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Jul 14, 2016

Top Meeting Trends in Lubbock

Faced with the responsibility of hosting a meeting? Whether it’s a convention for 2,000 people, a small conference for 40 guests or a gigantic family reunion, Lubbock has plenty of flexible venues to choose from. Create an unforgettable meeting experience in the town True West Magazine labeled as the No. 1 Western Town for 2016.

One of the best aspects of meeting in Lubbock is that it’s easy to integrate the hottest meeting trends into your event—with a little Texas twist. Here are a few ways to keep your next Lubbock, Texas, meeting or event on-trend.

1. Go local with food & beverage. One of the best ways to give your meeting that local feel is by giving your attendees food that’s truly representative of the destination. That’s easy to do in Lubbock, which has a variety of catering options that are one-of-a-kind.

Cagle Steaks, for example, is a local family-owned restaurant that can cater up to 2,000 people with mesquite-flavored steaks. The restaurant has been feeding locals and visitors for more than 20 years and is among the most popular places to eat in town. Meeting planners can opt to host their event in one of six catering buildings, making it easier to serve food hot off the grill.

John Cagle with Cagle Steaks

John Cagle with Cagle Steaks

Another option is HX Chuckwagon catering service, which hands meals out to your attendees from an authentic 1890s chuckwagon. They serve true, traditional Texas cuisine, including wood-fired chicken fried steaks, cowboy beans, mashed potatoes and homemade breads.

2. Use a venue that feels like Texas. More and more event attendees want to experience the local culture when visiting a city for an event. They don’t want a ballroom reception that feels like every other venue. Luckily, Lubbock has a variety of venues that are unique to the area.

Consider Spirit Ranch, a private reservoir with four meeting spaces surrounding an idyllic landscape of towering trees, rippling creeks and free-roaming peacocks.

Maybe you’re in the mood to plan a meeting showcasing West Texas history. In that case, the American Wind Power Center, National Ranching Heritage Center or Bayer Museum of Agriculture are the perfect fit.

American Wind Power Center

American Wind Power Center

National Ranching Heritage Center

National Ranching Heritage Center

Bayer Museum of Agriculture

Bayer Museum of Agriculture

Another fantastic option is the Alamo Drafthouse. This venue is actually a cinema that can be rented out for meetings. The movie screen is a great way to present a PowerPoint slideshow or tutorial videos, while your guests listen from the comforts of their plush, movie theater seats.

3. Think health and wellness. One of the most popular meeting trends in recent years is the addition of breakout sessions or time off for attendees to be able to exercise their minds—and bodies.

Plan a morning yoga session in the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, adjacent to the famous Buddy Holly Center. Or maybe you want to organize a hike at Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark, an archaeological site where bones and fossils dating back 12,000 years have been unearthed, documenting the lives of the ancient people that once dwelled there.

Hike through Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark.

Hike through Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark.

You can also plan an outing to the Texas Tech University campus, where your group will get the chance to admire the gorgeous Spanish Renaissance architecture and over 80 public art installments.

Texas Tech University Public Art Walk.

Texas Tech University public art collection.

4. Plan an unusual meeting experience. There’s a time and a place for a hotel meeting, but if you’re interested in making your event a little more memorable, think outside the box.

Wow your guests at the Silent Wings Museum, which tells the story of the U.S. Glider Program and is home to three exhibit galleries, a C-47 airplane, research library, multimedia theater and one of the few fully restored World War II gliders in existence. Or host events and meetings at one of Lubbock’s five award-winning wineries. Attendees can enjoy a private tour and tasting at each winery, while learning about Lubbock’s vast grape-growing industry.

Silent Wings Museum

Silent Wings Museum

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