Natural splendor, a rich history and all the manmade amenities that are necessary for a successful meeting await groups of all sizes in West Virginia.
In addition to meetings-friendly facilities, great dining, ample attractions, teambuilding activities and friendly CVBs where the representatives are standing by to assist in executing memorable events, the Mountain State is also home to many off-site venues for programming away from the host hotel or resort.
Following are five fabulous off-sites scattered throughout West Virginia, including artistic spaces, a gorgeous forest setting and a venue that’s guaranteed to add a “dash of flavor” to the meeting.
J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, situated in a farm setting four miles from downtown Charleston, uses all-natural and eco-conscious concepts to produce hand-harvested small-batch salt and other specialty products.
According to Nancy Bruns, co-founder/CEO, in addition to tours highlighting the salt-making process, the facility offers indoor and outdoor space for meal functions and receptions for groups ranging from 10 people to as large as 250 people.
“Our main building is wood framed and has lots of character with beams and thick wood paneling,” she said. “Outside, in the garden, we can accommodate up to 250 for a meal or reception. This can be tented or not.”
She added there is also a wood-framed, metal-roofed, open-sided building that seats up to 200 people, as well as a full catering kitchen that’s available for food service.
“We can coordinate menus for any type of function, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and coffee service,” Bruns said. “We also have a liquor license and can provide a full bar.”
Planners might encourage groups gathering here to bring a few bucks in case they’d like to browse the on-site shop for take-home gifts, including J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works products and various other Appalachian-made crafts and food items.
Located in Greenbrier County is a venue named for philanthropic steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, and one of only four Carnegie halls in the world that still operate as performance venues.
Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg was built in 1902 and today accommodates receptions, classes, workshops and meetings of all kinds, according to the venue’s marketing director, Ali Johnston.
The venue’s centerpiece is the Hamilton Auditorium, which stages a full calendar of performances, including music acts and magic shows, as well as keynote and other meeting presentations.
“It is accommodating yet intimate and has incredible acoustics,” Johnston said.
Beyond the auditorium, Carnegie Hall also offers a light-filled boardroom, three classroom settings that also have plenty of natural light and several studios.
“The fully equipped pottery studio is a private space with its own entrance that contains all the essentials for wheel throwing and hand-building: work stations, pottery wheels, shelving and a kiln room,” Johnston said.
There is also a mezzanine, a green room and the Ivy Terrace, which is an outdoor space well suited for various group gatherings and performances in seasonable weather.
“We are also happy to offer tours of our historic building upon request," Johnston noted.