The Best Event Venue in Every American City #2: Memphis, Miami, Nashville, Cleveland, and Dallas

The Best Event Venue in Every American City (according to them). Volume 2

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As previously described in Volume 1, my job is to introduce you to the best of the best. I asked the CVBs from every major American city to tell me about ONE really cool (or amazing, or different) event venue in their city…the Top 1 List… their choice…pick one… and I would investigate and if I thought it was something you might want to know about would tell you..

Volume 1 had five “first-choices” and the reader response was so positive, here’s five more (and I will keep adding the CVB recommendations to future threads). In the meantime, you can keep browsing through our Meetings Resource Library to find other venues, hotels, team building ideas, online resources for planners, and whatever else we threw in there.

Big Cypress Lodge, Memphis, TN

This place is so unique, I do not know where to start. This rustic themed luxury hotel is inside the Memphis Pyramid. Memphis, of course, makes you think of Pyramids because the original Memphis was the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch, the original name for lower Egypt… except you already knew that.

In 2015 the pyramid-shaped arena was transformed into Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid with Big Cypress Lodge taking up the top floors inside. It boasts the country's tallest free-standing elevator (28 stories to the peak), that leads to a glass observation deck overlooking the city of Memphis, Arkansas and the Mississippi River.

The hotel features 103 rooms, some suspended from hundred-foot cypress trees and are designed to resemble tree houses while others decked out like vintage duck-hunting camps. Presumably the ancient Egyptians hunted ducks. They also have seven private spaces and centered at the very top of the pyramid is The Lookout at The Pyramid restaurant, the perfect place to host a reception. Check it out.

Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is South Florida’s premier waterfront event space featuring sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, award-winning architecture, and a variety of both indoor and outdoor spaces for special events.

You can rent the entire 200,000 square foot venue (it’s big), or any one of the smaller event spaces, hanging gardens, terraces, boardrooms, galleries or auditorium. It’s state-of-the-art.

All Things Meetings is also preparing a survey that will go out to approximately 4000 meeting planners asking them to give us their recommendations and we will research, write about them, and publish the results. So… if you are in our database, look for that… and if you are not, please sign up so we can ask you to participate.  Signup Form Link

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Built in the late 1800s by a steamboat captain (and anything to do with steamboat captain is automatically cool), the Ryman Auditorium has hosted many of entertainment’s biggest acts including the likes of Charlie Chaplin, John Philip Sousa, Anna Pavlova, Harry Houdini, Bob Hope, the Grand Ole Opry show (until 1974), Elvis Costello…and everybody else. The building was dignified as a National Historic Landmark in 2001.

Cocktail parties on stage. Backstage tours, private concerts, corporate award shows, product intros… you can even record in their on-site recording studio. You can rent the whole place (up to 2300 people) or just a part of it. It’s one of those places where your attendees are continually ooh-ing and ah-ing. Check it out.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH

This was easy because when you say “Venue in Cleveland” the first response is always… the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is one of Cleveland's most striking (and recognizable) pieces of architecture. The 150,000-square-foot building has a glass-enclosed, double pyramid adjacent to a 162-foot tower looking out over Lake Erie with seven levels and all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore. And after all, it’s Rock & Roll.

Southfork Ranch, Dallas, TX

The marketing blurb says… “Often called the World’s Most Famous Ranch”. Although that may be true… how does anyone know that? OK… I digress… yes, it’s the same ranch made famous by the Ewing Family in the Dallas TV series and your guests will love that… plus they can enjoy 63,000 square feet of conference and event space, plus 300 acres of Ranch. Their marketing blurb also says “the perfect place to mix Boots with Business” and I have a feeling that may be true. They can take groups up to 2,000, plus a ton of outdoor space for teambuilding etc.

More to come. Talk to you soon. :)

Oh, by the way… if you already have a 2019 calendar. Mark Monday, April 8th, 2019 as the date of the next All Things Meetings San Francisco Reception & Trade Show. This year will be at the Exploratorium and is going to be great. Invitations for official Registration will go out in early February. Did I say it is going to be great? If you are not already on the invitation list you can request to be added at


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