Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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October 2016 23 Courtesy KRR Photography The 436-room Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center has 13 meeting rooms with 50,000 square feet of space. A large ball- room can accommodate up to 3,000. The property operates as a public-private partnership. The conference center at the Universities at Shady Grove can accom- modate up to 500 guests. Including its complex of academic buildings, the campus has more than 300,000 square feet of meeting space avail- able. Much of it is classroom space, but there is also an 8,700-square- foot ballroom, a 305-seat auditorium and breakout rooms. The National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase has 40,000 square feet of meeting space in up to 41 rooms, as well as hotel accom- modations. Located on 80 acres, the Bolger Center Hotel in Potomac offers 432 guest rooms and 75 meeting rooms that encompass 70,000 square feet. Facilities include two ballrooms of 7,130 and 3,040 square feet respectively, a 2,150-square-foot terrace and a 1,500-square-foot executive conference room. The 407-room Bethesda Marriott offers 27 meeting rooms with 18,500 square feet of space. The 315-room Hilton Rockville Hotel and Executive Meeting Center has 20,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space. In addition to its grand ballroom, the meeting center has 14 partition-free conference rooms. Smokey Glen Farm, on 30 acres near Gaithersburg, handles groups from 50 to 6,000. A dining pavilion and options for covered and open seating are available. Guests have access to softball fields, vol- leyball courts, a miniature golf course and a hiking and mountain bike trail. The expansive High Point Farm, just north of Germantown, accom- modates from 10 to 10,000 guests and features six event sites of five to eight acres each. Guests enjoy pavilions, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and basketball courts. Corporate groups can book athletic pack- ages and a designated recreational team-building area. Along with hosting concerts, the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda handles conferences and corporate events. The center has concert seating for up to 1,976; an attractive lobby with a six-story glass wall has banquet seating for 250 or reception space for 300. Other event space includes a lounge with seating for 92, a terrace and a 2,300-square-foot rehearsal room. A turn-of-the-century Georgian mansion that can accommodate 120 to 200 is also available. The Pearlstone Center, on 160 acres in Reisterstown, offers 10,000 square feet of meeting space in 10 conference rooms. The retreat-style setting accommodates groups of up to 300. Major Event Space Hotel Options Country-Style Options Change-of-Pace Venues Strathmore Music Center is one of Montgomery County's most elegant venues. Visitors enjoy an open house at Denizens Brewing Co.

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