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 37 Auburn / Opelika Auburn and Opelika are great examples of what a Southern college town has to offer, with excellent food, service and value, says John Wild, president, Auburn and Opelika Tourism. "Off-site venues are plentiful through the university, city parks and local museums. The 'one-stop-shop' attitude by the AO Tourism staff and a dedicated meeting planner with all the right contacts will help any planner save time and resources." According to Wild, the Marriott at Grand National is one of the best Robert Trent Jones Trail sites with 16,000 square feet of meeting space and extensive outdoor facil- ities, from an aquatic center to tennis and pickle ball. "The Marriott and Grand National hosted the Barbasol PGA Champi- onship this summer with extensive renova- tions to the hotel guest rooms, meeting and public space. The golf course also underwent massive renovations providing the best golf since it opened in 1993." The Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center on the AU campus in downtown Auburn provides a full-service meeting experience with 20,000 square feet of available space. The Event Center Bottling plant in down- town Opelika includes three ballrooms, two meeting rooms, a rooftop terrace and a court- yard with space for up to 1,500 guests. Auburn and Opelika Meeting Space • Clarion Inn & Suites: 100 guest rooms; 9,000 square feet of event space • Auburn Arena: arena floor, terrace, meeting rooms and suites available n The Caribe Resort (251) 980-9032 The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (251) 928-9201 Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (888) 421-8715 Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa (256) 246-3600 See Ad On Page 22 Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf (251) 981-6629 Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore (251) 446-4290 Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka (866) WIND-360 E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS ALABAMA Recently re-honored with a AAA Four- Diamond designation, Wind Creek Atmore combines the attraction of world-class gaming and an extensive array of amenities with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. Property Manager Tim Ramer said, "The award was received because of the hard work and attention to customer care provided by the team of WCA employees. They go above and be- yond every day to take care of our guests." Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Atmore has 236 guest rooms with meeting and event spaces for groups of up to 240 for banquets or 300 for receptions, and classroom space for between 15 and 135 individuals. In addition, the hotel has a 2,200-seat amphitheater and the Kitchen, a culinary studio with hands-on cooking classes, tasting menus, and custom and private dining experiences for groups. Baumhower's Wind Creek is set to open in Fall 2015 in the Family Entertainment Center, which features bowling, movies and a kids' arcade area. Also in Atmore, an 81-room Hampton Inn and 82-room Fairfield Inn & Suites are part of Rivercane, a 740-acre mixed-use development site located next to Wind Creek. The Fairfield Inn has meeting space for up to 175 people; the Hampton for 70 people. Wind Creek Wetumpka has an 85,000-square-foot gaming floor and five restaurants as well as several deluxe meeting spaces. The casino is connected to a 20-story, 283-room hotel. The City of Wetumpka offers space for meetings and events at the 500-person capacity Wetumpka Civic Center and at the Jeanette Barrett Civic Room at Gold Star Park for up to 50 people. YMCA Camp Chandler offers housing options for groups of 10 to 270, with banquet seating for up to 200, plus meeting and classroom space. Contact: Cooking class at Wind Creek Atmore B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Wind Creek Casinos in Atmore and Wetumpka

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