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JUN 2012

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Home BIRMINGHAM Around TOWN Southeast of downtown Birmingham, the Cahaba Valley Convention District includes nine hotels with more than 1,300 guest rooms and the 27,000-square-foot Cahaba Grand Conference Center. "The biggest myth about this area is that it's 'too far' from downtown," said Gregory Layne, general manager. "We're only 15 minutes from downtown, we're directly across from world class shop- ping at The Summit, which features Saks Fifth Avenue and other C e Take your meetings food and beverage experience to new heights at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. national retailers and restaurants, and we're ten minutes to Riverchase Galleria." Layne noted that the Cahaba Grand Conference Center is noted for its great food. "Event attendees are al- ways surprised at how good the food is. Our food is top selling point, along with our service." Plus, the facility offers complimentary wireless Inter- net access. The Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park has "more of a boutique hotel feel," said Gregory Douglass, senior sales manager. "Our hotel con- sistently wins top awards for service." The Birmingham Marriott is adjacent to the Grandview Corporate Park and HealthSouth corporate offices. Overlooking the Cahaba River, Carraway- Davie House and Conference Center has 18,000 square feet of event space. A little further south of downtown is the community of Hoover, home to the Riverchase Galleria, Alabama's busiest shopping destination, and a 329-room hotel, soon to be reflagged as The Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel, said Wanda Gaddis, direc- tor of sales and marketing, adding that renova- tions are expected to be complete by mid-2013. Across from Riverchase Galleria, the Embassy Suites Birmingham–Hoover has 12,000 square feet of event space and compli- mentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Near Hoover, the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa has more than 20,000 square feet of event space, includ- ing the Hoover Ballroom that can seat up to 1,200. The resort is also home to the third longest golf course in the world. ■ Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase uniquevenues Try the beer named Miss Fancy after an elephant! Avondale Brewing Avondale Brewing is housed in an old 1890s firehouse in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, a community originally built to house railroad and mill work- ers, according to Taylor Lander, events manager. "All of our beers are named after the folk- lore of this area, including beers named for Miss Fancy, a beer- guzzling elephant from prohibition days." The brewery has a 3,000- square-foot indoor event space and a pavilion that can host up to 200. Pepper Place Saturday Market This seasonal farmers and artisans market, created out of an old Dr. Pepper plant, gives visitors a real taste of the South, said Lisa Beasley, market manager. "Everythingʼs local— all music, crafts, food and the farmers." Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum This cool venue house one of the largest col- lections of Lotus racing cars in the world, said Lauren Carter, events coordinator, noting that it can accommodate groups of up to 900. ■ 44 ConventionSouth JUNE 2012 www.con v entionsouth.com Hyatt Regency plants flag in Alabama f C a h b a a G r n a d C n o r e r e e t n n e c

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