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 56 E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O SC S C R E V O L U T I O N A R Y R I V E R S T R A I L Near Florence, the SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail is a National Recreation Trail following the scenic Lynches River from Lynches River County Park to the cypress and tupelo laden stomping grounds of Revo- lutionary War hero General Francis Marion. Coordi- nated through Florence CVB, the 66-mile trail offers paddlers a unique experience of floating through swampland that was once traversed by Patriots engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Loyalists. The trail also features a series of short excursions and overnight rustic camping opportunities provided by local outfitters. Self-guided driving tours to re- mote Francis Marion Trail sites also are available. BY T. WAYNE WATERS South Carolina sits in a sweet spot of the coastal south. Snug between Georgia and North Carolina, The Palmetto State's geography runs the gamut from Blue Ridge Mountain foothills to flat piedmont expanses to coastal beaches and waterways. Its capital city of Columbia sits smack dab in the middle. Greenville and Spartanburg rise in the northwest Upcountry. Charleston sits ever so stately at the state's Southern coastline with Myrtle Beach invitingly at its northern end and a pleasing slew of other beaches and islands running up and down the entire South Carolina coast, loaded with resorts and beaches and outdoor sanctuaries. All this is augmented by plenty of great meeting spaces, hotels, restaurants and entertainment options throughout the state. Clemson Clemson is best known for its namesake univer- sity which has an on-campus hotel and an on-campus conference center. The 57,000- square-foot Madren Conference Center at Clemson University overlooks Lake Hartwell and offers 17,000 square feet of meeting space and a 107-seat tiered auditorium. The 89-room James F. Martin Inn is adjacent to it. Clemson University is also home to the 968- seat proscenium theater in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, available for rent. The campus also has four historic homes and the 295-acre South Carolina Botanical Garden. Greenville Greenville's Blue Ridge foothills landscape, appealing Falls Park on the Reedy area and its renowned culinary offerings make it an appealing location for tourists and meeting planners alike. It has hundreds of thousands of square footage for meeting space and 9,000 – and counting – hotel rooms. The city's tag line is "The Greenville Ev- erybody's Talking About" and the biggest news, according to VisitGreenvilleSC staff, is the new Greenville ONE Center, which launched earlier this year. Greenville ONE Center occupies the second and third stories in the West Tower of the high-rise ONE Building located in the downtown heart of the city. It offers 36,000 square feet of meeting space in multiple rooms of a conference center with great views and is well-suited for small to medium-size meetings. State-of-the-art technology – including high-speed Wi-Fi, broad- casting and more – is available. "At Greenville ONE Center, we have dedicated onsite staff to help coordinate more successful meetings and events," said Lauren Johnson-Cummings, executive director of the new center. "The Center features a 274-seat au- ditorium, several classroom and breakout rooms, pre-function space, catering kitchen and rooms filled with natural light and panoramic views across a bustling and growing urban area." On the lodging front, Greenville continues a hotel boom that has at least three new hotels slated for late 2019 or early 2020 completion. Con- struction on a 150-room AC by Marriott should begin this year in the space across from the Peace Center that had been the Greenville News build- ing and prior to that was a historic textile mill South Carolina

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