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Middle ground in Delaware County, Pa.

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Where is Delaware County’s Brandywine Country?

Delaware County (population 550,000) is in southeastern Pennsylvania, between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., minutes from each city. The county borders Philly at several points. Delaware County is 92 miles from New York City, 127 miles from Washington and 303 miles from Pittsburgh.

How do we get there?
Philadelphia International Airport is in Delaware County. Interstates 76 and 95 and many other major roadways pass through the area. Amtrak service is available, as are Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) trains, buses and trolleys.

What types of meetings best suit the area?

Access to a major airport and 4,000 hotel rooms appeal to corporate meetings. Sports events are drawn by PPL Park, built for the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team, and the IceWorks Skating Complex, which hosts two dozen national and international ice hockey tourneys a year. Golf is also big; among the area’s two dozen courses is Merion Golf Club, site of the 2013 U.S. Open.

What’s new?
• Five hotels have opened in the past four years, and five are planned in the next three. Two hotels will be built in the Route 291 corridor. Another, a boutique hotel, will be built at Swarthmore College. In addition, a Courtyard by Marriott is in the works for the Springfield Country Club, and there are plans for a hotel at Sun Center Studios, a production facility in Chester Township that has produced films, television shows and commercials. A film museum and movie-related attractions are planned at the studios.

• Rose Tree Tavern, the CVB’s welcome center in Media, has been honored for its restoration. The 250-year-old building has been a tavern, an inn and a stagecoach stop.

• The 40-room Wayne Hotel, a historic property 18 miles from Philly in that city’s upscale Main Line suburbs, underwent an extensive renovation last year.

Tell me about the area’s main meeting venues.
Among Delaware County’s more than 40 hotels are the Villanova Conference Center and Hotel in Radnor, with 24 conference rooms and a 58-room hotel in a collegiate atmosphere; the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport, with 297 rooms, 52 suites and 12,000 square feet of meeting space; Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino in Chester, with 14,000 square feet of meeting space (the casino has no hotel, but several are nearby); and Drexelbrook Corporate Event Center, with 45,000 square feet of meeting space and a 15,000-square-foot ballroom.