Made up of 20 communities spanning Wisconsin’s Fox River, the Fox Cities offers dozens of meeting options. The region is home to the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, a friendly organization ready to help meeting planners make the most out of the destination.
From securing hotel proposals and gathering transportation quotes to recommending unique activities and creating customized microsites specifically for large events, the CVB’s focus is on planners, says Mary Rhode, marketing and communications manager of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Appleton, situated on the Fox River, shines as the largest city in the Fox Cities lineup. Here, you’ll find the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, a premier venue for the performing arts with several spaces ideal for hosting private events, from board meetings to cocktail receptions. Even the lobby of the center can be used for event staging and offers a way for attendees to feel connected—not only to the event at hand, but to the downtown as a whole, according to Melissa Krsnich, marketing and public relations manager, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
The Performing Arts Center’s Thrivent Financial Hall can accommodate 2,072 and can be used for meetings, conferences or live performing arts productions.
The Kimberly-Clark Theater, a black box space known for its acoustics, can accommodate 400 people. The sophisticated Founders Room is better suited for more intimate gatherings, especially meetings, small receptions and seated dinners. In addition to several other private meeting spaces, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center offers the Entrance 21 Luxury Suite experience for groups, which guests access via a dedicated entrance and are greeted in an intimate lounge with hosted beverages and access to box seats in the theater.
The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton has 26 meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 1,800 people. Five restaurants are on-site, including the legendary Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse, and the hotel has an experienced catering and convention services team.
The venue’s largest space is the 13,730-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate 900 in classroom-style seating, 1,750 in theater-style seating and 1,200 in banquet seating at round tables. The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel will soon be directly across the street from a $27.5 million exhibition center set to break ground this spring.
The CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, also in downtown Appleton, offers some of downtown Appleton’s finest accommodations. Modeled after family-owned-and-operated European hotels, the CopperLeaf offers personalized service and guest suites with inroom fireplaces and bedroom whirlpool tubs.
The Lobby Bar is a popular gathering place, while the on-site restaurant, RYE, offers a full bar and upscale cuisine. CopperLeaf has three meeting rooms totaling 2,840 square feet that can accommodate up to 84 people. Guests can find free high-speed wireless available throughout the well-appointed hotel, which is just steps from the dozens of distinctive shops and live music venues in Appleton.
Downtown Appleton has a year-round farm market that is not to be missed. Peruse more than 150 vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other handcrafted items, while listening to some of the area’s talented musicians perform.
The market is outdoors from June to October and indoors from November through May, says Anne Wiegman, marketing director of the Downtown Appleton Farm Market.