-square-feet Thunderbird
➜ North Conway-based White Mountain
Hotel & Resort (www.whitemountainho
tel.com) in May 2016 completed a renovation of the lobby, Ledges Restaurant
and the Echo Ballroom.
➜ Lincoln-based Mountain Club on Loon
( www.mtnclub.com) is in the beginning
stages of a three-year plan to renovate
117 club rooms, scheduled for completion in 2019.
HILDENE, THE LINCOLN FAMILY
HOME, MANCHESTER, VT. T H E