MAY 2018

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create the perfect margarita with expert insight from the resort's certified tequila experts. Each team is given the same ingredients to use to make the winning margarita as judged by the resort's culinary team." Or folks can try being a ranch hand at Knibbe Ranch, founded more than 150 years ago. "Knibbe Ranch is one of the few remaining Century Heritage Ranches in the state of Texas" Morris said. "Century Heritage ranches must be owned and operated by the same family in a direct line of descent for 100-plus years. The JW Marriott San Antonio has a special relationship with the ranch and the Knibbe family welcomes the resort's group and meetings guests for an authentic cowboy experience. Groups can participate in learning how to trick rope, cheer on team armadillos in armadillo races, try their skill riding a mechanical bull and be entertained by a modified rodeo. To end their day, there is always a flavorful Texas barbeque buffet." Savor the Sizzle of Miami Beach at Eden Roc With a $250 million transformation and rebrand- ing, Eden Roc Miami Beach has immersive experiences galore that infuse Latin flavor with sultry seaside delights. "As the city of Miami Beach continues to flourish, we look forward to bringing a more distinctive and clearly defined experience to our guests and locals," said Andrea Chapur, part of the ownership group for Eden Roc Miami Beach. "Not only has the hotel itself undergone a massive refurbishment but we have infused every part of the local Miami experience to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere and showcase the one-of-a-kind persona that defines Eden Roc Miami Beach." Complimentary welcome drinks await guests upon arrival and the beach adventure begins with hooded jersey robes and beach flip-flops replac- ing the traditional bathrobes and hotel slippers in the guest rooms. Shopping is a huge part of the Miami Beach scene and with Boho Hunter, an upscale boutique featuring women's fashion and accessories from Latin American designers, guests can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Miami while staying at the resort. The new Esencia Spa features signature mas- sages such as the Rocks, Not Diamonds volcanic massage and the Keep Calm aromatherapy ► 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 29 RESORT MEETINGS IMMERSIVE SITE VIST EXPERIENCE: Swimming With Manatees The Plantation on Crystal River, Crystal River, Fla. Colder than normal weather had kept the manatees closer to shore than was typical for April, so our boat had not traveled far into King's Bay before we were able to jump into the clear water, put our snorkels on and enjoy the awesome experience of swimming with manatees. This is just one of the outings offered by the Adventure Center, part of The Plantation on Crystal River; others include scuba diving, scalloping and paddle boarding. Director of Sales and Marketing Terry Natwick, told me this is also a popular spot for water-based photo scavenger hunts and group excursions into the area waterways. There's a true "Old Florida" feel at this resort, where there are lawn games, kayaks and pontoon boats to rent, a golf course, pool and Tiki bar and the onsite restaurant, West 82 Bar & Grill. M.B. n Knibbe Ranch near the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

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