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 55 E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O MS A N T E B E L L U M E S T A T E The historic Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant in Vicksburg, situated on five acres of gardens, is a Greek Revival style mansion built in the 1840s that combines Old World charm with modern sophis- tication. Often used for corporate meetings and retreats, it features elegant meeting rooms, an audi- torium and grand ballroom with an outside terrace overlooking the Mississippi River. BY T. WAYNE WATERS The Natural State Mississippi is about as deep into the South as you can go, especially in terms of the region's cultural landscape. It's the state associated with the eponymous mighty river and is the birth- place of Oprah Winfrey, Medgar Evers, William Faulkner, John Grisham, Shelby Foote, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, B.B. King and, despite his name, Tennessee Williams. Vicksburg A new nine-story, 117-room Margaritaville Resort, scheduled to open in Spring 2018, will include an indoor arcade, restaurant coffee shop, fitness center and the Coral Reef Water Play- ground waterpark. According to the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), it will be the largest family entrainment center in central Mississippi and will be located in downtown Vicksburg, alongside the Mississippi River, a block away from the Vicksburg Convention Center. Vicksburg's primary attraction is the Vicks- burg National Military Park, which offers tours led by National Park Service guides. The city also has several casinos for gaming enthusiasts, such as the Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg, offering 150 rooms, three eateries, a blues bar and modest meeting space. "Vicksburg has many different meeting facili- ties for planners to choose from," said Vicksburg CVB Sales Manager Ashley Gatian. "Examples of meeting spaces include historic buildings like the Old [Warren County] Court House Museum and the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, and modern hotel meeting spaces at the Holiday Inn Vicksburg, Hampton Inn Vicksburg and the Courtyard by Marriott Vicksburg. There are also meeting options at antebellum bed-and-breakfasts in Vicksburg such as Cedar Grove Mansion & Inn and Duff Green Mansion. There is something for everyone in Vicksburg." Vicksburg Meeting Spaces • Vicksburg Convention Center: 50,000 square feet of function space; 9 meeting rooms • Vicksburg Auditorium: 35,520 square feet of event space; five meeting rooms Jackson Jackson is the capital part of the Capital/River region of Mississippi. A thriving city of about 175,000 people, with some 540,000 in its greater metropolitan area, Jackson is Mississippi's largest city and is conveniently located in the center of The Magnolia State. It offers nearly 5,000 sleep- ing rooms and nearly 50 hotels. Jackson's attractions include an interesting mix of museums, with two more due to open by the end of the year. The existing repositories of culture and artifacts include the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Mississippi

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