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Unique Experiences - Volume 4

Unique Experiences - Volume 4

Don’t Just Plan an Event…Plan an EXPERIENCE!

By Brian Finn

Check our latest list of unique venues…with unique experiences. They have everything you need for a successful event - plus offer unique experiences that your guests will remember for years to come.

Turn Your Next Event into a Beach Getaway

Just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and the historic downtown riverfront, University of North Carolina Wilmington's picturesque campus offers the perfect location for your next big event. The fully capable campus can provide state-of-the-art facilities that feature over 20 meeting spaces to accommodate up to 2,000 guests with the help of the exceptional conference services team guiding the way. Wilmington is truly the hidden gem of the coast offering stunning views and access to three island beaches at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Home to the largest domestic television and movie studio outside of California, Wilmington is considered “Hollywood East”. Popular movies and shows like Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and a Walk to Remember were filmed within the city. History buffs can tour the USS North Carolina Battleship or a battlefield, and nature lovers can explore the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve located directly on campus.

Coastal Adventures await your next conference or event in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina.

Rocky Top’s One Stop Shop
The University of Tennessee conferences team is a highly trained staff ready to host any type of event including virtual conferences, hybrid events and of course on-site events in conveniently located downtown Knoxville. As planners look to move events online, UT Virtual conferences include registration, planning, session management, exhibitor areas, live and pre-taped speakers and more. Their certified One Stop service assures that you have one contract and one invoice to keep things simple. Along with easy airport access and walking opportunities for hotels and restaurants, this east Tennessee hotspot is less than one hour from the most visited National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains and award-winning amusement park Dollywood. Let the UT Conferences and Conference Center show you the Volunteer spirit by going above and beyond for your next event.

The team on ole Rocky Top down in the Tennessee hills is ready for your next visit.

Take a Trip up the North Shore to Misselwood
Twenty miles north of Boston nestled along the scenic coast of the historic North Shore sits the storied Misselwood Estate at Endicott College. The friendly Misselwood Events team is ready to collaborate with you to create anything from the wedding of your dreams to a corporate retreat. The 235-acre campus offers woodlands, private beaches and pristine grounds that enhance any event. Once inside the gates you will find no shortage of things to do. With three private beaches, guests can play sand volleyball, take a paddleboard excursion or enjoy a sunrise. The “Green Roof” is a beautiful rooftop deck that overlooks campus and is perfect for a sunset reception, while the self-guided walking tour of the historic homes on campus is a great way to immerse yourself in the area’s history.

Whether you are tying the knot or bringing the team together, start planning your visit to Endicott.

Big Time Service Meets Big 10 Campus Environment
Only a short drive from New York City, Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center offers the perfect atmosphere for your next small event. Meeting and conference guests will sense the energy, enthusiasm and inspiration of this campus location when hosting your next gathering. Ideal for groups ranging up to 100, this small setting isn’t short on tranquility or the comfort and peace it offers on its 21 wooded acres of the New Brunswick Campus. The facility provides 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces along with overnight accommodations and free on-site parking. Once the day is done, attractions are close by from traditional tourist stops such as the Statue of Liberty or journeying to the top of the Empire State Building to the untraditional such as exploring Chinatown or catching an outdoor movie at Bryant Park.

With over 50 years of exceeding expectations under their belt, Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center is ready for your next intimate gathering.

Choose Your Own Adventure in the Mountains of Western Carolina
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 Top Adventure College by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine the last six years, 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 Base Camp Cullowhee.

Find out how to book the event and adventure of a lifetime at the premier venue in the Blue Ridge.

Way More Than Just OK
Just outside of Oklahoma City you will find the state’s oldest institute of higher learning in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma where an experienced Conference Services team is eager to host your next event. Centrally located to Oklahoma’s most popular attractions, this historical campus has everything to meet your budget and event needs including an affordable world-class conference center. As Oklahoma City continues its transformation into a true renaissance city, it offers everything you look for in a modern metropolitan. Guests can venture away from campus to enjoy the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for a taste of how the southwest was settled or head out for a night in the Bricktown Entertainment District which is the vibrant home to many restaurants, nightclubs, shops and spectacular canal all in the heart of downtown OKC.

Prepare for OMG when you book your next event at UCO.

Southside is the Rightside When You Blow into Chicago
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 CVB 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. Not only does the Chicago Southland CVB help plan events, they also offer a wide variety of complimentary event services that includes anything from pre-event services to on-site services such as name badges and registration assistance. With convention centers and meeting venues minutes from downtown Chicago and Midway International Airport, the Chicago Southland offers planners accessibility, affordability, versatility and a wide variety usually not found so close to a metropolitan like Chicago. Because you are just minutes from the city with access from seven major interstates, there will never be a shortage of things to do when you bring your guests to this convenient spectacular location.

Take advantage of ALL the Southside has to offer.

Crab Cakes and Conferences
Situated on a 329-acre campus in lovely Baltimore County with quick access to three major U.S. cities, Towson University and the Event & Conference Services team can help you plan a memorable experience. Able to accommodate up to 1,200 guests, your personal event planner will collaborate with you to meet your vision as well as provide opportunities that enhance your program for maximum satisfaction. There is something for everyone on this campus complete with team building, leisure, educational and historic experiences. Guests can attempt the Outdoor Challenge Course or Indoor Rock Climbing Wall, while the less dangerous amongst the group can enjoy the Glen Arboretum Nature Trail or Watson-King Planetarium. An off-campus day trip to a winery, shopping or sporting event couldn’t be easier with nearby destinations in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia a quick trip away.

Make some memories in Maryland when you find your way to Towson.

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