NOV 2015

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m A L A B A M A 32 "Huntsville is proud to be home of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Hampton Cove Course as well as other top-ten, statewide attractions including the Huntsville Botanical Garden and the EarlyWorks Family of Museums. These and other facilities are perfect for an off-site event," said Charles Winters, executive vice president, Huntsville/ Madison County CVB. Huntsville has two major meeting facilities downtown. The Von Braun Center, a multipur- pose entertainment venue for concerts, theater, sporting events and exhibits; and Jackson Cen- ter, a high-tech meetings facility in Cummings Research Park, the second-largest technology center in the U.S. Tentatively scheduled to open in 2016, City Centre at Big Spring, a $70 million downtown development next to the Von Braun Center, will feature a hotel, apartments, and retail and restaurant space. The Village of Providence recently broke ground for a 92-room Hamp- ton Inn that will incorporate nostalgic styling elements of the development with amenities unique to the brand. That property is scheduled to open in late 2016. Meeting attendees will enjoy Huntsville's flourishing craft beer industry, Winters said. "Two local breweries, Yellowhammer Brewery and Straight to Ale, are relocating to a former school with a new development called Campus No. 805. In addition to the breweries serving as great entertainment spots, there will be dedi- cated meeting space and on-site catering avail- A short hop from downtown Fairhope's shops, boutiques, gal- leries and restaurants, The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa in Point Clear has been welcoming guests since the mid- 1800s. Today, The Grand is a 550-acre resort with 23 meeting rooms and 37,000 square feet of versatile event space plus out- door venues on Mobile Bay. Travel + Leisure and other leisure and meeting trade publi- cations have featured The Grand Hotel as a top destination; Golf Digest and Tennis Magazine have both named the resort a top spot for recreation; and USA Today readers named the resort one of the Best Historic Hotels in the U.S. in 2015. ConventionSouth readers voted the Grand Hotel a 2014 Readers' Choice Award win- ner for Best Meeting Sites in the South and named it one of the South's Top 18 Golf Resorts for Groups. "The honors are a true testament to our exceptional staff," said Bruce Smith, gener- al manager of the Grand Hotel. "With 405 guest rooms, the Grand works well for larg- er meetings, but also maintains the intimacy and luxury our leisure guests desire." In between meetings, guests can choose from two championship golf courses, the Dogwood and the Azalea, both consistent- ly ranked as some of Marriott's best and part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Grand Hotel also features two fitness centers, 10 tennis courts, five pools, and complimentary bikes and kayaks for guests. The 20,000-square-foot, European-inspired spa is consistently ranked among Marriott's best spas for guest satisfaction. Spa at Grand Hotel Contact: B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa in Point Clear

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