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.

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.

 

New York City offers meeting attendees thrills aplenty. Now there’s one more: a new “skyscraping” experience.

 

Rising 1,131 feet in the air and extending out 65 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, the glass-floored Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere offering unparalleled 360-degree views of New York City's skyline. To make those views even more exhilarating, City Climb, the ultimate skyscraping adventure, challenges climbers to scale the outside of the building, and then lean out from the outdoor platfrom.

 

 

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!