According to a 2017 report from the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) about predicting the meeting rooms and spaces of the future, feedback from planners claimed that “access to outdoor meeting spaces will become more important in the next five years.” Furthermore, the report says, “Meeting planners report an increase in demand for outside learning spaces. No matter the use, outdoor spaces are used to shake up the monotony at meetings and increase delegate productivity. Relaxation recharges the brain, and fresh air can speed up that process. As such, venues are looking to develop outdoor spaces where available.”
There are plenty of non-traditional meeting venues that already have these outdoor options at the ready.
The Chateau Rooftop is located under the replica Eiffel Tower on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and overlooks a series of fountains to provide a feel that’s reminiscent of a lush garden in Versailles. This spot features a large rooftop garden under the stars and is great for a nightlife vibe for evening events.
At Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center in Oregon, each of the property’s rustic lodges are set in a forested area with wraparound porches and patios that offer covered spaces for meetings or simply relaxing after the day’s itinerary is done.
And at MIT Endicott House just outside Boston, this lush mansion is one of New England’s premier conference centers that merges luxury with modern meeting amenities. In addition to several parlors and suites, the French Manor style estate also has an amphitheater-style lecture hall as well as a deck and gazebo with views of the entire 25-acre property.
Here are some of our favorite venues where the outdoors come to life:
|Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center |
|San Diego State University |
San Diego, CA
|Younts Conference Center at Furman University |
|McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota |
|Chateau Rooftop |
Las Vegas, NV
|MIT Endicott House |
|The Falls Event Center in Littleton |