Tarrytown House Estate, a Historic Mansion Hotel in the Lower Hudson Valley Celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2014
Tarrytown, NY (March 2014) – In 1964, Tarrytown House Estate became the nation’s first conference center. Described in a New York Times article that year as a “campus for hire,” the Estate has played host to thousands of businesses, organizations and educational institutions over the past 50 years and has paved the way for the growth of the conference center industry.
“The entire Estate offers great historical significance to not only Westchester County and the Hudson Valley but to global leadership, business development and continuing professional education,” said Joseph Santore, General Manager of the Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center, by Destination Hotels & Resorts. “Over the last 50 years, our business remains focused on hosting high level executive meetings, trainings and conferences, many who we are proud to call our loyal guests for five decades.”
The property was acquired in 1964 by Robert Schwartz, a visionary and journalist who had served at one time as New York bureau chief for Time Magazine. Schwartz realized that corporate America needed a new type of lodging facility designed exclusively for business meetings and with that, he set about the task of creating the nation’s first executive conference center. Schwartz’ passed away in 2013 but his mantra from 1964 remains as relevant today as it was 50 years ago, “We wish all who come here to leave with a better and fuller sense of themselves and of their organization.”
In 2006, the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) issued an official proclamation certifying Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center as the Nation’s First Conference Center. IACC has recognized the critical role the property has had in the creation of the Conference Center concept which now represents over 350 IACC properties worldwide.
While the property has existed as a conference center for the past 50 years, the Estate dates back as early as 1840. Years later, in 1921, Mary Duke Biddle of the Duke Tobacco family purchased the large granite mansion which is known today as the Biddle Mansion. After her death in 1960, Biddle’s children sold it to the African nation of Mali, which used it for a short time as a diplomatic retreat before Schwartz acquired it one year later.
In sharing the conference center’s 50th anniversary with guests, the Estate is offering the following promotions through the end of the year:
50th Anniversary CMP Dinner Menu. This specialized dinner menu is available for purchase for just $50 for conference attendees utilizing the Complete Meeting Package. The seasonal menu can be used for a minimum of 20 attendees for a 90-minute event.
The Remembering 1964 package offers guests an opportunity to revisit the food that made the era so popular. This package includes overnight Deluxe or King House guest room, breakfast for two in Winter Palace, and a 1964 dining experience in Cellar 49 inspired by the likes of Julia Child, Graham Kerr, Craig Claiborne and the 1964 World’s Fair. This package starts at $269(excludes alcoholic beverages). Reservations are required.
The extravagant 1964 Package includes a two-night stay in a King Mansion balcony or sun deck room, customized amenity upon arrival, breakfast for two in the Winter Palace, and a customized dining experience through private use of Cellar 49’s Wine Vault. This private meal paired with Cellar 49’s finest wines, will include a five-course dinner menu tailored to your liking after consultation with the Cellar 49 Chef. Cellar 49, which served as Mary Duke Biddle’s cellar during her residence, is located on the lower floor of the historic Biddle Mansion and offers a variety of dishes that highlight a modern twist on classic tavern fare. This memorable experience is priced at $1,964 to commemorate the property’s first year as a conference center. Reservations are required.
And finally, Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center, by Destination Hotels & Resorts will be offering nostalgic Cellar 49 Cocktails that nod to its anniversary. Cellar 49 will be offering several 1964 “throwback” cocktails that include the Manhattan, the Rob Roy and classical martinis.
For more information or to book a reservation, please call (914) 591-8200 or visit www.tarrytownhouseestate.com.
About Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center
Celebrating 50 years as the nation’s first conference center, Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center, by Destination Hotels & Resorts is located just 25 miles from midtown Manhattan. A broad range of meeting packages, as well as custom conference options, provides planning flexibility and convenience. Set on 26 acres overlooking the Hudson River Valley, the Tarrytown House features impressive 19th-Century mansions, as well as a contemporary atrium-style building that houses over 30,000 square feet of meeting space for gatherings of all sizes, including IACC-certified conference facilities with unmatched technological capabilities. For more information, please contact the Tarrytown House at 1-800-553-8118 or check their Website at www.tarrytownhouseestate.com.
About Destination Hotels and Resorts
Destination Hotels and Resorts is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 40 independent luxury and upscale hotels and resorts across North America. Located in premier travel destinations including Aspen, Chicago, Denver, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, Vail and Washington D.C., the award-winning company operates 21 golf courses, 18 full-service spas, seven IACC-certified conference centers and more than 125 unique culinary venues. Headquartered in Colorado, the privately-owned company is a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based investment, development and real estate firm. For more information on Destination Hotels and Resorts, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.
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