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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS WEST VIRGINIA TOP PICKS: Greater Parkersburg CVB (800) 752-4982 www.greaterparkersburg.com "Noted as a Small Group Gem, Parkersburg offers a mix of affordable meeting locations with exceptional amenities and service." Summersville CVB (866) 716-0448 www.summersvillecvb.com "So many days to spend...in every direction! Centrally located in West Virginia, Summersville has endless opportunities for fun-filled days of relaxation, adventure, history... in every direction." Summersville Arena & Conference Center (304) 872-3722 www.summersvillearena.com "Centrally located in the beautiful mountainous state of West Virginia. Perfect for conferences, trainings and meetings, trade shows, sporting events and banquets." FOLLOW UP: West Virginia State Parks www.wvparks.com Charleston WV CVB www.charlestonwv.com Greenbrier County CVB www.greenbrierwv.com WEST VIRGINIA IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the West Virginia area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, W E S T V I R G I N I A N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 45 Greenbrier County is a pretty piece of land in the southeastern part of the state, much of it in the Monongahela National Forest. The county seat, Lewisburg, is a special town sitting in the Green- brier Valley that has been recognized numerous times by various media with accolades like "Top Southern Mountain Town" and among "America's Coolest Small Towns" and such. Most recently, it was named in Octo- ber by Travel + Leisure as #3 on the list of "Amer- ica's Favorite Towns." Greenbrier County is also home to one of the South's premier resorts, The Greenbrier. The Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau has meeting space in its own downtown facility, noted Kara Dense, the CVB's executive director. "A small meeting room can hold about 72 theater style and has a wet bar. The entire 6,000-square-foot Visitors Center can also be rented after hours." Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg is perhaps the city's most prestigious meeting facility. One of only four Carnegie Halls still in continuous use in the world, the historic structure was built in 1902. Its 388-seat auditorium has regularly scheduled performances but can be rented when available. The facility also has the 1,650-square-foot Old Stone Room and about 3,400 square feet of additional space in eight other rooms of various design and purpose, as well as attractive outdoor terrace space. "I think we're a great location for a small meet- ing or executive board meetings," said Dense. "We're a great area for retreats. And downtown Lewisburg has some truly great restaurants and shopping. If you want to come to our area and The Greenbrier isn't right for you, you can still have some very cool experiences in downtown Lewisburg." Greenbrier County has some 1,600 sleeping rooms but about half of them are at The Greenbrier. About two dozen rooms are at Historic General Lewis Inn & Restaurant, an antique-filled property located in downtown Lewisburg that was recently bought by a local couple who also own the Stardust Café, a very popular farm-to-table oriented restaurant just down the street. The property can host groups up to 150 people and seat 50 in its dining room. Dense also mentioned a new brewery located just outside Lewisburg proper, The Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co. ■ Greenbrier County: Southeast West Virginia Summersville: Some 85 miles east of Charleston, in centrally located Summersville, visitors will find the stateʼs largest clear-water lake, boasting 60 miles of shoreline and all the boating, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing and scuba diving you could ever want. It isnʼt hard to appreciate the Lake Life in Summersville. The Summersville Center is a 73,000-square-foot multi-use facility that features a 24,000-square-foot main arena with retractable seats. The Conference Center has an additional 3,700 square feet of function space that can be partitioned into six separate break- out rooms. On-site catering is available. ■ Morgantown: Morgantown is a nice mix of simplicity and sophistication. Various historic sites and traditional venues honor Appalachian Mountain culture while West Virginia Univer- sity provides a broader cultural and educational element to the city—a youthful hip. WVUʼs downtown campus has 10 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and other Morgantown sites maintain a deep historical authenticity. The Metropolitan Theatre originally opened in 1924 and is open now as a performance space after extensive renovations with a total capacity of 924. The Morgantown Events Center at the Waterfront Place Hotel, overlooking the Monongahela River offers more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space. Itʼs attached to the 205-room Waterfront Place Hotel, an upscale lodging with on-site dining at the Regatta ■ The Greenbrier Resort G r e e n b r i e r C o u n t y C V B