Resting on a swathe of land about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, Layton is bounded by the Wasatch Mountains on the east and the Great Salt Lake on the west. An extensive year-round mountain and lake recreation are within minutes of its conference center, meeting hotels and other Layton event venues. Also great for groups is Layton's walkable downtown zone, with more than 90 restaurants, a shopping mall and seven hotels (soon to be nine).
Salt Lake International Airport, a 20-minute drive from Layton, is a Delta hub and is also served by United, US Air, Southwest, SkyWest, American Airlines, Jet Blue and Frontier. The over 90 daily flights include nonstop service to 31 cities domestically and six international destinations. Along with taxi and shuttle service, beginning this fall Layton-bound meeting delegates will be able to take light rail from the airport.
Within the 70,000 square feet of space in 43 rooms at the Davis Conference Center is the 18,350-square-foot Eclipse Expo hall, which can accommodate anything from RV shows to a Roller Derby, and the 6,752-square-foot Stratus Ballroom, which can host a banquet for 1,600. The hotel with the largest meeting space is 110-room Courtyard Marriott, with 3,000 square feet.
Off-site events can be held Lagoon Amusement Park (Utah's largest), which has 35 pavilions that can accommodate up to 1,200 people. Nearby Boondocks Fun Center offers bowling, laser tag, arcades, rollerball, two miniature golf courses, three go-kart tracks, bumper boats & batting cages, along with two meeting rooms that combine to hold up to 350 people. There is also a half-acre of grassy area for barbecues. The new CenterPoint Legacy Theater performance complex, in neighboring Centerville, is a 62,000-square-foot facility that features a 525-seat main theater and a 150-seat theater.
Group dining venues in Layton with distinctive food and atmosphere include Corbin's Grill, featuring a steak and seafood menu; Roosters Brewing Company, known for its microbrews and tasty bread pudding; and MacCools Public House, with its heavy wooden tables with Celtic crosses in the middle. Ethnic restaurants of note include Taste of India, Osaka Sushi and Sushi Ya, known for its $19 all-you-can-eat sushi lunch.
When the meeting's over, Layton is the gateway to the Great Salt Lake's major recreation location, 28,000-acre Antelope Island, with 36 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. New this year are boat and kayak rentals; a dinner cruise is slated to join the mix next year. Just to the east are Powder Mountain and Snowbasin ski resorts. Ten minutes away from Layton, in neighboring Farmington, is the new Station Park complex.