FEB 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 36 Unicoi State Park & Lodge, Helen, Georgia One of four Georgia State Parks that feature upscale meeting and lodging facilities, Unicoi State Park & Lodge is located in the northeastern corner of the state, just three miles outside of the charming town of Helen, which is a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village. Additionally, the venue is located at the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River and is near Anna Ruby Falls, which dazzles with double waterfalls and local history. Known as an "Adventure Lodge," Unicoi features an array of fam- ily-friendly amenities and unique ways to experience the outdoors. The 100-room mountaintop lodge and 30 cabins offer comfortable accommodations and modern conveniences while looking out on scenic forest views. The newly renovated, 10,000-square-foot con- ference center comfortably hosts receptions, banquets, meetings and special events for groups up to 500. When it comes to recreational activities, there are many options to choose from, including a zip line aerial adventure park, moun- tain biking, a new archery and air rifle facility, paddle boarding and fly fishing. Families can enjoy hikes with expert wilderness guides, spend the night under the stars primitive camping, or take it easy at one of the onsite restaurants and lounges. TradeWinds Island Resorts, St. Pete Beach, Florida A 20,000-square-foot Floating Water Park and playground, situated in the Gulf of Mexico just 60 feet off the sandy shoreline is just one part of the fam- ily fun atmosphere at TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach. There's also a High Tide Slide on the beach and the Red Beard Pirate Show, which lands on "Pirate Island" twice weekly. Additionally, children and adults both like Bucky the Shark, a mechanical hammerhead shark that is TradeWinds' version of the bucking bronco. And, a 33,500-gallon aquarium and touch tank help families learn about sea life. TradeWinds Island Resorts, which includes the 20-acre TradeWinds Island Grand and the five-acre Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort, host more than 700 meetings and social functions annually and can ac- commodate groups from 10 to 1,000, according to Mike Wagner, director of group sales at TradeWinds Island Grand. There are 14 restaurants and lounges, seven swimming pools, cabanas and hammocks, sports facilities and limitless beachfront recreation on St. Pete Beach, which was voted #3 on America's Top Beaches for 2017 by TripAdvisor. FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEETINGS Georgia State Parks & Lodges

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