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Santa Ana, the largest city in Orange County is a key business hub for the region and the county seat. Given their prime location between Los Angeles and San Diego, the versatile meeting venues in Santa Ana are poised to welcome business gatherings and trade events of various sizes.
Santa Ana is located in the heart of Southern California, allowing for easy transportation to Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego via the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) and the Garden Grove Freeway. John Wayne Airport, the only commercial airport in Orange County, is conveniently located south of town and welcomes direct flights from major cities across the US. Metrolink trains conveniently link Santa Ana to Los Angeles, Anaheim and Irvine.
A 10-minute drive from Santa Ana, the nearby Anaheim Convention Center has 815,000 square feet of exhibit space, making it the West Coast's largest such facility. Event venues in Santa Ana proper include the Discovery Science Center, where the 59,000 square feet of meeting space can easily accommodate up to 1,500 people. The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, the largest museum in Orange County, offers 15,000 square feet of event space and can host 1,000 guests. The Heritage Museum of Orange County, styled like a 19th-century country estate, is set on 11.5 manicured acres and offers indoor and outdoor event spaces for up to 650.
The 178-room Holiday Inn Santa Ana offers 4,673 square feet of meeting space for groups of up to 200. At the 300-room Embassy Suites Hotel in Santa Ana, event venues include a 4,407-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into four smaller rooms, as well as a conference suite and four additional meeting rooms. The 167-room Doubletree Club Santa Ana includes a 1,848-square-foot ballroom with a seating capacity of 180 in addition to three smaller meeting rooms and outdoor meeting space.
In Santa Ana, groups can meet over superb food or drinks at top-rated restaurants such as Morton's The Steakhouse, where the private space seats 144. The elegant Mezzanine Room at Darya can host groups 90 or more people, and the entire restaurant may be reserved for private parties of up to 250.
While Southern Cailfornia's signature attraction, the Disney land Resort, is located a few minutes north in neighboring Anaheim, don't forget that Santa Ana is also stone's throw from Orange County's beautiful beaches, so attendees should pack their swimsuits.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
John Wayne Airport (SNA)
Approximate taxi fare: $21.75 USD
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