Good for you for doing the research ahead of a work trip. I’ll remember this tip for my next trip (I also had a work trip this week)
I've had good luck calling up a local running shop and asking them for tips on where to run. I've gotten useful information like, "don't run there this time of year because of the alligators." I don't think I've ever met up with a group though, that's awesome!
It was fun! And, like my local groups, a lot of the same people were at both runs.
I'm not always so motivated to run when I'm travelling -- but I was disappointed to be be missing the first week of my Spring Training session!