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 45 North Carolina E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O NC A S H E V I L L E S K Y L I N E : Nestled in the mountains, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville offers quirky charm and a historic downtown. Here you'll find art galleries, craft breweries, up-and-coming bands and natural attractions, along with Biltmore, America's largest home and the nation's most visited winery. Nearby, Hendersonville hosts the North Carolina Apple Festival, Black Mountain has camping, and Hot Springs boasts natural mineral pools. In the foothills are historic Mor- ganton, the scenic lookout atop Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, a popular vacation spot. BY T. WAYNE WATERS Visit North Carolina carves the Tar Heel State into three big side-by-side slabs, from west to east: Mountains, Piedmont, Coast. The Mountains area includes The Blue Ridge Mountains, The Great Smoky Mountains and Asheville, the most well-known city in the region. Its funkiness keeps it fresh and its location in the center of a bowl of mountain peaks assures its continued popularity with visitors. The Piedmont is the largest slab, stretching all the way from Hickory to Fayetteville. It includes two very important tri-city constellations: The Triad of Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point, and The Triangle (or Research Triangle) of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. The southernmost part of The Piedmont also encompasses the state's largest city, Charlotte, that culturally if not quite literally extends across the state line to its sister state to the South. Lastly, the Coast, that windswept, wave-beaten sandy wonderland of ocean, bay, river and estuary. Wilming- ton, New Bern and other coastal cities keep it growing. Asheville Asheville is the heart of the mountain region of North Carolina and a great place for mod- estly sized conventions and meetings. The city has 7,000 hotel rooms and 83,000 square feet of meeting space. New things are arising here and not-as-new things are being improved. Asheville CVB staff note that current hotel development and future plans will bring more than 1,500 additional rooms to Asheville's inventory and downtown hotel rooms will double within the next several years. The 140-room Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown and the 140-room Hyatt Place Ashe- ville Downtown opened in 2016. Both hotels added rooftop bars to Asheville's downtown scene. This year will bring a nine-story 132-room AC Hotel and yet another new rooftop restaurant and bar, Capella on 9. Also due in 2017 is the 12- story, 136-room Cambria Downtown Asheville, with 7,440 square feet of meeting and event space including an outdoor terrace. Two iconic Asheville lodgings are receiving attention this year. The Sammons Wing sleeping rooms in the Omni Grove Park Inn will be ren- ovated this year and a new 230-person Pavilion with glass walls and glorious mountain views will soon enhance this beautiful inn. Meanwhile, The Biltmore Estate will soon unveil a new open-air event space: Cedric's Garden, located in Antler Hill Village. It will accommodate 75. Just outside the Biltmore grounds in Biltmore Village, two new hotels – The Hampton Inn Biltmore and the Holiday Inn & Suites Biltmore – are soon to come. ►

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