Join Us For a “Meetingful” Experience
Westchester County has it all, anything a meeting or event planner might seek — venue options to fit every size group, comfortable and affordable accommodations, great choices for dining and activities, a thriving nightlife, and a “convenient-from-anywhere” location. So, naturally, we’re the smart choice for your next conference, workshop, retreat or corporate event.
10 Reasons to Say “Meet Me in Westchester”
1) Location. Location. Location.
Surrounded by the beauty of the Hudson River and Long Island Sound — and bordering New York City — Westchester County offers the best of both worlds: the serenity of the Hudson Valley with easy access to the excitement of the Big Apple. In fact, Fodor’s — the largest international travel publication — named the Hudson Valley Region to its “Go List” of the top 25 places to visit in 2015.
2) It’s Easy to Get Here By Air.
Westchester County Airport (HPN) is located just six miles from the White Plains central business district and offers 50+ flights a day from six airlines. Plus three major airports serve the region — LaGuardia (LGA), JFK International (JFK) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) — and host a combined total of 194 airlines.
3) It’s Easy to Get Here By Rail.
The Metro-North Railroad, with service from New York City’s Grand Central Station, has three lines along the Hudson, through White Plains, and adjoining Long Island Sound, with 43 stations. And Amtrak adds another rail option, with stops in New Rochelle, Yonkers and Croton-Harmon.
4) It’s Easy to Get Around Once You’re Here.
Westchester County’s bus system, the Bee-Line, serves over 30 million passengers annually and uses the MetroCard, the same payment system as public transportation in New York City. Arriving by car? Countless major highways criss-cross the County for quick access to all destinations.
5) Topnotch Meeting Facilities Await.
Choose from over 35 venues with a combined 300,000 square feet of meeting space for your event. The many major corporations headquartered here demand smart meeting spaces and effective support services to address every business need — so our venues come prepared for any situation.
6) Select From an Array of Hotel Packages.
Many of our group-friendly hotels offer special room rates, breakfast, welcome receptions, free and ample bus parking, luggage storage, complimentary rooms for drivers and early/late check in. More than 35 full-service and specialty hotels have a combined total of 6,500+ rooms that are ready to meet your customized needs.
7) Savor A Sumptuous Culinary Scene.
The Westchester restaurant scene gets rave reviews for its elegant waterfront establishments, sophisticated downtown dining spots, upscale international eateries and boffo burger joints. Many of the County’s award-winning eateries are also located near exceptional accommodations and popular attractions, making it convenient to sample their fab fare.
8) Choose From a Multitude of Experiences.
Check out the different itineraries we’ve put together to help you get the most out of your stay, including Jazz and Soul Live Music, Tasting Tour & Picnic, Everything Old is New Again (antiquing), and Famous Families. For more, see www.VisitWestchesterNY.com/plan-your-trip/itineraries.
9) There’s Something for Everyone All Across the County.
Wherever you stay, there’s plenty to see and do nearby. From outdoor experiences in Northern Westchester to upscale shopping in downtown White Plains, from harness racing in Yonkers to a hot dining scene in Port Chester, from scenic Hudson River towns to Playland’s 1920s “Dragon” roller coaster, the choices are endless.
10) Unique Options to Build Team Spirit.
Quality time — it’s important for any team that wants to improve its effectiveness. Westchester offers countless creative ways to promote team-building cooperation and communication. Your group can herd sheep at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, hit the track for go-kart races at Grand Prix New York, or or feel the rush of indoor-skydiving at the new iFLY location in Yonkers.
Your Choice for Corporate Meetings
It’s time to plan your next sales meeting, leadership retreat, staff training, partner trade show, or employee awards dinner.
The Hilton Westchester has all of the amenities for a first-class meeting experience with 32,000 square feet of conference, training and banquet facilities that include two full-size ballrooms. All of your guests will have access to high-speed Internet, including dedicated T-1 lines.
If a large audio-visual presentation is on the agenda, you could be looking for an auditorium-style venue that seats more than 1,500 — Port Chester’s historic Capitol Theatre.
Need a more intimate, relaxing option? How about a waterside mansion modeled on a 17th-century chateau — the holistic-focused Wainwright House.
Or a gorgeous historic estate surrounded by gardens and wooded trails — the 90-acre Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah.
Looking for a get-away-from-it-all site that’s strictly dedicated to your conference needs? Westchester is home to three venues accredited by the IACC — International Association of Conference Centres.
This coveted designation means the sites have met strict quality standards for meeting room design, technology, food and beverage services, sustainability and more. And that gives planners high confidence when booking their next meeting!
IBM Learning Center
Offering nearly 15,000 square feet of meeting space, this state-of-the-art center lets your group get down to business in style. Amenities include a high-tech auditorium, 182 guest rooms, and an on-site restaurant and lounge.
Edith May Conference Center
Set on 405 serene mountainside acres, this beautiful facility has all the bells and whistles — climate control in each conference room, ergonomic chairs, built-in sound systems and retractable screens, plus 52 guest rooms.
Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson
This venue, sitting atop a landscaped hill, has the feel of a classic Hudson River mansion — but with all the modern meeting amenities, including 30,000 square feet and more than 220 rooms for your team.
Few spots have our wide array of transportation options:
The County is at the nexus of major highways that include I-95, connecting NY to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Boston; the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) linking the Hudson’s Tappan Zee Bridge with the County Seat of White Plains and the east County, and countless north-south thoroughfares that make getting around by car, limo, bus and taxi a breeze.
Three Metro-North Railroad routes with 43 stops bring passengers from New York City’s Grand Central Station to the County — one along the Hudson, one through White Plains, and one along the Long Island Sound shoreline. The trip takes just over 30 minutes, on average. Plus, Amtrak stops along the Hudson and at New Rochelle to the east.
Over 1.9 million passengers use the Westchester County Airport each year. Connecting with destinations like Boston, Chicago and Atlanta, the airport is a short drive to accommodations and meeting venues. For top executives, it’s one of the nation’s busiest hubs for private planes and jets. And all three major NY-area airports — LaGuardia (LGA), JFK and Newark (EWR) — are within an hour’s drive from Westchester.
We’re Rich With Choices
Once the meetings, presentations and workshops are done, there is so much to do that you’ll have trouble deciding how to spend your leisure time:
For the History Buff
Westchester is home to countless sites of interest. You can tour estates associated with famous names like industrialist John D. Rockefeller or author Washington Irving. Fascinated by the Revolutionary War? Washington ate here, slept here and planned campaigns against the British here. Plus, we were home to Founding Fathers John Jay and Thomas Paine and boast numerous historic homes, churches and museums.
For the Foodie
Westchester has one of the hottest culinary scenes around. Just about every town has a cluster of creative and award-winning restaurants, many of which draw on local resources to give you true farm-to-table freshness. You’ll find water-view dining options on both the Hudson and Long Island Sound. And did we mention wine, beer and spirits? Locally brewed ales abound and there’s a Wine and Food fest every June, featuring experts and tastings.
For the Outdoor Enthusiast
Take your group on an invigorating excursion along the County’s scenic trails. Check out the Croton-on Hudson and Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow sections of Hudson RiverWalk, which include interpretive signs on local ecology, culture and history. Gotham Bicycle Tours can arrange a guided ride along the historic Old Croton Aqueduct, including the bike rentals. For a complete Hike and Bike map and brochure, go to VisitWestchesterNY.com.
For the Shopper
An afternoon of retail therapy will reinvigorate your group and provide some tangible take-aways from your Westchester visit. This is the place to find unique boutiques along friendly main streets in towns like Mount Kisco, Tarrytown and Larchmont, plus posh retailers like Neiman Marcus and Gucci in high-end malls.
For the Culture Maven Westchester has it all — galleries and museums and, on the performing arts side, a quality symphony orchestra and venues that host everything from top rock groups to improv, dance to classical quartets, film to Broadway musicals.