• CVBs disclose hidden gems in their area
• Off the beated path adds adventure for attendees
• Old and new venues create unique experiences
Planners want to give attendees the best in every aspect of their event, but sometimes finding a new spark for attendees can be a hard to find. Luckily, area CVBs can help planners find the perfect locations for their groups and point you in the direction of unique venues and one-of-a-kind experiences. These hidden gems could be just the experience to add extra excitement to your next event.
Fox Cities CVB, WI:
The Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass is located in a historic paper-baron mansion on the beautiful shores of Lake Winnebago in Neenah, WI. The museum is home to one of the largest glass paperweight collections in the world and also features permanent and traveling exhibits. Admission is always free and docent-guided tours are available with two-week advance notice. The museum also offers classes and their Museum Gift Shop has unique gifts to fit every budget.
Sioux Falls CVB, SD:
The Washington Pavilion was the city’s first high school and is now one of the only facilities in the world to bring under one roof performing arts, visual arts, interactive science, and educational opportunities. There is something for everyone to enjoy including the three-story Kirby Science Center, Wells Fargo CineDome, six-gallery Visual Arts Center, and a 1,500-seat theatre which attracts national entertainment. There are multiple options for unique spaces to use for different functions as well.
Dickinson CVB, ND:
Fluffy Fields Winery & Vineyard, opened in the summer of 2016 and is a family owned and operated farm winery featuring grapes and fruit grown in their own vineyards, orchards, and gardens, along with locally grown produce. Fluffy Fields offers a down to earth relaxing experience. The tasting room features daily wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle, and locally brewed beer by the glass, along with a small tasting room menu. Enjoy a glass of wine with friends on the outdoor patio or a beautiful ND sunset by a nice fire. Guided tours are offered of their vineyard and garden areas.
VISIT Lake Geneva, WI:
Sometimes you can’t choose just one.
Maxwell Mansion 1856 is a must experience. Built in 1856, it features the Apothecary bar, Terrace Lounge, and the subterranean Speakeasy that is open for special occasions, needing a password to enter.
Mars Resort, a restaurant on the shores of Lake Como is a supper club open since the 1920’s. With outdoor dining, giving a great view of the lake, piano bar, and great food, this location is a summer delight.
Mansfield & Richland County CVB, OH:
The Ohio State Reformatory, the filming site of The Shawshank Redemption, offers a creative, non-traditional meeting spot in their Central Guard Room. It makes an amazing backdrop for any event.
For a different perspective, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course utilizes their meeting room in the tower overlooking the track. Attendees have the option to spend the afternoon participating in a driving school or taking rides around the track.
Fargo-Moorhead CVB, ND:
Old is now new at Sanctuary Event Center which recently opened in the remodeled St. Marks church, built in 1912. Meetings, weddings, and concerts have a superb setting in the Great Hall and Balcony. The renovated 5,100+ sq. ft. in the Lower Chamber offers a full kitchen and additional space for guests to dine after events in the Sanctuary.
Everyone wants to see or experience something others have not. Enter: Wicked Rabbit. Make your way into Looking Glass Cigars & Spirits, tucked away from foot traffic in downtown Omaha, and keep Alice In Wonderland in mind. One step through the secret door into Wicked Rabbit and you are part of an exclusive club. The Rabbit is an intimate under-the-radar speakeasy where Prohibition Era-style craft cocktails are imbibed against a backdrop of decadent decor and quirky touches. Shhh - let’s keep it our little secret.
Well, the cat is out of the bag on these unique locations, but remember to ask for ‘hidden gems’ when working with your next CVB, you never know where the adventure may lead.
Thank you to the CVBs who participated. If you have a local ‘Hidden Gem,’ please let Midwest Meetings® know by contacting