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Case in point: The Warehouse Hotel at The Nook in Manheim, PA.


Built inside a former warehouse that was transformed into the largest indoor sports complex in North America, The Warehouse Hotel looks exactly like a warehouse from the outside, but what’s on the inside makes it truly one-of-a-kind.


A recent guest described The Warehouse Hotel as follows, “Do not judge a book by its cover! Outside looks like a warehouse, but the inside looks like a five-star resort.”


According to Danielle Work, sales manager for The Warehouse Hotel at The Nook, many guests are blown away the first time they enter the hotel. “Exposed steel beams, ducting, pallet walls, light fixtures, and furniture all have an industrial feel. Many of these things were repurposed from old factories and items used during construction, like large spools of wire that are now used as tables in our on-site restaurant and atrium bar.”


With 700,000-square feet under one roof and several group areas, the possibilities are almost endless at Spooky Nook Sports. Between its Olympic Hall, Field House, and tradition- al meeting rooms, the property’s flexible spaces can accom- modate groups of three all the way up to 10,000 people.


“Being attached to a sports complex means that team build- ing opportunities for groups are never more than a few steps away,” observes Work. “Whether it’s a game of Trashcan Pong in our Arcade, trying out Sheet Volleyball on the Hardcourts, or even attempting to Build a Bridge on the Indoor Baseball Diamond, we have tons of customizable team building packages and activities that will challenge and bond groups.”


Part of what makes The Warehouse Hotel so hip is the vari- ety of very unique meeting spaces that are available here and that allow the property and its staff to get creative and offer a range of themed food and beverage within these areas.


“If a group is doing a team building activity on our indoor baseball diamond, we can set up a snack table with all your favorite baseball snacks - from popcorn to soft pretzels and other various sweets,” explains Work. “We find that having flexible catering menus and spaces allow us to be more cre- ative and add value to the overall event experience.”


Located between Hershey and Lancaster, The Warehouse Hotel also has the benefit of serving as a potential hub for exploring two very distinct destinations: the Amish country-


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side as well as the “Sweetest Place on Earth.” Both of these destinations offer conference attendees the opportunity to add some sightseeing or perhaps a family getaway before or after their event at The Nook.


Belonging to many hospitality associations, such as Meeting Professionals International, is one way The Warehouse Hotel gets direct feedback from planners about their likes, dis- likes, and what is trending in the industry. An independent property, the hotel can take that feedback and use it to stay on top of what’s hip and current while at the same time offering the best possible experiences for guests.


Another regional venue that features both a hip hotel and a cool restaurant is Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell, PA - a meticulously restored American landmark property with a history that dates back over 200 years.


According to Karen Mandel, senior business development manager and brand ambassador for Normandy Farm, there’s an instinctive feeling or atmosphere that’s experienced by visitors to the farm. “We like to call it our guest’s ‘third place.’ It’s not their home, nor is it their office; it’s that very special place in between that creates a happy medium where the mind and body can relax, have fun, and get serious work done.”


Located “Behind the White Wall,” this unique building is illu- minated with strings of white twinkle lights 365 days of the year. Not your average hotel, it is home to 113 newly reno- vated farm chic guest rooms, as well as 28 spacious suites that maintain the original farm’s charm and décor (many feature fireplaces, sitting rooms and refrigerators).


Guests also receive access to Normandy Farm’s sister prop- erty, Blue Bell Country Club, along with its Arnold Palmer signature golf course. Plus, there’s the on-site restaurant - the farmer’s daughter terrace restaurant and bar - which offers its own cool vibe within a refreshing setting. There’s even al fresco dining available, if desired.


Ensuring all meetings on-site will not only be well received, but also well executed, the property boasts an IACC-certified conference center and business center.


Additional amenities adding to its uniqueness and appeal include: an electric vehicle charging station; indoor swim- ming pool, Jacuzzi and fitness room; live entertainment; a summertime Craft & Que series; complimentary Wi-Fi; a contemporary art gallery in the conference center; and manicured gardens available for outdoor ceremonies and team building activities.


“Guests experience ‘old’ meets ‘new’ at every turn of Normandy Farm,” explains Mandel. “The ‘bones’ - or original


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