JAN 2013

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Planning Directory Home 6 Meeting Site Showcase Planner Resources Cool Spots for Summer Meetings Surprisin Cool Find gly in Revealed gs By Marcia Bradford Editor's Note: We sent ConventionSouth's Marcia Bradford on the hunt to find some of the "coolest" places to hold a meeting or event during the dog days of summer, when temperatures can soar into the upper 90s, and were quite surprised by the flurry of destinations she found worthy of mentioning. But we managed to narrow it down to these "ultra-cool" six, all making our list for their extraordinary ability to keep attendees cool when the weather's warm. Average July High Temperatures were obtained by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, and additional data shared below was obtained through the Convention and Visitors Bureaus for each city. CVB Chattanooga { Chattanooga's Ruby Falls is an "underground" waterfall within Lookout Mountain. Now that's cool! { Plan an event on the banks of Lake Chatuge at The Ridges Resort & Marina in Hiawassee. Rogers, Arkansas Average July High Temperature: 88°F Geographic & Climatic Advantages: Chattanooga sits on the Southeastern and "Appalachian" side of Tennessee and unlike other cities in the region, it lies at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau, and is therefore surrounded by various mountains and ridges that keep it especially cool in the summer months. Best Place To Keep Cool: Ruby Falls is one of Chattanooga's oldest and bestknown attractions, and one of the best ways to cool down when its warm outside. Located deep within the caverns of Lookout Mountain, this underground waterfall is among the highest in the U.S. Another way to catch a breeze is with the Zipstream Aerial Adventure course that winds through the treetops down Lookout Mountain, offering 30 high-wire challenge elements. Cool Summer Events: Summer evenings in Chattanooga are filled with music, from the Nightfall Concert Series at Miller Plaza each Friday to Riverfront Nights Music Series on Saturdays in August and September and the Southern Brewers Festival on the Riverfront in late August. ■ Average July High Temperature: 88°F Geographic & Climatic Advantages: Located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Rogers has plenty of trails, golf courses, outdoor activities and Beaver Lake, just 10 minutes from downtown, with 450 miles of shoreline where people water ski, rent boats or fish. With lots of lake access and nearby mountains, there are plenty of ways to cool down. Best Place To Keep Cool: A new Aquatics Center, featuring a competition pool, a leisure pool, a lazy river and water slides is opening June 2013. Cool Summer Events: The Benton County Fair, in mid-August has been considered the state's best since 1904, while the Frisco Festival, at the end of August, celebrates the town's heritage and history with music, classic cars and family fun on the streets of Roger's historic downtown. ■ Towns County, Georgia The Ridges Resort via Facebook Average July High Temperature: 84°F Geographic & Climatic Advantages: Towns County (Hiawassee and Young Harris) is located in the northeast Georgia mountains and shares a 7,000 acre lake with North Carolina. And it's home to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the state. Attendees can drive to and meet at the top 28 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ JANUARY 2013 where there's a visitors center with viewing decks and a walking path. Best Places To Keep Cool: Book The Ridges Resort and Marina, which sits on the banks of Lake Chatuge, and plan water activities from swimming to boating or an event on the lakeside. Or, book the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, and attendees can take a guided mountain trail ride on horseback. ■ { Chattanooga, Tennessee This soon-toopen Aquatics Center in Rogers looks super fun & is definitely a way for groups to stay cool! w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m

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