If you haven’t hosted an event in Lehigh Valley yet, it’s about time you do. The area has a number of venues and offers a number of free activities your guests can enjoy during their downtime

“Lehigh Valley is home to many things that families, couples, or individuals can visit without having to spend any money to do so,” says Michael Stershic president, Discover Lehigh Valley. “We want to make sure people know that these options exist to them whether they are visiting the area or live here full-time.”

Discover Lehigh Valley, the CVB of the area, has compiled a list of free activities broken up into eight sections that include festivals, wineries and the outdoors among others. Guests can visit museums, such as the Liberty Bell Museum and The Banana Factory, stroll through the Garlic Fest in October and tour a guitar factory and museum.

To view the entire list, check out their website

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.