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Nevada’s Meeting Resorts

Whether posh havens or rustic retreats, resorts were originally somewhere people went on vacation — but they are increasingly places where planners can do business.

Resorts allow meeting planners to put their attendees in a place that caters to both business and pleasure, which often helps attract more delegates. Nevada offers a host of resorts from the ultra-luxurious to the old-timey, from the mountainsides of Lake Tahoe to the plateaus of the Mojave Desert.

Peppermill Resort Hotel

Reno, Nevada

The Peppermill in Reno, Nevada, is the epitome of a AAA Four-Diamond resort with sparkling chandeliers, gleaming marble and a glimmering pool. Everything about the Peppermill is high end, including the technology available for meetings and conferences that gather in the hotel’s function space.

“We’re kind of the property with digital on steroids,” said Pat Flynn, executive director of hotel operations and sales.

The Peppermill Reno partnered with Event2Mobile to create a Peppermill-branded mobile app platform that planners can customize for their events, including agendas, schedules, speaker bios and more, he said. Planners also receive a passcode on the room reservation side so they can log in and look at their registration rates 24 hours a day.

The Peppermill is also “very techy” when it comes to presentation capabilities with digital reader-boards and 14-by-12-foot LCD displays for welcome messages and sponsor videos.

The property has 1,623 rooms and 106,000 square feet of flexible event space, including three ballrooms and several other meeting spaces, that’s configurable for a wide range of event types and group sizes. The 62,000-square-foot Tuscany Ballroom is a clear-span space that can accommodate trade shows and banquets for up to 3,400 guests. The 12,000-square-foot Naples Ballroom can be configured into eight rooms, and the Capri Ballroom can be split into four separate spaces.

Planners can arrange a poolside reception or a high-end private dining experience at White Orchid. When the business day is done, attendees can delve into the resort’s abundant nightlife, which includes happy hour drinks at the Fireside Lounge, nightly live entertainment at the Terrace Lounge and dancing at the Edge nightclub.

Silverland Inn and Suites

Virginia City, Nevada

The mining frenzy of the middle to late 1800s turned Virginia City into one of the most important industrial cities — and one of the largest — in the western United States. Today, Comstock Mining still works the silver-rich Comstock Load District in and around the town.

Everything in Virginia City has the ambiance of the Old West, and visitors will feel like they’re stepping into a town from the 1870s, a feeling the owners of the Silverland Inn and Suites maintained at the hotel, general manager Robert Steiner said. The exterior is designed to look like a rustic barn. Inside, the 66 guest rooms and suites are decorated with Western Victorian flair.

Groups can gather in the hotel’s 1,300-square-foot ballroom that connects to another 770-square-foot foyer area. An outdoor patio overlooks the Comstock Park Arena, and an outdoor picnic space is adjacent to the indoor pool, both available for receptions or luncheons.

While outside, guests may spot a band of wild horses, with anywhere from three to 30 horses, that often roams through town in the spring and summer. The Silverland has the largest plot of natural grass in Virginia City, Steiner said, “so they gravitate toward the hotel.”

“They’ll come and feed off the green grass; this is one of those few cities or towns you can get up close to wild horses,” he said.

Although Comstock doesn’t offer tours of its mining operations, groups can go to Ponderosa Saloon for a drink and a guided tour of the mine in the back of the bar, or take a guided tour of the Chollar Mine, where they’ll see tunnels, timber bracing, silver ore and antique equipment. Groups can also take a V&T Railroad trip, a carriage ride or a historic walking tour.