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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 36 On the east side of the Mobile Bay, the Eastern Shore is sprinkled with bayfront towns such as Daphne, Fairhope and Point Clear. In Fairhope and Point Clear, upscale shopping and dining can be found among the live oaks that rest along Mobile Bay. Hotels include the Hampton Inn Fairhope– Mobile Bay and the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa. The Grand Hotel Marriott was built in 1847 and renovated most recently in 2007. It has boasted a Four Diamond rating for 30 years, and its Grand Dining Room is also a Four Diamond facility. The Grand Hotel is listed in the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure and wins numerous awards for the hotel, the golf courses, and the restaurant and wine service. The hotel boasts 45,000 square feet of meeting space, three ballrooms (4,000 square feet, 5,000 square feet and 10,000 square feet), 36 holes of championship golf, a 20,000-square-foot spa, an out- door theme pool and sandy beach on Mobile Bay, an indoor pool, and afternoon tea daily. The Grand Hotel is convenient to the quaint boutiques, galleries, antique shops and eclectic restaurants of nearby Fairhope, and provides on-site dining at The Grand Steakhouse, the Saltwater Grill, Bucky's Birdcage, and the Lakewood Golf Club. ■ Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a family-oriented atmosphere, which makes the area well suited for bringing meetings and conferences where attendees can include a vacation into their event. Thousands of condo units and beach homes are available for rent through sev- eral rental agencies, as well as several hotels such as the newly opened Hamp- ton Inn and Suites in Orange Beach, which offers 161 guest rooms and nearly 5,000 square feet of meeting space. The Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach offers 346 recently renovated guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting and prefunction space. Caribe, The Resort, features 200 rental condo units and 14,000 square feet of meeting space, according to Stan Szapiel, general manager. Highlights include the numerous pools and lazy rivers, a water- front marina, and waterfront dining. The 161-room Island House Hotel offers a 1,020-square-foot meeting area and a 955-square-foot prefunction area, said Barbara Walter, general manager. Just north of the Island in Gulf Shores, Craft Farms Golf Resort offers 3,500 square feet of meeting space, a club- house and an Arnold Palmer-designed, 36-hole golf course, which has a 4.5 star Golf Digest rating. The nearby Courtyard Gulf Shores Craft Farms offers 87 guest rooms and one 650- square-foot meeting room. In Gulf Shoresʼ Fort Morgan area, the 312-room Beach Club resort offers 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a variety of accommo- dations along with six meeting rooms. The resort also offers two restaurants, six pools, a full-service European health spa, a private gulf-front club, a racquet club and more. ■ Where To Meet Along The Gulf Beachfront and bayfront condo-styled accommodations can be found throughout area, including Caribe, The Resort; Perdido Beach Resort; and The Beach Club. ■ G S O B T G S O B T Take It Easy On The Eastern Shore Make a splash at the pool at the Grand Hotel Marriott Point Clear. A L A B A M A G U L F C O A S T