FEB 2015

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 14 The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden provides breath- taking vistas and grand estates that are the perfect backdrops for events. Various indoor and outdoor locations are available for rent across the arboretum's 66 acres. Numerous gardens allow you to take in the serenity of the natural landscape. For example, the McCasland Sunken Garden is surrounded by stone staircases and features topiaries and flowering beds. Or, the Lower Meadow provides a babbling brook and beautiful views of White Rock Lake. n Tryon Palace Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens and the North Carolina History Center in New Bern, N.C., offer several indoor and outdoor event spaces for special events—all while allowing attendees the opportunity to explore the endless riches of North Carolina's history. Bate Commons, for example, is a protected courtyard bordering a beautiful wetland garden boardwalk on the Trent River. It's ideal for open-air or tented-top gatherings. n Attractions in the South for Sizzling Social Events t Dowling Gross The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Newport News, Va., offers numerous indoor event spaces such as the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, the Anderson Johnson Gallery, the Newport News Community Gallery, the L. Marian Poe Meeting Room, the Banquet Room and the Charles C. Allen Executive Board Room. n t SOCIAL EVENTS 22 editors of ConventionSouth selected these 22 picture- perfect attractions where groups can hold sizzling social events. Located across 16 states in the South and the Caribbean Seas region, these elite attractions offer some of the South's most picturesque backdrops that enhance social events and create memorable experiences for groups of all types. From gardens to museums, these attractions are not only gorgeous in aesthetics but also offer top-of-the-line meeting services. Today, especially considering the enthusiasm toward social network sharing, meeting planners and the attendees they serve are seeking one-of-a- kind and dramatic experiences that these attractions provide. By planning a social event at these venues, planners can increase event participation and fulfillment, therefore seeing a higher return on their investment. n The Dallas Arboretum t

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