• Get to Know: York County

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    History reigns in this region near the Mason-Dixon Line. 

  • Get to Know: York County

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    History reigns in this region near the Mason-Dixon Line. 

POPULATION » 438,965

LOCATION » York County, Pennsylvania’s top tourist region, is located in the southeast region of the state. The county lies just above the Mason-Dixon Line, and is bounded to the east by the Susquehanna River. The area is within driving distance of major metropolitan areas including Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Popular destinations, including the battlefields of Gettysburg and Hershey’s Chocolate World, are less than one hour away.

MUST-SEES » York County is home to an abundance of indoor and outdoor attractions. History buffs will want to check out the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, where individuals of all ages are welcome to experience classic cars and motorcycles. Sports enthusiasts will be happy to know that York County is home to a variety of golf courses that cater to a wide range of skill levels. The York Revolution, the area’s Atlantic League baseball club, serves as a family-friendly sporting option. Deemed the “Factory Tour Capital of the World,” York County gives tourists a peek at how some of America’s favorite products, such as Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, are made. The best part? Most factory tours are free. Wine aficionados won’t want to miss the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, which gives tourists a glimpse of the area’s many prominent vineyards. Beer lovers shouldn’t hesitate to explore the Susquehanna Ale Trail, featuring 14 area breweries and alehouses.

HOTELS » The area is home to 28 hotels and motels. The Yorktowne Hotel—a Historic Hotel of America— is a property featuring wood paneling and high ceilings located in the center of Downtown York. The county also features numerous bedand-breakfasts and pet-friendly properties to ensure that needs are met for all visitors. For camping and RV enthusiasts, look no further than Ben Franklin Park, fully equipped with electricity, Wi-Fi, a laundry room and heated bathrooms with showers.

RESTAURANTS » The diverse restaurants of York County are sure to please, regardless of the occasion. Youngsters are sure to love the arcade and casual environment at Bogey Macaws American Grille. For a more upscale experience, check out Blue Heron, a French Bistro serving Mediterranean dishes paired with fine wines. Pastry seekers and coffee lovers will not be disappointed in York County. The area features numerous cafés and bakeries, including the Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room, which serves fresh-baked scones and pastries daily.

HOW THE CVB HELPS » “The York County CVB is your knowledgeable partner who will help you navigate the number and diversity of York County meeting and event venues—from large to small and from traditional to the unconventional,” says Brent Burkey, communications specialist for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our staff provides unbiased assistance to evaluate the best options for your guests.” 

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

After about 15 months of Zoom happy hours and countless virtual meetings, events, and conferences, it’s clear that virtual gatherings don’t hold a candle to the magic that in-person gatherings can spark. People are excited for in-person events again.

 

Just like the rest of the world, the hospitality and travel industries slammed to a halt when the pandemic hit last March. Some sectors within them had built-in solutions to focus on, such as hotels limiting capacities and restaurants focusing on takeout and delivery. But for many businesses within the related meetings and events realm, there were no natural alternatives to turn to.