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When it comes to planning your next meeting or conference take a closer look at Columbia, Missouri. Located right in the center of the state, Columbia has over 3,800 hotel rooms, with accommodations that can fit any budget. Columbia also offers the convenience, choices and value that will make any event a success, but the city also has that little something extra (hint: it’s fun!) that makes your attendees’ experiences memorable. So see if you can find what you’ve been missing here in Columbia…

bar at Logboat Brewing Co. with sign of brews currently on tap4 Breweries:

A testament to Columbia’s entrepreneurial spirit, four delicious breweries call the city home. Both Flat Branch Pub & Brewing and Broadway Brewery have excellent food along with their craft brews, but if you really want to go all-out for your event, check out the event space at Logboat Brewery or Bur Oak Brewery. Boasting a relaxed industrial tasting room, Logboat also has ample outdoor space, a great space to rent for a casual reception with games and good times. Bur Oak has ample parking and you can host an event inside the brewery and taproom! Talk about an unforgettable event.

Shrimp and grits, steak, and lobster mac n cheese at Room 38300 Restaurants:

Having so many restaurants makes it difficult to choose, but the Columbia CVB sales and service staff is ready to help you pick the perfect spot! From pizza to pierogies to paella, every price point and palate can be accommodated. Find an intimate room to treat your board to a special meal or find a uniquely Columbia spot to cater for everyone attending your conference.

Artwork at Poppy, a boutique in Columbia60 Unique Shops:

Family vacations aren’t the only time you want to pick up a souvenir! In Columbia, nearly everywhere you turn, there’s a unique option to take home. Prints by local artists, locally produced chocolates or preserves, or even a fun piece of jewelry will be a lasting reminder of your time here in CoMo. Plus, don’t you already have enough coffee mugs?

people waiting in line at the Ozark Mountain Biscuit food truck12 Food Trucks:

When you want something to be the unexpected hit of your meeting or conference, think food on wheels! The food truck trend has rolled out in Columbia in a big way. Lily’s Cantina has fresh, authentic Mexican dishes, The Big Cheese will put pulled pork on your grilled cheese sandwich, and the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company uses fantastic local ingredients to make their homemade biscuits even more delicious. Food trucks take the restaurant on the road and are a fun break from the usual conference fare.

Ragtag cinema, an independent film house in Columbia20 Entertainment Hot Spots:

A fun night out can be the icing on the cake for a successful conference. From low-key to fast-paced, Columbia offers it all. Gather your group for a world-class performance at the University Concert Series. Enjoy the lawn and local music at Rose Music Hall. Or let the CVB help you find options that your attendees can choose from! If you’re looking for great team-building activities, the CVB also can help you find a custom option just for your group.

A trail in Columbia64.5 Miles of Nature Trails:

Who says work can’t also be a little bit of an escape? One of the things people are impressed with over and over again is Columbia’s commitment to green spaces, including our extensive trail system. Whether you brought your bike along and want to take a ride or if a simple stroll is more your style, Columbia’s trails deliver both beauty and serenity. Trails wind through neighborhoods, across campuses and even down by the Missouri River. Check out Columbia at its most picturesque with a break on the trails.


We think when you take all of these great amenities together with the CVB’s incredible sales and service team, Columbia really adds up. Ready to explore and learn more? Contact our sales team or submit your RFP today!

 

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Work hard AND play hard in Columbia! Check out how your meeting can be better here in CoMo:

Convenience

Columbia is located halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis on Interstate 70 and is 30 minutes from Missouri’s state Capitol, Jefferson City. Our central location means higher attendance for your meetings.

Columbia is easy to navigate with relatively low traffic and plenty of parking. If your attendees prefer not to drive, we have a variety of taxi companies and a convenient public transit system, COMO Connectopens in a new window, to take them wherever they need to go.The Broadway Columbia

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help your Columbia meeting run smoothly. Here are some things we can do for you:

  • Arrange site visits of meeting spaces and hotels
  • Assist with date selection to avoid conflicts with other events
  • Obtain proposals and room blocks from hotels
  • Identify group-friendly restaurantsopens in a new window
  • Assist with choice of event venue, speakers, entertainmentopens in a new window and more
  • Provide a welcoming complimentary services package customized to meet the needs of the group
  • Help arrange transportationopens in a new window for off-site events
  • Assist with press release distribution as well as promotion on our website and social media

Value

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With 36 hotels representing more than 3600 rooms, our lodging optionsopens in a new window and meeting spaces can accommodate any budget and are typically priced lower than larger cities.

Fun

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Our unique blend of small town and big city offers a small-town feel and friendliness with big-city service and amenities – more than 200 restaurantsopens in a new window (many of them uniquely local), shopping, galleries, entertainment, and more. You can almost always find live music playing in The Districtopens in a new window, where you can also catch an independent film, hop on the MKT Trailopens in a new window, and sample local beer.

Sparkys and the bluenote

Free-time activities: Make your attendees say “that was the best conference ever!”

  1. Grab a cup of homemade ice cream at Sparky’sopens in a new window (alcoholic flavors included)
  2. Listen to live music at The Blue Noteopens in a new window or Rose Music Hallopens in a new window
  3. Shop for local gifts and products at Poppyopens in a new window or The Candy Factoryopens in a new window
  4. Explore caves and trails at Rock Bridge Memorial State Parkopens in a new window
  5. Choose from locally brewed beers at Flat Branchopens in a new window or Logboat Brewing Co.opens in a new window
  6. Snap a photo at The Columnsopens in a new window, Columbia’s most-photographed spot, and wander through Mizzou’s Botanic Gardenopens in a new window
  7. Have a slice at Shakespeare’s Pizzaopens in a new window, named “Best College Hangout” in the nation by Good Morning America
  8. Take a look through current exhibits at Sager | Braudis Galleryopens in a new window and Stephens College’s Historic Costume Galleryopens in a new window
  9. Catch an independent film at Ragtag Cinemaopens in a new window – on a couch, with a beer!
  10. Sample Missouri wines at Les Bourgeois Vineyardsopens in a new window

Rock bridge state park, Les Bourgeois Vineyards and the Columns at the University of Missouri

Are you ready to start planning your CoMo meeting? Request a meeting proposal here.

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6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.


February – the second month in and perhaps one of your resolutions is to embrace your creative side or try a new craft. If that’s the case, you are in luck. Columbia offers a lot of ways to discover your inner Martha Stewart. Whether you are a visitor, resident or attending a conference, we have many options, not only for individual crafts, but also for team-building crafts.

Each month you can find classes available at the Columbia Art League, Access Arts, Paint the Town and The Mud Room. These organizations offer the opportunity to be introduced to a new skill or technique and network with fellow art enthusiasts.

One hidden gem is the Craft Studio located on the MU campus in historic Memorial Union. Each week the Craft Studio holds classes and workshops in printmaking, ceramics, fibers and more. If you are looking for a team building experience, their Creative Team Building workshop “addresses specific challenges that many organizations struggle to overcome through mediated discussion and creative projects.” They offer workshops in Creative Marketing Solutions and Vision & Goal Setting as well.

harold's doughnutsIf cooking is more your creative speed, try “Love Your Craft Cooking Series” with Melissa at Harold’s Donuts. You and your team will be able to make donuts like pros at this fun class, and you’ll leave with practical knowledge of how to make doughnuts from home.

Back to 2 Basics offers teams another chance to work together and cook a meal. Games are incorporated throughout to keep things lively, and the grand finale is when everyone gets to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

These are just a few of the unique and fun options Columbia has to offer. Whichever team-building experience you choose, you are sure to be enriched. And who knows, you may even find a great new hobby! Enjoy, and we hope to see you back in Columbia soon!

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Work hard AND play hard in Columbia! Check out how your meeting can be better here in CoMo:

Convenience

Columbia is located halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis on Interstate 70 and is 30 minutes from Missouri’s state Capitol, Jefferson City. Our central location means higher attendance for your meetings.

Columbia is easy to navigate with relatively low traffic and plenty of parking. If your attendees prefer not to drive, we have a variety of taxi companies and a convenient public transit system, COMO Connectopens in a new window, to take them wherever they need to go.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help your Columbia meeting run smoothly. Here are some things we can do for you:

  • Arrange site visits of meeting spaces and hotels
  • Assist with date selection to avoid conflicts with other events
  • Obtain proposals and room blocks from hotels
  • Identify group-friendly restaurantsopens in a new window
  • Assist with choice of event venue, speakers, entertainmentopens in a new window and more
  • Provide a welcoming complimentary services package customized to meet the needs of the group
  • Help arrange transportationopens in a new window for off-site events
  • Assist with press release distribution as well as promotion on our website and social media

Value

With 36 hotels representing more than 3600 rooms, our lodging optionsopens in a new window and meeting spaces can accommodate any budget and are typically priced lower than larger cities.

Fun

Our unique blend of small town and big city offers a small-town feel and friendliness with big-city service and amenities – more than 200 restaurantsopens in a new window (many of them uniquely local), shopping, galleries, entertainment, and more. You can almost always find live music playing in The Districtopens in a new window, where you can also catch a comedy showopens in a new window, an independent film, and sample local beer.

convenience, value, and fun - hold your meeting in Columbia, MO

Free-time activities: Make your attendees say “that was the best conference ever!”

  1. Grab a cup of homemade ice cream at Sparky’sopens in a new window (alcoholic flavors included)
  2. Listen to live music at The Blue Noteopens in a new window or Rose Music Hallopens in a new window
  3. Shop for local gifts and products at Poppyopens in a new window or The Candy Factoryopens in a new window
  4. Explore caves and trails at Rock Bridge Memorial State Parkopens in a new window
  5. Choose from locally brewed beers at Flat Branchopens in a new window or Logboat Brewing Co.opens in a new window
  6. Snap a photo at The Columnsopens in a new window, Columbia’s most-photographed spot, and wander through Mizzou’s Botanic Gardenopens in a new window
  7. Have a slice at Shakespeare’s Pizzaopens in a new window, named “Best College Hangout” in the nation by Good Morning America
  8. Take a look through current exhibits at Sager | Braudis Galleryopens in a new window and Stephens College’s Historic Costume Galleryopens in a new window
  9. Catch an independent film at Ragtag Cinemaopens in a new window – on a couch, with a beer!
  10. Sample Missouri wines at Les Bourgeois Vineyardsopens in a new window

Are you ready to start planning your CoMo meeting? Request a meeting proposal .

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