Planners looking for a relaxed, small-town suburban setting can't lose with Glen Allen, an upscale residential bedroom community that is 15 miles north of Richmond. Not only is Glen Allen and its surrounding area home to several Fortune 1000 companies, it was recently named a top place to live by Money magazine. Glen Allen meeting venues offer world-class facilities and proximity to a host of attractions and activities, which include the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail, tours of the 37-acre Lavender Fields Herb Farm, Three Lakes Park and Nature Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Civil War trails galore and Kings Dominion amusement park.
The area is served by the Richmond International Airport, which has flights from seven domestic carriers and one international carrier (Air Canada). Glen Allen is also served by Hanover County Municipal Airport.
The largest meeting venues in Glen Allen are the new, 630-seat Glen Allen Stadium; and The Dominion Club, which has a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse including a rotunda room (200 for dinner), a 300-seat amphitheater, a lakeside lawn (reception for 350) and an 18-hole golf course.
One of the most popular Glen Allen event venues is the Colonial-style Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, in a spacious estate setting. With a total of 25,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 4,700-square-foot ballroom (400 for reception), 183 guest rooms, an 18-hole golf course and an award-winning chef, it's the only facility of its kind in central Virginia.
Groups can also embrace increasingly new developments while enjoying the benefits and ambiance of historical landmarks. These include the Walkerton Tavern and its gardens (reception for 300), built in 1825; and the multi-use Cultural Arts Center, another prime meeting venue, which has two buildings with a variety of event space, such as a 4,000-square-foot lobby and a 55-seat theater with computerized lighting system and hydraulic lift orchestra pit. Groups can also gather amid regional art in the center's gallery, a connecting sculpture garden, and two ballrooms (one with original 1911 parquet floors). The center also boasts studio and workshop areas, classrooms and a boardroom.
Groups meeting in Glen Allen in search of other diversions will enjoy Meadow Farm Museum, a living history farm with costumed interpreters, and the James River Cellars Winery, where up to 200 can enjoy a reception in a Tuscany-inspired setting. Gatherings outdoors are popular with groups nearly year-round at SnagaJob Pavilion at Innsbrook, with its 500-seat arena, stage and sweeping lawn.