Downtown Manhattan, filled with industrial chic spaces and effortlessly stylish people, is the epitome of cool, but fighting traffic at the tunnels to make it to an event? Definitely not cool. So where do you hold an event when you want that New York City flair without the hassle? The Loft at 350 in West Orange! This stylish venue is tucked inside the Wilshire Grand Hotel, a full-service hotel with 89 rooms and 13 suites. While the Wilshire Grand Hotel has a very classic and traditional look, prepare to be taken aback when you walk down the hallway of the hotel’s main entrance or arrive via the separate entrance. Hardwood floors, curvy modern furnishings and white brick walls echo the raw sophistication of Soho. The all-white space feels serene and stylish, while LED lighting allows for any color or image to be projected throughout the room. Airy and open, the 4,000-square-foot room is flexible and can accommodate 215 seated guests with a dance floor or over 350 guests for a cocktail reception.

Despite an overall crushing year for the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania, some seeds of hope have been planted and are finally sprouting in the form of new hotel openings. These new properties on the horizon have ample meeting and event space up for grabs, all within close proximity of each other. As capacities allowances increase, check out the new real estate for meetings and events at the following hotels.

 

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.

 

INGREDIENTS
—1.75 oz. Barrell Rye Batch #2
—.5 oz. Averna
—.5 oz. Punt E Mes
—.5 oz. Vicario Cherry liqueur
—glass: martini or Nick & Nora
—garnish: cherry

DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients to mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and pour into a Nick and Nora or martini glass. Garnish with a cherry on a skewer.