West Springfield sits on the west side of the Connecticut River as part of the Springfield, Massachusetts, metro area. At its core is a charming town green that is the site of a number of events, such as the West Side's Taste of the Valley food festival, every June. There are many West Springfield event venues in this very busy retail/restaurant/entertainment area, which offers chain and independent restaurants and stores. Affordability is a draw for meetings in West Springfield, as is the community's close proximity to the City of Springfield, the college towns Northampton and Amherst that sit about 20 minutes north by car, and an abundance of tourism sites in the three-county Pioneer Valley region.
Bradley International Airport, located in Windsor Locks, CT, is about 20 miles south of West Springfield. The airport is served by Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Airways, with nonstop flights to nearly all major cities in the northeast and the Eastern Seaboard as well as Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Denver. Windsor Locks is also a destination on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service.
The Largest of meeting venues in West Springfield is Eastern States Exposition (ESE). It is a flexible, multi-purpose facility that has four buildings ranging in size from 35,000 square feet to 129,400 square feet, for a total of 355,000 square feet of exhibit space. There is also a 5,000-seat coliseum and there are two meeting rooms. ESE sits in a park-like setting that includes Storrowton Village Museum, a living history museum with a group of nine reconstructed 18th- and 19th-century New England buildings.
Hotel venues in West Springfield that are near the ESE include the 262-room Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, a resort-style hotel with a water park that can accommodate a meeting of up to 200 people in 9,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 88-room Residence Inn by Marriott, which can handle meetings for up to 30 people.
West Springfield's most popular special event venues are part of Storrowton Village Museum, where the facility's living history elements can easily be incorporated into a dinner or reception. The venue possibilities include the Carriage House, which can host a gathering of up to 350 people; the 1834 Meetinghouse, which can host up to 175 people; and a gazebo on the museum's town green.
West Springfield has a mix of restaurants with appeal to meeting attendees near the ESE and the hotels along Riverdale Street. Lattitude features a casually elegant atmosphere and creative menu; Cal's Wood-Fired Grill & Bar specializes in brick oven pizzas. Storrowton Tavern, in historic Storrowton Village Museum, is a historic landmark and serves traditional New England fare; and White Hut serves its famous cheeseburgers in its funky diner-like setting.
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