Just outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, the city of Lewisville is best known for its 29,000-acre lake. While a plethora outdoor adventures center on that sizeable slice of water (from lakeshore golf, to fishing for bass or spending the afternoon aboard Texas' largest sailing catamaran) the city also has an historic heart, found along Main Street in Old Town Lewisville. Event venues mix with shops and restaurants, which are housed in buildings dating to 1880s; there is even a local spot once frequented by members of the Bonnie and Clyde gang.
Lewisville is a 10-minute drive from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which is served by all major airlines, offering more than 2,000 domestic and international flights daily. Transportation from DFW Airport to Lewisville includes shared-ride shuttles, taxi, limo and rental cars.
Chief among convention venues, Lewisville Convention Center is connected to the 165-room Hilton Garden Inn, features 17,000 square feet of divisible meeting and banquet space to accommodate up to 840 people. There is on-site catering; parking, Wi-Fi, and the business center are all free. The facility is non-smoking, as is the entire city of Lewisville. Within walking distance of the convention center are another 865 hotel rooms, Vista Ridge shopping mall and 22 restaurants. The city's other major facility that is used for meetings is the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater performing arts center. The facility includes a 300-seat performance hall, an outdoor courtyard that can host 1,500 for a reception, a multi-purpose room, a black box theater, classrooms and an art gallery.
Along with the Hilton Garden Inn, other hotel venues in Lewisville where meetings are typically staged include the 122-room Courtyard by Marriott, which has 1,400 square feet of meeting space; and the 105-room Hampton Inn & Suites, with 1,000 square feet of function space. The 129-room La Quinta Inn, the 96-room Homewood Suites by Hilton, the 71-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott, the 64-room Best Western Plus Inn & Suites, which each offer 750 square feet of meeting space.
Lewisville has a number of interesting venues for special events. Sneaky Pete's Resort, which can host up to 500 people, includes multiple swimming pools, a lakeside gazebo bar, water and sand volleyball courts, horseshoes and billiards. On the lake, groups can charter the Chamonix II catamaran (capacity of 100) and The Star of Texas party yacht (capacity of 200). For an authentic ranch experience, Circle R Ranch features three event venues spread across 100 acres, with trail ride areas, swimming pools, sports and recreation fields, team-building facilities and a professional rodeo arena. Main Event Entertainment, which features bowling, billiards, video games, laser tag and glow golf, can host groups of up to 800 people. And the Dallas Gun Club in Lewisville is available to host private parties with a wide variety of shooting courses in a country club atmosphere.
A diverse menu is served up in Lewisville, from the Cajun Grilled Pork Chops at Corinne's Catfish and Bakery and pan-seared Foie Gras with basil honey corn cake and apple syrup at The Grotto, to the down-home barbecue served up with live Blues music at Dat's Good Que. One of the most popular eateries in town is Tierney's Cafe and Tavern, in Old Town, which began life as the home of Dr. J.W. Kennedy, who is said to have been regularly kidnapped to tend to members of the Bonnie and Clyde gang at their Lewisville Lake hideout in the 1930s. Now it is famous for its baby back ribs and pan-seared salmon.