APR 2018

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A P R I L 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 39 F L O R I D A groups enjoy the close proximity to the seat of state government. Additional hotels with meeting space in the area include the historic Hotel Duval, Auto- graph Collection, with 117 guest rooms, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, Shula's 347 Grill and Level 8 Lounge, which provides views of the city. Aloft Tallahassee Downtown has 162 guest rooms and 2,200 square feet of meeting space and Four Points By Sheraton, the city's only LEED Silver Certified Hotel, has 164 guest rooms and 7,000 square feet of meeting space. Additionally, Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol has 135 guest rooms and 7,520 square feet of meeting space. A wide range of special events can be held at the FSU University Center Club, with many areas offering views of Bobby Bowden Field. Private Event Directors Steven Bonda and Lily Etemadi point out that FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium includes some of Tallahassee's largest event spaces, including the recently renovated Rooftop Terrace. The Grande, East and West Ballrooms offer more traditional settings, while terraces and club rooms are great for interac- tive events. In total, the facility offers 125,000 square feet of event space and hosts more than 2,500 events each year. There are seven onsite kitchens. Other special event spaces include The Edi- son at Cascades Park, which can accommodate up to 500 people; Tallahassee Automobile Mu- seum, with 46,500 square feet of event space; and the Augustus B. Turnbull III Conference Center at FSU, a high-tech facility with an au- ditorium that seats 350, several classrooms and reception areas. Florida's Adventure Coast Billing itself as Nature's Place To Play™, the area including Brooksville and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park was home to some of the very first Florida attractions. Today, the des- tination still delights with mermaids, manors, museums and scenic gardens. Groups can enjoy paddle and fishing outings on the area waterways, hiking and biking along networks of trails. Unique venues include the Brooksville 1885 Train Depot Museum; The May- Stringer Museum, a 19th-century home in historic Brooksville with more than 11,000 artifacts; The Nature Coast Botanical Gardens; and the Richloam General Store. TreeUmph! Adven- ture Course, Brooksville features over 130 obstacles. Chinsegut Conservation Center covers 408 acres of wildlife preserve and offers wildlife education programs and hikes through- out the year. Keg, Casks & Corks Tours allow small groups to savor local libations at tap rooms, breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Accommodations in the area include ho- tels and motels, campgrounds and RV parks, condos and cabins. Chinsegut Hill Retreat & Conference Center offers a unique setting for educational seminars, business meetings, artistic classes and gatherings of fraternal and religious groups. Lodging includes seven cot- tages and the 165-year-old Manor House at Chinsegut Hill. The Chinsegut Hill Retreat includes classroom meeting space, a dining hall that seats 75 and hik- ing trails that meander through 115 acres. Crystal River/Citrus County According to Visit Citrus, the area CVB, Crys- PELICAN BEACH RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER When searching for the perfect Destin, Florida location for your next meeting, association event or corporate outing, look no further than Pelican Beach. Whether team building, prospecting or tending to existing customers, Pelican Beach provides the location and a vari‑ ety of "meeting space" conducive to building business relationships! For Conference Information, Please Call (800) 431‑9281 www.pelican‑ The Best Destin meetings Begin Here. SITE VISIT HIGHLIGHT: A CELEBRATED CHEF Sheraton Bay Point Resort, Panama City Beach Chef Shane Miller makes dining fun as well as deli- cious at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort. Using knowledge gained from his very early days of learning the secrets of a perfect New Orleans roux in his "Maw Maws" kitchen and in winning appearances on Food Network's® Cutthroat Kitchen and Guy's Grocery Games, Miller brings his bold flavors and diverse experience from around the U.S. to the property's dining portfolio. "I'm returning to my Gulf Coast roots here at this Grand Southern Resort," said Miller. "My passion for the tastes found down on the Louisiana bayou and the abundance of fresh local seafood here are echoed in the menus I create for the resort restaurants and within our group and catering offerings." n ➤

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