by Agatha Gilmore | March 01, 2014
The following North American facilities offer unique environments to help spur successful agendas.

  • 20 F Street
    20 F Street NW Conference Center ( From its perch on Capitol Hill, a short walk from the Union Station Metro, the 20 F Street NW Conference Center offers stunning views of the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome from its expansive rooftop terrace. On-site features include more than 11,600 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, with the largest meeting room and the terrace each being able to host up to 250 for a reception. The center is one of more than 70 International Association of Conference Centers facilities that also are members of Unique Venues (, a marketing organization for distinctive event spots.
  • tarrytown house
    Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center ( A charming 19th-century manor on 26 acres in the Hudson River Valley, the Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center has 212 guest rooms, including 10 period bedrooms in the historic King Mansion, along with 34,000 square feet of event space and 28 meeting rooms. Just 25 miles from Midtown Manhattan, the stately complex is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a conference facility, even as Tarrytown basks in the glow of being named one of the top 10 “Prettiest Towns in America” by Forbes.
  • Culinary Conference Center
    Culinary Conference Center ( Part of Hudson County Community College, the Culinary Conference Center is home to both the Center for Business and Industry and the Culinary Arts Institute. Planners can access any of 12 meeting rooms that can host groups as small as 10 and as large as 400. The facility includes eight on-site professional kitchens, which were most recently used for taping the Food Network’s cooking competition show Chopped. The center also was featured on TLC’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker.
  • Jay Peak
    Hotel Jay & Conference Center ( Part of the cozy Jay Peak Resort, the Hotel Jay & Conference Center offers not only fresh Vermont mountain air, breathtaking views, ski-in/ski-out access and an indoor ice-skating rink, but also year-round summer fun in the form of its 60,000-square-foot indoor water park, the Pump House. The conference center can host groups of up to 400 with its 36,000 square feet of meeting space and five on-site restaurants. The hotel offers a total of 662 rooms, with 176 suites (all with free in-room Wi-Fi) attached to the conference center.
  • UCLA Lake Arrowhead
    UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center ( Nestled within 42 acres of mountain forest on the north shore of Lake Arrowhead, just 90 miles east of Los Angeles, the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center began its existence as the North Shore Tavern in the 1920s. Today, the center’s magnificent natural surroundings provide groups of up to 200 with a welcoming environment in which to learn, as well as a variety of outdoor activities such as softball, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and zip-lining. Inside, approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting space is divided among 14 meeting rooms, all with complimentary Wi-Fi and many sporting fireplaces.
  • Billy Graham
    Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove ( True to its namesake, the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove offers a serene environment for spiritual and inspirational meetings and conferences, set amid the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With more than 75,000 square feet of conference space and 16 meeting rooms, including a 460-seat auditorium, the center is ideal for board meetings and staff retreats for up to 450 attendees. Two on-site inns have a combined 126 guest rooms plus six suites. The property also is a member of Unique Venues.
  • Banff Centre
    The Banff Centre ( In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the Banff Centre is a 43-acre mecca for artists, leaders and researchers, and an official government-designated Specialized Arts and Culture Institution. It can host groups of from five to 1,000 people across 60 meeting spaces, all of which offer spectacular mountain views. The center, a member of Unique Venues, also has 400 guest rooms in two adjacent hotels, one of which is a pine lodge.