With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

With more than 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, planners can choose from a variety of venues—from a private beachfront property to a storied historic spot or a fully stocked hotel conference center. "Our region provides the ‘California State of Mind’ without breaking the bank. We are always excited to work with planners to create exclusive customized incentive packages,” says Brian Tucker president & CEO of Ventura County Coast.

When the agenda is done, mix business with pleasure with post-meeting outings to please any vibe. 

"There is a feeling you get when you explore the region, the only way I can explain it is good vibes. Everything from the perfect weather, our beaches, cool downtown areas and diverse shopping options make this the perfect California destination,” says Tucker.

For the active groups, try paddle boarding, parasailing, hiking, surfing or snorkeling. Be sure to explore one of the region’s most inspiring destinations: Channel Islands National Park. Known as the “the Galapagos Islands of North America,” the park is comprised of five islands. The islands are wild and isolated with natural and cultural resources that have been preserved over thousands of years, making the park unlike any other place on Earth. Despite its remote setting, it is as close as a one-hour boat ride (which is itself a jaw-dropping experience) from Ventura and/or Oxnard harbors.

Foodies will appreciate the farm-to-table restaurants in the area. Enjoy a seafood extravaganza, dining al fresco with the ocean as your backdrop. Or try a brewery crawl, many of which are within walking distance and near the beach. 

Immerse yourself in the region’s lifestyle and culture by renting a bike to explore on two wheels or taking a break at one of the locally owned shops and boutiques. Don’t skip your chance to go whale-watching and be sure to check out the region’s art galleries and public art.

And if you’re still not sure which vibe best suits your group, Ventura County Coast has put together a handy quiz for you to take to get a feel for the best itinerary. 

Ventura County Coast is located off Highway 101, one hour north of Los Angeles and convenient to airports. The region is safe and open for meetings. 

"Ventura County Coast offers something for everyone and we have plenty of accommodations to make sure our visitors are comfortable during their entire stay,” says Tucker.

Lately, I’ve run across two companies offering Bear Camps, and they both definitely piqued my interest. Living in the mountains of Colorado, I’ve had bears cross my back patio early in the morning and at dusk and enter my garage to snack on treats in the freezer late at night when the door didn’t get shut (think homemade ice cream and chocolate truffles).

 

Incorporating the host city into the framework of the meeting is an effective way to enhance the content of the conference.

Host in Local Hotel
While attendees might flock to flag hotels, consider a boutique hotel as overflow to showcase the destination. In Lubbock, the DoubleTree by Hilton offers a local flair through design and cuisine; meanwhile, just a few streets over, the Cotton Court Hotel pays tribute to the area’s cotton history. 

 

Plano, Texas is truly the land of plenty. Blending historic charm with modern luxury, the city brims with attractions and amenities. With nearly 60 hotels of various price points, 1000+ restaurants, world class shopping, a lively arts and nightlife scene, abundant natural beauty, and four walkable districts, Plano is the perfect city for a meeting of any size.