Samantha Whitehorne is editorial director of Associations Now in Washington, DC.
The First State's largest city offers a prime location, revitalized waterfront, and plenty of noteworthy venues to host an upcoming meeting or event.
Wilmington, Delaware, is easily accessible and features unique spaces to host your association's next meeting.
Wilmington Fast Facts
Recent and Future Association Meetings: 2013 Delaware Trust Conference, Jewish Historical Society of Delaware Annual Meeting, 2013 Spring Conference of the Association for Continuing Higher Education, Inc.
Hotel Rooms: 5,000 in New Castle County
Distance From Airport to Downtown: 20 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport
What Else?: Delaware is one of five states that have tax-free shopping, which means attendees can save on store purchases, dining, and entertainment.
Central location. Located along I-95, Greater Wilmington is within a three-hour drive of more than one-third of the nation's population, and the train station receives 80-plus Amtrak trains daily. If attendees are flying, it's only a 20-minute drive from Philadelphia International Airport, which offers access to 29 airlines and more than 1,300 daily flights.
Revitalized waterfront. Riverfront Wilmington offers restaurants and live entertainment, plus arts and cultural attractions. Attendees can check out the Delaware Children's Museum, Iron Hill Brewery, and minor league Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball—all within walking distance of many hotels and meeting spaces.
Venues of all shapes and sizes. Looking to give attendees a cultured experience? Try the Delaware Art Museum, which offers many event spaces, including a grand entrance hall, a contemporary reception space, and an outdoor patio and sprawling sculpture garden. The Blue Ball Barn, the centerpiece of the new Alapocas Run State Park, was recently renovated and offers a multifunctional conference and gallery space that features meeting rooms, a large banquet room, and a secluded courtyard for intimate gatherings.
Samantha Whitehorne is deputy editor at Associations Now in Washington, DC. Email: [email protected]