Top 9 Reasons to Meet in Brookings

The top meeting trends in 2017 are focusing their efforts into smaller communities, like Brookings, for their meetings and conventions. Brookings can offer a less stressful experience overall from start to finish. In addition, you'll walk away with a true authentic experience without the "big city" fatigue. While we believe there are many reasons to meet in Brookings, we've narrowed it down to our top nine favorite reasons.

  1. First and foremost, there is only one Nick's Hamburger Shop. An original to Brookings since 1929, Nick's is world famous for their mini, two-ounce burgers served simply without all the frills or fries. But grab a slice of homemade pie instead. 
  2. Brookings offers diverse shopping. Many of our local artists and entrepreneurs live and thrive here, so there's always a craft market or local boutique within reach Also, our two state museums (SD Ag Museum Store and SD Art Museum Store) provide some unique souvenirs to take home.
  3. We have a surprise foodie culture in Brookings. Surprise! It's pizza! A total of nine different 'za places make for the best pizza challenge between friends and co-workers. Also, you can find many farm-to-table menu items at our local restaurants. We're pretty proud of our agriculture and try to showcase it as much as we can. 
  4. Transform your event with venues that make you say OOHH and AHH! Whether you're looking for charm, functionality, wide open spaces or something a little more sporty, we've got you covered indoors and out.
  5. Our dedicated CVB team is at your service. We offer meeting essentials, promotion, welcome bags, grant funding and more. Explore what our team can do for you!
  6. One thing special to our community is our walk-able downtown scene. It offers everything from local boutiques, to dining with the team, to life-size art murals perfect for your group photo op, and also houses our one and only brewery (plus a few other pubs with pints). 
  7. Why pay for fun when you can get it for free! Many of our attractions, festivals and events are free of charge. We just want you to have a good time in our community.
  8. Getting across town from the meeting to the nightlife takes less than 10 minutes. No car? No problem, here's a few ways to get around town.
  9. At the end of the day, a good night's sleep is all you need. Find quality accommodations at an affordable rate in Brookings.