Newark, Delaware, is home to the University of Delaware, which has facilities for educational conferences. As befits a college town, there's an active nightlife; and Newark event venues include a tavern that once ejected Edgar Allan Poe!
Newark is served by Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is less than an hour away.
Chief among meeting venues in Newark, the University of Delaware offers a variety of meeting spaces, including the IACC-certified Clayton Hall, which includes 27,355 square feet of meeting space, featuring a spacious ballroom as well as a theater-style auditorium for large plenary sessions. The 7,205-square-foot lobby is an excellent space for more social activities such as breaks and vendor displays. Meeting rooms and classrooms are suited to breakout sessions or small meetings. The university itself, which was founded as a small private academy in 1743, included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution among its first class of graduates.
Adjoining the university is the 126-room Courtyard Newark – University of Delaware, with about 2,000 square feet of its own space. Other hotel venues in Newark include the 154-room Embassy Suites Newark – Wilmington/South, which has 10,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 98-room Ramada Newark/Wilmington Area, with 3,000 square feet of meeting space.
Perhaps the largest attraction in Newark–and one of the largest in the whole state–is the Christiana Mall, Delaware's largest shopping mall. Shop at brand-name stores like Michael Kors, Nordstrom, and Vera Bradley in the Christiana Mall, and save big, since Delaware has no sales tax on shopping, dining, and entertainment, offering a more affordable and pleasurable experience. Not only does having no sales tax make meetings and events more affordable, groups see the savings on the latest fashion trends, merchandise, electronic devices, and appliances as an added benefit.
For dining venues in Newark, Deer Park Tavern (whence Mr. Poe was dispatched) offers atmosphere, while Timothy's of Newark features a casual dining, serving American cuisine with an abundance of steaks, seafood, and salads. Restaurants at the Christiana Mall that take groups include BRIO Tuscan Grille.
Along Main Street, nightspots include Kildare's Irish Pub, which can host groups of up to 100; Iron Hill Brewery, which can serve meals for up to 35 people, or cocktail and hors d'oeuvres receptions for up to 45; and Klondike Kate's, where groups of up to 35 can convene in the Rockwell Room.