Pennsylvania M+E Best of 2018 Editor's Picks

UNIQUE ALL-IN-ONE OPTION (OUTSIDE OF PA)

U by Uniworld Charters 

Few options exist where you’ll get the meeting venue, hotel and team-building all in one fell swoop, but if looking for a true onestop shop, nothing beats an event on a U by Uniworld charter. Imagine your next group event cruising down the Rhine, stopping in alluring European cities such as Frankfurt and Amsterdam or sailing along the Seine, with stops in Paris and Honfleur, among other charming ports of call. U by Uniworld has revamped the river cruise with an edgier and younger feel. Activities range from cheesemaking classes and castle tours to bike excursions and beer tastings—all ideal for teambuilding in between meetings. Charters are customizable, with special menus, onboard entertainment and activities, private shore excursions, corporate branding and more. Their two ships are available for full ship charter and accommodate up to 120 passengers.

BEST RESTAURANT

The Restaurant at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm
Holicong

Bucks County’s charms are widely known but The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm feels like a true find. This bed and breakfast is the very essence of charming. Once home to the playwright George Kaufman, many of the rooms are named after his famous works. “The Man Who Came to Dinner” was one of Kaufman’s most famous and is indeed fitting, as the Inn’s restaurant draws men and women for dinner alone thanks to executive chef Josh Homacki’s inspired cuisine. The setting, complete with a cozy fireplace and three walls of windows overlooking flower gardens, is bucolic perfection. 

BEST OUTDOOR VENUES

Center City District
Philadelphia 

Winters are long in Philadelphia, so when the chill is finally shaken off, there’s no better place to be than in one of Center City District’s parks, including John F. Collins, Sister Cities, Cret and Dilworth. While these open urban spaces run terrific programming open to the public, the spaces also make wonderful private event venues. In addition to summer breezes, you’ll take in iconic Philadelphia views like City Hall and the LOVE statue, as well as those Dilworth fountains.

BEST ACTIVITY WITH A HISTORICAL BENT

Valley Forge National Historical Park
King of Prussia 

Even if you didn’t pay much attention in history class you still know about Valley Forge, but chances are you haven’t seen it like this. The lush grounds are perfect for walking, hiking and biking, but groups who want to enjoy an activity that also educates should book a private tour. Private tours enlighten participants with stories of that brutal winter the Continental army spent here while fighting for America’s independence. Then go home and quiz your kids. 

Welcome to our second annual Best of Pennsylvania reader's choice awards. Last year we were pleased with the results, but this year we were really bowled over by your support - we doubled the number of votes we received! While there are a few familiar faces, most of this year's recipients are first-time winners. 

We are excited to celebrate the winners and we know you're curious to see who took the top prizes, so go ahead and read on to learn more. Here are your 2017 winners...

PLACES

 

BEST UNIQUE HOTEL FOR SMALL GROUPS
Federal Pointe Inn, Historic Gettysburg

 

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (Fewer than 200 Guest Rooms)

THE WINNER IS: Warehouse Hotel at The Nook 

Runners-Up
» Normandy Farm
» Fairmont Pittsburgh

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (More than 200 Guest Rooms)

THE WINNER IS: Hershey Lodge