• Venue Spotlight: Battello

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    Jersey City’s Battello knows how to float a planner’s boat.

It’s set right on Newport Marina in Jersey City, but if you think Battello is your typical waterfront restaurant venue, think again (there’s nary a lifesaver in sight). How do you put a fresh spin on nautical décor? If you’re Anthony Carrino, of HGTV fame and the designer behind Battello, you blend it with industrial chic elements (think filament lighting) for a Manhattan-meets-Maritime look. Oh, and speaking of Manhattan, Battello serves up jaw-dropping, reach-out-and-practically- touch views of Wall Street and the Freedom Tower.

Battello opened almost two years ago and has been generating buzz ever since—both for its sensational setting and for chef Ryan DePersio’s Italian-influenced, seafood-driven menu. The main restaurant has an open-air ambiance complete with an all-season patio. The entire restaurant, which accommodates up to 660 for cocktails, can be rented for private events, but if your budget and/or event size precludes that, book the private dining room or the wine cellar. The wine cellar, complete with dazzling wine bottle waterfall, is an intimate setting for a board meeting for up to 16, while the private dining room, with its own bar, tufted leather seating and unique decorative accents, handles 200 for cocktails or 100 seated. Upstairs from the private dining room is a VIP suite with private bathroom that is ideal for executives needing space for breakaway meetings.

With 342 acres, an 18-hole golf course, 150-slip marina and full-service spa, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, had more than enough to keep gorps busy. But the AAA Four Diamond property has just released an updated menu of teambuilding experiences. ““Our dedicated events team takes pride in curating unforgettable and unique group activities that showcase our beautiful location and help to ensure one-of-a-kind meeting experiences right here on the Eastern Shore,” says Cari Ruppert, Director of Sales, Marketing and Events.

 

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.