NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V 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 50 Other attractions in the area include the Ten- nessee Valley Museum of Art, the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House and the Shoals Theatre. The area is also home to The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals, which offers two 18-hole championship courses and lies between the Wheeler and Wilson dams on the Tennessee River. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy fishing, hiking and biking at Joe Wheeler State Park and on several lakes in the area. Northeast Alabama Several meeting destinations in northeast Alabama offer conference centers near parks and natural attractions. Noccalula Falls Park & Campground near Gadsden, Little River Canyon National Reserve near Fort Payne A L A B A M A B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Auburn/Opelika Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National Named one of Marriott International's Hotels of the Year in 2017, the Auburn/Opelika Marriott at Grand National joins an even more elite group this fall: with the completion of the 20,000-square-foot Spa at Grand National, the property will become one of only 17 Marriott Resorts in the United States. "Becoming a Marriott Resort will help attract larger conventions and groups to the Auburn/Opelika area," said Jim Keller, gen- eral manager of the Auburn/Opelika Marriott at Grand National. "Many groups prefer a resort setting with a wide variety of amenities and activities for their guests. That is exactly what they will find at our property." The 220-room hotel features 15,000 total square feet of event space, two new restau- rants, outdoor and indoor pools, clay court tennis and 54 holes of championship golf, part of the state's premier Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Golf Digest recently gave the property its Editor's Choice Award for the third year in a row. Event planners will appreciate the resort's regularly scheduled activities and programs, said Brooke Kastner, director of sales and marketing at the resort. "With visitors coming from around the region and nationally, we try to highlight the wonderful things from this area. Most of our guests have seen the spec- tacular eagles fly on television before Auburn football games and now they can see them here in person from the Southeastern Raptor Center. For those over 21, we have adult beverage tastings featuring locally produced favorites from John Emerald Distilling, High Ridge Spirits and Red Clay Brewing. And as other PCH properties have unique daily rituals that invite guests to experience something of the area's history and culture, the Marriott Re- sort at Grand National honors the rail history of the area with a daily salute of three short train whistles." n Contact: Little River Canyon National Reserve near Fort Payne

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