Sponsored by Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau
When it comes to planning a meeting, getaway or retreat, planners have plenty of options. Texas boasts no shortage of big-time entertainment destinations with plenty of perks, but only one city can lay claim to the independence and variety offered by Denton.
Thanks to a score of hotel options, you don’t have to worry about finding a great place to stay. Instead, you’ll have to figure out which great place to stay. But where you stay or where you meet is only one piece of a much larger experience. Book your room, and let the city take care of the downtime. Denton’s music, culture, attractions and innovators always have - and always will - make the city a must-see, and there’s no better way to experience all the vibrancy of this North Texas town than to check it out for yourself.
Here are the top five reasons to discover Denton for your next meeting or event.
The Downtown Square
Art, culture and culinary creations collide in this walkable square. You could spend a whole day wandering the nooks and crannies of each of Denton’s delightful downtown destinations, many of which offer premier eats, treats and handcrafted artisan items ideal for commemorating your visit. But make time to stop and enjoy the music: With a world-famous music program at the University of North Texas just a few miles from downtown, it’s no wonder that Denton has become a must-see music mecca. Local tunes fill the square nearly every night, and if you’re in the mood for a concert, you have a variety of venues to choose from. Dan’s Silver Leaf, Backyard on Bell and Andy’s Bar are just a few of the local favorites near downtown, each boasting a different ambiance and style of music. Whether you prefer an intimate, low-key backyard concert to accompany your dinner or a post-meal jazz concert paired with your favorite wine, Denton has you covered.
Denton may love its raucous rock every now and then, but the city also embodies the laidback, easygoing nature of a Texas town. Simply put, life in Denton is simple. Who couldn’t use a little simple in their life? A key part of that simplicity is the options you have at your disposal when you book your meeting and your stay. Denton’s Embassy Suites, Springhill Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Best Western Premier and Hilton Garden Inn all provide ample amenities and meeting space, and each hotel is a stone’s throw away from eateries and entertainment options galore. Now that’s simple.
The Horse Country
The Convention and Visitors Bureau’s horse country tours remain one of the city's best-kept secrets. These tours offer a variety of behind-the-scenes excursions through the Denton countryside. You’ll experience an up-close-and-personal tour, showcasing million-dollar sires, million-dollar trainers and, if you’re lucky, a baby born just the night before. The concentration of horse farms in the North Texas region doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world – this is truly an experience you don’t want to miss.
The Tastes of the Town
Great eateries abound around every corner you’ll cross in Denton. Interested in Americana? Flock to Barley & Board, a trendy New American restaurant with delicious food, cheese boards and handmade craft cocktails. If you’re craving something a little more global, try Hannah’s Off the Square, an upscale eatery offering tapas, chops and seafood in a cozy environment. Or, if you favor some Italian flavor, head to Giuseppe’s, a delicious dining experience with a Victorian-style setting. Finally, if you’re craving a blast to the past ‒ and the food thereof ‒ look no further than Mr. Frosty’s. This old-school, family-friendly fast food favorite has been serving up homestyle burgers and fries alongside delicious homemade root beer and shakes since 1954. We could go on, but the mere thought of these savory selections has us salivating. We’ll meet you for lunch.
The Independence ‒ and the Innovators
Denton has always blazed its own trail. Take a look at the square or listen to a local artist, and you’ll see what’s possible when creativity and artistry are embraced by the community at large. Ingenuity and originality have a special place in this North Texas town, and above all else, that’s the reason that Denton continues to be a vibrant home for artists of all stripes. Fun events, nightlife and attractions have sprung forth from the minds of the city’s mightiest creatives and entrepreneurs. These original creations make Denton a hub of innovation and a home for innovators, and in turn, these innovators have cultivated a palatable environment for anyone who craves great food, great music and some of the greatest memories you’ll ever make. The new hotel and convention center is a testament to that innovation. The Embassy Suites by Hilton is a sleek and shiny crown jewel dotting the Denton skyline, complete with 318 rooms and 70,000 square feet of accessible luxury. This new generation of Embassy Suites offers a great value, with breakfast and a manager’s reception included daily. But as you’ll see when you visit, it’s the experiences outside the center that will leave you longing to return as soon as possible. Innovation--and the independence it provides--will surround you wherever you go.
Sponsored by Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Denton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau invites you to consider our city for your next event. Perfect for work or play, Denton is a dream for both conference planners and attendees alike. Big city amenities but with “Main Street America” roots, Denton is large enough to host international conferences, seminars and athletic competitions, but is also small enough to focus on you! Denton is perfect for a weekend retreat, a family reunion, or a beautiful wedding, uniquely designed to each individual couple. Exceptional dining, entertainment and culture all within an easily-accessible area make Denton a draw for event planners.