Although it is sometimes treated as a suburb of Sacramento, Davis is its own decidedly hip community, where life is centered on its University of California campus. It has a lively, safe and walkable downtown where quaint historic homes and buildings house everything from Davis event venues to shops full of chic clothes and cutting-edge outdoor gear.
Davis is about 20 miles from Sacramento International Airport, which is served by most major airlines.
The bulk of the meeting venues in Davis are found at the university. The UCDavis Conference Center is a LEED certified facility that offers a ballroom of nearly 4,000 square feet, plus two other meeting rooms. Additional breakout space is found at the adjacent Walter A. Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center (4 rooms) and Hyatt Place, which offers 1,100 square feet of space in two rooms and will soon have a total of 127 guest rooms. Along with the 1,800-seat Robert Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, which is across the plaza from the conference center, the university has a number of other options for meetings. The major city facility is the 325-seat auditorium and attendant function space at the Veterans Memorial Center.
Hotel venues in Davis apart from Hyatt Place (currently with 75 guest rooms) include the 33-room Aggie Inn, which features seven two-room cottage suites, the 27-suite Best Western Palm Court, which offers an 18-person boardroom, the Hallmark Inn, with the ability to host 80 for a meeting, and the 43-room University Park Inn & Suites, which can host up to 50 people.
Special event venues in Davis can touch on various aspects of the town's personality. On the athletic side, there is the Bicycle Hall of Fame, where a group of up to 100 people can stage a reception with a backdrop of bicycle history. On the refined side, downtown's Pence Gallery can host around 60 people, and at UCDavis a reception at the Mondavi Food and Wine Institute can incorporate a tour or even a short class. For all-out fun, groups head to Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery, Davis' own brewery, which can host a reception or banquet for up to 90 people.
Just outside of Davis are three settings connected to the area's agricultural life: T.S. Glide Ranch, home of nonprofit Community Alliance of Family Farmers, offers an historic house surrounded by rolling fields that can handle a reception for up to 50 people, and the historic Farm on Putah Creek has a barn where a reception of up to 60 people can be held. Heidrick Ag History Center, home to the world's largest antique tractor and truck collection, can host a banquet for 325 or a reception of 500 people.
Group dining venues in Davis include Monticello and Seasons, which focus their elegant efforts on local produce. Pluto's is famously popular with the college crowd for its customized salads. Thai Recipes has a spare elegant design and an especially group-friendly attitude. And Tres Hermanas is a favorite Mexican restaurant among locals.