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. 

“The beautiful and complex notes of grapefruit and blood orange pair nicely with notes of dried fruits and spicy oak from the tequila,” says Bajha Delfico, mixologist and food and beverage outlets manager at The Opus. “The addition of lime juice adds a deeper layer of freshness and acidity to complement the tequila. The Tajín Clásico rim takes it even a step further, creating a savory quality for a smooth, all-day drinking cocktail.”

» 1.5 ounces Casamigos Reposado tequila
» 0.5 ounce lime juice
» 1 ounce blood orange juice
» 2 ounces grapefruit juice
» Blood orange soda to top

Put all ingredients into shaker, add ice to fill shaker three-quarters full, cover, and shake for 10 seconds. Coat the top of a tumbler with Tajín Clásico seasoning, and fill glass with ice. Strain contents of shaker into glass. Top with blood orange soda.

» 1 blood orange wheel to garnish in drink
» 1 candied blood orange wheel to garnish on rim of glass 
   (cut wheel, coat both sides with sugar, and torch to candy)

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.