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Meetings and Events at UD: The Perfect Alternative to Big City Trepidation

Meetings and Events at UD: The Perfect Alternative to Big City Trepidation
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Meetings and Events at UD: The Perfect Alternative to Big City Trepidation


As companies begin to bring employees back to the office, with it comes the return of business travel. While the last year or so spent in lockdown taught us new and cost-effective ways to connect, there is nothing quite like the experience of meeting face to face.

While there is great optimism about the return to normalcy, there remains hesitation among some travelers about gathering in large city centers in tight spaces. Meeting and event planners are on the hunt, more than ever, for the perfect location that blends state-of-the-art facilities in a spacious, safe atmosphere while still enjoying the destination.

The search is over as you consider University of Delaware’s Conference and Event Services, and their two unmatched locations for your next event. In Newark, you will find a scenic and secluded, wooded environment while the Lewes venue is further south and nestled in the natural surroundings of a historic coastal town.

Conferencing in Newark provides the option of the largest and most flexible venue in the area for multi-day meetings and events and Delaware’s most prestigious venue for single-day meetings. The Clayton Conference Center offers clean, flexible spaces suitable for a wide variety of events – ensuring guests feel comfortable and confident all through their event. The 7,000 square foot ballroom is ideal for larger engagements and the event space has a beautiful theatre-style auditorium, private meeting rooms, and a striking lobby with an open design. For those impressed by design, they will be blown away by UD’s other Newark venue – The Tower Audion & Atrium. Designed for cultivating collaboration and based on the science of health, the Audion & Atrium is a combination space ideal for any meeting looking to gain momentum. Guests first gather in the Audion, a flexible, modern tech space, and then move into the open environment of the Atrium for breaks or micro sessions where a spectacular living wall is designed to improve air quality.

Should you prefer a more relaxed meeting by the coast, take your group to Lewes and be surrounded by nature where your event guests can achieve a beneficial work/rest balance. Here, the Virden Retreat Center is an exceptional venue for social events, retreats, weddings, and small meetings. It offers an easy, open layout designed to reflect the coastal style. With six meeting rooms, a tented patio, video conferencing, planning services, catering, and on-site lodging, you will be glad you ditched the big city and chose the comfort and peace of mind this coastal location provides.

Overnight guests will sleep well in both locations. The Virden Center Lodges have 23 well-appointed guest rooms with king, queen, and twin bed configurations all with private baths. Your day will also end surrounded by the tranquility of the wetlands as you relax on your screened-in porch. Residence Halls are available during the summer months in Newark or the Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware is just a few steps away offering full hotel amenities and dining for year-round travelers.

So, as you find your way back into the work travel routine, escape the big cities and take the opportunity to ease into it with some long-awaited leisure time mixed in with your work and take advantage of all that the University of Delaware has to offer. Every event at UD is given the attention it deserves by personal event managers known for their excellent service who will work one-on-one with you to execute an event so perfectly you will want to return again and again.
During this global pandemic, the team at Unique Venues has been working to serve our industry planners and venues with free resources including roundtables, webinars, and workshops. You can visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn about our upcoming programs this month and next that you may be interested in registering for. Be sure to follow Unique Venues on Facebook (@uniquevenues) and be on the lookout for Facebook Live sessions from Unique Venues CEO, Chuck Salem who will be providing tips and trends for weathering the storm.