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Auburn-Opelika, AL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 25
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,947
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 236
Committable Meeting Rooms* 15
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $77
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $216
*Maximum for a single hotel

Auburn-Opelika, AL Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Auburn-Opelika, a city guide for meeting professionals. A destination bursting with cultural excellence, outdoor recreation, historic charm, and exceptional cuisine, Auburn-Opelika offers visitors a mild year-round climate perfect for enjoying all the area has to offer. Situated in east-central Alabama, Auburn-Opelika is 45 miles from Montgomery, 100 miles from Atlanta, and 120 miles from Birmingham. Auburn-Opelika is the proud home of Auburn University and the world-renowned Robert Trent Jones Grand National Golf area — part of the largest golf course construction project ever attempted — as well as a number of cultural and historical attractions.

Meeting participants and visitors can fly into the major hub of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Situated within two hours of Auburn-Opelika, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides service to 150 destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries, averaging 2,500 arrivals and departures daily. From Hartsfield, inexpensive shuttle service to the Auburn-Opelika area.

Major Auburn-Opelika meeting and conference venues include The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, as well as Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National. Situated on Auburn University's campus, the 236-room Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center puts guests within steps of university action and downtown shopping and dining. Meeting delegates have access to 22,000 square feet of private event space, including two ballrooms and a 356-person auditorium, while guests enjoy golf privileges at the private Auburn University Golf Club. Known for its spectacular golf access, accommodations, and meeting space, the 114-room Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National sits on 2,000 acres of lakefront countryside, along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The golf and business retreat features 54 holes of championship golf and 15,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a 4,704-square-foot Ballroom and 96-seat amphitheater.

When it comes to unique venues for group gatherings and events, Auburn-Opelika has it covered. Opelika's celebrated Robert Trent Jones Grand National Golf Course, one of the U.S.' top public courses, features 36 championship holes and an 18-hole course called the Short Course. Robert Trent Jones Grand National Golf welcomes both non-golf-related functions and golf events ranging from 16-person groups to more than 300-person tournaments. For an elegant function set amid Old World country charm, groups gather at Fountainview Mansion, a bed-and-breakfast and event venue situated four miles from Auburn University. Fountainview Mansion's event spaces include a dramatic foyer with twin staircases, a grand salon overlooking the pool and grounds, and a formal living room graced by a 1700s antique French pier mirror and a six-piece, Louis XV-style salon set.

The largest university in Alabama (and one of the largest universities in the South), Auburn University features a number of indoor and outdoor event spaces. The university's 14-acre Donald E. Davis Arboretum showcases more than 300 native species of woody plants and offers event space at its pavilion. A center for research and interaction between the university, the state's agricultural community, and citizens, the 30-acre Ag Heritage Park features such event spaces as its 175-person pavilion. Lastly, the university's Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art houses 2,000 traditional and contemporary works, including the 17-foot-tall, 17-foot-wide "Amber Luster," a Dale Chihuly piece constructed of more than 600 pieces of handblown glass. Groups can gather in a number of museum spaces, including the Grand Gallery, 127-person auditorium, and Susan Phillips Gardens, which feature a lighted reflecting pool framed by meditation fountains and gardens.

About Auburn-Opelika, AL / Additional Info

A unique Southern region known for its football, golf, and sense of community, Auburn-Opelika is immensely proud of its heritage, golfing strength, and its status as the home of Auburn University. Thanks to the area's mild year-round climate, visitors and residents alike can enjoy its hundreds of holes of public golf nearly any day of the year. Auburn's Chewacla State Park is another regional recreation favorite, as it offers nearly 700 acres of fishing, hiking and camping, as well as canoe and pedal boat rentals and picnic pavilions.

Meaning "large swamp" in Muskogee language, Opelika became a commercial center in the 1840s with the coming of the railroad, as it sat along one of the primary trade lines for shipments of raw cotton. Opelika again saw industrial growth from 1930 to 1970, thanks to the development of textile mills and retail operations. Today, its historic downtown area has been renovated into a shopping district, lined with specialty shops, antique stores, and galleries, all accented with turn-of-the-century flair.

Incorporated in 1839, Auburn has grown alongside its very own Auburn University, which opened its doors in 1859. The city experienced economic depression after the Civil War and began to pick up during World War II, when the university campus was turned into a training ground for armed forces. After the war, soldiers flooded the area to earn their education, thanks to the G.I. Bill. Today, many of the city's landmarks and iconic destinations go hand-in-hand with the university. One such destination, Toomer's Corner, sits at the intersection at which the city meets the university, and is the site of one of the university's most notorious and oldest traditions. It's here at Toomer's Corner that thousands of fans celebrate an Auburn University achievement by hurling toilet paper into the trees and over lampposts — an activity that can go on for hours. (Thanks to this time-honored tradition, Auburn is the only city in the country with a line item in its budget for removing toilet paper.) Sitting in the middle of it all at Toomer's Corner, Toomer's Drugs is the only business that has occupied the corner since 1896, its restaurant still serving handmade lemonade.

Auburn-Opelika's culinary scene pleases every taste. Situated one block from Toomer's Corner, Hamilton's on Magnolia specializes in contemporary fare, while downtown Auburn's Amsterdam Cafe practices a farm-to-table approach in the preparation of its seasonal offerings. Tucked away in Opelika's oldest industrial park, The Warehouse Bistro serves American and Continental cuisine in an eclectic setting. The second-oldest restaurant in Auburn, Barbecue House serves old-fashioned, pit-cooked meats, while Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar has been serving its famous homemade chili dogs and milkshakes since 1952.

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