It’s no secret that events held in a special setting are more likely to be memorable. Waterloo Village provides event planners with extraordinary scenery—and more; the history of Waterloo Village dates back to Colonial times. Located on the Musconetcong River in Allamuchy Mountain State Park, this 18th-century town boasts a working mill, general store, blacksmith shop, an active church and numerous historic houses. Attendees are able to enjoy the town’s gazebo, a newly renovated meeting space that can accommodate 250 guests (200 with dancing), an outdoor stone fireplace and woodburning brick pizza oven. Jeffrey A. Miller Catering (JAM) offers exclusive catering to events held in Waterloo Village and can provide a completely customized menu and experience (including all-organic, vegan, vegetarian or conventional menus). JAM also grows all-organic herbs and vegetables on-site, and has a fruit orchard, as well. “The site is simply perfect as an events venue,” says Robyn Bell, JAM site manager. “Not only is it in a beautiful natural setting, but it also has a very rich history and so much personality.”
Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.