Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2010

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If you’re looking for a destination that’s brimming with history, buzzing with cultural and entertainment attractions and conveniently close to some of the largestU.S.population centers, you’re bound to find someplace that fits the bill in the Northeast. Of course, the region is well known for its serious significance in the history of ColonialAmerica, the RevolutionaryWar, the Underground Railroad and theAbolitionistMovement.But the Northeast also scores big in the history of fun. It’s home to the oldest operating saloon inAmerica and the world’s largest casino. Whether your group ismore interested in delving into the history, enjoying the nightlife or exploring some of the great out- door activities and attractions of the Northeast, the options are varied and plentiful. Here’s a look at some of what the region has to offer. CONNECTICUT The second largest concentration of sites on theNational Register of Historic Landmarks, behind New Orleans, is found in Hartford, Connecticut. That list includes the Old State House, which held the trial of Joseph Cinque, leader of the legendary revolt aboard the slave shipAmistad. Two grand casino resorts in Connecticut’s Mystic Country offer sizable meeting venues. At the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, the world’s largest gaming facil- ity, the onsiteMGMGrand at Foxwoods contains 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The Mohegan Sun Resort Casino in Uncasville boasts 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Art lovers on a campus tour of NewHaven’s best known landmark can view works byVan Gogh,Manet and Picasso at theYale UniversityArt Gallery. Fairfield County includes the coastal destination of Norwalk, where the Maritime Aquarium and the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum are two of the top attractions. The area also is home to Stamford, where a satellite of NewYork City’s acclaimedWhitneyMuseum of AmericanArt is located. Hartford downtown along the Connecticut River Photo Credit: Vivek Nigam DELAWARE In the capital of America’s first state, the list of must-see attraction has to include some of its historic landmarks.Ahis- Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2010: 39 By Sonya Stinson

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