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Top Pick Venues in the Keystone State

Top Pick Venues in the Keystone State
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Have you ever wondered why Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State? As the eventual second state admitted to the union, Pennsylvania is called the Keystone for its essential role in the founding of the United States. It’s also the 5th largest state and shares a border with six other US states and one Canadian province. Talk about an ideal location to host an event! Groups have been gathering in Pennsylvania for well over 200 years for small get-togethers such as the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. We hope you will find your way to Pennsylvania and check out any one of our Top Picks from the Keystone State. 

Our trip through the Commonwealth starts just outside of Philadelphia on the prestigious Main Line at Villanova University Conferences. This charming venue reflects every bit of Villanova’s nearly 160-year history with buildings that can be described as anything from modern works to well preserved masterpieces all set on a picturesque campus landscape. The Office of Conference Services features national award-winning dining services, modern guest apartments and contemporary meeting and event facilities and is a unique and stimulating venue for anything from conferences and camps to meetings, retreats and festivals. Planners will appreciate one-stop-shop assistance from the experienced team along with convenient location and access to the train, Pennsylvania Turnpike, airport and other major east coast cities. Villanova’s self-operated dining and catering service is a winner of the prestigious “Ivy Award” which is the highest honor given by the National Association of College & University Food Services. Whether you have 5 or 2,500 guests, Villanova Office of Conference Services wants to be your main line to a great University meeting site. 

Next, we pop over to Malvern, PA and the Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley. Just minutes from King of Prussia and Philadelphia, Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley offers the largest executive style auditorium in the Philadelphia area with tiered seating for 400 along with 30 classrooms and 10 computer rooms. The professional staff will make your event the day’s priority providing you full access to state-of-the-art facilities helping you execute a seamless corporate meeting, training or special event. Full-service off-site lodging is available as well as partnerships with three select caterers to choose from. With outstanding customer service and a convenient location at the top of any planner’s checklist it’s easy to see why Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley is the most high value, cost effective choice in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

As we work our way out of the Philadelphia area we head west to California - California, Pennsylvania and the California University of Pennsylvania. Situated between Pittsburgh and Morgantown, West Virginia, the Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania is the largest indoor venue between the two cities housing a total of 142,000 square feet of flexible event space that includes a 6,000-seat arena, several theatre spaces and two building wings containing conference rooms. This modern, full service venue also boasts an on-campus movie theatre and a newly renovated fitness and recreation center that guests can utilize. Dedicated planners will ensure every detail is thought of for your social or corporate event whether you are hosting a planning session for 10 or an annual meeting for 600. Don’t compromise, find your inspiration and book today at the California University of Pennsylvania. 

Next up is a stop in Scranton, PA, The Electric City and home of Dunder Miffllin from the popular show The Office. Here, the Lackawanna County Visitor’s Bureau is ready to assist you in planning a fully customizable Northeast Pennsylvania event with personalized service and an abundance of resources. This area is a four seasons destination that incorporates its historical and entertainment venues into unique and creative meeting or event spaces. Lackawanna is truly a place where City Meets Country known for outdoor adventures, a vibrant arts scene and a wide variety of delicious ethnic cuisines. No matter your size, Lackawanna can answer the call with over 400 different meeting and event spaces and can sleep your guests in a variety of overnight accommodations which include Bed & Breakfasts, Country Inns, Cottages & Campgrounds and award-winning full-service hotels. There’s always something to do in Lackawanna - call today to plan your next adventure!

Check out all of our Keystone State Top Picks below.
Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau
Scranton, PA
California University of Pennsylvania
California, PA
Villanova University Conferences
Villanova, PA
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville, PA
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA
Allegheny College
 Meadville, PA
Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley
Malvern, PA
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA
Fighter's Heaven
Deer Lake, PA
Washington & Jefferson College
Washington, PA
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