NOV 2014

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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 42 I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E By T. Wayne Waters West Virginia If you enjoy rugged mountain terrain softened by tranquil river valleys—and who doesnʼt—youʼll love West Virginia. Ridges, gorges, trees, rivers, lakes, a first-class state park system. Add to all that quaint towns and friendly small cities, great meeting venues, top-notch resorts and several major universities and youʼve got one heck of a state in which to hold a meeting. ■ ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Historic Capitol Market in Charleston, W.Va. Gorge-ous Beckley: Southern West Virginia Located amidst the gorgeous natural beauty of the New River Gorge and the Gauley River National Recreation Area and near Bluestone National Scenic River, Beckley is loaded with outdoor recreation options. The largest city in Southern West Virginia, Beckley has the 200-seat multi-use Raleigh Play- Theatre, intriguing shops and several tantalizing restaurants like The Char and Pasqualeʼs. The only full convention center in and around Beckley is the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. The facility has a large arena and eight conference rooms. Another conference option, how- ever, is The Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley which offers about 12,000 square feet of meet- ing space, a 178-seat theater, a fine art and fine craft gallery, artisan studios and a retail area. ■ Meet at the Market Charleston West Virginia CVB Visit Southern West Virginia/ Play on the Lake Summersville, W.Va.

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