MAY 2017

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M A 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 M I S S O U R I cluding Architectural Hall, featuring salvaged architectural, vintage and historical pieces. Anheuser-Busch offers a number of venues and entertainment options, including The Biergar- ten, which can host up to 300 people outdoors and 200 indoors. Additional St. Louis Meeting Space • Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch: 910 guest rooms; 83,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space • Hilton St. Louis Frontenac: 263 guest rooms; 45,000 square feet of event space • Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark: 670 guest rooms; 45,000 square feet of event space • The Chase Park Plaza: 338 guest rooms; meeting space for up to 2,000 • Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis: 200 guest rooms; 25,000 square feet of function space • Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch: 353 guest rooms; 10 meeting rooms • Renaissance St. Louis Airport: 393 guest rooms; 35,000 square feet of event space • Marriott St. Louis Airport: 600 guest rooms; 30,000 total square feet • Hilton St. Louis Airport: 397 guest rooms; 25,000 square feet of function space (For more information see the Breakout Spotlight on page 58.) St. Charles People have been meeting in St. Charles since explorers Lewis and Clark convened there for their 1804 expedition to the Pacific. Today, more than one million visitors a year come to the city on the banks of the Missouri River, just northwest of St. Louis, to enjoy the quaint and historic downtown with its plentiful shopping, restaurants and wineries. According to the St. Charles CVB, there are more than 2,400 lodg- ing rooms and more than 275,000 square feet of event space in a variety of spaces. "The St. Charles Trolley is back after many years," said Joanie Ohlms, director of sales for the Greater St. Charles CVB. "It runs through- out the day into the evening, making stops at several venues and attractions, including the St. Charles Convention Center and attached Em- bassy Suites, the Streets of Saint Charles and Ameristar Casino Resort Spa." Combined, the St. Charles Convention Cen- ter and the 296-room Embassy Suites offer ► "An hour away and a world apart" is how Sandra Cabot, director, Ste. Genevieve Tourism, describes the city. "Established by the French in the early 1700s as the state's first permanent settlement, this charming village has that rare mix of authentic historic sites, contemporary wineries and microbreweries, and tempting shops, restaurants and galleries, all less than an hour's drive south of St. Louis." Planners will appreciate the recent reopening of Audu- bon's Grill & Bar, a local-dining restaurant that can host groups of up to 100 for dinners, with smaller options for private dining. Also in the news, the U.S. Department of the Interior recently recommended Ste. Genevieve's historic landmark district as a future National Park unit, due to the rarity of the French vertical log architecture preserved there. Through the Great River Road Welcome Center, planners can arrange group tours of his- toric sites, artisan workshops, museums and wineries, as well as schedule Step-On guides dressed in French Colonial period costumes. "Sprinkled in among the stately historic homes and churches are a delightful mix of artisan shops, art galleries and local restaurants," Cabot said. "The Ste. Genevieve Wine Country experience begins downtown, with two [soon to be three] wine-tasting options close by and nine more wineries, microbreweries and a distillery within 20 miles." n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Ste. Genevieve Contact: Gordon Radford The Biergarten at Anheuser Busch is a popular St. Louis event site.

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