Northeast US Meeting & Event Planning City Guide

Northeast meeting and event planning sites are among the oldest and most historic in the U.S.; movers-and-shakers have favored Boston’s Faneuil Hall and New York City’s Wall Street; and the origins of the resort industry belong to Atlantic City and Saratoga. Outstanding special event venues in the Northeast include Boston’s Fenway Park, New York’s Madison Square Garden and Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. When meeting and event planning in the Northeast, planners also have seasonal options like skiing, foliage tours and beach parties.

Long Island, NY

As a meeting destination, we have it all. With 118 miles of options, you can be minutes from JFK, LaGuardia & NYC or far away on a sandy beach in the Hamptons. Affordable & accessible, LI is easy to get to by air, train & ferry. Did I mention parking is free?

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Northeast US Meeting Destinations

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, the principal gaming center of the Northeast, features a famous boardwalk; meeting and event planning venues there include House of Blues and Boardwalk Hall.

Hotels95
Total Sleeping Rooms24,990
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
2,000
Convention Ctr Space-

Binghamton, NY

Binghamton, NY

Planning and event planning in Binghamton means being to tap into one of the largest campuses in the State of New York University. Binghamton venues are sophisticated yet affordable.

Hotels8
Total Sleeping Rooms920
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Meeting and event planning in Boston, which is perhaps the U.S.’ most historical city, is blessed with great transportation alternatives – including the city's own walkability.

Hotels73
Total Sleeping Rooms18,906
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
1,220
Convention Ctr Space516,000 Sq. Ft.

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY

When meeting and event planning in Buffalo, close to Niagara Falls, expect enthusiasm for wings and the Bills NHL franchise; venues include the Mansion on Delaware Avenue.

Hotels152
Total Sleeping Rooms15,398
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
604
Convention Ctr Space-

Erie, PA

Erie, PA

Planning meetings and events in Erie for groups of up to 4,000 is easy and fun, what with the plethora of special event venues – including a replica 1812-era battleship - to choose from.

Hotels43
Total Sleeping Rooms7,095
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
150
Convention Ctr Space75,000 Sq. Ft.

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

A newly revitalized downtown has put Harrisburg back on the meeting and event planning map. Less than a three-hour-drive from Philly, NYC and DC, the city offers affordable and impressive venue options.

Hotels49
Total Sleeping Rooms5,371
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
348
Convention Ctr Space611,637 Sq. Ft.

Hartford, CT

Hartford, CT

As the insurance headquarter to some of the largest firms in the industry, Hartford venues are well versed in the meeting and event planning game. Traditional and modern architecture live in tandem, creating a wide offering for planners.

Hotels213
Total Sleeping Rooms25,706
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Hershey, PA

Hershey, PA

Satisfy your sweet tooth in Hershey, home of the chocolate icon and a number of top-notch meeting and event planning venues. Upscale Hotel Hershey boasts 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hotels17
Total Sleeping Rooms1,775
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
665
Convention Ctr Space100,000 Sq. Ft.

Long Island, NY

Long Island, NY

With numerous colleges, maritime activities, and cultural experiences, Long Island offers meeting and event planning professionals plenty of venue options in a suburban setting close to New York City.

Hotels110
Total Sleeping Rooms11,204
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
615
Convention Ctr Space-

Manchester, NH

Manchester, NH

Planning meetings and events in Manchester can include venues like the Currier Museum of Art, the Verizon Wireless Arena and John F. Kennedy Memorial Coliseum - but no sales tax.

Hotels15
Total Sleeping Rooms1,801
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

New York City, NY

New York City, NY

Planning meetings and events in New York City means the having the best of everything at your fingertips. But bring your negotiating skills, because New Yorkers like to wrangle.

Hotels421
Total Sleeping Rooms89,633
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
1,981
Convention Ctr Space-

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Let U.S. history come alive for Philadelphia event and meeting planning attendees. Host events at venues such as the National Constitution Center, near Independence Hall.

Hotels68
Total Sleeping Rooms17,287
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
1,408
Convention Ctr Space804,120 Sq. Ft.

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Steel and history – Pittsburgh event and meeting planning offers both, and more. Celebrate Pittsburgh’s history, and the future, with events at the Carnegie Science Center.

Hotels237
Total Sleeping Rooms27,116
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
712
Convention Ctr Space-

Pocono Mountains, PA

Pocono Mountains, PA

Planning meetings and events in Pocono Mountains region offers four seasons of natural beauty with unique cultural heritage and a variety of outdoor activities, luxurious resorts, theaters and elegant restaurants.

Hotels260
Total Sleeping Rooms10,075
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
570
Convention Ctr Space-

Portland, ME

Portland, ME

Maritime history and themes enrich Portland’s many event venues. When doing event and meeting planning, consider venues like the Victoria Mansion, a renowned historic landmark.

Hotels19
Total Sleeping Rooms2,487
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
289
Convention Ctr Space30,000 Sq. Ft.

Providence, RI

Providence, RI

Although Providence is among the U.S.’ oldest cities, available venues for event and meeting planning aren’t staid or boring.

Hotels9
Total Sleeping Rooms2,295
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
564
Convention Ctr Space137,000 Sq. Ft.

Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY

Meeting and event planning in Rochester can yield surprises, from the dynamic, culturally rich meeting mix to the regional specialty, the "white hot dog."

Hotels42
Total Sleeping Rooms1,542
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space100,000 Sq. Ft.

Stamford, CT

Stamford, CT

Advantages to meeting and event planning in Stamford include proximity to New York city, but also factor in signature venues like the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens and upscale restaurants that offer buyouts. Awaiting key stats.

Hotels14
Total Sleeping Rooms2,884
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
508
Convention Ctr Space-

Utica, NY

Utica, NY

Meeting and event planning in Utica, a city of historic landmarks and modern diversity near the Adirondack Mountains, features world-class resorts and cultural institutions

Hotels40
Total Sleeping Rooms-
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Manchester, VT

When planning meetings and event in Manchester, make your group enjoys the great outdoors. Activities here include fly-fishing, skiing and surprisingly, falconry.

Hotels13
Total Sleeping Rooms493
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Albany, NY

Albany, NY

Due to its being the capital of New York State, many meetings hotels in Albany - including the Hilton Albany and Desmond Hotel & Conference Center - have substantial meeting space.

Hotels39
Total Sleeping Rooms5,212
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Bangor, ME

Bangor, ME

When planning meetings and events in Bangor, make sure groups get to visit the area’s astounding treasury of state and federal parks, as well as take a tour of sites made famous by local heor, Stephen King.

Hotels50
Total Sleeping Rooms10,391
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Bar Harbor, ME

Bar Harbor, ME

Meeting and event planning in Bar Harbor often features such "Way Down East" activities as whale-watching and lobster bakes. Facilities include the Bar Harbor Club and the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center.

Hotels15
Total Sleeping Rooms1,425
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Bridgewater, NJ

Bridgewater, NJ

When meeting and event planning in Bridgewater, groups can spend time in a beautiful and historic exurb of New York City, before the irresistible lure of the Big Apple.

Hotels5
Total Sleeping Rooms765
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Burlington, VT

Burlington, VT

Burlington meeting and event planning venues are marketing themselves as part of an affordable convention destination for groups, who can take advantage of the picture-perfect scenery without sacrificing modern amenities.

Hotels8
Total Sleeping Rooms1,362
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Butler County, PA

Butler County, PA

Meeting and event planning in Butler County frequently takes a historic turn, as groups can choose from the Old Stone House in Slippery Rock, the Historic Opera House in Harmony and the 18th-century Providence Plantation.

Hotels5
Total Sleeping Rooms401
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston, is home to Harvard; meeting and event planning choices include the Peabody, MIT and Harvard Art museums.

Hotels15
Total Sleeping Rooms3,180
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
470
Convention Ctr Space90,000 Sq. Ft.

Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod, MA

Meeting and event planning in Cape Cod offers up images of Yankee sea history combined with a wealth of galleries, art studios and museums. No wonder groups love it.

Hotels1
Total Sleeping Rooms27
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Chester County, PA

Chester County, PA

The richest county in Pennsylvania, Chester County is a perfect spot for meetings, special events, and sports tournaments, as well as an ideal destination for after-meeting adventure, cuisine, shopping, and much more.

Hotels2
Total Sleeping Rooms266
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
153
Convention Ctr Space26,000 Sq. Ft.

Corning, NY

Corning, NY

Looking for examples of ingenuity? When planning meetings and events in Corning, these are all around you – from unbreakable glass to motorless flight.

Hotels5
Total Sleeping Rooms453
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Danbury, CT

Danbury, CT

Meeting and event planning in Danbury offers the charm of New England within an hour of New York City. Venues include the Danbury Railroad Museum, Danbury Museum & Historical Society and Tarrywile Mansion & Park.

Hotels14
Total Sleeping Rooms1,625
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Dover, DE

Dover, DE

<p>When meeting and event planning in Dover, larger groups tend to convene at Dover Downs, a casino, hotel and entertainment center; while smaller groups have a wider choice of event venues, including theaters and museums.</p>

Hotels17
Total Sleeping Rooms1,844
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Edison, NJ

Edison, NJ

Meeting and event planning in Edison includes one of the significant venues in the U.S.: the laboratory of Thomas Alva Edison, now a museum, along with historic mansions and golf courses.

Hotels11
Total Sleeping Rooms1,428
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Elmira, NY

Elmira, NY

Meeting and event planning in Elmira features some of the largest event space in the area, but should also include a visit to the Finger Lakes, New York's largest wine-producing region.

Hotels3
Total Sleeping Rooms280
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Fairfield County, CT

Fairfield County, CT

Meeting and event planning in Fairfield offers the best of a quaint New England destination with proximity to world-famous New York City.

Hotels19
Total Sleeping Rooms3,416
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Hackensack, NJ

Hackensack, NJ

When planning meetings and events in Hackensack, take stock of nearby area, which include several hotels, Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands.

Hotels20
Total Sleeping Rooms4,500
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Hyannis, MA

Hyannis, MA

When meeting and planning events in Hyannis, be sure to build in the town’s "Kennedy Legacy" into the programs. Groups will want to walk in the footsteps of JFK.

Hotels20
Total Sleeping Rooms2,600
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Johnstown, PA

Johnstown, PA

Planning meetings and event in Johnstown is easy; the town is a well-oiled machine, thanks to several annual festival that keep the meetings infrastructure on its toes.

Hotels8
Total Sleeping Rooms649
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Kennebunkport, ME

Kennebunkport, ME

Meeting and event planning in Kennebunkport is a favorite among Bostonians, who will make the 1.5-hour ride for fresh Maine lobster and whale-watching.

Hotels40
Total Sleeping Rooms1,200
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Kingston, NY

Kingston, NY

Meeting and event planning in Kingston, a small city in the Hudson Valley, couples the natural beauty of the Catskills with a flourishing arts community - perfect for group activities.

Hotels8
Total Sleeping Rooms668
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Lancaster, PA

Lancaster, PA

Known for its blend of urban sophistication and scenic surroundings, meeting and event planning in Lancaster is easy, what with its more than 90 arts venues, fine dining restaurants and other amazing venues.

Hotels39
Total Sleeping Rooms3,650
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
301
Convention Ctr Space90,000 Sq. Ft.

Lowell, MA

Lowell, MA

Lowell, once the nation’s industrial heart, today has a famous folk festival and UMass; meeting and event planning includes the Paul E. Tsongas Arena and Whistler (of "Mother" fame) House Museum of Art.

Hotels2
Total Sleeping Rooms215
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Morgantown, WV

Morgantown, WV

<p>Morgantown, a city that maintains a constant presence on the "Best Of" lists of publications like Men's Journal and Forbes, is an especially popular destination for planning meetings and amateur sporting events.</p>

Hotels22
Total Sleeping Rooms2,093
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Morristown, NJ

Morristown, NJ

Meeting and event planning in Morristown is easy and charming, thanks to significant American history and some nurturing by big business. Nearby venues include a Westin, a Hyatt and more.

Hotels25
Total Sleeping Rooms1,500
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

New Brunswick, NJ

New Brunswick, NJ

Meeting and event planning in New Brunswick comes naturally for collegiate and science meetings, but corporate groups will also enjoy the city’s suburban appeal.

Hotels8
Total Sleeping Rooms911
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

New Haven, CT

New Haven, CT

Yale University is a draw when planning meetings and events in historic New Haven, but this walkable city’s also undergoing an exciting urban renaissance.

Hotels9
Total Sleeping Rooms1,256
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
306
Convention Ctr Space-

Newark, DE

Newark, DE

Meeting and event planning in Newark offers the atmosphere of a college near to Wilmington’s attractions. It is also home to Delaware’s largest mall – the Christiana Mall.

Hotels21
Total Sleeping Rooms2,367
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Newport, RI

Newport, RI

As part of a world-class yachting center that also acts as the headquarters of many of the U.S. Navy's operations, meeting and event planning in Newport is often similarly upscale and ship-shape.

Hotels9
Total Sleeping Rooms1,209
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
319
Convention Ctr Space-

Ogunquit, ME

Ogunquit, ME

While meeting and event planning in Ogunquit best fits small groups, there are some large names - like Bette Davis - associated with some of its venues.

Hotels100
Total Sleeping Rooms2,561
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Poughkeepsie, NY

Poughkeepsie, NY

Meeting and event planning in Poughkeepsie is made delectable by the number of nearby Hudson Valley farm-to-table restaurants.

Hotels10
Total Sleeping Rooms3,830
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space15,000 Sq. Ft.

Presque Isle, ME

Presque Isle, ME

Meeting and event planning in Presque Isle is best for small groups that thrive in the great wintry outdoors; although it is also beautiful in the summer, when U. of Maine venues are available for rental.

Hotels4
Total Sleeping Rooms345
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space10,000 Sq. Ft.

Princeton, NJ

Princeton, NJ

If you’re planning meetings and events in Princeton, look to take advantage of the phenomenal number of speakers available not only at the university, but at nearby Fortune 500 companies.

Hotels19
Total Sleeping Rooms3,278
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach, DE

<p>Meeting and event planning in Rehoboth Beach evokes old-fashioned Boardwalk fun with up-to-date amenities. Groups can convene at the Atlantic Sands hotel, and spill out into the town bandstand, to enjoy free entertainment.</p>

Hotels14
Total Sleeping Rooms1,179
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Rutherford, NJ

Rutherford, NJ

Meeting and event planning in Rutherford, means having access to the large-scale sports and entertainment facilities of the New Jersey Meadowlands.

Hotels1
Total Sleeping Rooms167
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space65,000 Sq. Ft.

Saratoga, NY

Saratoga, NY

Those planning meeting and events in beautiful Saratoga can select from the scenic venues like the Saratoga National Golf Club and the Longfellows Hotel or the relaxing setting of The Wine Bar.

Hotels39
Total Sleeping Rooms5,212
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
385
Convention Ctr Space-

Scranton, PA

Scranton, PA

Scranton meeting and event planning ranges from some of the best-known venues to some of the best-kept secrets in the U.S. Visit a coal mine, or host your own "Dundies" in this laid-back town.

Hotels15
Total Sleeping Rooms1,489
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space20,000 Sq. Ft.

South Portland, ME

South Portland, ME

With a long, distinguished waterfront history, South Portland meeting and event planning is a combination of oceanside beauty and college-style eateries and activities.

Hotels11
Total Sleeping Rooms1,263
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Springfield, MA

Springfield, MA

When planning meetings and events in Springfield, planners get their program choice of history, be it sports, early American, learning or weaponry. Easy access to the Northeast’s major cities seals the deal.

Hotels5
Total Sleeping Rooms1,000
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space40,000 Sq. Ft.

State College, PA

State College, PA

While meeting and event planning in State College means imbibing a lot of team spirit, the area has been diversifying with new golf options and destination spas.

Hotels22
Total Sleeping Rooms1,937
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, famous for its Orange sports teams, sits beside the Finger Lakes and its wine; meeting and event planning includes Everson Museum of Art, designed by I.M. Pei.

Hotels60
Total Sleeping Rooms4,031
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
275
Convention Ctr Space-

Valley Forge, PA

Valley Forge, PA

With a skyline dominated by steel structures and skyscrapers, this thriving city features a wealth of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities that make planning meetings and events in Pittsburgh a snap.

Hotels15
Total Sleeping Rooms2,986
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
485
Convention Ctr Space-

Waltham, MA

Waltham, MA

Meeting and event planning in Waltham benefits from proximity to Boston, making it more affordable yet close to Beantown. Nearby estate like Gore Place, Lyman Estate and Stonehurst make Waltham attractive in its own right.

Hotels12
Total Sleeping Rooms1,507
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

West Springfield, MA

West Springfield, MA

When planning meetings and events in West Springfield, pay attention to the Eastern States Exposition (ESE), complex, which includes a historical museum.

Hotels13
Total Sleeping Rooms1,157
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

York County, PA

York County, PA

When meeting and event planning in York County, planners are able to take advantage of great venues that include world-famous attractions, amazing shopping and poignant history. A central Mid-Atlantic location puts groups near Baltimore, New York Cit

Hotels23
Total Sleeping Rooms2,240
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
180
Convention Ctr Space-

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