Westchester County, NY Meeting Planning Overview
One half-hour north of New York City's Grand Central Station, Westchester County sits amid beautiful rolling countryside that seems a world away from the beehive of frenetic activity occurring so close by. Comprising the city of White Plains, the villages of Rye and Tarrytown and some 40 smaller villages and towns, Westchester County provides venues that can run the gamut from tycoon splendor to military history and country club casual.
Although most visitors arrive by car or by train, Westchester County Airport (HPN), served by seven major carriers and numerous charter and corporate flights every day, is also an option. Proximity to New York City and to three major international airports makes it a natural choice for day meetings or longer ones.
Large meetings convene at Westchester County Center (50,000 square feet of space) but Westchester County meeting venues also include four IACC-approved conference centers: the resort-style Doral Arrowwood in Rye (373 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space) and the baronial Tarrytown House in Tarrytown (212 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space), plus Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor (58 guest rooms and 14,000 square feet of meeting space) and Dolce's IBM Learning Center in Armonk (182 guest rooms and 15,000 square feet of meeting space). Castle on the Hudson (41 rooms and suites and 4,000 square feet of meeting space), the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown (247 sleeping rooms and 25,000 square feet of meeting space) and the Thayer Hotel (149 rooms and 15,000 square feet of meeting space) are among the meeting venues in Westchester County known for their settings.
Limousine services, audio-visual production companies and all the other service providers needed for a meeting are easy to find in Westchester County, and 19th-century tycoons' real estate, now in the hands of foundations and private trusts, is available for sparkling events. Whitby Castle at Rye Country Club gives decorators and party planners leave to pull out all the stops (the brochure features a photo of a Cinderella coach-and-four). A more understated event, but no less chic, could be planned at Blue Hill at Stone Barns on the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills. This restaurant specializes in local, seasonal cuisine. Its special-event spaces include the Hay Loft, which seats 250. Not just dining but meetings and team-building events are possible at Blue Hill, supervised by cooks, farmers and facilitators. Another Westchester event venue with views over the Hudson River is Tappan Hill Mansion, where caterer Abigail Kirsch has created special events for many an organization.