Top Seven Cities for Last-Minute Summer Meetings


Aspen, Colo. If your group includes hikers rather than skiers, here’s one of the finest summer options with affordable rates to boot. Top picks include The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Limelight, Hotel Jerome and Sky Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel. Aspen Meadows Resort offers an array of cultural programs and meeting space that may fit your group’s profile. Book your group at the music venue Belly Up for events that rock.

Santa Monica, Calif. Easy access from and to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is only one of the winning aspects of this alluring beachfront city in Southern California. Beyond the obvious beach amenities, fine F&B abound in and around topflight hotels such as Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Sheraton Delfina, Shore Hotel, Shutters on the Beach and Viceroy Santa Monica.

Quebec City. Gorgeous yet chilly in winter, Quebec City summers hum with outdoor festivals, options to get out on the water and history walks within this well-preserved and progressive city. A fine convention center is adjacent to business-friendly Hilton Quebec and Delta Quebec. Old Town favorites, the grand dame Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and stellar boutique Auberge Saint Antoine, are hard to match.

Dearborn, Mich. Home to Henry Ford, now remembered through event-friendly The Henry Ford Museum, makes a convenient and affordable Midwest meeting option. Greenfield Village is another nearby attraction not to be missed. Accommodations with style include The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel; The Henry, Autograph Collection; and some opt for the popular Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel in Romulus with its own security entrance to airport terminals.

Annapolis, Md. Take your group to this charming coastal town with upscale amenities, seafood delicacies, historic district tours and convenient access from major East Coast metro areas. Classic business class hotels include Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, Loews Annapolis Hotel and The Westin Annapolis.

Madison, Wis. College town and government offices combine here for a cultural melting pot in this midsize destination on a sliver of land between two lakes. Meeting-bound groups will find ample venues and team-building options. Try the stylish Hotel Red, downtown conference-oriented Hilton Madison Monona Terrace or the traditional Madison Concourse Hotel.

Portland, Ore. With a relatively recent cliché of being a hipster’s haven, its features close-knit downtown area, includes attractive museums with prime event space (Portland Art Museum) and a hopping cafe and nightclub culture, replete with amenities attractive to attendees looking for local flavor. The hostelry options run a full range with classic luxury at The Benson and Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, distinctive addresses such as The Heathman and The Nines, and strong contenders that include Hotel Monaco Portland, RiverWalk Hotel and The Westin Portland.

–Josef Aukee