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 72 V I R G I N I A Fugere. "We are anticipating Fuller's Raw Bar & Brewery and Stuft Restaurant, new addi- tions coming soon in Phoebus, plus several new eateries at Buckroe Beach." (See breakout spotlight on this page.) Hampton Venues • Hampton Roads Convention Center: 344,000 square feet of convention and ex- hibit space; 102,600-square-foot Exhibit Hall; 35 meeting rooms • Hampton Coliseum: 84,000-square-foot facility; 13,800-seat arena; banquet facilities can accommodate up to 2,000 • Hampton University Convocation Center: 14,000-square-foot arena floor; 52' x 40' stage Williamsburg Williamsburg's unique historic landscape and culture are what draws most to the well-known city sitting between the James and York Rivers about 20 miles north of Newport News. The Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area is a beautifully restored and reconstructed slice of true 17th and 18th century Americana, with historic homes, museums, shops, restaurants and taverns. Popular museums include the DeWitt Wal- lace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Walker Folk Art Museum Williamsburg has 67,000 square feet of function space, 48 meeting rooms and more than 2,000 hotel rooms. The city's primary meeting venue is the conference center at the 323-room Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection, part of Colonial Williamsburg Ho- tels. The property was renovated last year and was awarded AAA's Five Diamond status. It has over 45,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and dozens of meeting rooms, including the 11,490-square-foot Virginia Ballroom. Also at Colonial Williamsburg, the 300-room Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites has eight small meeting rooms and the iconic Wil- liamsburg Inn has 6,500 square feet of function space that accommodates 190 guests. Elsewhere in town, DoubleTree by Hil- ton Hotel Williamsburg provides 295 rooms and 48,000 square feet of meeting space. It's located near Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. The 303-room Fort Magruder Hotel & Conference Center offers 26,000 square feet of meeting space sitting by the Civil War-era fortification. Yorktown is about 13 miles east of Wil- liamsburg at the York River, where the historic Yorktown Battlefield is located. Guided tours are available of the battlefield, along with historic structures. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is a still-new attraction and it brings in a new exhibition this summer – Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence. Riverwalk Landing is a multi- use development with restaurants and shops. Historic Jamestowne, on the banks of the James River at the first permanent English settlement in America, also will have new ex- hibits this year. Holy Ground is one; the other, Influence and Industry: The Tobacco Pipes of Robert Cotton. C E N T R A L V I R G I N I A Richmond Richmond has a 178,000-square-foot con- vention center and more than 20,000 hotel rooms. As Virginia's state capital, it's a natural hotspot of museums. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Science Museum of Virginia, The Black History Museum and Cultural Cen- ter of Virginia, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and The Valentine, the museum highlight- ing the city's history, are some of the most prominent. Craft breweries have also become a Richmond mainstay. There are now more than 30 in the city. If an adventurous group outing is what you have in mind, Richmond's claims to fame include having the only Class III & IV urban rapids in the country. And Richmond Raceway Complex at the Richmond International Race- way offers unique activities on the outskirts of the city. There have been several recent real-estate developments. Richmond's historic Main Street Station completed a $92 million reno- "Hampton, located at the geographic hub of Coastal Virginia, is minutes away from world-class attractions and provides a dynamic setting for meetings and events," said Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau Director Mary Fugere. "The convenient proximity to our nation's capital, easy Interstate acces- sibility and the benefit of two international airports and Amtrak ensures delegates' easy arrival. Combined with our state-of- the-art Hampton Roads Convention Center, onsite Embassy Suites headquarters hotel and 84,000-square-foot Hampton Coliseum on the same campus, Hampton presents an incomparable setting for successful events." Hampton's coastal locale makes for pleasant outdoor activities. Paradise Ocean Club, Grandview Nature Preserve and Buckroe Beach, with the addition of Hampton Watersports, offer unique beach experiences for visitors to Hampton. There are many historic attractions, including Fort Monroe, completed in 1834 and now a National Monument. A Union-held fortification, the fort provided a safe haven for hundreds of runaway slaves during the Civil War. Indoor fun and learning can be found at the Virginia Air & Space Center, which represents Hampton as the founding site of NASA and offers hands-on exhibits. The attraction offers space for receptions and dinners. Hampton University, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, offers a collection of more than 7,000 artifacts and works of art, Ogden Hall for concerts and recitals, the Hampton University Convoca- tion Center and other enticements. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Hampton CVB Contact: Courtesy Visit Hampton Fort Monroe

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