Situated in New York’s Hudson Valley, a 24-mile trip from Midtown Manhattan, Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center in Tarrytown, New York, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014 with special meeting packages and menus featuring food and cocktails from the 1960s.
The 26-acre property opened as the nation’s first commercial conference center in 1964. The estate has a rich history dating from 1840 when it was home to wealthy tobacco and railroad families. Philanthropist Mary Duke Biddle owned the property until her death in 1960 when her children sold it to the Republic of Mali to use as a diplomatic retreat. Journalist Robert Schwartz acquired it in 1964 with
the goal of turning it into a business meeting facility.
The estate has 30,000 square feet of meeting space in 30 rooms. The Tarrytown Room holds up to 110 classroom-style and 165 theater-style. The 5,500-sq.-ft. Mary Duke Room can hold up to 350, and King House Mansion is set up for smaller executive retreats with up to 20 attendees. A conference concierge and a 24-hour technology resource center are available, as are audiovisual and catering services. Corporate retreat packages can also be arranged, including lunch, and activities like volleyball, tennis, croquet, bocce ball and badminton.
The hotel has 212 guest rooms, and the more private King House Mansion has 10 rooms, each designed in a different 1800s style.
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