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

In 2019, Martha J. Sheridan stepped into the role of president and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Like any CVB head, she’s bullish on her destination. “In my mind, it’s an unparalleled city for meetings,” she says. “We have great access. We have diverse products offering first-class meeting facilities. And Boston is a world leader in many important sectors, including the medical and higher-ed communities. [It’s all] at your doorstep when you book a meeting in Boston.”

 

The charming lakeside village of Aurora in the Finger Lakes region of New York offers a collection of pristinely restored historic homes that make up the Inns of Aurora, a luxury lakeside boutique resort and the town’s main accommodations. Last fall, the resort opened the doors to Taylor House Conference Center, the resort’s capstone restoration of a 20-year commitment to preserving the village’s historic buildings. This two-story 1838 Greek Revival-inspired building offers meeting space that’s a mix of original architecture and modern technology.

 

There's a major new meetings venue in Philly. Last summer, the 295-room W Philadelphia, located in a 51-story skyscraper in the heart of downtown, opened its doors. “Philadelphia is the quintessential city for a W hotel—rebellious, unexpected, and original,” says Tom Jarrold, global brand leader of W Hotels Worldwide. 

“Its diverse neighborhoods and rich history attract travelers from around the country  and the world, and we are excited to put our unique stamp on its luxury hotel scene.”