I am insatiably curious and always keen to learn something new, but I find that I am surprised by the seemingly familiar more often than not. Case in point? The Palm restaurant in Philadelphia. This elegant steakhouse is tucked inside the landmark Hyatt at The Bellevue hotel. It exudes that classic steakhouse appeal – a dark wood bar, a buzzy “business is getting done here” ambience and professional male waiters sporting jackets.
THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE GETTING AWAY FOR A WEEKEND at an inn or bed-and-breakfast to enjoy the charming, tranquil ambiance. Pennsylvania is home to myriad inns and B&Bs, but these escapes offer more than just a room and a view; many of the most popular spots also offer great meeting space and provide the perfect venue for hosting an event.
ONCE PART OF A TOWN’S steel-and-iron industry, this destination is now dedicated to offering clients a different event experience.
One of the phrases that my mother often utters is "kill two birds with one stone." She’s far from violent. Instead, she is highly organized and is the embodiment of a multi-tasker. Like mother, like daughter. I love nothing better than getting two things done at once and just last week I managed to do just that. I interviewed a terrific Philadelphia personality (stay tuned to read that fun interview in our fall issue) and rediscovered a terrific event space. Our interview just so happened to be a lunch meeting at Cuba Libre.
Aside from the views, many of these facilities are also finding ways for their meeting attendees to make use of the water through water-based activities and boat rides catered to the corporate worker.
A corporate retreat can be a great way to have a company’s employees bond, network and relieve the stress of the job, but not all spaces are created equal. While some facilities offer only hotel and meeting space, there’s been a rise in places that include everything from golf to spas to adventure activities-all without ever having to leave the premises. Take a gander around Pennsylvania and discover a plethora of all-in-one lodging.
It’s perfectly fine to start humming the tune to the Village People’s hit song YMCA when staying at Le Méridien. After all, this hotel was originally a YMCA. In fact, the Trumbauer Ballroom was once the Y’s sports room, but today it sports 1,000 square feet of pre-function space, a 20-foot ceiling and more than 2,300 square feet of event space that can comfortably accommodate up to 300 people theater style or 180 for dinner and dancing.
James A. Michener Art Museum, DOYLESTOWN
IT’S NOT OFTEN ONE MAN CAN MAKE SUCH A LARGE IMPACT, but Milton S. Hershey wasn’t an ordinary man. He started world-renowned Hershey Chocolates by opening the first modern chocolate factory, but it was his contributions to the community that made him a legend. He built a town for his employees, a town that today bears the Hershey imprint with streetlamps shaped like Hershey’s Kisses on Chocolate Avenue. Hershey means so many different things-from luxury lodging and pampering amenities to world-class entertainment. "There’s so much, something for everyone.
WHEN PLANS for a cafe to be built inside Allentown’s America On Wheels museum were in the works, Executive Director Linda Merkel knew it had to include a literal piece of history. It took nine months of construction, during which an authentic 1950s soda bar with its grill, stove, bar top and seating was disassembled and shipped from Indiana.