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M A R C H 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 47 south west one-stop-shop destination: Baton Rouge, La. sponsored content Welcome to one of America's fastest growing cities, Baton Rouge is home to a bevy of unique and accommodating meeting spaces. From old to new, the avant-garde to the ante- bellum, you'll find just the right space for your special event. That's the beauty of Baton Rouge. It's a perfect mix of work and play with a host of enviable opportunities to explore the history, culture, music and food. Signature Venues: Newly renovated with over 200,000 square feet, the Baton Rouge River Center has it all: well-appointed meeting areas, state-of-the-art exhibition space, as well as deluxe conces- sion and kitchen facilities. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, this gorgeous expansion has completely transformed down- town Baton Rouge and offers you much more than just another meeting space. Not all meetings come in a box, and when it comes to planning a truly breakout experience look no further than the breathtaking vistas of Baton Rouge. Explore the possibilities with the outdoor pavilion and picnic area at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. With a professional on-site catering team, planning a picnic lunch or seated dinner is a breeze, and when you're done, time to hop a train or stroll the immacu- late 147-acre grounds, home to over 1,800 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. Offering a slightly different environment, you can surround your group with the beauti- ful sights and sounds of nature at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum. Luscious and lively, the Arboretum is a 14-acre odyssey of Louisiana trees and shrubs that creates an exquisite backdrop for any event, any size. It's not just spacious auditorium seating for 100 people; it's a one-of-a-kind experience. A star-studded standout on the banks of the Mississippi River, the USS Kidd, a WWII Fletcher-class destroyer, is ideal for a memorable gathering replete with battleship and museum tours, easily accessible catering, and even overnight accommodations are available. Baton Rouge is sure to take events outside of the ordinary. Signature events take shape at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Be it a small picnic, dinner party, grand reception, large corporate outing or even a family reunion, the professional planners at Houmas House have the resources to create turnkey events including catering, entertainment, equipment, and any customizable accommodations. The majestic Nottoway Plantation is not only the largest remaining plantation home in the South, it's the warmest of welcomes. Nottoway is sure to provide a spectacular setting for a memorable event. When it's a matter of elegance, be sure to reserve the Old Governor's Mansion. Not just the gorgeous ballroom, but the breathtaking views, it's majesty of the grounds, and beautiful rose gardens always make for a stylish affair. Parties come to life in the Old State Capi- tol. The magnificent rotunda and both House and Senate Chambers are available for after- hours events, as well as the surrounding five- acre grounds, which are ideal for outdoor functions, including concerts and picnics. Host your next meeting at one of the top art museums in Baton Rouge. Located in the Shaw Center for the Arts, the LSU Museum of Art is a remarkable venue with 14 different galleries, soaring 16-foot ceilings, thoughtful lighting, as well as spectacular views of the Mississippi River. The Capitol Park Museum is an award- winning, International-style structure with two spacious galleries permanently show- casing aspects of the state's history, as well as cultural attributes that define the "Louisiana experience." For a truly memorable occasion, reserve the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. The museum also offers the Challenger Learning Center with a space shuttle simula- tor, ideal for corporate team building. From auditorium seating to classroom style, LASM is the perfect setting for both seminars and receptions. About Visit Baton Rouge: But no matter the venue, take advantage of the many complimentary services that our destination sales and services team can offer. From start to finish, we will assist every step of the way—making sure to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Hotels: With an abundance of modern hotels, unique inns and quaint bed & breakfasts, Baton Rouge is a great home away from home. There are a bevy of downtown hotels certain to please, such as Hilton Baton Rouge Capi- tol Center or the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel. With so many accommoda- tion options, there's no need to miss out on everything Baton Rouge has to offer. Transportation: And getting to and around the Capital City is easily managed. From the Baton Rouge Met- ropolitan Airport, there are several options to get you to your final destination – hotel shut- tles, taxis, rental cars. If you're driving in, there are four major interstates that make the drive quick and convenient. And as a bonus, parking in most hotels throughout Baton Rouge is complimentary. For more information, call (800) LA ROUGE or visit www.VisitBatonRouge.com. Go BR! And Get Connected. ■ Baton Rouge Is The Perfect Mix Of Work & Play. Go BR! And Get Connected! Carla Bergeron, Travel Counselor, Visit Baton Rouge As a Travel Counselor for Visit Baton Rouge, I am happy to help you plan your trip to Louisiana's capital city. (225) 382-3564 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbatonrouge.com get to know: Learn more on page 60. 45-60 CS MARCH 2014_Layout 1 2/26/14 2:59 PM Page 47