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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 54 E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O GA B R A S S T O W N B A L D Rising 4,784 feet above sea level, Brasstown Bald, in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, is Georgia's tallest mountain. The 360-degree view from the observation deck of the Rec- reation Area & Visitor Center offers visitors a chance to see Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina on a clear day, while also experiencing the wonders of nature in every season. The visitor's center has exhibits focusing on Georgia history, geology and the natural world. Brasstown Bald is close to the towns of Helen, Blairs- ville, and Hiawassee, with Atlanta just a few hours away. BY T. WAYNE WATERS Georgia is a state with a big capital city and five medium-sized cities, all with first-rate meeting venues and entertainment options, along with numerous additional meeting venues in smaller towns around the state. Whether enjoying Georgia for its northernmost mountains and foothills, its many lakes and rivers, its wonderful Atlantic Ocean coast, its popular metropolis or any of its other features, you'll have no trouble finding just the right meeting venue and hotel accommodations. Northeast Georgia Mountains Georgia's northern quarter is a forested mountain landscape with rivers, waterfalls and lakes, so outdoor recreation and sightseeing opportunities abound for meeting attendees. Alpine Helen, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the headwaters of WKH&KDWWDKRRFKHH5LYHULVWKHRI¿FLDO2XWGRRU Adventure Destination of Georgia. Jerry Brown, executive director of the Alpine Helen-White County CVB, said he and his staff recognize the importance of providing meeting facilities downtown, complemented by opportunities to engage in outdoor activities. Helen has two new hotels: Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Valhalla Resort Hotel. A QHZ)DLU¿HOG,QQ 6XLWHVLVGXHWRRSHQQH[W year. There are also several other appealing cities with resorts and considerable meeting space among gorgeous mountain terrain in the counties of Rabun and Towns. Clayton, Young Harris and Hiawassee, the three most prominent cities, are home to more than a half-dozen lakes, the famous )R[¿UH0XVHXP +HULWDJH&HQWHUDQXPEHURI wineries, and good shopping and noshing. (For more information, see Breakout Spotlight on page 58.) Northeast Georgia Mountains Venues • Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (Young Har- ris): 14,000 square feet of renovated meeting space; amphitheater; 102 guest rooms, 32 guest lodges; 18-hole championship golf course; Equani Spa; horseback trail-riding experience • The Ridges Resort and Marina, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member (Young Harris): 7,000 square feet of meeting space; five meeting rooms; 3,000-square-foot event pier; 1,200-square-foot lakeside pavilion; 66 guest rooms; located at Lake Chatuge • Dillard House Resort & Conference Center (Clayton): 10,000 square feet of meeting space; 6,400-square-foot banquet hall; five meeting rooms; lodging options in two inns, cottages and a chalet village • Rabun County Civic Center (Clayton): 7,000 square feet meeting and dining area; 1,300-square-foot dance floor; 600-square-foot stage • Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Conference Center (Helen): 4,600 square feet of meeting space; three meeting rooms; 99 guest rooms • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Helen/Helen Georgia Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

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