MAY 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A 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 28 RESORT MEETINGS participants how to use specialized archery equip- ment to shoot and retrieve fish. There are also cruises offered aboard the Goin' Jessi, "an exact replica of a 1934 Chris Craft, with everything from the walnut and teak polished wood to the 353 Ford Marine V8 motor," King said. "This exact copy was named after Jessi Colter, Waylon Jennings' wife. The Goin' Jessi originally be- longed to Waylon, who was a guest of Big Cedar on numerous occasions." Revel in the World's Only Resort Race Car Adventure at Virginia International Raceway and Resort (Alton, Va.) Offering the world's only ultimate extreme-speed adventure set at a resort, Formula Experiences features four racing adventures at Virginia International Raceway and Resort (VIR). Ride-alongs put people in the passenger seat of an open-cockpit racecar going 140 mph, with options for day or night rides through the Virginia countryside with the world's first open-cockpit night ride-along. The driving experience is a one- or two-day option that allows up to 12 attendees to receive personalized attention and maximum track time, including one-on-one coaching, pro simulator training, and video and course circuit analysis to help even novice drivers reach top speeds. For experienced racers, the package for drivers with proven track expertise offers the op- tion to take real racecars out on the track. And to elevate the corporate or group racing experience, a one-stop-shopping package is available so event planners can book all activities at VIR, from ac- commodations to meeting space to team-building adventures. At VIR, people from all walks of life can burn up the asphalt. "Driving a racecar at VIR is an incredible experience that is not just exhilarating but also one of the toughest physical and mental challenges," said Peter Heffring, amateur race car driver and the founder and CEO of Formula Experiences. "There is nothing else that gets me in the zone like racing. It's a complete escape and there is no better feeling. It's been a lifelong dream to give other racing fans, car fanatics, thrill seekers and luxury travelers this same extreme speed adventure." In addition to racing, planners can add on-property trackside accommodations, gourmet Southern dining and additional activi- ties, ranging from shooting sports to a day spa at the resort. Become a Cowboy and Enjoy Margarita Madness at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa (San Antonio, Texas) "Groups visiting JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa have the option to enjoy a challenge at the 36-hole TPC San Antonio golf course, rejuvenate at the award-winning tranquil Lantana Spa and spend a carefree afternoon that also can inspire playful activity at the 9-acre River Bluff Water Experience," said Brian Morris, director of sales and marketing. True to its hill country name, the resort immerses groups in the cowboy spirit with fun outdoor adventures. "The JW Marriott San Antonio team has curated a selection of im- mersive team-building activities sure to entice conference attendees to work together," Morris said. With Margarita Madness, attendees "expe- rience true San Antonio flavor with a margarita pour-off," Morris said. "Teams will compete to IMMERSIVE SITE VIST EXPERIENCE: Horseback Riding Through The Estate The Inn at Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, Georgia During my Immersive Resort Experience at The Inn at Barnsley Resort, near Adairs- ville, Ga., I got to experience horseback riding through the estate and made my own leather bracelet embossed with my choice of emblems. I fell in love with the animals at the Barns- ley Barnyard. Additional experiences include catch-and-release fly fishing, golf, lawn games, hiking and biking, kayaking, canoeing, and clay shooting. The resort's tasty cuisine features regional treats like fresh local honey from the bees at Barnsley Resort, melt-in-your-mouth homemade Southern biscuits smothered with raspberries and Muscadine wine jam and Resort Dining Manager Jon Mattson's Silver Bell Hill Punch made from honeysuckle vodka, fresh strawberries, rosemary, and pink peppercorns. A.B. n Virginia International Raceway and Resort

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