JUL 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 56 W E S T V I R G I N I A when the property will be reflagged as a Double- Tree by Hilton. The hotel's 20,000 square feet of reception and meeting space is being remodeled. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in down- town Huntington is also being renovated and will become a Delta by Marriott property, with 135 remodeled rooms. Located across from the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Conference Center, it's the second-largest meeting space in Huntington. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena offers more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space. A 9,000-seat arena is attached. Marshall University in downtown Huntington has several spaces suitable for receptions and meetings, including the Brad D. Smith Founda- tion Hall, which can accommodate 300 standing or 200 seated, as well as the Memorial Student Center, the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center and the Visual Arts Center. The 58,000-square-foot St. Mary's Center for Education also offers meeting space. Huntington's attractions for off-time activ- ities include The Huntington Museum of Art, Birke Art Gallery, The Museum of Radio & Technology, the Heritage Farm Museum & Village and a railroad museum. Parkersburg "The Greater Parkersburg area has a rich and intriguing history," said Hannah Duffield, market- ing coordinator for the Greater Parkersburg CVB. "Just like the area, many of the event spaces and conference rooms are in historic buildings in Downtown Parkersburg, which brings a unique atmosphere to your event." The Blennerhassett Hotel, originally built in 1889, offers 89 guest rooms and a 250-seat ballroom, a patio tent beside the Spats Patio & Courtyard, a restaurant and lounge. Parkersburg's location at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers provides scenic views and recreational opportunities. Blenner- hassett Island, a small island in the Ohio River, is accessible by the 19th Century-style riverboat Island Belle. The Blennerhassett Island Histor- ical State Park offers opportunities for outdoor recreation. Visitors can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, and tours of the grounds and mansion. Duffield said that a new event venue, Tall Oaks, recently opened in Parkersburg in the for- mer Temple B'nai Israel and can accommodate up to 100 guests. Other Parkersburg venues of interest for meeting planners include the Parkers- burg Art Center, with the Wharton Grande Ballroom, capable of hosting 500 people lecture-style and up to 350 at tables, as well as a 20-person boardroom. In nearby Vienna, the Grand Pointe Conference & Reception Center has a ballroom that can seat 750 theater -style and 450 banquet-style. Grand Pointe Conference & Reception Center is next to the 76-room Wingate by Wyndham Vienna Park- ersburg, with 2,000 square feet of meeting space. Morgantown Morgantown, in the north-central part of West Virginia, is home to West Virginia University and offers more than 2,700 sleeping rooms. The state- of-the-art Mountaineer Center Wellness Facility, which includes an aquatic center with seating for more than 1,200 and a new running/walking track, will open in 2019. Minor League Baseball's West Virginia Black Bears play across the Monongahela River at the 3,500-seat Monongalia County Ballpark. Morgantown Venues • Morgantown Event Center at the Waterfront Place Hotel: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 23,000-square-foot Grand Exhibit Hall • Waterfront Place Hotel: 10,000 square feet of meeting space; 205 guest rooms • Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa: 25,000 square feet of meeting space; 187 guest rooms • Hazel and J.W. Community Center: 53,000- square-foot facility; 46,600-square-foot main hall; 5,250 square feet of supplementary space; 10 acres of multipurpose grass fields; pavilion Wheeling On the banks of the Ohio River, up in the North- ern Panhandle of West Virginia, Wheeling is home to the Oglebay estate, a 1,700-acre public park that includes Oglebay Resort and Confer- ence Center, a 5,000-square-foot West Spa, two museums, and an environmental education center. Its outdoor recreational offerings include four golf courses (including foot golf and night golf), an aerial challenge course, the 16-acre Bisson- nette Gardens, 30-acre Good Zoo and Schenk Lake. Oglebay Resort and Conference Center has 30,000 square feet of event space; an 8,000-square-foot ballroom; a 4,680-square- foot banquet room; a 1,792-square-foot meet- ing room; and six smaller conference rooms. Lodgings include the 258-room Wilson Lodge and 54 two- to eight-room cottages on the resort's grounds. There are five eateries, ranging from fine dining to casual dining, including the new Route 88 Brew & BBQ, along with a coffee bar and Farmhouse Sweets & Treats. Oglebay's National Training Center is dedi- cated to public continuing-education courses for public facilities managers, including a Venue Management School and an Event Management School. Other properties in Wheeling with substantial meeting space include the 151-room Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack with conference and event space for up to 300 people, and the 170-room McClure Hotel, which boasts an 8,000-square-foot ballroom. Wheeling's historic downtown offers shops, fine restaurants, the West Virginia Independence Hall Civil War Historic Site and Museum, The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum and SMART Centre Market. Clarksburg A city dating back to 1785, Clarksburg is rich in The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg Greater Parkersburg CVB

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