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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, opens in a new windowCOMO Connect, 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 opens in a new windowrestaurants
  • Assist with choice of event venue, speakers, opens in a new windowentertainment and more
  • Provide a welcoming complimentary services package customized to meet the needs of the group
  • Help arrange  opens in a new windowtransportation 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 opens in a new windowlodging options 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 opens in a new windowrestaurants (many of them uniquely local), shopping, galleries, entertainment, and more. You can almost always find live music playing in opens in a new windowThe District, where you can also catch an independent film, hop on the opens in a new windowMKT Trail, and sample local beer.

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

  1. Grab a cup of homemade ice cream at opens in a new windowSparky’s (alcoholic flavors included)
  2. Listen to live music at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note or opens in a new windowRose Music Hall
  3. Shop for local gifts and products at opens in a new windowPoppy or opens in a new windowThe Candy Factory
  4. Explore caves and trails at opens in a new windowRock Bridge Memorial State Park
  5. Choose from locally brewed beers at opens in a new windowFlat Branch or opens in a new windowLogboat Brewing Co.
  6. Snap a photo at opens in a new windowThe Columns, Columbia’s most-photographed spot, and wander through Mizzou’s opens in a new windowBotanic Garden
  7. Have a slice at opens in a new windowShakespeare’s Pizza, named “Best College Hangout” in the nation by Good Morning America
  8. Take a look through current exhibits at opens in a new windowSager | Braudis Gallery and Stephens College’s Historic opens in a new windowCostume Gallery
  9. Catch an independent film at opens in a new windowRagtag Cinema – on a couch, with a beer!
  10. Sample Missouri wines at opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois Vineyards

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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