It’s not too often that you get an entire mansion at your disposal, but when you book an event at Cairnwood Estate, the whole National Historic Landmark is yours. Built in 1895 by John Pitcairn, this Beaux Arts French chateau was just named one of the top 25 best historic homes in America by Traditional Home magazine. While the event venue, which has been open since 2001, is most often associated with weddings, this Gilded Age landmark isn’t just for brides and grooms. “Cairnwood is ideal for corporate retreats or board meetings where attendees really want or need privacy,” says Shannon Walko, director. “What’s extraordinary is you’re getting a private castle, so you have access to all rooms on the first floor and many upstairs, so you can settle in, feel comfortable and really use the space.”

There are six rooms on the first floor, while the former bedrooms upstairs have been transformed into “classically beautiful” breakout rooms, according to Walko. There is also a 120-foot flagstone terrace that can be tented to accommodate up to 240 people. Since Cairnwood Estate is a house museum, the third floor is home to a gallery detailing life in the late 1800s. The history and education department is a great resource and can supply an added element to any event, “from docents in Victorian costumes to tours of the carriage house, containing restored carriages and a 1928 Packard,” Walko says.

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.