By Teresa K. Traverse
Chandler is the perfect choice for your small meeting. The city is teeming with optimal spaces to host your meeting and when the day is done, you can retreat to one of the area’s many hotels, enjoy top-notch dining, or enjoy the local arts scene. Plus, Chandler offers easy access to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, making it ideal for out-of-state business travelers. Here are just a few more reasons why Chandler is a great place to host your next meeting.
From one of the city’s cultural gems to an elegant private two-acre space, Chandler offers a variety of spaces where you can host your next meeting. For a truly spectacular venue, consider The Chandler Center for the Arts, where theaters and foyer are available for meetings of all kinds. The 800-seat Mainstage theater can seat a maximum number of 1,500, while the 350-seat Hal Bogle Theatre is perfect for a smaller gathering. The foyer space can accommodate as many as 350 and comes complete with soaring ceilings and grand chandeliers for a refined feeling.
Although typically used as a wedding venue, the two-acre private Bella Rose Estate makes for an elegant meeting space. The indoor, 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom can seat as many as 300. Attendees also can mingle outside and admire the lush setting that includes two waterfalls, five fountains and fragrant flower beds.
From a full-fledged Arizona resort to a hotel that’s mere steps from the city’s largest mall, Chandler is home to hotels to meet your every need. For a true taste of Arizona, book a room at the full-service Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. Open since 1912, this is the Grand Canyon state’s first golf resort. Besides luxe resort amenities like a heated pool and spa, this resort is just steps from downtown Chandler—giving all who stay there easy access to downtown shops and restaurants.
The contemporary Courtyard by Marriott Chandler Fashion Center provides guests with access to the plethora of shops and restaurants that Chandler’s largest mall—Chandler Fashion Center—offers.
One of the best parts about traveling for a meeting is getting a chance to check out new restaurants—and in Chandler, a top-notch restaurant is always nearby. Feast on wood-fired Neapolitan pies at Bella Gusto Urban Pizzeria or dig into classic American fare like steaks and prime rib at Charleston’s. Tip: Don’t skip the signature key lime pie for dessert.
When the working day is done, Chandler offers plenty of outdoor recreation activities. If your way of winding down is catching a glimpse of one of our fine feathered friends, Veterans Oasis Park is one of Arizona’s premier birding sites. Walk the 4.5 miles of paved trails here, and see if you can spot over 150 bird species that call this place home. For a brisk stroll or jog, check out the Consolidated Canal in east Chandler and tackle the 6.5-mile Paseo Trail featuring a 10-foot wide concrete pathway. Or saddle up and take a guided horseback ride at the Koli Equestrian Center, where you’ll ride through sweeping desert landscapes.
Arts & Entertainment
Chandler is home to a vibrant art and culture scene that visitors can enjoy. The Chandler Center for the Arts offers a plethora of cultural experiences. See top acts like country star LeAnn Rimes, watch dynamic shows like “Dynasty: A Kung Fu and Dance Epic,” and browse the 2,000-square-foot Gallery at CCA featuring rotating work from regional and national artists in mediums ranging from textiles to ceramics.
Located in City Hall, the Vision Gallery is a fine arts gallery that showcases the work of more than 300 regional artists. Exhibits rotate frequently, giving visitors the chance to see new works whenever they visit. Learn more about the city’s rich historical roots and see rotating regional and national exhibits when you visit the Chandler Museum, or catch the latest movies while you sip on craft beer at Flix Brewhouse in downtown Chandler.