Utica, is a city of historic landmarks and modern diversity, nestled in a profoundly beautiful setting of at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. In addition to these is the proximity of two gaming attractions: Turning Stone Resort Casino, which provides around-the-clock Vegas-style entertainment and high-stakes gaming; and Vernon Downs Casino offers video gaming, seasonal harness racing and live entertainment. Those planning larger meetings will find that Utica venues like Turning Stone Resort and Vernon Downs will meet their needs.
Utica is centrally located in New York State just off NYS Thruway I-90 on exits 31, 32 & 33. Utica is 45 minutes from Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, and Amtrak provides service, with stations in Rome and Utica.
Utica features full-service properties like the Radisson-Utica Centre or the historic Hotel Utica. In all, there are more than 2,400 rooms available at AAA Four Diamond resort hotels, national chains and independently owned properties.
The area is home to a number of cultural attractions that double as Utica event venues: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, which includes an auditorium with 271 seats, a terrace, sculpture court and a meeting room; the Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology, which has a community room; the Stanley Theater, which opened in 1928 and has been the premier showplace for Central New York ever since; the Utica Memorial Auditorium; and the Utica Zoo.
Many ethnic and regional dining venues in Utica have private meeting space. The area's diverse cultural heritage and population provides a wealth of choice when planning meal functions. Cuisine unique to the area includes chicken riggies, Utica greens, tomato pie and half moons.
Groups can also partake in exclusive behind-the-scenes factory tours at places such as the Saranac Brewery, Harden Furniture and Meyda Tiffany Lighting; and they can experience the trials and tribulations of the Revolutionary War at Fort Stanwix National Monument. Other activities in and around Utica include a trip on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. There is golf available on 29 public courses as well as Turning Stone Resort's three championship courses. Sailing, hiking, biking, swimming, curling and skiing are also popular.
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