Memphis — home of the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll — has long been legendary among leisure travelers. But the $200M modernization of the city’s Renasant Convention Center creates a state-of-the-art facility in a boutique, affordable destination. Meeting and event planners, take note:
Plan with Confidence
Find the perfect venue with outdoor space and a flexible back up plan as we adapt to the new normal
Many things have changed over the past year—and that includes how meeting planners select event spaces. Suddenly, having a great outdoor option has skyrocketed up the list from nice to have to absolutely necessary. And while having a purely outdoor location may not always feel as non-negotiable as it is right now, it can’t hurt to plan accordingly. Fortunately, Baltimore is loaded with event spaces that offer beautiful waterfront patios, charming courtyards and more—in addition to stellar indoor rooms if the circumstances (or weather forecasts) shift.
American Visionary Art Museum
As a museum devoted to showcasing the works of exclusively self-taught artists, AVAM is a special setting for any event. The building itself is a work of art, covered in mirrored mosaics and surrounded by neon art and a Cosmic Galaxy egg. The museum boasts a few options for outdoor events, including the Wildflower Garden, where lush blooms, aromatics and vines join artwork in a creative setting.
Gunther & Co.
In Baltimore’s Brewers Hill, this restaurant offers one of the larger outdoor patios in the area—and it’s a lovely one, too. The showpiece: a duo of “living walls,” or vertical gardens where pollinators and culinary herbs grow.
An across-the-street extension of Atlas Group’s Ouzo Bay, this 125-seat space overlooks the Inner Harbor and is meant as a nod to a Mediterranean villa courtyard, complete with a wooden trellis and lush greenery.
Set in the original mill village near Hampden, this venue is the area’s only surviving carriage house from the pre-Civil War era. In later years, the property was an airplane factory and inventor’s studio. Now, it’s been carefully renovated as an event space, and in addition to indoor spaces, offers a two-tiered garden setting under a canopy of old oaks and maples for as many as 145 guests.
Museum of Industry
Located in a five-acre former oyster cannery that faces the Inner Harbor, this museum features an outdoor pavilion that can accommodate a large group for seated or cocktail reception, and can expand onto the adjoining waterfront point. Worried about weather? The pavilion has clear sides that can be lowered if needed.
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
This waterfront whiskey distillery—owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank—offers two indoor tasting rooms and a sprawling outdoor tasting patio that overlooks the water. With plenty of outdoor space and several options for private indoor events, this distillery is a modern event setting that’s perfect for whiskey lovers—and everyone else, too.
The Pendry is a true stunner of a hotel—and the outdoor spaces are just as special as the indoor. Take the Pool Deck: With sweeping views from its setting above the harbor, the deck offers five private cabanas and a chic setting. Looking for something more versatile? The semi-enclosed 4000-square-foot courtyard is done in a modern industrial style, with a showpiece Botero horse sculpture, fireplaces, lounge seating, and dramatic lighting. Also visit Fells Point for taverns, live music, and Chesapeake Bay seafood.
Brand new to the Baltimore hotel scene, this 156-room Canopy by Hilton is centrally located between Harbor East and Fell’s Point, and offers up a ninth-floor terrace and plenty of outdoor dining space at Cindy Lou’s Fish House, its hot waterfront restaurant from local powerhouse duo Foreman Wolf.