SEP 2017

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 13 The South's GRANDEST VENUES As meeting participants increasingly seek new, exciting and "elite" experiences, planners may be challenged to find the types of properties that offer luxurious accommodations, rich amenities and unique activities. Fortunately, the South has a wealth of extravagant and extraordinary meeting and event sites that can make groups feel like royalty. In this special feature, we take a look at several of the grandest venues throughout the region. Some offer historic elegance while others feature creative, modern design. Their settings range from picturesque beaches to exciting urban areas to peaceful mountain backdrops. What they all have in common are the elements needed to make a meeting or event special in a way that creates lifelong memories for the participants. ► By Marcia Bradford k k k k Oglebay Resort & Conference Center Wheeling, West Virginia Over 100 years ago, a tradition of hospitality was born at the summer estate of Earl W. Oglebay. Today, the picturesque beauty of Oglebay's property has been expanded to include 1,700 acres of year-round recreational activities, outstand- ing overnight accommodations and flexible space for meetings and events. This unique venue offers breathtaking gardens, two championship golf courses, a full-service spa, downhill skiing and snowboarding and a 30-acre zoo. Guests are en- couraged to experience the legacy of Earl Oglebay firsthand by touring Oglebay's historic mansion.

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