As the original capital of New Jersey and home to the first Singer sewing machine and submarine, Elizabeth is an exciting and historic town that's perfect for meetings and events of all sizes. Elizabeth is New Jersey's fourth largest city, and continues to grow both economically and in population. Proud to host most major government offices and courts in Union County, the city also benefits from continual maintenance and improvements. Its northern location makes it easily accessible via train, car, bus, plane, and even boat! Drivers can exit the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway for direct access, while visitors from longer distances can easily access the city through the Newark Liberty International Airport.
There are numerous venues that offer ample space and modern amenities to power your meetings and group events. The Country Inn and Suites by Carlson offers 210 meeting rooms and an 806 sq. ft. Meeting Room for up to 80 people, while the Boardroom Suites accommodate up to 10 people and include sleeping and living areas and a conference table for six. The 193-room Courtyard by Marriott in Elizabeth features four event rooms with a total of 1,602 sq. ft. of event space with a maximum capacity of 38 in its largest space. For bigger events, planners should explore the Crowne Plaza Newark Airport hotel, which has 260 sleeping rooms, two meeting rooms, and a total of 3,700 sq. ft. of meeting space for up to 250 guests in its largest room. The Embassy Suites by Hilton in Elizabeth boasts 4,000 sq. ft. of total meeting space along with the complimentary BusinessLink Business Center and 189 sleeping rooms.
Elizabeth is a true shoppers' paradise, as it is New Jersey's largest Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) and home to the North America's most popular IKEA franchise. The Mills at Jersey Gardens is the state's largest mall, and welcomes more than 20 million visitors in 2015 alone. If you make your way to Midtown, you'll experience historical sites such as the Elizabeth Public Library; the First Presbyterian Church, also a famous Revolutionary War battleground; St. John's Episcopal Church, with stained glass and a remarkable cemetery; and the Historic Art Deco, Hersh Tower.
A variety of dining options and tourist attractions await visitors along Elizabeth Avenue, so treat your guests to new tastes and sights while in town. Gastronomic fare spans from classic Italian to authentic Latin American cuisine. Coffee and pastry lovers should make a pit stop at Brisas Columbianas Bakery, where Columbian food finds a new home in Elizabeth. Urban Griddle on Maple Avenue is one of the most popular spots in town, serving up a mouth-watering breakfast spread and traditional American dishes.
Whether in town for the day or a long getaway, meeting planners and their guests will enjoy the immersive culture of the historic city of Elizabeth. Explore the sights and create unforgettable experiences no matter where in Elizabeth your event takes you.