JUL 2017

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J U L Y 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 49 Small Markets ...BIG ON MEETINGS! Sponsored Content nspired by a passion for conservation and a love for reconnecting people with the outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO, Johnny Morris set out to create two world- class destinations - Big Cedar Lodge and Big Cypress Lodge. Located in the Missouri Ozark Mountains is a breathtaking destination, filled with beautiful accommodations, over 20,000 square feet of meeting space and unbelievable team building activities. Recently named the #1 Resort in the Midwest by Travel and Leisure magazine, Big Cedar Lodge offers the perfect getaway for groups of all types. Its heartland location positions it within a day's drive for over half of the U.S., and it is located near two Missouri airports, Springfield and Branson. Big Cedar Lodge offers some of the country's most unique meeting spaces for your group. The Grandview Conference Center is adorned in rustic elegance and features stunning lake views, while accommodating up to 1,000 guests theater style. For a less conventional meeting space, you can host your guests on a 62-foot luxury yacht or at an outdoor chuckwagon site at the property's 10,000 acre nature park, Dogwood Canyon. Team building activities are what really distinguish this resort for group gatherings. Big Cedar is home to multiple attractions, each offering a unique opportunity for your team to grow closer together. With two golf courses home to the PGA TOUR Champions event, the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge are the perfect places to engage in a little friendly competition. For an outdoor exploration, you can set out on a horseback riding adventure at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park or sharpen your shooting skills at the Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy. You can even reward your team with an afternoon of relaxation at the 18,000 square-foot Cedar Creek Spa. Big Cedar's newest attraction is a 50,000 square-foot activity center that features an underwater themed, 16- lane bowling alley, wilderness inspired laser tag arena and flip and spin zone bumper cars. For a very different but equally unique destination, experience Big Cypress Lodge located inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee. Inside this one-of-a- kind facility an unforgettable group getaway awaits. Overnight accommodations in this rustic retreat range from vintage duck hunting cabins to treehouse suites. Many of these spectacular accommodations overlook a remarkable indoor cypress swamp. You can host your guests in an array of meeting spaces, including a large banquet room that holds 350 guests, breakout spaces seating between 40 and 60 guests and a boardroom that will accommodate 10 guests. For larger groups, events can be hosted on the beautiful Mississippi Terrace, and for extra special occasions The Lookout at the Pyramid can also be reserved. The Lookout is located at the peak of the Pyramid and can be accessed via the country's tallest free- standing elevator. Once at the top, you and your group can take in views of Memphis from glass balconies 300 feet in the air. Activities and team building adventures abound. On the ground level you won't want to miss one of the most immersive retail experiences in the world at Bass Pro Shops. Here, you and your team can enjoy food and fun at Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl and Grill, an underwater themed bowling alley and restaurant. Or, unwind after your meetings with a relaxing treatment at the Big Cypress Spa. If you are looking to get out on the town and discover all that Memphis has to offer, the team at Big Cypress can help you plan a fun day exploring the city. Regardless of the size or style of your group, Bass Pro Shops destinations are sure to provide a group gathering that you and your team will never forget! Call 1-800-225-6343 today to start planning your stay! ■ I Discover Two Amazing Bass Pro Shops Destinations See Ad On Page 67 (800) 225-6343 Big Cedar and Big Cypress Sales Team

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