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 48 E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS CENTRAL ARKANSAS IN-DEPTH Visit for more about the Central Arkansas area through our interactive Insiderʼs CENTRAL ARKANSAS and its cities of Little Rock, Hot Springs and Conway offer a wide range of activities, including enjoying the Hot Springs Na- tional Park, numerous lakes and the Arkansas River. Enjoy a host of water activities from fishing to floating. Access the Arkansas River from Conway, Little Rock and North Little Rock. TOP PICKS: Visit Hot Springs Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa (800) 643-1502 "Complimentary meeting room with 25 guest room reservations. New customers only." Conway CVB (866) 726-6929 Arkansas, Conway is one of the top five fastest growing cities in the state a median age of 27.8." Conway Expo Center FOLLOW UP: Little Rock CVB North Little Rock Visitors Bureau C E N T R A L A R K A N S A S Known as "America's First Resort," Hot Springs has been drawing tourists since the early 1800s, mostly to enjoy the area's bubbling hot mineral springs, historic spas and beautiful countryside as it's nestled in the historic Ouachita Mountains and home to Hot Springs National Park. Its historic turn- of-the-century downtown is filled with museums, art galleries, dining spots, shopping and spas. For meetings, the Hot Springs Convention Center and Summit Arena offer a 6,500-seat arena, a 103,000-square-foot exhibit hall, the 16,000-square-foot Horner Hall (which has a full stage) and 15 meeting/breakout rooms. The city has more than 4,000 hotel rooms in town and the surrounding areas, including lake resorts and inns. A downtown landmark since the 1920s, the 487-room Arlington Hotel has played host to the famous and infamous. Babe Ruth and Will Rogers were regulars; gangster Al Capone used to rent out the entire fourth floor for his visits, and visitors may request his favorite room (433). Over the last two years, the meetings spaces have been remodeled, updated and restored. These renovations include the historic Crys- tal Ballroom, which offers crystal chandeliers and the grand ambiance of the historic hotel. Along with its 45,000 square feet of meeting space and 26,750 square feet of exhibit space, the property offers complimentary wireless Internet service, a full-spa, pools and three restaurants. Embassy Suites Hot Springs Hotel and Spa is connected to the Hot Spring Convention Center and Summit Arena by skywalk, and offers 246 suites and 3,800 square feet of event space. A few miles south of downtown, Clarion on the Lake, has 149 guest rooms and 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, including a seventh-floor Lakeview Ballroom that can seat up to 400 and overlooks Lake Hamilton. The gated, golfing community of Hot Springs Village is located about 20 minutes north of downtown and is home to the 654-seat Woodlands Auditorium, the Coronado Community Center and The DeSoto Club Event Center. ■ The streets of "Spa City" come alive throughout the year for special festivities, including St. Patricks Day when it hosts the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade. Last year, Celebrity Grand Marshals John Corbet and Bo Derek attended, along with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. ■ Spa City Turns Green Visit The 'Hot Springs' Of America's First Resort Hot Springs National Park H o t S p r i n g s C V B v i a F a c e b o o k 27-52 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 1/31/14 5:12 PM Page 48

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