Looking for something a little different for your small trade show or conference? Here are three locations with wonderful facilities, each oozing its own particular charm.
Charleston, South Carolina
“America’s Most Friendly City” was founded in 1670. The metropolitan area includes a population of over 700,000. Charleston is known as a culinary capital, as well as for its bustling arts scene. I’ve never met anyone that didn’t like Charleston a lot.
Cooperstown, New York
Home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, a visit to Cooperstown is akin to time traveling back to the early 20th century. It is a charming town of some 25,000 residents. Even older than Charleston, it was founded in 1639. The Otesaga Hotel, on Lake Otesaga, is the conference and trade show space in Cooperstown. In addition to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the town is home to the Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum, dedicated largely to James Fenimore Cooper.
Newport, Rhode Island
When I hear “Newport”, it conjures up Louis Armstrong singing “Just dig that scenery floatin’ by, we’re now approachin’ Newport Rhode I” (as in “eye”), from Cole Porter’s hit movie, High Society. Newport not only has sensational mansions, several of which are open to the public for private events, but it also has excellent hotel meeting facilities.
Cooperstown and Newport are not ideal for winter meetings.They are wonderful when the weather moderate to warm. Charleston, on the other hand, would not be my choice when the weather is sweltering. Each of these locations has a great deal to offer in terms of charm, sightseeing and a taste of something different.