is home to several walking trails, including Lantern Hill Trail,
which climbs to nearly 500 feet above sea level and affords views
that stretch as far as the waters of Block Island Sound. Meanwhile,
Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, Conn., features a 17,500-square-foot
outdoor sun terrace and 55-foot indoor waterfall.
Located in West Hartford, Conn., Elizabeth Park offers more
than 100 acres of gardens, walking loops and recreational opportunities.
According to the CCSB’s Phelps, the Elizabeth Park-based Pond
House Cafe is a beautiful venue that accommodates banquets,
receptions, meetings and presentations. Its Garden Room, which is
decorated with seasonal flowers and has floor-to-ceiling cathedral
windows, overlooks a pond and gardens.
Blithewold, considered an American garden treasure, is located
nearby Providence in Bristol, R.I.
Thomas Riel, vice president of sales and services
for the Providence Warwick CVB, considers it an
excellent venue for groups
seeking an oceanside
“Blithewold is perfect
for garden parties, dinners
under the tent, concerts
on the lawn or other specialized events that can be
themed,” he said.
The Botanical Center
Conservancy at Roger Williams Park is another great option when
seeking a garden venue in Providence. Events here are held within
the glass enclosure of the greenhouses or in tented areas, and Riel
said tours can be arranged.
One of Newport, R.I.’s historic buildings, which operated as a
movie theater for years, is now being restored to its original use
and is scheduled to open later this year as the Newport Opera
House Theater and Performing Arts Center.
“The meeting space and theater will greatly enhance the attraction of our city as a world-class meeting destination, but the venue
will also have a beautiful rooftop garden consisting of an atrium, a
rooftop terrace and landscaped gardens offering a panoramic view
of Newport,” said Discover Newport’s Walsh.
The Boothbay-based Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens re-
sides on tidal shoreland, so according to Visit Portland’s En-
glish-O’Brien, “not only is the venue just absolutely stunning, but
it also offers access to a dock, kayaks and boat tours out on the
The gardens, she added, accommodate various group setups,
including receptions in tented areas.
Strawbery Banke Museum, a 10-acre living history museum in
downtown Portsmouth, N.H., features 32 historic buildings and
eight heirloom gardens, some of which can accommodate group
“The Goodwin Garden is a private gathering spot with lawn and
formal ‘carpet gardens’ in the Victorian style, surrounding a cast-
iron fountain,” said Stephanie Seacord, the museum’s director of
marketing. “Planners have used the space with and without tents.
The small service kitchen and lecture hall in the adjacent modern
Visitors Center serves events held in this garden.”
At the Woodstock, Vermont-based Woodstock Inn & Resort is
the 2.5-acre, certified organic Kelly Way Gardens, which con-
tributes to events held here in various ways, according to public
relations spokesperson Stephanie Strommer.
“Our banquet menus are designed to infuse Kelly Way Gardens
into the experience,” she said. “Kelly Way Gardens can also provide
decor for events, including floral arrangements and handmade
vine-designed decorative trees. Garden cocktails are also becom-
ing more popular.”
Strommer added receptions are often arranged al fresco in the
garden with beautiful vista views.
And the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, located at the
Shelburne, Vt.-based Shelburne Museum, has spaces to host dinners, receptions, meetings, presentations and more.
“The 18 renowned gardens on the museum’s campus provide
a spectacular way for event participants to enjoy a walk before,
during or after their meetings,” said Geeda Searfoorce, the museum’s communications and marketing manager.
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