SEP 2018

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SPECIAL FEATURE: CONFERENCE CENTERS ┬▓ConventionSouth ┬▓ S E P T E M B E R 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 16 THE SOUTH'S GRANDEST VENUES Upon enteringthis national historic landmark, there is an imme- diate sense of place. Rooted in the centuries-old legacy of San Antonio, this property was recently transformed to offer modern luxury and premier service. Grandest Aspects: Opulent Old-World interiors feature Italian marble and Corinthian columns. Generations of style makers have lent their talents to the gracious design. In 1935, owner Ralph Waldo Morrison filled its halls with French Empire antique furniture and museum-quality sculptures, paintings and tap- estries. In a 1950's renovation, renowned New York decorator Dorothy Draper infused her signature glamour through what she called "traditional, with a hint of modern" touches. Luxurious Amenities: Located near the River Walk, the hotel has hosted politicos and A-list celebrities. The Anacacho Ballroom has a lighted stage and a balcony. St. Anthony Sky Terrace features a breathtaking pool and city views. Curated Experience: Gallery On the Park, the hotel's signature restaurant, features works of art curated by Felder Gallery, lo- cated in nearby Alamo Heights. Many pieces are produced by regional artists and new works continually offer fresh visual feasts for diners. The St. Anthony Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel ~ San Antonio, Texas This landmark hotel, a member of Historic Hotels of America, is located on Wilmington's historic down- town waterfront. The property celebrates the city's maritime past while also bringing new life to the waterfront along the Cape Fear River. Following a $10 million renovation, the entire hotel has been updated. Grandest Aspects: An original spiral staircase pays respect to the local history and an impressive drive aisle creates a glamorous sense of arrival. An onsite art gallery is filled with original works from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Luxurious Amenities: Guest rooms feature hard- wood floors and marble baths, while restaurant op- tions include a Ruth's Chris Steak House and Board & Barrel restaurant, which offers outdoor dining along the river. Curated Experiences: Situated in the Downtown Historic District, the hotel is within walking distance of shopping, monuments, nightlife and over 50 restaurants. A water taxi leaves from the hotel dock throughout the day and staff are on hand to provide local knowledge to help uncover the hidden Wilm- ington. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, a World War II ship anchored on the Cape Fear River across from Hotel Ballast, provides unique space for special events and an interactive journey where participants can steer the ship, start her engines and fire the guns. Hotel Ballast ~ Wilmington, North Carolina

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