Planners seeking a special place with distinctive venues for small meetings need look no further than McKinney. Located 30 miles north of Dallas, McKinney features one of the older and most authentic historic districts in Texas. Many of the venues available for meetings and events are located in and near the historic district, with even more signature venues located in other desirable areas of the city.
McKinney’s Historic Downtown Cultural District evokes nostalgia and attracts guests from across the United States and around the globe, and is the perfect meeting and event location if walkability is a feature you seek. The 45-room boutique Grand Hotel is located on the square and offers a variety of small spaces for board meetings and banquets, including a ballroom on the second floor and fine dining establishment, Rick’s Chophouse, located on the first floor beneath the hotel’s guest rooms.
Many downtown building date back to the mid-to-late 1800s and house more than 100 mom-and-pop businesses including locally-owned restaurants, specialty shops, boutiques, art galleries and studios, and wineries, providing a perfect free-time activity for attendees to explore. For those interested in nightlife after your meeting wraps for the day, downtown McKinney offers live music at restaurants, wineries, pubs, a comedy club, hooka café, a vintage video arcade, and even a speakeasy!
McKinney’s three history museums – The Collin County History Museum, Chestnut Square Heritage Village, and the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts – are all located just off the square and provide a glimpse into the lives of early Texas settlers. All offer small meeting spaces as does the Historic Collin County Courthouse, built in 1872, that now houses the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Historic walking and trolley tours are available for visiting groups wanting to learn more about McKinney’s history.
The McKinney Cotton Mill
Elsewhere in the city, the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center features 187 guest rooms, 20,000 square feet of meeting/break-out space, and an on-site restaurant. Located at the southern gateway to the city, the Sheraton is conveniently close to most city amenities and approximately five miles from the downtown square. Other options for meetings and after-hours gatherings are also available in the newly opened Hub 121 entertainment district.
Sheraton McKinney Hotel & Conference Center
Foodies will delight in the culinary adventures awaiting them in McKinney with some of the finest dining available during after-meeting hours or as catering options for your meeting attendees. Many of the chefs work closely with area farmers to incorporate locally sourced produce, meat, and dairy into their menus. Guests taking a downtown food tour will enjoy sampling many of these offerings.
For planners wishing to challenge their attendees to a team building exercise, Visit McKinney is happy to create a special customized challenge through which teams earn points for completing various tasks set up in our app.
Marie Woodard, Association and Corporate Sales Manager