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JUN 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact NOR THWEST ARKANSAS EDITOR'S HOT PICKS NORTHWEST ARKANSAS is a cor- porate headquarters hub as well as a charming mountainous area that allows attendees to think big about ideas and engage in a quiant setting. FolkArt Eureka Springs: A Victorian Mountain Village About 40 miles east of Bentonville is the Victorian mountain village of Eureka Springs, an entire town on the National Register of Historic Places. This picturesque locale has more than 2,500 hotel rooms and more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space. "We have a good array of meeting space in a unique area and one of the best attraction-based opportunities for people," said Executive Director of the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission Mike Maloney. "We just got listed by American Style Maga- zine as number seven on its list of most popular small-city art destinations in the U.S. and Travel + Leisure lists Eureka Springs as "America's Greatest Main Streets." There isn't the congestion and clutter here and it's sort of a kinder, gentler environment. We also have some of the finest restaurants in the area. Plus, our trolleys can get you anywhere you want to go or you can just park your car and walk." Meeting Spots in Eureka Springs: ■ The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is where the Conservatory, the elegant Crystal Dining Room, the Faculty Lounge and the Sunset Terrace can accommodate groups from 25 to 200. ■ The 1905 Basin Park Hotel is where meetings can be set in The Grand Ballroom, the Ozark Room and The Atrium, with 2,400, 1,700 and 855 square feet respectively. ■ The Best Western Inn of the Ozarks with its state-of-the-art conference center can handle up to 1,000 attendees, or 500 banquet guests. ■ Eureka Springs City Auditorium is a historic limestone building from the 1920s that can seat nearly 1,000 people. ■ planner insight: Association Drops Vegas, Picks Arkansas "Northwest Arkansas is a destination choice for meetings due to its natural ameni- ties, arts and recreation, unparalleled hospitality from the regional community, and the exceptional infrastructure of support provided by the regionʼs CVBs. ALPFA (Association of Latinos Professionals in Finance and Accounting) is the largest Latino professional organization in the nation with more than 20,000 members and we have decided to move our 2012 Annual Leadership Summit from Las Vegas to Northwest Arkansas. We are looking forward to introducing our 400-plus chapter leaders and board members from across the nation to the region." —Dr. Adam Arroyos, president, Association of Latinos Professionals in Finance and Accounting Institute www.con v entionsouth.com JUNE 2012 ConventionSouth 33 The streets of Eureka Springs come alive during the May Festival of Arts, now in its third year. Much of the art- inspired activity happens at the city's ARTIFACTS Folk and Fine Art Gallery. ■ GREAT FOR SMALL RETREATS: Pratt Place Inn and Barn in Fayet- teville is a luxury property on 140 acres of pasture and woodland. The building dates back to 1895 and fea- tures the 800-square-foot Hickory Conference Room as well as an ele- gantly rustic climate-controlled barn, a wine cellar, a two-bedroom cot- tage, and a 2,000-square-foot dining room. www.prattplaceinn.com CHARMING LIFESTYLE CENTER: Village on the Creeks in Rogers is the perfect place to enjoy a patio meal, unique shops, including party supplies or a lakeside picnic. The richly landscaped development is accented by fountains, streams, sculptures and gardens. www.villageonthecreeks.com TOP PICK: FAYETTEVILLE Fayetteville A & P Commission (800) 766-4626 www.experiencefayetteville.com "Let us show your group all of Northwest Arkansas." TOP PICK: ROGERS Rogers, Arkansas CVB (800) 364-1240 www.meetinrogers.com "We make planning a meeting Uncomplicated and attending one Unforgettable." NORTHWEST ARKANSAS IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the Northwest Arkansas area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, videos & more. Eureka Springs City A&P Commission ALPFA Institute

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