FEB 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 44 D . C . R E G I O N Positioned in the northeast section of Washington, most of it just outside the Beltway, Montgomery County is home to Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Rockville and Silver Spring. The county is home to the headquarters of hundreds of corporations, as well as 60 galleries, 22 theaters, 50 historical venues and more than 33,000 acres of parkland. The Fillmore Silver Spring is one such venue that features live entertainment and unique event space. According to Montgomery County CVB Director of Marketing Bethany Mattocks, a recently opened entertainment options and a soon-to-open mixed-use community with a couple of interesting entertainment venues of its own are two of the most compelling develop- ments in the county. The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club opened in 2013 with 300 dinner seats and 200 performance-only seats. Pike & Rose is a mixed-use retail and residential community scheduled to open this spring and by year's end should include an iPic Theater, a high-end movie theater with two restaurants. On the hotel front, the Hyatt Bethesda is un- dergoing major renovations, InterContinental is opening the very first EVEN Hotel in Rockville, and a 140-room Cambria Suites is set to open by summer's end in Rockville. Additional meeting hotels include the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center with 447 guest rooms and 50,000 square feet of event space, including a 23,700-square- foot ballroom and a 120-seat amphitheater, The Bolger Center sits on 83 landscaped acres with a campus-styled setting that includes a 432- room hotel; nature trails; tennis, volleyball and basketball courts; bike rentals; and a teambuild- ing ropes challenge course, among the special amenities at the property. An IACC-member, the center has 70,000 square feet of meeting space. The Hyatt Bethesda offers 390 guest rooms and more than 20,000 square feet of function space, and features a 12-story marble atrium. Its downtown location puts it amidst more than 200 theaters, galleries,boutiques and restaurants, though its on-site Morton's The Steakhouse is available. ■ This aptly named community has 10 miles of beach, a three-mile boardwalk, some 200 restaurants, 18 golf courses within a short drive, 9,500 hotel rooms, and a 214,000- square-foot convention center—just right for modestly sized conventions. A new performing arts center in The Roland E. Powell Convention Center is what has Jes- sica Waters of the Town of Ocean City most excited. Itʼs scheduled for completion this December. "The project, which consists of construction of a 1,200-seat performing arts auditorium is expected to attract major shows, concerts and plays," Waters said. The Grand Hotel and Spa is a 250-room property right on the Ocean City Boardwalk and has an on-site full-service spa, as well as 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Holiday Inn Oceanfront Hotel sports several pools, tennis courts, an onsite restaurant, a pub and 6,700 square feet of flexible meeting space. ■ Go Coastal In Ocean City Town of Ocean City Southern Maryland: Enjoy D.C. Delights With Montgomery County's Hot Spots 27-52 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 1/31/14 5:12 PM Page 44

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