ConventionSouth

NOV 2014

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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 SOUTH CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY TOP PICKS: Francis Marion Hotel (843) 722-0600 www.francismarioncharleston.com "Book a new weekday meeting by eceive a complimentary one hour beer and wine reception. Call for Details." Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau (800) 523-3373 www.hiltonheadmeetings.org "Rediscover Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area for your next meeting. With $250+ million in recent renovations and updates." Marriott Resort & Spa Hilton Head (843) 686-8480 www.hiltonheadmarriottresort.com "Come experience our refreshed resort for yourself through our Flights For Sites program. Contact us for more information." Sonesta Resort Hilton Head (843) 842-2400 www.sonesta.com/hiltonheadisland "Book a meeting by Dec. 20 and receive VIP Perks including suite upgrades, a welcome reception, comp room nights and more!" FOLLOW UP: Charleston CVB www.meetcharleston.com S.C. LOWCOUNTRY IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the S.C. Lowcountry area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, S O U T H C A R O L I N A L O W C O U N T R Y N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 49 Charleston Area Beaches Charleston is more than just one of the countryʼs most beloved cities, itʼs home to several beach towns, each with its own distinctive character, including: ➤ Folly Beach Affectionately known as "the Edge of America," Folly Beach is an eclectic, laidback beach community just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston where surfers, locals, and vacationers can revel and relax in the natural beauty and casual vibe. Meeting sites include Tides Folly Beach, which received a renovation early this year and is investing an additional $250,000 this winter to ensure guests feel like they have arrived at a newly fin- ished hotel with the smell of fresh paint, newly refinished floors, steam cleaned rooms and a renovated pool area, said Ken Merkel, general manager. The hotel and its BLU Restaurant and Bar have spent over $7.5 million on renovations over the past few years. ➤ Kiawah Island This 10,000-acre barrier island has 10 miles of uninterrupted beaches, 30 miles of marsh and riverhead. Meeting sites include Kiawah Island Golf Resort. ➤ Isle of Palms A family beach with a balanced blend of full-time residents and visitors, the Isle of Palms offers golf courses, a marina, and miles of sweet sand and surf. Meeting sites include Wild Dunes Resort. ■ The Tides Hotel on Folly Beach is only nine miles from historic, down- town Charleston and offers more than 4,000 square feet of banquet space and meeting rooms.

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