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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 23 FEATURE: The South's Grandest Venues Bourbon Orleans Hotel The special spirit of New Orleans is captured beautifully at the sophisticated Bourbon Orleans Hotel, one of the New Orleans Hotel Collection properties. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter, just a couple-of-minutes walk from St. Louis Cathe- dral and Jackson Square, the history of this exceptional hotel goes back to 1817. The property's much heralded Bourbon "O" Bar has live jazz and blues four nights a week and Roux on Orleans serves Creole-inspired cuisine. Bourbon Orleans Hotel guest rooms and suites overlook a courtyard that fea- tures a saltwater pool and a number of rooms have balconies overlooking Bourbon Street. Bourbon Orleans Hotel New Orleans Hotel Collection Gaylord Palms Resort It's hard to stand out in a destination flled with world-class venues and attractions, but the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla., does just that. The atri- um-style hotel has grounds that reveal a tropical paradise with a grotto and waterfalls that can be seen from guests' balconies. The herpetaruim includes among its offerings a turtle hatchery and baby alligators for guests to admire while strolling to the spa for world class pampering or tempting the tastebuds at one of the seven restaurants. A kid's waterpark with a movie screen showing flms while kids swim and ride slides makes this a hotel to stay and play for the whole family. Gaylord Palms Grotto Kissimmee, Fla. The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club came about from a bet among friends during a golf game. The ornate hotel opened in 1926 and soon became a favored destination for presidents, tycoons, and socialites from the Northeast. The Great Depression took its toll, and in World War II the Vinoy became a military housing and training fa- cility. Diffcult times continued until the 1990s, when a $93 million reconstruction returned the pink palace to its former glory. Listed in the Historic Hotels of America, the Vinoy today offers luxurious accommodations, stunning surround- ings and modern amenities, including 42,000 square feet of meeting space, great golf, and the Vinoy Salon & Day Spa. Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg (Fla.) Resort & Golf Club