NOV 2018

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 63 Council and the National Trust for Historic Pres- ervation. It is open for docent-guided tours. Bluffton is also home to one luxury resort, the AAA Five Diamond Montage Palmetto Bluff, as well as several small, limited-service hotels. A lively shopping street, art galleries and Southern Barrel Brewing Company round out Bluffton's favorite spots. Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Venues • Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa: 46,440 square feet of meeting space; 10 meeting rooms; new restaurant; 483 guest rooms (See breakout spotlight on page 62 for more details.) • Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa: 37,000 square feet of meeting space; 19 meeting rooms; 13,200-square-foot Grand Ballroom; 416 guest rooms • Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island: 23,000 square feet of function space; six meeting rooms; largest ballroom is 10,000 square feet; 7,000-square-foot Oceanfront Pavilion; five dining options; 340 guest rooms • The Sea Pines Resort: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; eight restaurants; 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town; Sea Pines Beach Club; Harbour Town Clubhouse; three championship golf courses; 5,000- acre oceanfront estate; AAA Four Diamond property • Montage Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton): 16,000 square feet of meeting space; Spa Montage; seven restaurants; AAA Five Diamond property • Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort: 14,000 square feet of meeting space; 13 meeting rooms, eight with glassed-in porches; 10,000-square-foot open-air Shore- house with 4,800-square-foot deck; board room; 323 studio suites with mini-kitchens and balconies Charleston The Holy City, as Charleston is called, is a pic- turesque snapshot of 17th, 18th and 19th Century architecture, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, historic inns, historic plantations on the outskirts, sea cruises on the waterways and his- toric ambiance everywhere. Founded originally in 1670 as Charles Town, Charleston proper sits between the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, with the Charleston Harbor running about seven miles out to the Atlantic Ocean. The Charleston area has five primary beachfronts, including Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Sullivan Island, Seabrook Island and Isle of Palms. All offer the kinds of seaside recreations you'd expect, as well as resort lodg- ing, golf, tennis and delectable seafood. Folly Beach, the closest beach to Charleston, features the 132-room pet-friendly Tides Folly Beach, with a heated beachfront pool and an outdoor bar and lounge. It can accommodate up to 200 for meetings. Isle of Palms, about 12 miles northeast of the city, offers the Wild Dunes Resort and other beachfront lodgings. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers 225 guest rooms and other lodging options. Recognized for its exceptional historical architecture and ambiance, Charleston is home to Historic Charleston City Market, South Carolina Aquarium, Patriots Point Maritime & Naval Museum, Fort Sumter National Monument, The North Charleston Fire Museum and Education Center, sea cruises, several types of tours, and numerous art and music venues. Charleston Area CVB folks mentioned several new luxury lodgings as among the area's most exciting news. A 158-room Hotel Indigo opened near the downtown area in July, offering 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant, a resort-style pool and a gym. Just a few months ago, Hotel Bella Grace opened in Charleston's Ansonborough neigh- borhood. The luxurious 50-room boutique hotel provides guest rooms with full kitchens, private meeting spaces and small plates at the adjacent historic Delaney House. Soon to open, the 180-room Hotel Bennett will overlook Marion Square in downtown Charles- ton, have a rooftop pool with cabanas, a first-rate spa, a signature restaurant, a casual eatery and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel will also feature a special Ladies Bar called Camelia's, featuring reclaimed pink marble, a mirrored ceiling and French Art Deco design. Another unique meeting/event venue in Charleston is the Historic Rice Mill. Built in 1861 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the waterfront property was recently remodeled and offers 7,000 square feet of function space. Charleston Venues • Charleston Area Convention Center Cam- pus: 200,000-square-foot convention facil- ity; 150,000 square feet of event space; 21 breakout rooms; 77,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall; adjoining 2,300-seat Performing Arts Center; nearly adjacent 255-room Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel • North Charleston Coliseum: 14,000-seat coliseum; nearly adjacent to Charleston Area Convention Center • Wild Dunes Resort (Isle of Palms): 50,000 square feet of meeting space; 525 guest ► S O U T H C A R O L I N A Museum of the Moon in Florence ©Luke Jerram

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