The Inside Scoop on Outdoor Meetings

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Citizens Business Bank Arena

Citizens Business Bank Arena, built and owned by the City of Ontario, operated by SMG, can accommodate over 11,000 guests. The 225,000 square foot venue features 36 luxury suites located on two levels and a continuous concourse hosting a variety of concession and refreshment stands, merchandise kiosks, the San Manuel VIP Club and other fan amenities. Citizens Business Bank Arena hosts over 300 event days annually including concerts, family shows, and sporting competitions.

Greater Ontario, California

Made up of two cities, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, Greater Ontario is located in the center of Southern California. The region boasts scenic mountains, deserts, vineyards and metropolitan areas that are both historic and cosmopolitan in character. Ontario International Airport makes your air travel easy. With over 6,000 hotel rooms the Greater Ontario region is the perfect place to call home while exploring all that Southern California has to offer including Hollywood, the Pacific beaches, Palm Springs, and the Big Bear Mountain resorts. The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California to visitors nationally and internationally. The California Welcome Center provides the tools you’ll need to discover all of California or where to meet, explore, and connect in Greater Ontario. Start your next adventure with us – visit GOcvb.org.

Ontario Convention Center

A breathtaking contemporary state of the art venue with more than 225,000 square feet of flexible column-free exhibit, meeting and function space, the Ontario Convention Center is ideal for conventions, trade shows, exhibits and meetings. Located just 2 miles from Ontario International Airport with access to a variety of hotel and dining options within walking distance, the center is frequently used by filmmakers as an onsite location for movies and commercials. The award winning culinary team, event staff plus the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau make your stay with us memorable.

The very best coffee, illy coffee, is served at Café Connect. This Italian coffee company features Arabica coffee beans, ground fresh, to produce one of the best coffees in the nation. We have embraced the illy coffee attitude at Café Connect – this is the place to unwind or revive, to get lost in thought, or just enjoy a great cup of coffee! Some of the specialty drinks on the menu include: Caffe Latte, Cappuccino, Marocchino Caldo, Frappe al Caffe, Espresso Tepesta, Dammann Iced Tea and more! The food menu includes Breakfast Sandwiches, Yogurt Parfaits, Pastries, whole fruit, Salads, Pizza, and lunch sandwiches. Desserts and snacks from Crème Brule cheese cake or chocolate eclairs to hummus and pretzels or protein bars are just a few of the many choices that complete the promise to have something for everyone.

Ontario Mills

Ontario Mills®, California’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination, is an indoor climate-controlled mall providing the ultimate shopping experience with more than 200 stores boasting some of the biggest names in men's, women's and children's apparel, jewelry, sporting goods, footwear and more. The oval track designed mall is single story with several restaurants and entertainment options.

Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens is an open-air shopping mall in Rancho Cucamonga, California with more than 150 retail stores and restaurants. Stroll along Mainstreet, enjoy the sunshine, shop and dine. The Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, which features the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, a performing arts center, and a multi-use reception hall, is owned and operated by the city of Rancho Cucamonga and sits north of the shopping center between the two parking structures.

Sometimes the easiest way to trigger out of the box thinking is to get attendees out of the conference room for a couple of hours. Smart Meetings asked the experts at Greater Ontario California Convention & Visitors Bureau for tips on planning a productive excursion.

1. Start with a good breakfast. Active bodies and minds require high-quality fuel. Locally sourced hearty meals, such as biscuits and gravy from Corky’s Kitchen & Bakery in Rancho Cucamonga can get everyone off on the right foot. Don’t forget to pack nuts and fruits for quick pick-me-ups later in the day.

2. Walk, Ride or Stroll. A central location with easy access to the outdoors—whether it is a hike, a bike ride or a stroll through a Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor World—can bring a group together. Consider integrating the exercise into the theme of the meeting with team-building scavenger hunts or gratitude practice.

3. Go al fresco. Warm-weather locations lend themselves to eating outside. Enhance the experience by bringing global flavors from surrounding neighborhoods—Indian, Thai, Chinese, Taiwanese or Caribbean are now ubiquitous in Southern California now—can make the experience more exciting as attendees can try new tastes under twinkling lights with lots of fresh air on the side.

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