Elmira, NY Meeting Planning Overview
Nestled in the Finger Lake region of upstate New York (just beyond the Pennsylvania border), rolling hills give the Elmira region its distinctive charm. Its glorious green open spaces are punctuated by the serpentine Chemung River, the valley of which is the southern gateway into New York's largest wine-producing region. For these reasons and more, planners looking to create a successful regional meeting mix will find no better ingredients than the ones found in Elmira event venues.
Elmira is easily accessible; the ever-growing Elmira Corning Regional Airport hosts service to major East Coast destinations with global connections. Interstate 86 also provides major access to and throughout the region.
While there are no large convention venues, several large Elmira event venues stand in: the multi-purpose First Arena; the recently renovated, 1,600-seat Clemens Performing Arts Center; and the National Soaring Museum, a 37,132-square-foot museum facility working to preserve the history of motor-less flight.
The largest of hotel venues in Elmira is the 149-room Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview, which has 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Other accommodation includes historic Victorians like the Rosewood Inn and the Painted Lady Bed & Breakfast, which offer room for intimate retreats.
Elmira boasts many group-friendly attractions. The nearby Finger Lakes are internationally recognized for award-winning wine, the unique geographic conditions of the region, making it the ideal home for more than 100 wineries and vineyards. Regional attractions include the Corning Museum of Glass, Watkins Glen International Raceway and the National Warplane Museum, and a variety of recreational opportunities. A guided trolley tour of Elmira is a group favorite, giving them the opportunity to discover the region's rich history while viewing the largest concentration of Victorian-era homes in the State of New York. A place of cultural and historical significance, Elmira's Woodlawn Cemetery holds Mark Twain's final resting place and is also home to the Historic National Cemetery, the final resting place for Union and Confederate soldiers of the Civil War.