Set along the Massachusetts coast on the Lower Cape of Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club offers a dazzling variety of amenities and attractions for groups. For starters, the 429-acre property has two distinctive sides: The upscale Mansion, originally built in 1912, offers 121 premium guest units, ranging in size and style from a 480-square-foot guest room to multilevel two- and three-bedroom villas. Meanwhile, The Villages Villas, with 216 guest rooms, including 1,400-square-foot villas, puts guests in the heart of the sprawling property.

The grounds provide a sophisticated playground. There’s both a 700-foot stretch of private beach and easy access to Blueberry Pond; an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course; 26 miles of scenic trails; nine tennis courts spread over two tennis compounds; six pickleball courts; five pools, including two indoor pools; a spa with five treatment rooms; and multiple restaurants, bars, and snack cabanas, from the elegant Ocean Terrace on the Mansion side to the Shark Bah—a playful nod to Boston accents—on the Villages Villas side.

Groups are generally drawn to the Brewster, Massachusetts, resort from Boston and New York City, says Leon Bolivar, the property’s marketing director, and include attendees from biotech, consumer packaged goods, finance, entertainment, and consulting industries. Unlike most Cape resorts, Ocean Edge is open year-round. “Most groups come during what we consider ‘the second summer,’ or September to November,” Bolivar says. “The weather is still beautiful; it’s a perfect time to go leaf peeping, and the summer crowds have left, so groups can have the property pretty much to themselves.”

Planners can take advantage of 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 4,528-square-foot Mansion Ballroom, the largest on Cape Cod. The property can accommodate both intimate retreats and conferences with up to 400 attendees. Groups typically stay three to five days, Bolivar says, with an afternoon or evening spent off-site on a whale-watching excursion, on a sunset boat tour, or exploring the art galleries and boutiques of Brewster.

Ocean’s Edge has a robust menu of on-site activities, including clambakes on the beach, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding on the bay; sand-sculpting and boat-building workshops; mixology classes; and evenings enjoying s’mores around a fire pit. Some new team-building activities include:

Clam "Chowdah" Cook-Off: A chef demonstrates how to make a traditional chowder before the group pairs off to create their own best version of the New England classic. After a tasting, the chef picks a winner, who is given bragging rights and a credit to spend at their choice of on-property eateries. 

Murder Mystery Dinners: Who can crack the case? Attendees are invited to channel their inner detective. “It’s the board game Clue brought to life,” Bolivar says. “Did Mr. Mustard do it with a candlestick in the library?”

Oyster Bed Tours:  During low tide, groups can go out to the Brewster Flats—one of several sandbar and tide pool areas along the Cape Cod coast—with a guide to learn about aquaculture and the importance the tide plays in the farming of oysters. For example, did you know that a single oyster can filter up to 50 
gallons of water per day?

Rhode Island’s Weekapaug Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property, has opened MeetingHouse, a 1,650-square-foot indoor-outdoor convertible space that overlooks Quonochontaug Pond and can accommodate groups of up to 75.

 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 

 

The Opus Westchester, a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels, made its debut in late spring 2021, offering 10,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Anyone attending a meeting there this summer will want to try this cocktail, a sophisticated warm-weather elixir that’s served exclusively in the Lobby Lounge.