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BY Keith Loria
 
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Does your Next Meeting Have You on the Ropes?

Great Wolf Lodge isn’t just for the little ones. Their conference centers also offer entertaining team-building adventures. Available at the Pocono Mountains property, The Howlers Peak Ropes Course allows teams to venture through an aerial circuit from the safety of a climbing harness. Members can cheer each other on as they cross bridges, balance on ropes and climb through obstacles.

Philly’s Favorite Foods—Delivered Straight to You

Every city has a few favorite dishes but nothing says Philly quite like a cheesesteak or a soft pretzel. There’s also Scrapple, Pork Roll (which is really from NJ, but hey, who’s counting?), Tastykakes (my favorite are those peanut butter cakes—yum!), and Water Ice. Philly loves to eat but what do you do when you’re craving that certain taste but aren’t nearby? You ship it! If you’re looking for a fun way to whet the appetite of a group about to visit Philadelphia or simply want to quell a homesick colleague, check out one of the following companies for shipping options:

Brew Your Own Beer at Your Next Event

Meredith Megan Rebar, owner of Home Brewed Events and Certified Cicerone, didn’t fall in love with craft beer until she tried one of the brews at Zeno’s Pub, a local dive favorited by her fellow Penn State alumni.

“I went to Penn State, which is a party school and I wanted more than was offered at parties,” Rebar says. “I stayed in the area during the summer and discovered an underground bar with great craft beer that had unique, different flavors. That’s when I fell in love with craft beer.”

TOP of the TOWER is now Sky Philadelphia

Top of the Tower has officially changed their name to Sky Philadelphia. While the name’s new, their great food, friendly staff and fabulous views remain the same. They have been a private events venue for 23 years!

In March 2015, they opened Sky Brunch to the public and in June 2016, they opened Sky Garten—the only high-up open-air observation deck in the city—operated in partnership with the famed German restaurant, Brauhaus Schmitz.

The Ritz-Carlton Debuts New Look

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia recently completed a $25 million hotel renewal project. This landmark hotel is inextricably tied to Philadelphia’s past, but the thoughtful restoration modernized it without stripping the storied past. The Ritz-Carlton was originally built as The Girard Trust Company and was completed in 1908. It was designed as a reproduction of the Pantheon in Rome, and the Neoclassical-style structure features 9,000 tons of Georgia marble!

Museums Craft a Unique Experience for Events

Countless people head to museums and galleries each year hoping to be touched by a meaningful piece of art or to view something with historic significance. And whether one enjoys looking at sculptures, portraits, photography, old documents or even early transportation devices, there’s no shortage of museums in the state of Pennsylvania for people to check out and enjoy

News from our Partners in Gettysburg!

Gettysburg is one of my favorite destinations in Pennsylvania. I spent a fantastic few days there a while ago and was delighted to learn how much this town has to offer. It turns out that they have some exciting developments underway that directly affect the meetings/event industry.

Here’s what’s happening thanks to Carl Whitehill sharing the news:

New hotel is set to open in Spring 2017

When Pigs Fly…at The Inn at Leola Village

I can’t think of a better way to spend a mid-fall weekend than with a country getaway, and I was lucky enough to escape this past weekend for a quick trip to the Inn at Leola Village. This charming inn took home top prize for Best Inn at our Best of PA Readers Choice event this year, and I decided it was time to see it for myself. Anyone who knows me knows I am a pig fan through and through. Come inside my house, and there are pigs everywhere—on top of my refrigerator, on my walls, and I even have one in my windowsill.

Playing Tourist

Do you ever play tourist in your own hometown? I lived in New York City for a decade and never visited the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building until I actually moved away. It’s funny how in between all of the duties of regular life you never stop and smell the proverbial roses in your own backyard. I decided I needed to change that a few years ago and now play tourist all the time. It’s really fun to act like you don’t know anything about a place when you talk to taxi drivers and bellmen at the hotel…you never know what you might learn!

 

Encountering the Refrigerator Blindness in Business Situations

I’m reading a fantastic book right now (Visual Intelligence) and it talks all about how we often overlook most things. There is a phenomenon called refrigerator blindness, which basically means that you open the fridge door and stare endlessly at the contents, unable to find the mayonnaise jar even though it’s staring you right in the face. Do you ever find this happen outside of the kitchen, perhaps even in business situations? We get so used to booking the same venues over and over that we forget about other places. It happened to me just the other day.

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