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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 32 F L O R I D A • Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens: gallery reception space for up to 250 people; Hixson Auditorium seats 110 • Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts: three theaters with seating for groups from 600 to 2,900, with more than 20,00 0 square feet of reception space • Jacksonville Marriott: 250 guest rooms; 16 meeting rooms and 13 breakout rooms • DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Airport: 201 guest rooms; 11,000 square feet of event space • Ramada Hotel & Conference Center: 150 guest rooms; 10,000 square feet of event space • One Ocean Resort & Spa: 193 guest rooms and suites; 10,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor conference facilities (For more information, see Breakout spotlight on page 30.) St. Augustine Proclaiming itself America's oldest city, St. Au- gustine has 5,800 guest rooms in the metro area, with historic attractions and world-class golf, according to St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB). The city is home to World Golf Village, which is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame and the only courses co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, as well as four meeting rooms for up to 700 people. The World Golf Village Renais- sance St. Augustine Resort has 271 guest rooms with 30 suites and 73,101 square feet of function space. The Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour, has 13,000 square feet of event space with additional upper-level terraces. The adjacent Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa has 511 guest rooms and more than 60,000 total square feet of indoor and outdoor event space for up to 2,500 people, with 32 meeting rooms and a private beach club venue. Off-site meeting venues include Lightner Mu- seum, which can accommodate up to 400 guests, and various spaces at historic Flagler College, including a 795-seat auditorium. Lodging options also include Hammock Beach Resort, with 325 suite and villa lodging accommodations, a championship golf course, a water park and lazy river, and 80,000 square feet of indoor and oceanfront event space with 12 meeting rooms. The Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort (expected to complete a full guest room renovation this spring) has 153 guest rooms and 4,220 square feet of indoor and outdoor beachfront event space. In March, The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens opened, featuring nine buildings –including seven guest houses with 30 guest rooms – and occupying a city block on the edge of Old Town. The city's only AAA Four Diamond hotel, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, a AAA Five Dia- mond resort on the beach that has welcomed guests since 1928, is always updating to keep everything fresh and new. "In this past year, we opened a new restaurant, the Surf Deck Grille, that offers a cutting-edge culinary expe- rience in a beautiful space right at the beach," said Nathan Williams, marketing manager. "We also completely updated our conference center, which has 25,000 square feet of event space, indoor and out. In addition, we are reno- vating lodging space at the Atlantic House and we've redone the walk-up oceanfront snack bar. We have several great options to dine right on the beach." Renovations to the main dining room at the sister Lodge & Club property gives the space an "open, bright, sunny concept," Williams said. "The Lodge & Club has really cool event space with three good-size meeting rooms with huge windows overlooking the beach." The Inn & Club has 250 guest rooms and suites, and the Lodge & Club has an additional 66 guest rooms. The resort has also completed upgrades at The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, which of- fers more than 100 services and treatments. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Contact: www.PonteVedra.com Sea View at the Lodge Beachfront exterior of Lodge & Club