Escape the Hassle of the Big City: Meet in Lubbock, Texas

Written By Jillian Guinn

July 22, 2022

Lubbock, Texas is a unique city that provides the ideal host destination for your next meeting or convention. Its access to big-city resources without the hassle of a larger metro area coins the city as a “big, small town.” Check out the list below to learn why Lubbock’s venues, activities, accessibility and pace of life are key to a successful event. 

Accessibility & Pace of Life

Upon booking their registration and travel to the 806, attendees are able to fly via American Airlines, Southwest and United Airlines to the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. For regional conferences, Lubbock’s central location among the five-state area allows for drivers to ascend onto the caprock on one of the five major highways surrounding the city. Once here, Loop 289 and Marsha Sharp Freeway will help travelers navigate Lubbock with ease. The unique infrastructure enables drivers to reach their destination in 16 minutes or less, even at rush hour. This short travel period gives you more time to explore all the city has to offer. 

Lubbock’s “small town feel” breeds friendly individuals that easily become quick friends. The West Texas hospitality does not go unnoticed, whether it’s in line at the grocery store or at the event registration desk. With wide-open spaces and picturesque sunsets, the area’s landscape is as awe-inspiring as the people here. 

Venues

One of the most important parts of planning a meeting is choosing the correct venue. Whether you are looking to meet on-site at the hot hotel or offsite at one of Lubbock’s many unique venues, there is sure to be something to fit your vibe. 

On-Site Venues: 

Cotton Court Hotel

The Cotton Court Hotel, by the Valencia Hotel Group, is a luxury boutique hotel influenced by Lubbock’s rich history in the cotton industry. Located in the Downtown Business District, this hotel includes a relaxing interior courtyard, heated pool as well as restaurant and bar, The Midnight Shift, that features local live music. With expansive indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, The Cotton Court Hotel will provide optimum space for any event. 

Overton Hotel & Conference Center

The Overton Hotel & Conference Center was designed by meeting and conference professionals featuring 20,000 square feet of space for all types of events. With 303 upscale hotel rooms, a restaurant and bar, two levels of conference facilities and an 11,250-square-foot ballroom, The Overton Hotel offers an unforgettable West Texas meeting site.

Offsite Venues

English Newsom Cellars 

English Newsom Cellars offers prime meeting locations on both the winery grounds and the barrel room. At the winery, attendees are immersed in the rich history and elegance of Texas High Plains Wine while soaking in the words of the keynote speaker. 

Hillcrest Country Club

At the Hillcrest Country Club, guests can play a round of golf and host a meeting all in the same day. Work with the Hillcrest event coordinator to reserve the most efficient space for your professional event. 

Lubbock Municipal Garden & Arts Center 

The Lubbock Municipal Garden is a public cultural arts center that provides an artistic edge to your meeting. With a variety of rental facilities including The Garden Room, Sunset Room and the Cultural Hall, this venue has several options to provide the optimum meeting space, all the while observing eclectic art. 

National Ranching Heritage Center 

The National Ranching Heritage Center features seven galleries and over 50 historical ranching structures that will provide your attendees with an inside look into the life of a cowboy and evolution of ranching in Texas. The facility has four rooms capable of holding up to 125 guests, making it the perfect meeting spot for a true West Texas adventure. 

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

Each year around 800,000 guests attend more than 800 events at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Located in downtown Lubbock, the facility has 1,500 on-site parking spaces, twelve meeting rooms, a 40,000 square-foot column-free exhibit hall, a 1,397-seat theater, a versatile banquet hall with an automatic wall partition, a 28,000-square-foot pedestrian mall and more. This venue is the perfect place for any large-scale meeting or convention as it provides convenience for larger parties due to its size and central location in the city. 

For more information about Lubbock’s meeting venues, visit our website.

Activities 

After the meeting is over, experience the culture and nightlife that Lubbock has to offer. From cosmopolitan dining at restaurants like The Nicolett to the local breweries and award-winning wineries like Two Docs Brewing Co. and Llano Estacado Winery, there is something to entertain everyone. Lubbock is also home to several world-class museums such as the Museum of Texas Tech University and an extensive art scene that is displayed at The Buddy Holly Center and the Charles Adams Gallery. Break out of the meeting room and experience the culture within the “Hub City” today! For more ideas on how to fill your post-event itinerary, check out our website. 

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