I wonder if the intent is to geek out at pipe shops or get together with pipe smokers?
Doing both would be great, but getting together anywhere should be the primary goal.
Concerns are the cost of traveling to a local, both financial as well as time. For me, neither of those are an issue, although I like being a bit tight with my money.
But for most people, it is something to be mindful.
Maximizing possibilities is always first and foremost on my mind.
1. Meeting and socializing with other pipe smokers
2. Time to share tobacco, talk pipes, etc
3. A meal or two shared
4. A possible excursion to a pipe locale
5. Opportunities for exploration by people on their own.
Location should allow smoking somewhere on the premises and have a place where people can pull up a chair and smoke.
Vegas and Nevada obviously are great locations for being able to smoke on site - for example, casinos.
But... damned the smoking laws in so many other places.