Finding an Outdoor Venue in Lubbock
The “Hub City” is well known for cool evening temperatures and breathtaking sunsets. What better way to introduce your guests to both than at an outdoor venue. For an opening ceremony, closing reception, networking event or happy hour, consider moving outdoors and taking in the gorgeous scenery. We’ve highlighted a few outdoor venues to consider for your next meeting in Lubbock.
- Spirit Ranch
Gather your group beneath the huge elm trees at Spirit Ranch. This popular “Hub City” oasis, complete with a babbling brook, water fountain and free-roaming peacocks, offers several spaces for rent.
For larger events, consider The Pavilion, an indoor/outdoor venue that can accommodate up to 400 guests. Meanwhile, the charming Canyon House, with its private kitchen, bar area and fireplace in its meeting room, is an ideal option for smaller networking events. The on-site E&J Smokehouse and Grill caters delicious West Texas fare, serving up brisket and pulled pork, sides of potato salad and baked beans.
“You can’t find another place in the area that’s so green with trees, peacocks and water fountains,” said Chasity Waters, marketing coordinator for Spirit Ranch. “Something else that makes Spirit Ranch stand out is its team building low ropes course. Experienced, professional facilitators lead groups of up to 100 at a time through a series of activities to teach communication, leadership and trust-building skills. They can also create custom activities like scavenger hunts, group volleyball and fishing.”
- Tierra del Corazon
It doesn’t get more “West Texas” than hosting your event on a 320-acre horse farm in the Panhandle. Tierra del Corazon is an indoor/outdoor venue where you can have a poolside reception or dine in the horse barn. The heart of this venue is the outdoor space, which includes the dance floor and pool house overlooking the heated pool and hot tub, the large grassy area and the gazebo.
In total, the tranquil outdoor area can accommodate up to 200. Two add-on indoor options are also available here: The Horse Barn with a gorgeous stained-glass window and four large doors that let in a cool breeze (seats up to 200), and The Great Room with a large bar, pool table and Wi-Fi (holds up to 65).
“Tierra del Corazon is a completely different environment that’s relaxing and fun,” said Heidi Simmons, event coordinator for Tierra del Corazon. “You can see all the stars here. It’s quiet and peaceful.”
Heidi said the open vendor policy is popular with event planners. They also provide the necessary tables, chairs and linens for events.
- Eberley Brooks Events
Impress your guests with an event in this rustic-yet-elegant 9,600-square-foot barn that leads to a 3/4-acre pond with a fountain. This venue features exposed Douglas Fir timber framing, tall ceilings, four 12-foot-wide glass sliding doors that open to the patio and pond and can seat 400 guests indoors.
A full-service kitchen and bar are included in the barn, and your guests can also enjoy the inside fireplace and outdoor fire pit. Your rental at Eberley Brooks Events includes tables, chairs and white linen tablecloths, as well as attendants who will assist in directing event traffic. For smaller groups of up to 60, The Great Room and Courtyard are great options with a designer kitchen and stone fireplace. Choose your own caterer and hire a TABC-certified bartender to craft “Hub City” favorites like chicken-fried steak and Chiltons for your guests, then treat them to some live music near the pond.
- Autumn Oaks Event Center
Autumn Oaks Event Center opened early last year by a family that found the need for more indoor/outdoor venues with an open catering policy. The 4,300-square-foot reception hall, 2,400-square-foot wrap-around porch, and lush outdoor space can accommodate as many as 375 guests. They offer Wi-Fi, a catering prep kitchen, tables and chairs.
“Our flexibility and versatility really set us apart,” said Cortnee Smith, one of the co-owners. “We have an open vendor policy so a family can bring in their own food or hire caterers. The space can work for an elegant or rustic wedding.”
- Cotton Creek Barn
Cotton Creek Barn sets a beautiful backdrop for a variety of outdoor events. The grounds are steeped in history with vintage structures throughout, like Carlyle the Covered Wagon, Ruby the 1957 Red Apache Chevrolet Pickup and the Santa Fe Train Car. The main barn, constructed of rusted tin and distressed wood, accommodates up to 300 guests, and The Grain Barn can host up to 150.
We’d love to hear more about additional outdoor venues so be sure to share your experience with us on social using #LiveLoveLubbock. If you’re planning an event in Lubbock, our team would love to help.