Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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February 2017 31 Courtesy Belle Mer Located on seven acres at the edge of Narragansett Bay, Belle Mer offers a glamorous outdoor experience as well as indoor event space. The elegant Water Salon handles 1,000 guests for receptions or 520 with dinner seating, and two other facilities accommodate 40 to 250 for meetings. The historic Chanler at Cliff Walk, a former mansion, offers a selection of meeting venues for small or mid-sized groups. The ocean-view Cliff Walk Terrace accommodates 120, and the facility's res- taurant seats up to 200 guests. Along with tours and tastings, the Newport Storm Brewery hosts corporate team-building events for up to 80 people. Harbor tours offer a refreshing break or postconference experience. Options include getting an up-close look at busy Newport Harbor aboard a yacht, a schooner, a sailboat, an authentic lobster boat or even a Prohibition-era hooch smuggler. Longer cruises and group charters are also available. Newport Vineyards, which comprises 60 acres, has a restaurant, a cafe, a marketplace and a tasting room. Guests may enjoy tours and live music. A tour of the grand Marble House offers a look at how the wealthy lived in the 19th century. Constructed from 500,000 cubic feet of marble, the mansion includes a Chinese teahouse built on the seaside cliffs. Off-Site Venues Local Fun Hotels include the Newport Marriott, with 319 guest rooms and 16 meeting rooms totaling 24,500 square feet. The largest event facility, a grand ballroom, offers 7,686 square feet of space with a capacity of 1,100. The Hotel Viking has 10 meeting rooms and 14,400 square feet of event space. Two ballrooms cover 5,880 and 4,032 square feet, respec- tively, and a total of 208 guest rooms are available. Along with its 133 sleeping rooms, the Harbor Hotel and Marina Newport offers 6,500 square feet of meeting space. The seven meeting rooms include a ball- room and a smaller room with an adjacent deck. Fort Adams, with its long-standing role as a major fortress, will appeal to any history buff with its guided tours and exhibits. Several indoor spaces are available for groups of 10 to 350 people, with outdoor space that handles up to 600. Visitors will enjoy the Newport Art Museum, which has an attractive collection and can be used for meetings. The museum grounds, its second-floor galleries and the historic Griswold House accommodate groups of from 10 to 350 guests. Along with informative displays, the International Tennis Hall of Fame hosts corporate functions from April through November in two open-air 1,000 square-foot interior spaces. Hotel Options Historic Venues and More

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