Regaled for its easy going, small-town lifestyle, Dunnellon, situated 20 miles southwest of Ocala, is attractive to groups seeking eco-activities on the Rainbow River and Withlacoochee River. In recent years, the town has attracted retirees drawn by Dunnellon’s low cost of living and easy access to Ocala. Golf amenities rate high among Dunnellon event venues.
Dunnellon is located 75 miles from Tampa International Airport, 85 miles from Orlando and 95 miles from Walt Disney World.
While the town of Dunnellon has no hotels with meeting space, it’s conveniently located to Crystal River and Ocala, which have several national chain and resort options. In Crystal River, 15 miles away, the 196-room Plantation Inn & Golf Resort has 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 14 meeting rooms, the 114-room Best Western Crystal River Resort has 1,000 square feet of meeting space and 3 meeting rooms and the 68-room Hampton Inn Crystal River has 1,000 square feet of meeting space and one meeting room.
Special event venues in Dunnellon include the Juliette Falls Golf Resort, which offers an upscale, off-site event venue with its expansive clubhouse featuring five event spaces, including the dining room that can accommodate up to 100 for a sit-down dinner and a tent on the lawn, where 400 people can congregate for a reception or dinner.
For down time between meetings, several fresh air forays are possible in Dunnellon. Three miles north of the town, Rainbow Springs State Park is popular for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking. Top golf courses in the area are Juliette Falls, Rainbow Rivers Club and Citrus Springs Golf & Country Club.
Dining venues in Dunnellon include Romeo’s at Juliette Falls Golf Resort, offering the best group option. Ocala and Crystal River, both less than a 20-minute drive, have a wide variety of chain possibilities such as Outback Steakhouse and Red Lobster.