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Unique Venues Best of Winners




Unique Venues would like to recognize the Best of the Best. These venues were chosen by planners and readers as the best in the industry. These award winning venues represent categories ranging from “Best Earth-Friendly Venue” to “Best Website.”







Best Earth-Friendly Venue


Winner: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Banff, Alberta Canada
Contact: 877-760-4595
Banff Centre is located in the heart of Banff National Park

Best High-Tech Venue


Winner: Attune Washington DC

Washington, District of Columbia USA
Contact: Beth Becker at 630-719-0239
Attune Washington DC Building Exterior

Best Large-Market Venue


Winner: Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia USA
Contact: John Nussear at 404-894-2469
All your conference needs in the heart of Midtown Atlanta

Best Marketing Campaign


Winner: The Regency Center

San Francisco, California USA
Contact: Jaime Parres at 415-447-4909

Best Mid-Market Venue


Winner: The Mountain Winery

Saratoga, California USA
Contact: Raihni Vaughn at 408-913-1720

Best Outdoor Event Space


Winner: University of British Columbia - Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Contact: Sarah Johnston at 604-822-1060

Best Renovation/Addition


Winner: Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts USA
Contact: Miranda McLean at 617-353-3520

Best Small-Market Venue


Winner: Boston College Connors Center

Dover, Massachusetts USA
Contact: Susan Burton at 617-552-9210
The Connors Center

Best Social Media Presence


Winner: Galena Country Tourism

Galena, Illinois USA
Contact: Justin Helle at 815-776-9200
Main Street Galena

Best Venue for an LGBTQ-Friendly Event


Winner: Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise Initiative

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Contact: Kelly Leask at 604-659-3456

Best Venue for Concerts or Shows


Winner: The Theatre at Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie, Texas USA
Contact: Amy Simon at 972.854.5081

Best Venue for Conferences


Winner: Maritime Conference Center

Linthicum Heights, Maryland USA
Contact: Jill Porter at (443) 989-3509
Auditorium Seating up to 348

Best Venue for Corporate Events


Winner: Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago, Illinois USA
Contact: Stan Hansen at 773-753-2583
Holiday Events in Chicago

Best Venue for Day Meetings


Winner: OFFSITE New York

New York, New York USA
Contact: Shaun Kessler at 212-366-1828

Best Venue for Expos and Trade Shows


Winner: Pacific National Exhibition

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Contact: Jenna Dauhsmann at 604-251-7787

Best Venue for Formal Affairs


Winner: The National Archives Museum

Washington, District of Columbia USA
Contact: Special Events Department at 202-357-5404

Best Venue for Life Events


Winner: The Conference Center at Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey USA
Contact: Kaitlin Kurdyla at 973-655-3391
University Hall Conference Center

Best Venue for Locally Sourced Catering


Winner: University of California, Davis

Davis, California USA
Contact: Kari King at (530) 754-0672
Mondavi Center

Best Venue for Spiritual/Wellness Gathering


Winner: RockRidge Canyon: BC Retreat Centre

Princeton, British Columbia Canada
Contact: Jesse Hockin at 250-870-9030
RockRidge Canyon Retreat Centre

Best Venue for Team Building


Winner: Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park, Colorado USA
Contact: Arlyn Crowfoot at 970-586-3341
4-seasons of fun Hotel-style rooms

Best Venue for Unique Experiences


Winner: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Springfield, Illinois USA
Contact: Britta Brackney at 217-558-8873

Best Venue for Weddings


Winner: Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

La Jolla, California USA
Contact: Ioana Vladescu at (858) 822-5439

Best Venue for Youth Retreats & Camps


Winner: University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, Maryland USA
Contact: Joseph Criscuoli at 301-314-7884
A University Experience...with Honors!

Best Venue to Film a Movie or TV Show


Winner: Royal Roads University

Victoria, British Columbia Canada
Contact: Lorraine Burtoi at 250-391-2666

Best Website


Winner: Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau

Scranton, Pennsylvania USA
Contact: Alexa Peregrim at 570.468.8625
Scranton, The Electric City

Professional of the Year


Winner: University of New Brunswick Conference Services

Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada
Contact: Julia McDevitt at 506-458-7298
Wu Centre - Outdoors
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