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Stamford, CT Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 14
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,884
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 508
Committable Meeting Rooms* 37
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $121
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $71
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $244
*Maximum for a single hotel

Stamford, CT Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Meeting and Event Planning Guide for Stamford, a City Guide for meeting professionals. Conveniently located 25 miles east of New York City, the Greater Stamford area is an authentic coastal New England destination that offers rich history, a maritime heritage and lively urban and suburban elements. The Fairfield County city serves as an accessible meeting destination with a variety of unique venues within reach of New York City, as well as an enjoyable vacation spot, thanks to its host of attractions, shops and fine restaurants.

Stamford sits within a two-hour drive of six airports, which include all airports of the Greater New York City area: Westchester County Airport, Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Bradley International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. Once in Stamford, visitors can access the CTTransit bus system, which operates 15 local routes in the Greater Stamford area, as well as ride the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, which connects Fairfield County with New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

The largest venue in Stamford is Chelsea Piers CT, an upscale sports complex that offers 80,000 square feet of trade show and exhibition space. Other meeting and event venues in Greater Stamford include the beautiful Dolce Norwalk and modern Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Conference Center. Located within eight miles of Stamford, Dolce Norwalk is an all-inclusive meeting destination in a 66-acre retreat setting. Dolce Norwalk offers 21,200 square feet of International Association of Conference Centers-certified space, which includes 31 meeting rooms and an amphitheater, as well as 120 guest rooms, on-site dining and a host of amenities. Situated within minutes of downtown Stamford, the 484-room Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Conference Center offers 43,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 10,000-square-foot conference center. Guests can gather in such spaces as a 10,240-square-foot Grand Ballroom and 7,200-square-foot climate-controlled tent and pavilion.

Many of the attractions and popular sites in the Stamford area double as unique venues that serve as fantastic meeting and event spaces. Located in New Canaan, the striking 1949-built Phillip Johnson Glass House celebrates modern architecture, landscape and art throughout its art collection and architectural features like glass exterior walls and an absence of interior walls. This National Trust Historic Site welcomes visitors and groups to join a number of tours, as well as offering private event space throughout its grounds. A second architectural attraction in the Stamford area, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, is recognized as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire-style country houses in the country. Built between 1864 and 1868, the house with beautiful Gilded Age interiors and furnishings has been featured on the America's Castles television series and in the movie The Stepford Wives. Groups can hold events in the home's newly renovated first floor, which features a rotunda with 42-foot-tall ceilings and four furnished period rooms.

Additional unique venues include the historic Palace Theater in Waterbury, which welcomes full-venue rentals for its 2,565-seat theater, as well as smaller group rentals. The Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport serves as a popular sports and entertainment venue, as well as a fantastic option for corporate and special events held on its 23,000-square-foot arena floor, 16,000-square-foot arena concourse and in a variety of breakout rooms. For a group event with a taste of the exotic, Beardsley Zoo welcomes groups to gather in indoor and outdoor spaces scattered throughout its 52-acre property.

Beyond its wealth of meeting sites and unique venues, Stamford is home to a number of corporate headquarters and branch campuses for the University of Connecticut, University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University.

About Stamford, CT / Additional Info

A quintessential New England destination with waterfront attractions, a peaceful countryside and a vibrant arts scene, Stamford is much more than a city within reach of New York City (not that that hurts). The 37.3-square-mile coastal city sits 25 miles northeast of New York City, 40 miles southwest of New Haven and 90 miles south of Hartford, Connecticut's capital city. Stamford's fantastic location puts visitors within easy access of a range of sites, ranging from those offering serene Long Island Sound views to those near the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

Stamford area's maritime heritage is demonstrated and celebrated at many of its popular attractions. At the entrance to nearby Norwalk Harbor, the 44-foot Sheffield Island Lighthouse exemplifies the stone mid-Victorian lighthouse so often associated with New England. Visitors can tour the lighthouse's 10 rooms and 1826 keeper's house during the summer months, as well as explore the nature trails around the lighthouse site. The lighthouse can be accessed via ferry from the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. Devoted solely to the marine life of Long Island Sound, the Maritime Aquarium showcases varieties of crabs, lobster, mollusks, jellies, sea turtles and sharks, among other species. Aquarium visitors can also take in an IMAX show at the facility. Offering another look at Stamford's heritage, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, the 118-acre former estate of Henri Bendel, welcomes visitors to walk its 80 acres of nature trails, watch otters play at its otter pond and discover Italian sculptures throughout its grounds. The museum's 10-acre Heckscher Farm is home to a series of barns and dozens of farm animals, as well as a maple sugar house and vegetable garden, while the museum's collections focus on the natural history of New England, American art, Native-American art and cultures, American history and culture.

Fairfield County's artistic scene can be examined at the Weir Farm National Historic Site, which was once operated as a summer retreat and creative refuge and owned by the artist J. Alden Weir. As the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, the 60-acre locale in Wilton enables guests to bird watch, walk through its gardens and create art with its free art supplies. When it's time for some family-friendly recreation, Shelton's Sports Center of Connecticut features such options as the world's only double-decker NHL ice arena, as well as a driving range, mini golf course, video arcade, batting cages and laser tag arena.

The Stamford area is bursting with a variety of fine restaurants, many of which offer private group dining space. Located in Greenwich, L'escale serves an inventive Provencal menu in a Mediterranean French atmosphere, Downtown Stamford's Aria serves such savory Italian options as gnocchi in basil pesto sauce, while Napa & Co specializes in organic and innovative wine country cuisine. Bridgeport's Joseph's Steakhouse is known for its USDA Prime dry-aged beef. Situated in the corner of a historic inn and offering uninterrupted views of Long Island Sound, Westport's Splash features a menu of American and Asian flavors.

 
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