Just south of California's capital, Sacramento, is the family-oriented community of Elk Grove. Founded in 1850 as a stage coach stop on the Monterey Trail, the city is known for its historic downtown, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many buildings, dating back to the 1800s, contain an array of antique shops and specialty boutiques, along with some unique Elk Grove event venues. There is always a festival under way in the historic district, from the Dicken's Street Faire in December, to the Chili Cook-off in June.
Elk Grove is 26 miles south of Sacramento International Airport, which is served by all major airlines providing nonstop service to 28 cities.
Elk Grove saw the addition of a new event center in 2014. Coined The Falls Event Centers, the new state-of-the-art center features two identical 13,500-square-foot buildings allowing for two simultaneous full-building events, with a total indoor event capacity of 770 people. Groups can also gather at two spacious patios. Each building features a main event hall, large and small conference rooms, a theater, board room, game room and two caterer's kitchens.
Hotel venues in Elk Grove hotels include the 115-room Holiday Inn Express on the east site; it has the largest meeting space, with a ballroom that can handle a meeting of 375 or a banquet for 240 people. The 116-room Hilton Garden Inn can accommodate a meeting of up to 160 people, while the 110-room Hampton Inn & Suites has meeting space to host a group of up to 50 people and the 76-room Fairfield Inn & Suites provides a room that can accommodate up to 40 people theater-style.
Off-site event venues in Elk Grove typically include one of three facilities: The elegant Valley Oak Ballroom at the Wackford Community and Aquatic Center can host a banquet for 200 people that can begin with a reception on the facility's spacious patio. The Reception Hall at Laguna Town Hall, which can handle up to 300 for a meal event, has facilities that include a courtyard and amphitheater. The Pavilion in Elk Grove Regional Park, which features wrap-around windows and two patios, can host a meeting for 300 people or a banquet for 200.
Elk Grove's menu of restaurants is flavorful. Boulevard Bistro is known for the chef's use of local produce, meat and seafood, while the Palermo Ristorante Italiano menu is based on family recipes from Southern Italy and the Brick House Restaurant and Lounge, located in Old Town, serves hearty American fare. Local favorites include Toda Un Poco Mexican & Italian Bistro, which can accommodate large groups, Paesano's, with a modern Italian menu served in a funky atmosphere, and Letherby's Family Creamery, a Sacramento classic.
A mile down the road from Old Town, the city is currently developing a 75-acre civic center that will include a small conference center and hotel, along with local government offices, a library, a children's museum, shops, a veteran's hall or memorial, and a competitive aquatic center.