APR 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 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 64 F L O R I D A The resort has 61,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including venues on a private beach. The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, which has 13,000 square feet of event space for up to 150 people, recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of its 66 ocean- front guest rooms. The AAA Five Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, which dates from 1928, has 249 guest rooms, 36 holes of cham- pionship golf, 15 Har-Tru tennis courts and a spa. The Inn & Club has more than 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting and exhibit space. Opened in February 2018, the Guy Harvey Resort St. Augustine Beach (formerly the Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort) has 4,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 2,400-square-foot banquet hall, a meeting room for up to 60 guests, and outdoor venues. The resort has 153 guest rooms. Also new are the 95-room TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian St. Augustine, located on the edge of St. Au- gustine's Historic District, and the 30-room Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens. Expected to open in August 2018, Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort will offer 180 two-room suites and 7,000 square feet of event space, including a 5,200-square-foot oceanfront ballroom with outdoor terraces and waterfront event lawns. The AAA Four Diamond World Golf Vil- lage Renaissance St. Augustine Resort has 301 guest rooms and suites and more than 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, including 17 event rooms and 15 break- out rooms. The World Golf Hall of Fame has a 35,000-square-foot museum with 13 event venues and four meeting rooms for up to 400 people, plus outdoor space for up to 1,000. Other lodging in St. Augustine includes St. Augustine Hotel and Suites, adjacent to World Golf Village, with 162 guest rooms and meet- ing space for up to 180 people; and the historic Casa Monica Resort & Spa, an Autograph Collection hotel, which first opened in 1888. It offers 138 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of function space in nine meeting rooms, plus outdoor venues. Visit Jacksonville and The Beaches Jacksonville is a "waterfront historic yet inno- vative meetings destination experiencing major Planners and event attendees coming to Jack- sonville may be visiting as part of a big con- ference or event but Visit Jacksonville wants everyone to expect to leave the city with new passions that go beyond the meeting room. "When your event or conference is in Jack- sonville, you not only get a fabulous event experience, you also get a host of fun experi- ences to enjoy before, during and after your event," said Monica Smith, vice-president of sales and services for Visit Jacksonville. "You might just meet yourself in Jacksonville." "We have more than 100 food trucks with great variety in our city and we think you might just find a favorite new dish during a delicious outing to a food truck or to one of our locally owned restaurants," Smith said. "You can also practice your swing at one of our more than 20 public golf courses or discover you are a natural at Topgolf. Or you can ride the best—or the first—wave of your life and discover a whole new way to enjoy the ocean." Visit Jacksonville is happy to organize group outings for event attendees to one of the area's surf camps. Other fun activities available to event attendees in Jacksonville include exploring the city's many craft breweries on the Jax Ale Trail, kayaking the historic marshes and wetlands around the city, taking a fishing charter or just enjoying a stroll through the many art markets and more than 10 museums in the city. "Who knows?" Smith asked. "You might become a professional beer taster, re- connect with nature, reel in the catch of your life or awaken your inner artist with a visit to Jacksonville!" Last but not least, the city also helps at- tendees get in touch with their inner child. "Hardly anyone can resist the locally made treats at Sweet Pete's Candy factory down- town," Smith said. "Follow that with fun at the beach and you can feel like you're 10 years old again." n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Visit Jacksonville & Beaches Contact: Jacksonville-Downtown-Skyline-Sunset

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