2018 Stella Award Winners: Best Conference Center

Conference centers bring groups together in a professional environment that is dedicated to promoting teamwork.

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High Country Conference Center

Conference centers bring groups together in a professional environment that is dedicated to promoting teamwork. Built in with all of the modern technological amenities and customizable spaces to suit a wide variety of group needs, conference centers remain a popular choice for their convenience and diverse functionality. Look to these Stella Award-winning conference venues for an outstanding assortment of dedicated meeting spaces, package pricing options, upscale F&B and superb service—all under one roof.

Best Conference Center

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Gold Winner, Northeast

In 1960, Life magazine declared it an "Island of Thought." Today, Airlie is dedicated to advancing its forward-thinking legacy by delivering an environment that sparks ideas, inspires action and champions progress. Nestled in the Virginia countryside just 40 miles outside D.C., Airlie's ponds, gardens, pastures and wooded landscapes are always within view—and never more than 25 steps away—to keep groups energized. And Airlie's next-generation working farm goes beyond pasture-to-plate to nourish and delight attendees with fresh, hyperlocal foods.


The Classic Center
Gold Winner, Southeast

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The Classic Center brings together state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled customer service in a venue that features new and modern spaces perfectly paired with restored historical structures. Connected by five major highways and convenient to two interstates that link Athens to the Atlanta and Greenville-Spartanburg International airports, The Classic Center in Athens is the perfect fit for a successful event in a location like no other.


High Country Conference Center
Gold Winner, Southwest

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High Country strives to exceed clients’ expectations, including their offering of green meetings. This year High Country achieved the Green Star Platinum Status designation for their commitment to sustainability. Featuring more than 25,000 square feet of flexible function space for groups from 10 to 1,000 and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, High Country Conference Center is the perfect location for your next meeting or event. With their strong commitment to service and quality, every conference experience is sure to be one to remember.

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
Silver Winner, Southwest

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Located at the base of Peak 9 of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center is the largest conference center under one roof in Breckenridge. Business and fun combine due to prime, slope-side meeting space, close proximity to the historic town of Breckenridge, and culinary and recreational options served with Colorado flair. Beaver Run offers more than 40,000 square feet of versatile, high-tech meeting space, including 22 meeting rooms, complete with full audiovisual services, Wi-Fi and a highly trained staff.

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

Bronze Winner, Southwest

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In the heart of Austin, Texas, the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is the place to host a meeting. Now with a new, additional 15,000-square-foot ballroom, the conference center offers over 80,000 square feet of space, including tiered classrooms and a 300-seat amphitheater. In addition to customizable cuisine, a dedicated on-site team and renovated guest rooms, their advanced technology—including complimentary Wi-Fi and laser projectors—ensures attendees and meeting planners will have a memorable event.


Convene at 333 South Grand Avenue
Gold Winner, Far West

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Convene at 333 South Grand Ave is a premium meeting and event space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. With flexible meeting and event space, state-of-the-art technology, and an on-site gourmet chef, Convene is changing the way Downtown LA meets with heightened levels of service, luxury and comfort in a contemporary, "industrial chic" environment. 333 South Grand provides over 20,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and event space, offering everything from private boardrooms to large conference spaces with a full buy-out capacity of 500 guests.

Keep Memory Alive Event Center
Silver Winner, Far West

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Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the show-stopping Keep Memory Alive Event Center Las Vegas is a 9,200-square-foot blank canvas that can be transformed into an infinite variety of ways for any type of clientele. Featuring 199 windows, no two the same shape or size, the center is a pinnacle of true imagination and fine design made for guests seeking the extraordinary. With accommodations for 450 seated, 700 standing and 1,500-plus including the breezeway, every event is truly unique.

Enclave Las Vegas
Bronze Winner, Far West

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Enclave Las Vegas is a 75,000-square-foot standalone meeting and events center capable of 100-percent customization. Powered by 3G Productions Inc., Enclave's unmatched versatility and blank canvas approach features state-of-the-art lighting, A/V technology, electrical distribution, acoustically designed spaces and a 34-foot signature room with the ability to hoist up to 40 tons. With more than 20 rooms, accommodations for 2,000-plus, and outdoor assets including a panoramic rooftop deck, Enclave redefines the guest experience.


ETC. Venues County Hall
Gold Winner, International & U.S. Territories

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Nestled in one of London's most iconic buildings next to The London Eye, with breathtaking views over the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Etc. Venues County Hall incorporates 43,000 square feet of space and a capacity for 900. With parts of County Hall having lain dormant since the 1980s, etc. venues has created a space that is both visionary and modern, yet pays homage to the unique history of the building. It is an ideal conference venue in the heart of London.