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OCT 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² O C T O 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 20 Karen Marchand, director of catering and conference services, said the resort wants guests to experience the essence of #LaPlayaLiving," a comprehensive wellness campaign that encourages guests and employees to make healthy choices on a daily basis. For three years in a row, she pointed out, Naples has been named Gallup-Healthways' top community in the United States for well-being due to transforming policies and the environment so people are encouraged to move naturally, eat wisely, and connect with one another. Marchand said the array of wellness offerings available through #LaPlayaLiving allow guests and employees to "end each day feeling refreshed, focused, and content." Ongoing property enhancements since 2016 include a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Beach House, with an ocean-inspired color scheme, an updated climate control system and expanded balconies with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico as well as new tropical land- scaping, chaise loungers and updated furniture for private cabanas at the pool area. In late 2017, the resort completed an additional property-wide renovation, adding new guest rooms in the Gulf Tower, a reinvigorated lobby, and a stunning new look for its award-winning restaurant BALEEN- naples, known for toes-in-the-sand dining. TREND: Blending Historic Charm With Modern Technology Barnsley Resort, Blairsville, Ga. When the Tennessee chapter of Meeting Profes- sionals International (MPI) held an annual retreat at Barnsley Resort, they were able to host the event in the Savannah Ballroom of the new Geor- gian Hall at Barnsley Resort. "With almost 5,000 square feet of space, the Savannah Ballroom was WKHULJKW¿WIRUWKLVJURXSDQGWKH\DOVRDSSUHFL- ated the state-of-the art audio/visual capabilities that were integrated into the venue's design," said Andy Ippensen, director of sales. Shannon Yeater, CMP, a member of Tennessee MPI and Conference Services and Events Man- ager for Butler Snow LLP, said she appreciated being able to use one space for several activities. "We had breakfast and lunch served in the room," she said. "And we were able to have a separate location in the room to eat and break away from our meeting tables, which is ideal for a meeting with a lot of documents." Ippensen said that the resort added the Georgian Hall to meet increasing demand from the corporate meetings, incentive programs and DVVRFLDWLRQPDUNHWV7KHHOHJDQWDGGLWLRQÀRZV perfectly with the historic beauty of the resort and allows for groups of up to 150 room nights and catered functions up to 380, he added. 5HVRUWRI¿FLDOVUHFHQWO\VKRZFDVHGVHYHUDODG- ditional enhancements on the property. Through a partnership with High Adventure Company, the shooting grounds were refreshed, creating High Adventure Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Resort. Additionally, the spa was renovated and a new golf school was introduced, allowing guests and members to take private classes with PGA profes- sionals and use the latest TrackMan Technology, which provides golfers a full-swing analysis. Executive Chef Jason Starnes also curated a 'yard-to-fork' concept at Rice House, the resort's 19th-century farmhouse restaurant. Q NEW & RENOVATED Sites In The South! Sandy Springs, Georgia & the New City Springs Rock! I recently got to experience this destina- tion, which is close to Atlanta but resonates with a Southern charm all its own and includes the brand-new multi-use development known as City Springs. I was there for the Food That Rocks Festival but there are so many other enticing adventures that are perfect for meeting attendees. The area offers stunning river views, thrilling and relaxing outdoor adventure options, one-of-a-kind shops and delectable cuisine. City Springs' indoor and outdoor spaces are designed with a sense of community and are ready to host any type of event. The design honors local natural elements, from the Chattahoochee River that runs through the city (with lovely water features and river-inspired carpet and motifs), to the conference space offering ceiling-to- floor-glass in every room for breathtaking views of the City Springs outdoor space and Atlanta skyline. A spacious outdoor terrace, two impressive theaters and City Bar restaurant are some of the unique event spaces. Q Site Visit By Adrianne Bowen Savannah Ballroom at Barnsley Resort

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