JUN 2017

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J U N E 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 39 more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space (For more information, see Breakout Spot- light on this page.) North Little Rock The big news in North Little Rock for planners is the opening of the Edgemont House for group tours, private dinners, weddings and corporate events. "Built in 1927, the Spanish Colonial-style house is part of the Park Hill Historic District and was renovated by Arkansas home and garden guru Chris Olsen. The sprawling house and out- side courtyard are perfect for groups of up to 250, and within minutes of hotels, dining and other attractions," said Stephanie Slagle, communica- tions manager for the North Little Rock CVB. "Though it exudes a relaxed, small-town feel, North Little Rock has become very trendy in its art, shopping and dining," Slagle added. "The variety of attractions are a huge draw but the one thing that people always rave about North Little Rock is its warm, welcoming friendliness, the kind of hospitality that makes you want to come back for more." Major facilities in North Little Rock include the waterfront Verizon Arena, with 18,000 seats and 28,000 square feet of event and meeting space, and the 7,000-seat baseball stadium at Dickey-Stephens Park that can host up to 2,000 for outdoor functions. Additional North Little Rock Venues: • Wyndham Riverfront: 220 guest rooms and suites; 14,000 square feet of event space with two ballrooms • Hilton Garden Inn: 119 guest rooms; 4,000 square feet of event space • Courtyard by Marriott: 95 guest rooms; 2,200 square feet of meeting space Hot Springs A resort town since the mid-1800s and a national park since 1921, Hot Springs has a new hotel to take advantage of the city's unique thermal-waters attraction. The Wa- ters, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, opened in spring 2017, said Tammy Clampet, director of sales, Visit Hot Springs. "This bou- tique-styled hotel, a restored historic building with fine-dining restaurant attached, features views of Hot Springs National Park and Bath- house Row. The Avenue restaurant is led by Le Cordon Bleu graduate and 2015 Arkansas ► A R K A N S A S Along with numerous renovations down- town, a new downtown bridge opened to traffic in March, said John Mayner, CDME, vice president marketing and communica- tions for Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The bridge's brand new, protected 16-foot shared-use path connecting Little Rock to North Little Rock to the Arkansas River Trail is expected to be completed this summer. When combined, these three projects – the re-imagined Robinson Center, the DoubleTree by Hilton renovations and the new Broadway Bridge - represent nearly $200 million worth of reinvestment and new development in downtown." There are several new hotels set to open soon in Little Rock, according to Mayner. These include a Hilton Garden Inn Down- town, with 140 guest rooms and 4,000 square feet of meeting space; the 117-suite Staybridge Suites Little Rock Medical Center; the Tru by Hilton at The Grove at Gateway Town Center; and the Legacy Hotel, an 84-room historic hotel being rede- veloped as a boutique property with some meeting space. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Little Rock Contact: Junction Bridge Arkansas Dept. Parks & Tourism Clinton Presidential Center Little Rock CVB Little Rock has a vibrant food truck scene. Each spring and fall, The Downtown Little Rock Partnership hosts Food Truck Fridays on Main Street. Additionally, the city hosts the Main Street Food Truck Festival in the fall, which draws thousands of foodies, and is listed by Vaca- as one of the "Top Ten Food Truck Festivals in the U.S." Food Truck Stop @ Station 801 is a former service station turned downtown hot spot. Food trucks rotate regularly there, and an indoor food court sits in former work bays, providing a great solution for groups with varied tastes. Foodie Fun!

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