NOV 2015

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N O V 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 A L A B A M A 35 In the northwest corner of the state, along the banks of the Tennessee River, Florence is the largest city in the area known as The Shoals. "The waterway that Native Americans called the Singing River influenced their way of life, just as it inspired the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, to write his songs," said Geor- gia Carter Turner, communications manager, Florence/Lauderdale Tourism. "The city has charming historic districts, world-class golf at a Robert Trent Jones Trail course and plenty of fishing. Florence is renowned for annual events, including the W.C. Handy Music Festival and an annual production of The Miracle Worker, about Helen Keller, who was born in the area." Muscle Shoals has long been known as the Hit Recording Capital of the World and visitors can enjoy unique Swampette Tours, including the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, FAME Studios and 3614 Jackson Highway, which was the home to Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa over- looks historic Wilson Dam on the river and has 200 guest rooms and 28,500 square feet of meeting and event space. The resort's 6,000-square-foot European-style spa is part of the RTJ Golf Trail. Other lodging in The Shoals include the 110-room Residence Inn by Marriott, 88- room Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, 90-room Hampton Inn Midtown and Joe Wheeler State Park, which offers a variety of lodging, meeting and event options. View of Tennessee River from Marriott Shoals Hotel B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Florence and Muscle Shoals Contact:

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