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J U L Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 11 Ocean City, Maryland Both the Travel Channel and USA Today list the town's classic wooden beach boardwalk among America's best and you can walk, bike or ride the tram along it in winter. Many restaurants and bars stay open all winter, when temperatures range between the high 40s and low 70s. October starts a winter season of fishing competitions and car shows. Restaurant week in November is followed by Winterfest. There's golf at 17 championship courses, hiking and biking. Visit the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum to learn about the ancestor organization of today's Coast Guard. ■ Virginia Beach, Virginia "Here, we have only one season. Beach." Virginia Beach's mild winters, with highs near 60, draw visitors to the resort town's sandy Atlantic shore, to stroll or bike along the three-mile raised boardwalk. Scenic marshes in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park are perfect for kayaking, hiking, and fishing. For dining, shopping and entertain- ment, Town Center offers big city glam- our wrapped up in small town charms. Check out the Virginia Beach Aviation Museum, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Adven- ture Parks' multilevel ropes courses. ■ 5 Miami, Florida Miami's sub-tropical climate has long beckoned winter travelers. Picture- perfect weather allows year-round sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, biking and hiking. But there's also lots of cultural activities during fall, winter and spring, when highs are in the mid 70s. Attractions are discounted during October, while December brings the prestigious Art Basel to town. In February, there's The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival and early spring brings the Miami International Film Festival. ■ Daytona Beach, Florida From Biketoberfest in October to the Rolex 24 in January to Bike Week in March, the "World's Most Famous Beach" is full of winter activity, highlighted by the Daytona 500 at the famous Daytona International Speedway in February. Expect highs in the upper 60s, providing fine weather for outdoor events like the Daytona Beach Film Festival, Daytona Blues Festival, Wings & Waves air show, Halifax Arts Festival, and 41st annual Turkey Run. A growing number of flagged oceanfront hotels add to meeting options in this popular resort city. ■ Jekyll Island, Georgia Once an exclusive winter retreat for America's most elite families, Jekyll Island now offers historic ele- gance and a lush coastal set- ting for meetings and events. Today's winter guests will enjoy highs of 65-76 degrees, great for touring the Jekyll Island Museum and the cottage colony to relive the ritz of the gilded age. Learn about wildlife conservation at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, or try out 63 superb holes of golf on four island courses. Enjoy eco-excursions, dining on seafood and Southern classics, and Jekyll Trolley Ghost Tours. ■ 4 R E A D E R & F A N P I C K S 6 7 8 M a r y l a n d D N R *10-17 CS JULY 2014_Layout 1 6/27/14 2:12 PM Page 11