Greater Wilmington Offers Clever Alternatives for Smaller Meetings

Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley is a region geographically close to Philadelphia, but one that’s a world apart in terms of what it offers meeting planners. For smaller meetings – gatherings of 500 or fewer delegates – there’s no better location in the Mid-Atlantic; hotels and other venues deliver one-of-a-kind experiences and expert guest service, and the fact that Delaware is tax-free, on almost everything that matters to you, offers a unique appeal. 

Location, Location, Location

Located right in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, Wilmington is less than a two-hour drive from Atlantic City, Baltimore, Harrisburg, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, making it a great central meeting point for organizations and companies with participants up and down the East Coast. Situated right along Interstate 95, it’s just a 30-minute drive south from the Philadelphia International Airport. 

Perhaps even more appealing is the fact that more than 80 trains stop at the railroad station in downtown Wilmington each day, giving meeting attendees the option to catch up on some work while in transit.  

In short, Wilmington is just as close as some of the Philadelphia suburbs, but often easier to get to ... and much more affordable with Delaware's tax-free environment, including meeting room rentals, food & beverage, A/V rental , shopping and entertainment.

Inspiring Venues

Greater Wilmington’s signature blend of history, culture and gardens provides an amazing array of unique venues with state-of-the-art meeting facilities and world-class attractions that are ideal for your small- to mid-sized events.

For larger gatherings the 90,000 square foot Chase Center and attached Westin hotel in Wilmington’s exciting riverfront district or the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall in the inspiring college town of Newark provide both space and location. For more intimate spaces select from a number of historic du Pont family locations or hold memorable after-hours events at venues such as the Delaware Art Museum, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Hagley Museum and Library, the Queen Wilmington, or the Grand Opera House.