Ninety miles equidistant of Dallas and Shreveport, Louisiana, groups can stop and smell the roses in Tyler, Texas. Known as America's Rose Capital, Tyler boasts a Municipal Rose Garden with over 38,000 varieties. Relaxed and rejuvenated, groups can make the most of their meetings held at Tyler event venues–ranging from fairgrounds to historic homes–before calling it a night at one of the more than 2,400 Tyler hotel rooms.
While it has a strong drive-to market, Tyler is also served by Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR), which has nonstops to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport via American Eagle and to George Bush Intercontinental Airport via United Express.
The Rose City Complex is chief among Tyler event venues. The aptly named facility encompasses the Harvey Hall Convention Center, East Texas State Fairgrounds, 4,000-seat Mike Carter Field, 13,500-seat Rose Stadium and the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and Rose Garden Center & Museum. With 51,099 square feet of space, the Harvey Convention Center is the largest of the venues. Its 17,460-square-foot Main Hall can accommodate 1,500 people, while the 8,449-square-foot South Hall can accommodate up to 650 people and is divisible into five spaces. The center also has a 6,600-square-foot lobby area and 963 parking spaces.
Home of the annual East Texas State Fair in late September, the East Texas State Fairgrounds is available during the off-season. Among its venues are the Mayfair Building, which can seat up to 500 people and still have room for a dance floor, and three lighted pavilions often used for livestock events, reunions and product sales. Also part of the complex is the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden. Since 1952, the 14-acre garden has been both a trial garden for testing new varieties of roses and a display garden for rose exhibits. One popular exhibit displays antique rose varieties that date back to 1867. The adjacent Rose Garden Center & Museum has 30,000 square feet for meetings, receptions and social events and boasts panoramic views of the gardens.
Tyler has plenty to offer when it comes to unique event venues. Small business meetings of 30 to 35 guests find an elegant setting at the Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House, a Texas Historic Landmark and one of the finest examples of Eastlake-Bracketed Victorian architecture in Texas. Just a few minutes from downtown, the Centaur Arabian Farms is an excellent spot for corporate retreats, offering breakfast, lunch and full-day meeting packages and a 2,200-square-foot rustic barn with room for over 200 guests. The DC Brown Heritage Building, Cowan Center at UT Tyler and Smith's Lone Star Event Center are among the other memorable venues for Tyler meetings, conferences and events. With 10,000 square feet, the 182-room Holiday Inn South Broadway has the most space of hotel venues in Tyler.
For groups that just need a relaxing night of dinner and drinks, Tyler's many restaurants come to the rescue. Featuring everything from the crawfish-stuffed filet to prime New York strip steaks grilled at 1800 degrees, Rick's on the Square is an upscale downtown venue with room for up to 150 people. Kiepersol Estates Restaurant provides fine wines and a luxurious ambiance for business dinners and receptions in one of two banquet rooms, seating up to 12 and 25 people, respectively. Currents, The Potpourri House and Spring Creek Barbeque are among the other restaurants with private rooms in Tyler.