Plano’s unique character includes national recognition as a safe, family-oriented
community with a small-town feel, walkability and abundant off-agenda options.
“The city boasts more than 700 restaurants, 70 shopping areas and vibrant nightlife options, plus easy access to professional sports, theater and the world-famous
Southfork Ranch,” Thompson said.
Featuring a mix of upscale retailers and
unique eateries, The Shops at Legacy is
an ideal post-meeting destination. Happy
hour hot spots include the Cru Food +
Wine Bar and Blue Martini Lounge. RA
Sushi and Mexican Sugar are among the
eclectic eateries, there’s live music and
dancing at Sambuca 360, and independent
movies are showcased at the event-capable
Angelika Film Center and Cafe.
Surrounded by scenic parks and water
features and with walking access to The
Shops at Legacy, the 404-room Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center offers
35,000 square feet of flexible space, including a divisible 14,000-square-foot ballroom.
Complimentary shuttle service is available
within a three-mile radius.
The stylish 299-room Hilton Dallas/Plano
Granite Park features 30,000 square feet
of flexible space for up to 1,000 delegates,
including 21 meeting rooms and two ballrooms, plus an outdoor resort-style pool and
patio. The hotel offers shuttle service to The
Shops at Legacy, located just a mile away.
New hotels this year include La Quinta
Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott and
Residence Inn by Marriott. A 304-room
Renaissance will open in early 2017, while
Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi is bringing his Canadian Sandman Hotels, Inns &
Suites brand to Plano with a planned 200-
A $3 million, six-month refresh is
scheduled to commence this month at
the 122,500-square-foot Plano Centre. The
project will include a new lighting and
sound system, new finishes to all the breakout rooms, new directional signage and
much more. Plans for the second phase
include a new parking lot and landscaping.
“Plano attracts a wide variety of groups,
most with 300-plus members, in sectors
ranging from sports to sales,” Thompson
said. “These groups come from all over the
country, and of course, we see lots of fellow
If organizations needs a little incentive
to help bring their next event to Plano, the
bureau’s Groups Assistance Program may
be able to help with some event costs, he
Southfork Ranch //
Located in Parker, just
minutes from the center of
Plano, the fictional mansion
of the Ewings from the TV
series Dallas is for mixing
boots and business. Along
with 63,000 square feet
of conference and event
space, the venue offers
tours of the estate, horseback riding and chuck wagon meals. With 10 ballrooms, the ranch can
also host catered meals for up to 10,000 people. Favorite choices include
Tex-Mex and country breakfasts.
Event 1013 // www.event1013.com
One of the city’s earliest commercial buildings, this Texas State Landmark
in Historic Downtown Plano was converted into a versatile event venue in
2009. The original brick and hardwood storefront and indoor Raw Garden
offer vintage charm with modern technology. Buyouts are available. The
venue hosts events, art, music and other entertaining affairs.
The Amphitheater at Oak Point Park //
Situated within the 800-acre Oak Point Nature Preserve, this seasonal (closed in winter) outdoor venue
with grass-covered tiered seating can accommodate
1,500 guests for concerts, festivals, benefits and
more. Planners can also arrange to use the grassy
areas outside the gates for events.
Courtyard Theater // www.planostages.com
Located in the Heritage Park Historic District, this 321-seat, prosceni-um-style theater was originally the Cox High School gymnasium, constructed as a Works Progress Administration project in 1938. With a large stage
and spacious lobby, the venue flexibly hosts a range of events.
Fairview Farms // www.fairview-farms.com
Along with its seasonal Farmers Market, this welcoming venue offers the
8,200-square-foot Corral Barn. The country-style event facility can seat up
to 350 people and comes with an authentic Western bar, festive string lighting, a full-size stage and dance floor, and an outdoor entertainment gazebo.
The venue also features Amigo’s Pottery, which imports fine pottery and tile
work from around the world.
Downtown Plano is up to 45 minutes from
DFW International Airport and 30 minutes
from Dallas Love Field. Major road connectors
include the Dallas North Tollway, U.S. 75, state
highways 289 and 121, and the President
George Bush Turnpike. DART (Dallas Area
Rapid Transit) light rail service is available to
DFW, downtown Dallas and beyond.
THE SHOPS AT LEGACY
ANGELIKA FILM CENTER AND CAFE