Lyn Lewis
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Wilmington, DE 19801
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Wilmington Offers Unique Venues for Meetings and Events

Wilmington, DEL (April 28, 2014) ... The Westin Wilmington Hotel is now open for business.  The 37-million dollar, Leed-certified, full-service hotel has 180 rooms and suites, all of which are equipped with 42" flat panel, high definition televisions, oversized work stations and high speed internet access.  The Westin features 5,000 square feet of meeting space including a 2,100 square foot Legal Center.  The hotel is connected to the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington's largest multi-purpose event facility with 87,000 square feet of flexible meeting or exhibition space and plenty of free parking.

DuPont Environmental Education Center is located at the southern end of Wilmington's Riverfront in the 212-acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge.  The contemporary 13,500-square-foot, four-story, glass enclosed facility overlooks the Christina River and offers panoramic views of the city skyline.  It's a great option for groups with up to 80 attendees.

World Cafe Live at the Queen on Market Street in Downtown Wilmington is rapidly becoming a prime choice for corporate meetings.  Housed in a movie theatre that lay vacant for fifty years, the Queen has been restored to its original glory and now functions as a spectacular arena for live entertainment criss-crossing the musical spectrum.  In addition to the main auditorium which accommodates 400, there is a 160-seat restaurant and a private meeting/event room with flexible seating for 100.  State-of-the-art sound and visual systems are additional pluses.

The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa is located on Route 100 about three miles from Downtown Wilmington.   Originally a workers' village for the gunpowder mills which spawned the DuPont Company, it has been converted to a small luxury hotel.  It's perfect for board retreats and meetings with ten to 40 attendees.  Catering is provided by their on-site restaurant, Krazy Kat's.

Hagley Museum & Library is located along the banks of the Brandywine River.  The du Pont family settled here at the beginning of the nineteenth century and began harnessing the river's power to produce high quality gunpowder.  Today, the 235-acre estate has been transformed into a rustic retreat located just minutes from Downtown Wilmington.  The Soda House offers a choice of meeting and event facilities including a 1,485-square foot auditorium and a mix of smaller breakout rooms.

Buena Vista Conference Center is one of the area's newest offerings for meetings and events.  Until recently, this stately Greek Revival Mansion, built in the mid-nineteenth century on what is now Route 13 in New Castle, was reserved for government functions.  Buena Vista is now available to the public and can accommodate groups ranging from eight to 250.  Buena Vista offers a variety of meeting room choices, modern communication capabilities, quality food service and is furnished with antique furniture and fine artwork created by Delawareans.  The beautiful grounds surrounding the mansion may also be utilized for events.

Deerfield is located on Thompson Station Road just minutes from Downtown Newark and the University of Delaware.  The glass-sided conference center has 5,800 square feet of meeting space and offers breathtaking views of the championship golf course with its rolling wooded grounds.  Once an exclusive country club reserved for MBNA employees, Deerfield is now owned by the State of Delaware, operated by Forewinds Hospitality and open to the public.  An on-site restaurant provides excellent cuisine.

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, chartered by the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive and the Mayor of Wilmington. Its mission is to serve as the community's customer-focused destination marketing organization, generating economic growth through leisure travel and meetings development by aggressively marketing attractions, facilities, amenities and services for visitors.