Located within beautiful Fairfield County, Danbury is a historic community but is probably better known for Danbury Fair Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Connecticut and a destination for those in need of retail therapy. Danbury event venues include many unique offerings that range from Revolutionary to Industrial America.
Danbury benefits from proximity to such major cities as New York, Hartford, and New Haven. While Danbury has its own airport, Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR), groups are more likely to land in one of the airports of these cities and travel by car or by the Metro-North New Haven Line train.
While there are no stand-alone convention venues in Danbury, hotel venues include the 243-room Crowne Plaza – Danbury, which has 25,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 200-room Ethan Allen Hotel, which has 15,000 square feet of space. (Fun fact: Danbury is world headquarters for the Ethan Allen furniture chain.)
Special event venues in Danbury feature a lot of historical angles; these include the Military Museum of Southern New England, which specializes in 20th-century America military history and offers tours and rental space for up to 30 people. The Danbury Railway Museum, which is housed in the former Danbury Train Station, features indoor space and seasonal tents for meetings. The Danbury Museum & Historical Society, which comprises the c. 1785 John and Mary Rider House, the c. 1790 Dodd Hat Shop, the 19th-century Charles Ives Birthplace, and the 20th-century Marian Anderson Studio (along with modern Huntington Hall), offers rentals of its buildings and grounds for business and social events. Also available is Tarrywile Mansion, a Victorian-era former residence that can accommodate up to 100 people.
Dining venues with private banquet space in Danbury include many Italian restaurants, such as Castello, Della Francesca, and Cafe on the Green, which overlooks the Richter Park Golf Course. In addition to these is the BRIO Tuscan Grille, located in the Danbury Fair Mall, which has 1,200 square feet of dining space.
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