famed pizza restaurants and since 1895,
Louis’ Lunch, recognized by the Library of
Congress as Birthplace of the Hamburger
Sandwich. Groups can also enjoy Taste of
New Haven’s downtown culinary walking
tours and the food trucks on Long Wharf.
Yale University supplies intellectual
energy and event-capable institutions
including the Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale
Peabody Museum of Natural History and
preeminent Yale Center for British Art.
Culturally minded groups also have the
Long Wharf Theatre, Shubert Theatre and
signature events such as the International
Festival of Arts & Ideas each summer.
Corporate stronghold Stamford,
accessed directly from I- 95 and just 40 minutes by rail from Grand Central Station in
midtown Manhattan, anchors wealthy Fairfield County. With headquarters including
NBC Sports, broadcasting the next Winter
Olympics from here, hotels include the
508-room Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa,
offering 18 meeting rooms totaling 27,000
square feet of space. Local attractions
include some 85 downtown restaurants in
a five-block radius, Harbor Point and Stamford Center for the Performing Arts.
Unique area destinations include
Sheffield Island. Accessed via a 45-min-
ute cruise departing from nearby South
Norwalk, Conn., this historic isle features
period furniture in its 1868 lighthouse and
is ideal for clambakes and beach walks.
Also nearby, New Canaan is nationally
renowned for the Mid-Century Modern
homes built there from the late 1940s to the
late 1960s by a quintet of Harvard-trained
architects known as “The Harvard Five.”
Among them was Pritzker Prize winner
Philip Johnson, whose long-time residence
in this leafy enclave, The Glass House, is a
must for seasonal (May through Novem-
ber) tours and private events.
Dating to 1949, his transparent rectangular home and adjacent lawn are available
for 35-person events and seated dinners for
12. Covering 49 bucolic acres, the grounds’
13 other structures include the recep-tion-capable Painting Gallery, outdoor
sculpture art and mesmerizing outdoor
In southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan
Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino continue
to raise the visibility of the entire state as
two of the world’s largest resort-casinos.
On target for its summer 2018 debut,
Mohegan Sun's new $80 million Exposition
& Convention Center becomes the largest
expo space along the New York-Boston I- 95
corridor. Boosting the resort's offerings to
over 275,000 square feet of meeting space,
the new high-tech venue adds 125,000
square feet of contiguous exhibition space;
8,000 square feet of prefunction space;
38,000- and 20,000-square-foot ballrooms; and 18 meeting rooms, including a
The Mohegan Tribe is also seeking to
invest up to $600 million to redevelop
the abandoned 390-acre Norwich State
Hospital site in Preston, across the Thames
River from the resort. Components of the
multiuse project reportedly include a new
hotel and entertainment attractions.
After celebrating its 25th anniversary last
year, Foxwoods, North America’s largest re-
sort-casino with 2,230 luxurious rooms and
suites in four hotels and 150,000 square
feet of meeting and convention space, con-
tinues to enhance its appeal by investing in
yet more “wonder” for guests.
Introduced last year as part of ongoing
strategic expansion plans, exciting new
products include PLAY Arena Foxwoods.
Located in the newly designed Great Cedar
Hotel, this arena-style gaming environment, the first and only in New England,
features fast-paced, multi-sensory fun at
30-plus stations. Outside, the Foxwoods
Thrill Tower features two extreme free-fall
rides and the 330-foot-tall, 60 mph Highflyer Zipline experience.
For central Connecticut groups, the
Heritage Hotel & Conference Center in
Southbury recently completed a more than
$2.5 million, two-year renovation of all of
its 163 guest rooms, IACC-certified conference center, public spaces, fitness center
and luxurious new spa.
Northwestern Connecticut draws
include Infinity Hall & Bistro in Norfolk,
home of PBS’ Infinity Hall Live and the historic 300-seat Music Hall. In New Milford,
Smithsonian-affiliated Silo at the Hunt Hill
Farm offers culinary teambuilding.
CONNECTICUT CONVENTION &
YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN
PLAY ARENA FOXWOODS,
THE GLASS HOUSE, NEW CANAAN