State College is best known for being the home to the Pennsylvania State University. However, it is also a great location to host your next meeting because of its central location, affordable market, and community of entrepreneurs and academics. In fact, State College has been named a top location for new graduates and entrepreneurs and one of the best places to move to. The youthful energy always keeps the town buzzing with new ideas and businesses.
The affordability of the region is one of its greatest assets. With no charge for parking, hotel/resort fees, or Wi-Fi, the region is extremely affordable for meeting attendees. The price that you see is the price that you pay. You will be able to save that money on happy hour mixers, client dinners, and opportunities to burn off built-up meeting room energy in our very walkable downtown.
While there no convention venues in State College per se, the city has an arena with a conference wing and a group of high-quality, hotel-based conference centers. Bryce Jordan Center has 78,120 square feet of meeting and expo space that includes a 16,000-seat arena, space for 360 exhibits and a conference wing with 17,325 square feet of function space.
Hotel venues in State College include the 300-room Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, which is an IACC-certified facility with 58,000 square feet of meeting space. The 284-room Ramada Conference Center and Golf Hotel offers 27,517 square feet of function space; the 221-room Nittany Lion Inn has 28,634 square feet of function space; and the 102-room Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center, which overlooks a 4.5 PGA-rated Marriott Golf Course, offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space. Among its new offerings is EsSpa at the 21-room Carnegie Inn & Spa, a newly renovated boutique hotel nestled in the woods at Toftrees Golf Resort.
What you take away from a meeting or convention is only half the fun of a work trip. Enjoying what the destination has to offer outside of the meeting room is truly what makes a team-building event fun. State College and its surrounding area offer a great deal of opportunities to break away from the boardroom for a little rest and relaxation. The Central PA Tasting Trail offers four breweries, four wineries, two distilleries, and a cidery to choose from for a great after-hours opportunity for your meeting attendees to bond. Hot spots for activities include the Palmer Art Museum, Penn State All-Sports Museum, Pennsylvania Military Museum, Penn State athletics, and State College Spikes baseball.
Outdoor recreation opportunities are plentiful for event guests who are looking to use their spare time off the beaten path. With several state parks within 15 minutes of downtown, you can quickly get away onto a hiking or bike trail to enjoy much of the beauty that Mother Nature allows us here in Happy Valley. A favorite for newbies to the region is the Mount Nittany Trail, with the trailhead in Lemont and offering access to views of picturesque Nittany Valley below.
Those looking to hit the links have come to the right town. Penn State is known as one of the nation's best golf course management schools, and many of its alumni manage several of the country's best courses. Why not try the Blue or White Course, which serve as a learning tool for the program and are absolutely beautiful, challenging courses? Toftrees Golf Resort also offers a PGA-rated course for those friends of the fairway to test their skills.
Accessibility is one of the best attributes of the region. University Park Airport, which is only a 10-minute cab ride from downtown State College, offers direct flights from Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. If you're driving to town, a central location is one of State College's best assets, considering that it is 140 miles from Pittsburgh, 165 miles from Baltimore, 180 miles from Washington, D.C., 190 miles from Philadelphia, and 235 miles from New York City.