Event attendees can lodge in class with World Equestrian Center – Ocala’s stately on-property overnight accommodations that combine convenience with refined ambience. 248 stylishly appointed rooms at The Equestrian Hotel are elegant in style while offering stunning views of the WEC Grand Arena. For those group members who desire something more, there are several suite options, including elegant King Suites that will certainly more than suit. Ever more sumptuous, though, are the hotel’s Vice Presidential and Presidential Suites, which perfectly set the scene for both “me time” and small group discussions with 1,200 and 2,200 square feet of space, respectively. For longer stay accommodations, there are 71 “Home Away From Home” units just a short drive away. Comfort and conveniences complement the elegance of the property’s hotel accommodations, including on-site retail, restaurants and recreation.
For many attendees, the Calluna Spa will take top billing. There, they can truly succumb to relaxation, be it through the Calluna Signature Massage, which includes warm stones and aromatherapy, or the Milk & Honey Nourishing Wrap, after which skin will be glowing. In addition to Skin Care, Body Treatment, and Massage Journeys, the menu also includes full hair care and salon services.
On-Site Food and Beverage
No one will want for a tasty meal at WEC – Ocala: There are several places to grab a bite to eat right on property, in addition to in-room dining that is available from morning ‘til night.
Stirrups is the largest restaurant on site, serving up seasonal specialties, steaks, and sumptuous sips from its 1,500 bottle wine cellar. It has a terrace overlooking the arena and, for those who prefer to sit indoors, a sophisticated dining room located right off of the hotel lobby.
But epicurean variety makes a showing at the WEC – Ocala, too. Filo’s Mexican Cantina is a spirited spot for tacos and traditional tastes and has an open-air patio for dining. There’s also a burger and sandwich shop for classic American fare—milkshakes, included; Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria, where design-your-own flatbreads and pastas are served up; and the Yellow Pony, a gastro lounge with inspired pub fare. More casual eats can be had poolside at Horse to Water or bought from Miss Tilly’s Lollipops, a unique candy shop, and Emma’s Patisserie, which beckons with the aroma of French pastries baked on site.
At WEC – Ocala, down time is looking up—especially for attendees who want to engage in a little retail therapy after seminars and sales strategy meetings end. This is a shopping experience worth making time for, with several boutiques leaning towards luxury. They include Lugano Diamonds, a scintillating scene of sparkling jewels; The Debonair Collection, a place for home accessories sourced from all over the world; A Sudden Impulse, the headquarters for all WEC-branded merchandise and custom embroidery, engraving and printing services for all WEC events; and Mr. Pickles & Sailor Bear Toy Shoppe, with its supremely edited playtime collection. There are also several shops specializing in the love of all things equestrian—including fine Italian leather riding boots that even non-riders adore.
The things for attendees to see and do during downtime is hardly limited to what exists on site: Ocala and its surrounding area abound with epicenters of activity and appealing attractions. Outdoors enthusiasts will want to immerse themselves in the stunning surroundings of Ocala National Forest, which has hiking trails to guide their explorations. Visitors can also take an exhilarating mountain bike ride at the Santos Trailhead, which features more than 80 miles of diverse bike trails (all skill levels welcome). Another unique outdoor activity is a glass-bottom boat ride atop the crystal clear waters of the spring at the Silver Springs State Park. Attendees can also get a peek into history and the area’s role in the Seminole War with a visit to the Fort King National Historic Landmark.
Details on this newly-opened sports and exposition center can be found here.