Make Your Meetings Brighter This Season at The Virden Retreat Center.

Taking advantage of local perks this season can help end a full day of meetings on a brighter note.

We’re heading into the holiday season, but there’s still plenty of work to be done. It’s a great time to plan a meeting or event at The Virden Center where you can easily add on bennies like enjoying local holiday festivities, strolling the beach, and tax-free shopping in Delaware’s coastal towns.


Virden as Basecamp
Guests have everything they need in one place for multi-day meetings – including flexible meeting spaces, open lounges, dining options, vast open lawns, and on-site guestrooms each with a private entrance and private bathroom.


Let Nature Nurture
Escape from the busier cities and get focused in the quiet, natural setting of Virden’s coastal wetlands – just right for breaks, mingling, or just when you need a breath of fresh air.


Ensuring Your Success
Our personal planners want you to get the most out of your time here. From registration to catering to event prep, we know how important it is to have a team you can count on.

More Reasons to Host Your Meeting With Us This Season


From outlets to specialty boutiques, it’s a great opportunity to make progress on your gift list.


After a successful meeting, shopping, and sightseeing, gather together to indulge in Delaware’s Culinary Coast and famous beach treats.


Feel like a kid again with the magic that is Lewes Lights, Winter Wonderfest, and Schellville Enchanted Winter Celebration– three of Delaware’s biggest holiday festivals.

The Virden Center.
An entire campus to yourself.


The Virden Center has flexible meeting rooms, a spacious lounge, indoor and outdoor dining, and 23 guestrooms. Our open grounds offer the ability to social distance.

Guestrooms are divided between two lodges and offer two room configurations: a queen and twin or two twins. Each guestroom has a private entrance, a private bath, and a private screened-in porch – many overlooking the surrounding wetlands. Other creature comforts include linens, toiletries, coffee makers, TVs, WiFi, plus mini-refrigerators and microwaves in select rooms.

Now is a great time to plan your next meeting or event.

For the safety of everyone, the following protocols are in place.

All meeting and event attendees must wear masks while in our venues regardless of vaccination status.

A short health check survey should be completed before stepping on campus.

Three-foot social distancing is required for all food and beverage events.

Guests may remove their masks while eating and drinking.

University of Delaware Conference Services

N E W A R K  C A M P U S

Clayton Hall Conference Center
100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark DE  19716
(302) 831-2214

The Tower Audion & Atrium at STAR
100 Discovery Blvd., Newark DE  19713
(302) 831-2214

L E W E S  C A M P U S

The Virden Retreat Center
1155 College Drive, Lewes DE  19958
Overnight Lodge A: 1183 College Drive
Overnight Lodge B: 1181 College Drive
(302) 645-4100


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