whispering pines conference center

401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817 | (GPS 27 Loutitt Lane West Greenwich, RI 02817)

W. Alton Jones Campus | wpines@etal.uri.edu – 401-874-8100

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Guest Testimonials

We could boast about our peaceful surroundings, fine dining, amazing accommodations, and our outstanding staff all day; but we’ll let others say a little, too.

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Meetings and Team Building Events

“Whispering Pines is an ideal location for group meetings or team building events that want – and need – to avoid the day-to-day distractions that typically take place while trying to meet within the usual work environment. Their destination creates a serene and focused atmosphere conducive to creating a successful meeting. Not to mention the relaxed mood that filters in from the beautiful surroundings allowing for a creative work flow towards specific goals and business situations. Their professional staff consistently strives for excellence and is willing to accommodate in any way necessary to please the client.” Amgen

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Exceeding Expectations

“Before we leave for Mexico, we wanted to send this small token of appreciation. Too often, anticipation exceeds experience… but our wedding experience at Whispering Pines absolutely exceeded our expectations. We thank you for all the help to make that happen – for helping to make our vision a reality – it was truly an amazing weekend. Thank you!”

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A Complete Meeting Package

“Whispering Pines offers a complete meeting package that is competitively priced and the venue itself offers a comfortable, relaxing “at home” feeling. The attention to detail and the fact that there are long-time employees on staff says something about the facility.” Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

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The Ideal Location

“Whispering Pines is an ideal location for executive off-site meetings. The casual atmosphere encourages team development whether around the conference table or the meal table. The facilities and grounds inspire leisure time for conversation and relaxation, no matter what the weather. Every event is reinforced with delicious meals and snacks. We love to go there!” Cox New England

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A Tremendous Opportunity

“Whispering Pines provided us with a tremendous opportunity to connect urban youth and adults — in the stillness and calm of beautiful grounds, with the generous and kind support of staff, over incredible meals and housed in buildings that scream respect and dignity. We were compelled to imagine and share.” Providence Public Schools

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Best Wedding Ever

“Thank you so much for helping us make our wedding day a huge success. It would not have been possible without you. Thank you for making our planning process a breeze; and for making the food selection a no-brainer. Everything was amazing. I can not tell you how many people said it was the best wedding they had ever been to.”

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A Must Do Location for Your Meeting Needs

“Whispering Pines Conference Center, on the W. Alton Jones Campus is a must do location for your meeting needs. An absolutely ideal location for your conference, or board retreat. professional, courteous staff that goes above the call of duty to make sure all of your needs are met. Excellent accommodations and outstanding dining. I highly recommend this hidden gem of Rhode Island.” R.I. Trucking Association Inc.

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A Family Reunion to Remember

“I wanted to thank you and your staff for facilitating a fabulous family reunion for the McDonald Family. Three generations gathered from around the country for a memorable, relaxing retreat at the lovely Sycamore Lodge. The facilities were perfect, offering common space for our families to be together and opportunities for adventures. During our free time, groups enjoyed the canoes, hiking, exploring for antiques, the beach, and the tall ships in Newport. We found the food to be delicious and the menu innovative. The accommodations were superior and the children loved the flat screen cable televisions in each room. We so enjoyed exploring the center. Thanks again for your hospitality”

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A Wedding That Pleases Everyone

“We got married in December at Whispering Pines and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We live in San Francisco so were planning the event from cross-country (not an easy task!), but Erin, Bill, George & the rest of their staff made the experience extremely easy for us. (It also saved us a lot of headaches by hosting the ceremony, reception & rehearsal dinner all at the same venue – fewer moving parts & vendors!) It was such a treat to have the entire venue for the weekend – we had exclusive use of the guest rooms, the many indoor & outdoor common areas, and the 2300 acres of gorgeous scenery.

Guests loved the fact that they could entertain themselves (and their kids) during the day with long hikes and taking canoes out on the lake (yes – in December!), or staying inside for board games or billiards or just socializing by a fireplace, and the late-night s’mores by the campfire were a huge hit! All our friends (including lots of foodies from NYC & SF) raved about the food, and the entire WP staff was so accommodating of our vision for a personalized wedding.

Speaking selfishly as the bride & groom, it was a huge bonus to have not just a 5-hour wedding event, but an entire weekend to enjoy real quality time with our guests who flew in from around the country. And family & friends loved the “retreat” feel of the weekend as well — when we were all saying our good-byes after a scrumptious breakfast on Sunday morning, people started saying how sad they were that “Camp Wendy & Hans” was coming to a close.

Already we have family members who are talking about planning reunions at Whispering Pines – it’s such a special place, not only because of the venue itself but also because of the people who run it. Many thanks for a weekend we’ll never forget!!!”

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Outstanding Cuisine

“One of the many reasons we enjoy having our meetings at Whispering Pines is because of the food, outstanding service and hospitality we receive. The quality and variety of the meals and the welcome feeling we get, is as if we were invited to a friend’s house who happens to be a great cook.” Lockwood/McKinnon Group

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Wedding Weekend to Remember

“I wanted to send a thank you note to let you know how amazing our wedding weekend was – what an incredibly special and unique place. We had a vision for our wedding and Whispering Pines proved to be the perfect place to make that vision a reality. Thanks to you for your help and guidance during the planning process – my parents were sold as soon as they met you! And thanks to your amazing staff – the team was fabulous. I can’t say enough. We can’t wait to come back for a visit!”

team building event with pool noodles

The Perfect Setting

“Whispering Pines offers the perfect setting, exceptional service, and great facilitation for company retreats and meetings. For several years now, we have been extremely satisfied. From the onset to the conclusion of our conferences, we are met with superior organizers, food service and accommodations. It is the small touches that round out an overall successful event. Whispering Pines makes the extra effort.” Swarovski Optik North America LTD

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3-Day Conference Success

“Our 3 Day Off-site that was held at Whispering Pines was a great success! From the conference rooms to the food to everyone at Whispering Pines – everything was wonderful. The staff is there for your every need and is always very helpful. The meals are delicious and a great variety of food for everyone’s liking. We are looking forward to our next visit. Thanks so much!!!” Raytheon Company

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Top Notch Leadership and Staff

“Sea Grant has used the Whispering Pines Conference Center for so many important events over the last 10 years, from major international and national conferences, to important strategic planning, monthly staff and leadership retreats which have been invaluable to develop our marine programs. We use the Whispering Pines and Alton Jones because their leadership and staff is top notch; indeed, it is world class. They provide a comforting, friendly, can-do team in a peaceful, beautiful place with outstanding culinary delights that make the place very special for our high-flying, stressed, and highly accomplished group of professionals. Introducing our team and their network of people to Whispering Pines and Alton Jones has been one of the best decisions I have made as an executive director of Sea Grant.” Sea Grant

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Helpful, Courteous and Gracious

“Once again, your staff has proved themselves by going above and beyond the norm. Each and every person, yourself included, was helpful, courteous and gracious regardless of the demands of our staff. Every member of the housekeeping staff was kind and thoughtful as well as the kitchen and wait staff was polite — no matter what the special requests happened to be. The food provided was always perfect and delicious! The office personnel is always very helpful and responsive setting up our event and being able to handle my last minute requests, especially for the eleventh hour out of town guests. Jane Keegan is also a pleasure to work with beginning by setting up our conference dates, keeping in touch during the year, and always has a smile in her voice when we talk and on her face when I see her in person. I highly recommend you and all of your staff to anyone who is looking for an event facility whether it’s a conference, wedding or just a quick meeting.” SEIU Healthcare

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Our Guests Raved About Everything

“I can not thank you enough for what was one of the most beautiful, magnificent days of my life. The entire staff at Whispering Pines was amazing and so helpful in every way. I tried to thank as many people as I could on Sunday, but please let them all know how grateful we are. All of our guests raved about the food, the beautiful location and the personal service you provided. So a million times thank you to all.”

meeting room set up with tables and chairs

A “Wow” for Everything

“I wanted to official thank you and the staff at Alton Jones for the superb service you delivered to the BankNewport team during our planning conference. We were searching for a venue that held itself to the same standards of excellence that we strive for as an organization and happily, we found it at Alton Jones. Antonio did a great job setting up the meeting room and letting us know he was ready to assist in any way if needed. The room was cleaned during breaks, all very efficiently. What can I say about the food except that it was outstanding once again! The selection, preparation, and delivery were all “Wow’s”. Please thank George and Bill for going above and beyond to ensure a pleasurable guest experience. Finally, thank you for all of your help in facilitating this event. You will have your work cut out to exceed our expectation next time!” BankNewport

gourmet food on display

Much Appreciation

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything over the last few days. Feedback, as always, was fantastic. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate how kind everyone was to us – and we can be so annoying with our inability to stick to a schedule (part of our charm, really)! Everyone we encountered (especially in the dining room) was friendly and helpful, the food was unbelievable and you all helped to make another trying week easy!! I leave this afternoon for a week in Amsterdam (for work) and am sure that I would have lost it by now, if I didn’t have your help this week, so thank you…. thank you….” GTECH International

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Amazing, and More Amazing

“A HUGE thank you to you and all of the staff at Whispering Pines for making our wedding day/night such a wonderful event! I truly felt like I had nothing to worry about and everything was just perfect. My guests could not stop talking about how wonderful the venue was, especially the food! Most said it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding before. Thank you again for everything you were all so amazing.”

large family reunion

Reunion Retreat

“For over 30 years, family members have taken turns hosting our 5-day family reunions every four years. We’ve gathered in the states of California, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, and for the first time in 2010, at Whispering Pines Conference Center in Rhode Island. Without a doubt, this year’s reunion was the best ever. Sixty-five members of the family stayed at the four beautiful lodges at the center. Not only was the setting breathtaking, but there was so much to do there in addition to wonderful day trips within 30-45 minutes of the campus. We can’t say enough about the helpfulness of the staff. They seemed to know what would enhance every moment of our stay. When we’d say, “Wow, this couldn’t be better”, they managed to figure out ways to spoil us even more. The food was better than we’ve had at the finest five-star restaurants, and the staff worked within every dietary requirement we had. Whispering Pines Conference Center is the gold standard for family reunion sites. The staff rates a solid 10 on a scale of 1-10. Our only complaint is that it was very difficult to settle for our “normal” life when the reunion was over.”

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Scrapbook Success

“Whispering Pines Conference Center offers outstanding customer service, beautiful views and delicious food. We had our first scrapbooking event at Whispering Pines in 2008 and have never used another venue since – it is THAT amazing! The staff caters to every guest without hesitation. The accommodations are relaxing and the views of Eisenhower Lake make you feel like you’re at your own private getaway destination. The food is fantastic and if you’re like us, you will not look forward to returning home with the WP chef in tow. We cannot say enough about Ann Marie and the staff at Whispering Pines. The WP Conference Center is highly recommended and our attendees are always awaiting our next event!” ~ Celebrate Memories Scrapbook Weekends in New England ~

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Everything Done to Perfection

“I honestly don’t know how to thank you all for the most wonderful celebration of my daughter’s and new son-in-law’s special day! From the first day we stepped foot on the property to the morning after the reception when we left, everything was perfect! You are phenomenal at what you do. The wait staff was efficient, pleasant, and attentive. The food was the best I’ve ever had at any special function. You all do what you do to perfection! Whispering Pines in certainly a hidden gem in this state. I’ll do my part to get the word out. There is not better advertisement than word of mouth. Thank you for giving your best throughout the process, and especially on the day. We are truly grateful we found you!

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