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Top Pick Outdoor Spaces

Top Pick Outdoor Spaces
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It’s that time of year when everyone is ready to shed the walls they have been staring at all winter and head outside. The same can be said when planning your next event. Take a break from the ordinary and check out our list of the Top Outdoor Spaces to meet.

Western Carolina University
Nestled in a scenic valley amid the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western Carolina University offers state-of-the-art meeting spaces, comfortable residential facilities and top-rated food service for your next conference or event. Found in Cullowhee, North Carolina less than 25 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation, guests can enjoy all types of exceptional outdoor activities. Voted the Southeast’s Top Adventure College by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine, land-based excursions such as backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and rock climbing are easily accessible. Prefer the water? Whitewater rafting, trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and river tubing are also available. WCU offers its own outfitter and guide services for any number of trip programs as well as equipment rentals through BaseCamp Cullowhee. Whether you are a group of 200 or 2,000, Western Carolina is excited about sharing their facilities and providing a great experience for your next North Carolina event.

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Whether you are looking for a space that is artsy, sporty or anything in between, the Chicago Southland has so much to offer the events industry through an array of unique event spaces. The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau prides itself on being a one-stop-shop for event planners and aims to make hosting your regional event in the Chicago Southland a stunning success. Because you are just minutes from the city of Chicago with access from seven major interstates, there will never be a shortage of things to do when you bring your guests to this convenient yet spectacular location. You can meet at great outdoor spaces that include Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Chicago Gaelic Park, Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery and so many more in any of the 62 south/southwest suburbs of Chicago. So, if you are looking for accessibility, affordability and versatility, reach out to the team at the Chicago Southland CVB to begin planning your next big event.

Saint Elizabeth University
Looking for something outside the box? Discover one of Morris County’s hidden gems at Saint Elizabeth University where the options for your next event are practically limitless. Located in lovely Morristown, New Jersey, just minutes from the heart of New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport, Saint Elizabeth is the perfect venue for those looking for a change of scenery no matter what type of event you are hosting. The 120-year-old university sits on a beautifully landscaped 200-acre campus and offers over 20 meeting spaces that includes the historic open-air Greek Theatre. This campus favorite can accommodate 1200 people in the stone seats and another 130 on the grass front stage. Saint Elizabeth also stands out for its reputation as the Hollywood of the east coast twice having been voted the Best Venue to Film a Movie or TV Show by Unique Venues planners and also Host Facility of the Year by Meeting Planners International thanks to its eclectic mix of historic and modern backdrops. The Office of Conference and Event Services is ready to discuss your goals and help you execute the perfect event at this small but mighty historic university.

There are plenty more great outdoor spaces to choose from on Unique Venues. Explore them all.

Anna Maria College
Paxton, MA
Trinity University
San Antonio, TX
The University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
Tufts University
Medford, MA
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Winter Harbor, ME
National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia, PA
The Vines Center
Little Rock, AR
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Olympia Fields, IL
Saint Elizabeth University
Morristown, NJ
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.