MAY 2018

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M A Y 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 27 RESORT MEETINGS Explore the Ruins and Embark on a Southern Safari at Barnsley Resort (Adairsville, Ga.) Steeped in a romantic and tragic past—there may be a few ghosts roaming the property!—the manor ruins of Barnsley Resort allow guests to immerse themselves in the experience of the historic estate. "For groups intrigued by the resort's storied past—and there are nearly 200 years of history here filled with a tragic love story that begins in the 19th Century leading into the Civil War and continuing into the 20th Century with prize-fighting and bootlegging in the roaring 1920s—a popular evening activity is storytelling with our resident historian, Clent Coker, paired with a whiskey tasting and appetizers," said General Manager Shawn Jervis. "Or, History on Horseback allows for a riding tour through the historic gardens followed by a visit to the Manor House Ruins and on-site museum." Dining at the resort is another experience that allows for embracing the most luxurious farm experience you will find throughout the South. "As a community ambassador, we work closely with local farms, which allows us to customize a true farm-to-table experience in the field," Jervis said. "We're in the process of installing our own onsite garden that will allow our Rice House culinary team to offer a selective menu composed of options that are exclusive to ingredients we've grown right here on property. The farm-to-table (or yard-to-fork) experience is just part of what we can offer, since our full roster of options has a wide range of variety. "Whether it's a casual BBQ in the Beer Garden or a lavish spread set amongst the 19th Century Manor House ruins that pays homage to a true Southern family-style dinner, our culinary and catering teams have no limit to their creativity." Looking for a heart-pounding, immersive expedition? "For groups who want to be a part of the action, our Southern Safari is truly a one-of-a- kind experience," Jervis said. "Taking advantage of the wide-open fields of our hunting preserve, guests take an off-road excursion throughout 2,000 acres, with binoculars to spot deer, wild turkey and other wildlife. During the safari, the resort's culinary team will be busy crafting the perfect lunch nestled in an exclusive area of the plantation." Alluring team-building adventures on Barnsley Resort's 3,000 acres also engage attendees, Jervis said. Among these are Rodeo Roundup on horse- back; Links and Lures, which combines golf and fly fishing activities; Barnsley Olympics; resort scavenger hunts and wilderness survival school. Experience the Top of the Rock Sunset Ceremony at Big Cedar Lodge (Ridgedale, Mo.) "Groups can embrace the rustic elegance of a bygone era at Big Cedar Lodge, a remote haven of natural beauty and contemporary luxury in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Missouri," said Jodie King, regional sales manager. "Steeped in history, the area has provided shelter to native American Indian tribes, solace to wealthy busi- ness tycoons and pleasure to outdoor adventure seekers." One way of celebrating nature at the resort is to attend the Sunset Ceremony that takes place every evening at Top of the Rock. "Witness something truly magical as the sun sets on Table Rock Lake while a traditional bagpiper plays in the background. Then, just as the sun shows its final glistening light, you will hear a Civil War cannon erupt as you raise your glass for a toast." Many other adventures are offered at "Amer- ica's premier wilderness resort," King said. She recommended exploring Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail or team-building activities such as bowfishing, during which guides teach ► IMMERSIVE SITE VIST EXPERIENCE: Sunset SHELLebration South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Fla. I had the great pleasure of watching kids playing conch shells and throw- ing seashells into the Gulf of Mexico, while making a wish during the "Sunset "SHELLebration," a daily event at South Seas Island Resort. The next morning I was equally entranced by watching the sunrise over Pine Island Sound while manatees and dolphin played in the bay. Adding to the adventure was a scenic cruise to Cabbage Key aboard Captiva Cruises, which provided beautiful views, very informative Captains and an excellent lunch at the historic Cabbage Key Island Inn & Restaurant. M.B. n Barnsley Resort

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