The Farmers Branch neighborhood of Dallas is part of the Platinum Corridor, home for some 2,500 offices and 70 corporate headquarters. Hotels and meeting venues in Farmers Branch are suitably upscale, and rubbing shoulders with its uber-luxe next-door neighbor Las Colinas certainly increases its room inventory. (In fact, the 160-room Doubletree Club Dallas Farmers Branch is actually in Las Colinas).
It is approximately seven miles northeast of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and a few miles northwest of Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL). Quick access from DFW to Farmers Branch is helped by its being off I-635 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway).
Thanks to the symbiotic relationship between it and Las Colinas, the 337-room Omni Dallas Park West can be counted among the hotel venues in Farmers Branch. Other properties include the 377-room Holiday Inn Select North Dallas; 200-room NYLO Dallas/Las Colinas; 200-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Las Colinas; 290-room Doubletree Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria and 310-room Sheraton Dallas North.
There's a rather unusual aspect to some event venues in Farmers Branch, and that is: ice rink. There is Dr Pepper StarCenter, which has a restaurant and bar, two regulation-size ice-hockey surfaces both with viewing areas, four conference rooms and 11,000 square feet of function space for events of up to 600 persons. The celebrated Galleria shopping mall also has an ice-skating arena that is perfect for groups.
Speaking of the Galleria, it's almost impossible in Farmers Branch (or in the entire metroplex for that matter) to throw a lasso without hitting a mall, which is where most Farmers Branch dining venues are likely to be found. Three restaurants worth checking out for meetings are the Saltgrass Steak House; Marshall's Bar-B-Q, and Nuevo Leon Mex-Mex.
Outdoors, the Farmers Branch Historical Park and the four, walkway-connected rose gardens along Valley View Lane are gorgeous in clement months, the former containing the oldest building in the Dallas area. Joggers will love long, thin Rawhide Park, a stream running along its middle and a running/walking track looping its inside perimeter. It might not be a good idea to run in the summer, for, this being Texas, the weather is fine most of the year but very hot then.