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Jill Stone

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The Great Outdoors

in: Event Planning Advice Site Selection


As we move into warmer weather, and open up to live meetings, the great outdoors is looking like a great way to meet. Offer a breath of fresh air to your participants with these ideas:

  • First and foremost, be sure to contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau of the area(s) you wish to consider for your event. They will have the latest information on area health guidelines.
  • Many hotels have outdoor spaces available; be sure to check with them to find out the number of guests that can be accommodated in their spaces because social distancing is still a thing.
  • Resorts are great bet as they tend to have more outdoor areas, and also offer activities like golf and water sports.
  • Break up your big event into smaller similar events; plan once, then mimic that plan in order to accommodate all attendees over a specific period of time.
  • Many restaurants have expanded into their outdoor areas and are ready to impress. Again, check with the local CVB for more info.
  • Bring on the food trucks! Hold an outdoor event at a local park and invite food and bar trucks to serve your guests. Check with parks ahead of time for information and permit requirements.
  • Peerspace is a great resource for finding interesting event spaces. Included on the site is a filter that will show outdoor spaces only, and in over 30 locations.
  • Drive-ins are making a comeback; some have been refurbished as event and concert venues. Check out this drive-in in Louis. West Wind has several locations in California, Nevada and Arizona.
  • Las Vegas is primed and ready for outdoor events with such offerings as the 1.5 acres of space at Industrial Event Space and the reimagined outdoor space at Area15.
  • Think outside the ballroom and check into zoos, botanical gardens, plazas, camps, amphitheaters, boats, etc. Many are set up and ready to plan an event for you. Here is a page with some amazing ideas!

Let me help! I am ready to research for you and find a safe, entertaining and memorable space for you and your guests. Let’s go outside!



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