Reporter Roundup : Weekend Group Getaway Hotspots - USA
We are tripping out over these great getaway hotspot venues in the USA. We love the idea of modern road houses and the great American Road Trip. Something you may not know about The Venue Report, is that we gather group getaway hotspots...
by Cortnie Fausner

We are tripping out over these great getaway hotspot venues in the USA. We love the idea of modern road houses and the great American Road Trip. Something you may not know about The Venue Report, is that we gather group getaway hotspots as well. By definition a VENUE is the place where something happens, esp. an organized event. 




You have your super cool crew, your gaggle of gals and guys, but can't find the perfect weekend getaway for a gathering, or that big bachelorette/bachelor party or bday bash for your BFF. You have the reason to celebrate, the time off of work, but you just don't know where the heck to go! Here is our roundup of destinations in the USA that are ideal for organized events and getaway weekends.




1. The Venue : The Graham and Co. 

The Report: The Graham & Co. is a 20 room hotel  in the Catskills region of New York State. Inspired by the old heritage of the Catskills, the Graham & Co. is a modern take on the classic weekend getaway.

Good Group Getaway Factor: Whether your are celebrating a bday, bachelor/bachelorette party or anything really you will have a blast here. You and your friends can frolic over 3 acres, lounge by the swimming pool, swing in hammocks, play badminton, tell stories round the fire pit, lunch in the picnic area, hop on bikes or just relax with a cocktail. Close to hiking, fishing, tubing and skiing, The Graham & Co. is a perfect place to stay through all four seasons.

Deals: Right now you can celebrate that The Graham and Co has deals until March 31st, 2014 at just $99 a night for weekdays. Only available by booking through The Graham & Co. directly (Email: info@thegrahamandco.comPhone: 845.688.7871) So find something to celebrate and get outta town ASAP!




2. The Venue : Freehand Miami

The Report: The perfect place to throw back a cerveza with a smile Freehand Miami  Hostel  is "a hostel created for a new generation of travelers". This reinvention of the historic Indian Creek Hotel, one of Miami Beach’s classic 1930s Art Deco buildings is now updated to this uber cool hostel.

Good Group Getaway Factor: This budget friendly and super fun setting has both shared and private accommodations amongst a comfortable community atmosphere just one block from the beach. Centrally located you and your celebratory crew will be a mere  few blocks from Ocean Drive and the dining/nightlife of South Beach.

Deals: Freehand Miami  says "Bring your whole crew!" Planning a trip for a group of 10 or more, The Freehand will set you up. They welcome groups of all types, from bachelor and bachelorette parties to any group celebration and will even throw in some extra perks: special group rates and room blocks (based on availability), accommodations and itinerary planning assistance, curated special events and activities, group meals and barbeques,  and airport and area transfer assistance. Email: 




3. The Venue : Zero George

The Report: Charleston has been named a top destination by many travel mags as of late with it's storied history and plethora of activities. We particularly fell for Zero George with it's authenticity that embraces the Charleston culture. Set in a private landscaped courtyard the hotel is a collection of five restored historic residential buildings.

Good Group Getaway Factor: If you and your gang have a bit more flexibility in your budget then this is your spot. You can take cooking classes, dine together in the Cafe or  Kitchen Carriage House or partake in the hotels' evening wine and cheese pairing! You can also opt to host private events here in The Palladian and East Bay Rooms overlooking the courtyard. These venue spaces can accommodate up to 75 guests for receptions, dinners or corporate events.

Deals: Ahoy Matey. The Sunset Harbor Yacht Sailing Package is ideal for group celebrations, anniversary parties, and more. It includes a two night stay and then you and  your crew will board a private yacht for up to six, and sail the historic Charleston Harbor as you watch the Charleston skyline glow with the setting sun. As you sail, you will enjoy catered hors d’ oeuvres and wine from Zero George.





4. The Venue : Ojai Ranch Inn

The Report: The Ojai Rancho Inn is rustic California meets the spiritual vortex that was remodeled and is under new ownership as of last year. These cabin-like rooms are set up motel style, and all surround a pool area which makes it feel like you are camping, but the comfortable kind. Our reporters have personally stayed here and are planning our next trip back!

Good Group Getaway Factor: what makes it ideal for groups? This modern roadhouse is pet friendly, is walking distance from downtown Ojai, has bikes for your use with a walk/bike path directly behind the property, and is budget friendly without compromising cleanliness or design. All of the cabin like rooms have mini fridges and surround a community pool with a BBQ. Pool party anyone?! You can literally take over this intimate Inn with your group. You can also host private events on the back lawn. Channel your inner scout and head out of town to this gem immediately.




5. The Venue : Santa Barbara Autocamp

The Report: Located in Santa Barbara, California this boutique Airstream hotel is inspired by the wanderlust and adventure of the great American road trip, Autocampis an unparalleled experience with handcrafted Airstream trailers that will charm you with their reverence for the past coupled with luxurious amenities.

Good Group Getaway Factor: Autocamp  has five handcrafted vintage Airstreams, on the property with decks, bikes, lawn areas and BBQ's. You and your guests can rent all five and relax on the mid century lawn chairs, drink cocktails, and tell stories by the fire.  Downtown Santa Barbara  is a quick 5-minute bike ride away. This is the perfect venue for a weekend getaway, bridal shower, bachelorette/bachelor bash or bday party!

Deal: Autocampis made for groups. You can book all of the Airstream suites and they even do group reservations to make it easy on you.  The staff  will help you plan your trip and even give you the local scoop on the best activities, attractions, and restaurants. This sounds like host heaven to us. To inquire about group reservations, call 888-405-7553 ext. 1




6. The Venue : Hotel San Jose

The Report: Hotel San Jose is "a hotel for friends from near and far in Austin, Texas." Built in 1936 as an “ultramodern” motor court, the property has been transformed into a 40 room urban bungalow-style hotel tucked behind stucco walls and set amidst lush garden courtyards.

Good Group Getaway Factor: The Hotel San Jose is located on South Congress Avenue, a few blocks from downtown and Lady Bird Johnson Lake in the heart of one of Austin’s favorite neighborhoods which puts you and your group in the center of the action. The hotel serves as an ideal gathering place and dogs are always welcome. You can enjoy a cheese plate and michelada in the communal courtyard lounge. The lounge serves beer, wine and a selection of light fare in the garden courtyard, and hosts a weekly program of mellow DJs. Sip sip hooray!


Did we miss any group getaway hotspots that you know and love?! Do tell.


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Cortnie Fausner
Carlsbad, California, USA

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