An Open Invitation to Meet in Happy Valley

– by Lesley Kistner

Located in beautiful Happy Valley and home to Penn State University, State College is a refreshing destination option for special events, conferences, meetings, reunions, youth and adult sports tournaments and more.

Among our robust inventory of unique facilities are two new state-of-the-art indoor sports complexes – C3 Sports and the Nittany Valley Sports Centre. Combined, these venuesoffer 105,000 total square feet of versatile indoor turf and hard courts for a variety of sporting events and tournaments, as well as corporate team building activities.

Meeting and functionspace options are designed to meet every group’s size and needs — from the flexibility and technological sophistication of the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, the area’s largest conference hotel, to the stunning mountain and lake views at Wyndham State College and The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle. Toftrees Conference Center Hotel offers access to a top PGA-rated championship golf course, while the AAA Four-Diamond


The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park

Carnegie Inn & Spa is ideal for board retreats in a more intimate, boutique hotel setting. Just south of Downtown State College is the spacious Ramada Hotel & Conference Center. In downtown, enjoy the recently remodeled and reflagged Graduate State College, along with Hyatt Place and Days Inn, or meet on campus at the historic Nittany Lion Inn. All four offer ballrooms and flexible breakout space.

Toftrees Golf Resort Exterior 1

For more intimate group meetings, State College and all of Happy Valley boast many unique facilities such as the American Philatelic Society in historic Match Factory Place, the Pennsylvania Military Museum, Ballroom at the Boal Mansion, and Rolling Rails Lodge to name a few.

Free time in Happy Valley also has much to offer your attendees and guests – the creative energy and attractions expected to be found in a major university town; quaint and historicnearby towns; ample outdoor opportunities; amazing restaurants and farm-to-table dining options; and a thriving craft beverage industry.

All of this is within short driving distance from Harrisburg/Hershey/Lancaster; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; New York City; Washington, DC; and Baltimore. University Park Airport is just a 10-minute drive from Downtown State College.

Contact the meeting planning experts at The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and let us help you ensure a memorable event and delighted attendees.

We look forward to hosting you in Happy Valley soon!

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