FEB 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 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 44 M A R Y L A N D attendees can extend their stay and have the opportunity to experience our nation's history through visits to the D.C. monuments and memorials." Located just across the Potomac River north- west of D.C., Montgomery County has more than 50 hotels and meeting facilities, 10,000 sleeping rooms and 400,000 square feet of meeting space. Its room inventory will rise later this year when the 177-room Canopy by Hilton Washington, DC Bethesda North opens. Among Montgomery County's primary meet- ing properties is the 432-room William F. Bolger Center Hotel, with more than 75,000 square feet of meeting and event space; the 390-room Hyatt Regency Bethesda, with 20,000 square feet of meeting space; the 315-room Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Cen- ter, with 20,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 400-room Bethesda Marriott Hotel, with 18,500 square feet of meeting space. Frederick County Frederick County lies northeast of Baltimore and is known as the home of Camp David, the famed presidential retreat. "Frederick is conveniently located near Wash- ington, D.C., and Baltimore and offers unique and traditional meeting spaces," said Becky Bickerton, director of sales and marketing for Visit Frederick. "Downtown Frederick is home to dozens of world-class restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques. From mountaintop retreats to in- novative spaces, Frederick is your home for your next great event." The Frederick area also touts some great win- eries, including Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery in Thurmont, which has a state-of-the- art meeting and event space that can accommo- date up to 300 people. The 155-room Holiday Inn Frederick - Con- ference Center at Francis Scott Key Mall offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,700-square-foot ballroom. n "Go from the boardroom to the board- walk!" said Larry Noccolino, director of the Ocean City Convention Center. "Ocean City's Roland E. Powell Convention Cen- ter is the perfect site for your conference or convention and now offers even more options for your next meeting or event." Offering beautiful panoramic bay views, the recently updated facility offers 214,000 square feet of flexible space, including a newly renovated ballroom and expanded exhibit space, 25 meeting rooms and a new 1,200-seat performing arts center. The newly expanded Roland E. Powell Con- vention Center is the centerpiece of Ocean City's convention and meeting activity, of- fering 10 miles of free beach, a three-mile boardwalk, 17 championship golf courses, restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Just a short drive from most major East Coast cit- ies, Ocean City offers a variety of accom- modations, including 9,500 hotel rooms and 25,000 rentable condos." Deep-sea fishing is a favorite Ocean City recreation and boats are available to charter here in the White Marlin Capital of the World. Antique shows, arts and crafts events, and fine dining are also good off- hours activities to enjoy. The Roland E. Powell Convention Center is an appealing place to meet. Aside from its nicely designed meeting spaces, the waterside facility offers a great view of the Isle of Wight Bay through its ceiling-to-floor windows. And its food and beverage operation is first-rate, with full-service catering by Centerplate. The facility recently added a beautiful 1,200- seat, two-tiered performing arts center to the already exceptional building. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Ocean City Contact: Ocean City Sand Fest Frederick County Musket Ridge

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