By Maura Keller | Photo courtesy of The Venue Scottsdale
What is the mood for your next off-site affair? informational? Fun? Productive? Relaxing? With excellent outdoor opportunities, a rich history, exceptional indoor attractions, and thousands of square feet of meeting space, Arizona is the place for great meeting and event venues.
Arizona, the Spanish interpretation of “Arizuma,” an Aztec Indian word that means “silver-bearing,” has a splendor and peacefulness all its own. For many meeting and event professionals, executing a memorable gathering – small or large, simple or elaborate – can depend on the venue. Luckily Arizona offers a plethora of splendid entertaining locales for the smallest gathering to the largest soiree.
A unique setting for your next meeting or incentive trip, Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson offers breathtaking views and engaging activities. With a variety of meeting venues, Tanque Verde can host up to 250 guests and offer an array of team building activities, deluxe, southwestern-style accommodations and a multitude of meeting spaces. on-site meeting and event staff can help plan both large and small events.
Nearby, the Tucson Botanical Gardens offers plenty of indoor/ outdoor options with lush garden settings for events with up to 150 guests. onsite catering by the Tucson Botanical garden’s in-house caterer is also available.
Tucked within twenty stunning acres, The Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch in Tucson is the oldest guest ranch in the state of Arizona and offers a memorable venue for corporate banquets, western-themed events, corporate team building, and smaller meetings. the astounding event center is perched high above Tucson and is surrounded by lush desert. With multiple facilities, including two outdoor gardens, a dining hall, large patio, and a dance hall, the oasis offers all-inclusive amenities for groups of all sizes.
With more than 2,500 square feet, the Sorso Wine Room in Scottsdale seats 120 guests or can hold 160 attendees for receptions. Available for happy hours, tastings, parties and networking events, the Sorso Wine Room boasts an innovative Wine Emotion dispensing system allows guests to try as many as 32 different wines by the sip, taste, or pour. in total, the venue has a wine list consisting of more than 125 varieties.
Located in the heart of Phoenix, the Wrigley Mansion offers an exceptional location for both large and small social events and corporate gatherings. the mansion’s trained event staff can help plan the perfect event or meeting in their 3,000-square-foot venue, complete with exquisitely adorned rooms.
Looking to accommodate a few hundred people in a unique, fun setting? The Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff plays host to many events including meetings, weddings, corporate events, family reunions, private parties and conferences. the venue’s rusticity, including rustic wood siding and log beams, adds a charming ambience to any event.
With up to 30,000 square feet of event space, The Venue Scottsdale can serve up to 1,900 guests. this unique venue includes a retractable roof that allows attendees to enjoy the beautiful night sky above Scottsdale. Adjoining the venue Scottsdale is the new VirtueVice, a three-level lounge featuring bars and outdoor patios on each floor.
The Venue’s main courtyard features cobblestone streets, an elegant chandelier, and two unique bars that all face a built-in stage. A stunning open VIP lounge graces the second level while the facility’s ballroom is perfect for larger affairs.
Located in the heart of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden is home to a wealth of meeting and event venues that are sure to please – with a view that cannot be beat. From open air pavilions, outdoor terraces, conference rooms, historic banquet halls and scenic courtyards, the Desert Botanical Garden is available for both daytime and evening events and can accommodate 5 to 500 guests.
Minutes from Sedona, Agave of Sedona offers a distinctive location for 55 to 180 guests. From private meeting options in the Blue Agave Room to larger soirees in the Montage Ballroom, Agave of Sedona features 6,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space with amenities aplenty to make any event shine. Celebrate the beauty of the surrounding Red Rock region with the floor-to-ceiling windows or venture onto the Celebration terrace which offers breathtaking views of the Red Rocks-Steamboat Rock, Wilson Mountain, Merry-Go-Round Rock, Schnebly Hill, and much more.
Also in Sedona, conveniently located within Enchantment Resort’s Meeting Village, the facility’s three ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows are the ideal locale for events for 80 to 540 people. the stunning ballroom provides a dramatic setting for any event. Are you planning a smaller soiree? three elegant meeting rooms are complemented by sophisticated southwestern décor and cutting-edge technology.
The spacious new 8,000-square-foot Pedal Haus Brewery in Tempe, with an additional 6,000-square-foot patio, can play host to events of all types and sizes. From political gatherings to large corporate events to holiday soirees, the indoor and outdoor spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including 12 flat-screen TVs and a dog-friendly beer garden. the brewery serves 24 draft beers as well as Belgian-influenced gastro pub fare such as mussels and fries, beer-braised beef and fried cheese balls.
With over 100,000 square feet of function space, The Wigwam is an Arizona landmark teeming with historical charm. Beloved by generations, the Wigwam, in Litchfield Park, can play host to a myriad of meetings and events. the site’s historic adobe architecture offers the perfect backdrop to a one-of-a-kind meeting space. the venue offers more than 45,000 square feet of indoor meeting spaces that celebrate sophistication and comfort at every turn. there are 25 separate meeting rooms from which to choose.
Located in the mountain oasis of Flagstaff, the High Country Conference Center offers more than 25,000 square feet of conference space. Spacious meeting rooms and flexible meeting space can accommodate groups of every size. The facility’s grand ballroom can accommodate up to 450 guests for a conference or meeting or alternatively 800 for a social event or banquet. The center’s team of meeting professionals provides onsite planning services.
The Phoenix Convention Center is the preeminent space for meetings, conventions and events. Newly improved and renovated, the center offers nearly 900,000 square feet of rentable space and over two million feet of total space.
If you are looking for an energy efficient space with sustainability at its core, you’ll celebrate the energy- and water-efficient convention center, which offers a plethora of amenities including state-of-the-art communication systems and exceptional catering.
The convention center’s North and West Buildings are connected in the lower level exhibit hall and via a sky bridge on the upper level. the combined space contains two large ballrooms, 81 meeting rooms and 502,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space. The stand-alone south Building boasts 18 meeting rooms, a 28,000-sq. ft. ballroom and two exhibit halls equaling 82,000 sq. ft. All of the meeting rooms, exhibit halls and ballroom can be combined to equal a large 143,400 sq. ft. event space.
Considered the premiere conference and meeting facility in the east valley of Phoenix, the Mesa Convention Center is a full-service event facility situated on 22 acres of exquisite parkland. Featuring 19,000 square feet of exhibit space and an additional 19,000 square feet of meeting space, the mesa Convention Center offers a wide variety of options for meetings and events of all sizes. to celebrate mesa’s beautiful scenery, the convention center features a 5,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater—a perfect spot for outdoor festivities.
Strategically located near Tucson international Airport, the Tucson Expo Center features 155,000 square feet of space ready for meetings, special events and conferences. Located on a 17-acre property with over 1,000 parking spaces, the Tucson Expo Center features ample renovated exhibit space, which acts as a multipurpose facility that can accommodate a variety of events. With the capacity to hold up to 900 exhibit spaces, the Tucson Expo Center also features ballrooms that range from 1,000 square feet to 26,000 square feet.
Whether you are planning a corporate event, corporate retreats, business meetings, corporate team building activity or social activity, Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix is the ideal setting. With more than 40,000 square feet of space, Desert Willow also boasts 11 conference rooms—all of which can be modified to meeting specific meeting needs. the Cottonwood Ballroom can accommodate up to 500 guests.
With over 51,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, Phoenix’s Black Canyon Conference Center provides state-of-the-art audio visual, exceptional food service and an environment conducive to learning. The Black Canyon Conference Center provides 21 meeting rooms overall, including the Black Canyon Ballroom, which accommodates 500 people, as well as the Sonoran Ballroom that can host up to 250 attendees. The conference rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including high-speed internet.