FEB 2014

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11 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ Centerplate, the center's exclusive in-house caterer, also offers concessions and alcoholic beverage service. Nearby, the Embassy Suites Hotel McAllen has more than 5,500 square feet of flexible meeting/banquet space. Its Citrus Ballroom, at 4,160 square feet, accommodates 350 people whether set up in reception, theater or banquet style. Audio/visual equipment and complimen- tary wireless high-speed Internet access are available. The hotel includes 252 two-room suites, 12 of which are handicapped accessi- ble. Amenities include a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening man- ager's reception in the spacious atrium. The Casa de Palmas Renaissance McAllen Hotel, a beautiful historical property built in 1918, has 141 guest rooms, all of which were renovated in 2009. Its eight meeting rooms provide a total of 6,500 square feet of total meeting and banquet space. The Royal Palm Ballroom has 2,980 square feet of meeting space with a maximum seating capacity of 280. Concierge services, a business center, and special event menus are available. Nearby Quinta Mazatlan, a 1930s Spanish Revival hacienda, makes a stunning venue for meetings. The Grand Hall, which accommo- dates 80 people, may be rented for daytime meetings. After hours, the entire facility, in- cluding the 10,000-square-foot patio, is avail- able for rent and can accommodate up to 350 people. Special programs and events include birding tours on the estate's nature trails. Nancy S. Millar, vice president and director of the McAllen CVB, says that meeting planners appreciate the area's hospitality: "Our people are so willing to bend over backwards to make the meeting planners' life easy and give participants the best possible experience. It's just part of the culture down here." The area's birdwatching sites are popular with meeting attendees and spouses. "Even people who aren't serious bird- watchers enjoy getting out in nature—and Quinta Mazatlan is our hidden gem for meetings. It's great for a retreat and a perfect place for an outdoor reception." ■ CONVENTION CENTERS IN THE NEWS Where T o F rolic In McAllen McAllen is a regional shopping destination, with four major shopping areas and over 40 retail centers. La Plaza Mall has over one mil- lion square feet; major retailers include Dil- lard's and Macy's. Downtown, the vibrant Main Street Shopping District includes local specialty retailers and boutiques with a South Texas flair—including the Yerberia Mexicana, where shoppers can find everything from herbs to charms designed to alleviate money woes. (The "Dinero Rapido" spray has its devoted fans.) Restaurants in McAllen range from the popular Palenque Grill, with its full-service selection of authentic Mexican specialties to the small and quaint House.Wine. & Bistro of- fering 130 wines. Lansky's, an elegantly appointed steakhouse, also serves the freshest Pacific seafood. ■ 08-26 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 1/31/14 3:45 PM Page 11

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