Hendricks and Hamilton Counties: Suburban Indy’s Dynamic Duo

 
 

Savannah Osbourn
Published May 07, 2018

In the northern and western suburbs of Indianapolis, meeting planners will discover everything they need to make their next conference a success, from spacious, affordable venues to engaging local attractions.

Hendricks County offers a glimpse into classic small-town culture with charming downtown shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants. The Bread Basket Café and Bakery in Danville is widely acclaimed as one of the top eateries in the state, and the Mayberry Café pays tribute to the beloved family sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show” with quaint decor and home-style cooking.

There are also several unusual event spaces available, such as the CRG Event Center, which is catered by the prestigious Cunningham Restaurant Group. Other county highlights include Beasley’s Orchard, Splash Island Family Water Park and Lucas Oil Raceway, a nationally recognized drag race strip that draws thousands of people each year to the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

Nearby, Hamilton County features a wide selection of wineries, craft breweries and premier golf courses, with new businesses opening every year. This summer, the Indianapolis-based company Sun King Brewery will open a new 15,000-square-foot facility in the county with a scenic rooftop patio and a designated event space for up to 300 guests. A new Topgolf facility and Ikea recently opened as well. 

After hours, many meeting groups enjoy team-building activities at Koteewi Park, a 750-acre park with a natural history center, an archery range, horse-back riding trails and a treetop adventure course.

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center

Just off I-70, the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center is slated to open by early 2019 as Hendricks County’s first and only full-service hotel property. The hotel will feature 175 suites, free on-site parking and complimentary shuttle services to the Indianapolis International Airport. Meeting groups can access the 21,000-square-foot conference facility through a climate-controlled walkway attached to the hotel. For those in need of overflow space for conferences, there are over 900 hotel rooms within walking distance of the new conference center.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville

In April, a new Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville opened in Hamilton County, providing the county with an additional 198 suites and 29,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. As Hamilton County’s largest meeting venue, this significant development is expected to attract new conferences and events to the area. The seven-story hotel is conveniently located just off Interstate 69 near many of the county’s most prominent attractions, such as the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, the Hamilton Town Center, the Conner Prairie Living History Museum and the Center for the Performing Arts.

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