ConventionSouth

FEB 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 32 In Winston-Salem, everything old is new again. Planners can choose from venues that successfully yet subtly blend the city's rich Colonial roots and dedication to the arts with a vibrant, modern twist, said Brit- tany Norton, marketing representa- tive. "Meeting professionals and attendees alike consistently give Winston-Salem high marks as a memorable destination with a true sense of place." Winston-Salem has three distinct food tours: Tour de' Food, Carolina Gourmet Food Tours and Dishcrawl, with at least one held every Saturday. All visit half a dozen locally owned restaurants where visitors can sample small plate treats while learning Winston- Salem's history along the way. There are several arts and enter- tainment districts within walking distance of the M.C. Benton Con- vention Center, which is connected by two enclosed skyways to the Twin City Quarter that includes a 146-room Embassy Suites and 315- room Downtown Marriott. "We offer a combined total of 170,000 square feet of event space under one roof," said Ron L. Stephens, CHME, director of sales and mar- keting for the Twin City Quarter. Stephens noted that the Marriott has newly renovated guest rooms and the Embassy Suites has new wall coverings and carpet in guest room corridors. Guests at The Mews at historic Graylyn Resort "feel as though they have an entire hotel to them- selves," said Tina Fullard, direc- tor of marketing for Graylyn International Conference Center. "The dining space, breakout spaces and lodging gives a group every- thing they need in one space." The resort also specializes in teambuild- ing challenges like its popular Chili Cook-Off. ■ WINSTON-SALEM: A Blend Of Its Colonial Roots With A Hip Flair N O R T H C A R O L I N A T R I A D New to Winston-Salem are two downtown Segway tours. Triad Eco Adventure Tours (pictured above) and Revolution Tours each offer tours of approximately two to three hours. ■ Triad ECO Adventures 27-52 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 2/3/14 12:28 PM Page 32

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