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 50 Harbor on a five-acre site and has a distillery building for whiskey production and a welcome center with two tasting rooms. Tours of the dis- tillery are available and a two-story restaurant is planned. The Harbor East/Harbor Point/Fells Point area is also blossoming. The 130-room luxury bou- tique Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel opened in spring 2017 at Recreation Pier in Fells Point. The Sandlot at Harbor Point, a 30,000-square- foot open area that will accommodate outdoor dining and live performances, is being developed. The area's overall mixed-use development has begun to sprout eateries, retail space, office space and residential living. Several hotels are planned. Food halls, another indicator of Baltimore's rising tide, include R. House, Mt. Vernon Market- place and Whitehall Mill in Hampden. R. House in Remington is a 50,000-square-foot facility with 12,000 square feet of open seating and 10 food and beverage spots. At present, 14 food and drink operators are in the Mt. Vernon Marketplace, offer- ing a wide variety of fresh – and exotic – artisanal products in a historic neighborhood. Meanwhile, Baltimore Water Taxis are getting redesigned and upgraded, and biking options are becoming available in the popular waterfront sec- tions of the city. Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Anne Arundel County is a large county ranging from about Rose Haven near Chesapeake Beach on the south all the way up to the outskirts of Baltimore, and extending 25 miles inland at its widest point. The area is well known for its wa- terways and beaches, exceptional seafood and the city of Annapolis. It has more than 11,000 guest rooms, many recently renovated lodging proper- ties and new ones coming in 2018. Annapolis is an eminently walkable city with ample historical ambiance, home to the U.S. Naval Academy, more than 20 art venues and quality performing arts. In the surrounding area, a major conference center, several smaller venues and conference hotels serve most meeting needs. The northern part of the county offers very easy access to Baltimore, Anne Arundel Mills, several unique museums and Live! Casino. The Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County representatives tout their experience in handling everything from large-scale conferences and sales-incentive meetings to a variety of sporting events at venues throughout the county. (For more information, see breakout spotlight on this page.) Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Meeting Spaces • The Conference Center at the Maritime In- stitute: 100,000 square feet of meeting space in the conference center and attached hotel; 50- seat planetarium; maritime museum; 224 guest rooms • Loews Annapolis Hotel: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 215 guest rooms • The Westin Annapolis: 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 14 meeting rooms; 225 guest rooms • Westin Baltimore Washington Airport (Linthi- cum Heights): 17,300 square feet of meeting space; 260 guest rooms • Chesapeake Bay Beach Club: 16,000 square feet of waterfront meeting space; 10 indoor meeting spaces; 12,000 square feet of outdoor event space; 54 guest rooms; Kent Island loca- tion across Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis Ocean City The primary appeal of this coastal Maryland city is evident in its name. With 10 miles of Mid-At- lantic beach and a three-mile boardwalk, Ocean City beckons meeting and event planners who M A R Y L A N D Just last year, Live! Casino took ownership of a Maryland hotel property and invested $3 million in renovation. Today, it is the trans- formed 11-story, 250-room Live! Lofts Hotel with a few thousand square feet of meeting space. This year, the biggest news in the Annapolis/Anne Arundel County area is the imminent opening of another Live! Casino property, a new 17-story, 310-room hotel adjacent to Live! Casino at Arundel Mills in Hanover. Upon completion, the Live! Hotel will house the largest conference and meeting space in the county, featuring about 20,000 total square feet of meeting space, including a 13,600 square-foot Grand Ballroom, six breakout rooms, an executive boardroom and additional function space. Live! Hotel will also boast a 1,500-seat concert venue. Visit Annapolis/Anne Arundel County rep- resentatives sometimes refer to their destina- tion, particularly the northernmost section, as part of the BWI area. Baltimore-Washington International Airport has a Baltimore mailing address but is located well south of the city in northern Anne Arundel County. "The BWI region offers the most accessi- ble meeting and hotel destinations on the East Coast, while Annapolis is a walkable, historic city located 25 minutes from Baltimore and Washington by car," said Denise Bosmans, director of sales for Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Contact:

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