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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 14 THE SOUTH'S GRANDEST VENUES A Grand Veranda Situated along a quiet area of Florida's famous Fort Lauderdale beach, the Grand Pelican Beach Resort has the feel of an earlier era even though it is a modern structure. Part of the earlier era even though it is a modern structure. Part of the Noble House Hotel and Resort portfolio, the hotel's design is elegant but understated, reminiscent of older, classic beach hotels or even a large beach house. Painted yellow and white, with cupolas and balconies projecting from the sides, the 156-room boutique property stands out in pretty contrast to the beach and nearby water. There are several seating areas that encourage interaction among guests and a number of meeting spaces with excellent ocean views, but the most elegant feature of the property is a long, sweeping veranda that is used for outside dining and small group functions as well as enjoying the view from rocking chairs. A Grand and Historic Destination From charming historic venues to museums featuring state-of-the-art exhibits, Fairfax County, Va., located just across the river from the nation's capital, has many grand places to hold events. Two standouts are George Washington's Mount Vernon and the National Air & Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. A Grand Riverfront Estate America's most visited historic home, the Mount Vernon estate provides a stunning backdrop for black-tie galas, private dinners and award ceremonies. In addition to special tours of the home of George and Martha Washington, groups can enjoy private events on the mansion's East Lawn. Offering spectacular views across the Potomac River, this is a popular place for evening galas, some of which feature fireworks. For indoor evening galas, some of which feature fireworks. For indoor events, the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center provides an intimate event space for smaller groups, while the Ford Orientation Center, a stunning split-level building, houses two theaters and is ideal for both standing and seated events. THE SOUTH'S GRANDEST VENUES