Small Market Meetings

DEC 2016

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P e p p e r m i l l R e s o r t H o t e l R e n o , N e v a d a S i l v e r l a n d I n n a n d S u i t e s V i r g i n i a C i t y , N e v a d a December 2016 39 By Rachel Carter Courtesy Peppermill Resort Hotel Reno's Peppermill Resort Hotel offers more than 106,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. W hether p o s h havens or rustic retreats, resorts were origi- nally somewhere people went on vacation — but they are increas- ingly places where planners can do business. Resorts allow meeting planners to put their attend- ees in a place that caters to both business and pleasure, which often helps attract more delegates. Nevada offers a host of resorts from the ultra-luxurious to the old-timey, from the mountainsides of Lake Tahoe to the plateaus of the Mojave Desert. Peppermill Resort Hotel Reno, Nevada The Peppermill in Reno, Nevada, is the epitome of a AAA Four-Diamond resort with sparkling chandeliers, gleaming marble and a glimmering pool. Everything about the Peppermill is high end, including the tech- nology available for meetings and conferences that gather in the hotel's function space. "We're kind of the property with digital on steroids," said Pat Flynn, executive director of hotel operations and sales. The Peppermill Reno partnered with Event2Mobile to create a Peppermill-branded mobile app platform that planners can customize for their events, including agendas, schedules, speaker bios and more, he said. Planners also receive a passcode on the room reserva- tion side so they can log in and look at their registra- tion rates 24 hours a day. The Peppermill is also "very techy" when it comes to presentation capabilities with digital reader-boards and 14-by-12-foot LCD displays for welcome messages and sponsor videos. The property has 1,623 rooms and 106,000 square feet of flexible event space, including three ballrooms and several other meeting spaces, that's configurable for a wide range of event types and group sizes. The 62,000-square-foot Tuscany Ballroom is a clear-span space that can accommodate trade shows and banquets for up to 3,400 guests. The 12,000-square-foot Naples Ballroom can be configured into eight rooms, and the Capri Ballroom can be split into four separate spaces. Planners can arrange a poolside reception or a high- end private dining experience at White Orchid. When the business day is done, attendees can delve into the resort's abundant nightlife, which includes happy hour drinks at the Fireside Lounge, nightly live enter- tainment at the Terrace Lounge and dancing at the Edge nightclub. Silverland Inn and Suites Virginia City, Nevada The mining frenzy of the middle to late 1800s turned Virginia City into one of the most important industrial cities — and one of the largest — in the west- ern United States. Today, Comstock Mining still works the silver-rich Comstock Load District in and around the town. Everything in Virginia City has the ambiance of the Old West, and visitors will feel like they're stepping into a town from the 1870s, a feeling the owners of the Silverland Inn and Suites maintained at the hotel, gen- eral manager Robert Steiner said. The exterior is designed to look like a rustic barn. Inside, the 66 guest rooms and suites are decorated with Western Victorian flair. Groups can gather in the hotel's 1,300-square-foot ballroom that connects to another 770-square-foot foyer area. An outdoor patio overlooks the Comstock Park Arena, and an outdoor picnic space is adjacent to the indoor pool, both available for receptions or luncheons. While outside, guests may spot a band of wild horses, with anywhere from three to 30 horses, that Nevada's Meeting Resorts

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