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 74 Richmond Venues • Greater Richmond Convention Center (GRCC): 80,000 square feet of meeting space; 32 meeting rooms; 685 guest rooms; adjacent to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport • The Main Street Train Station Train Shed / Clock Tower: 57,000 square feet of meeting/event space • Richmond Marriott: 26,250 square feet of meeting space; 405 guest rooms; connected by skywalk to GRCC • Richmond Raceway Complex at the Richmond International Race- way: 150,000 square feet of event space; 6,000-square-foot covered amphitheater • Richmond Coliseum: 50,000-square-feet of space in two exhibit halls; 23,750-square- foot arena Charlottesville Charlottesville is home the University of Vir- ginia (UVA), three presidential homes – Mon- ticello, Montpelier and Ash Lawn-Highland – and several excellent wineries. It's also known for its eight-block pedestrian Downtown Mall, featuring 120 shops and about 30 restaurants, two historic theaters, several live-music ven- ues, art galleries and an ice skating rink. Among the area's meeting venues, UVA has a conference center with more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space and a large arena. The Draftsman, an Autograph Collection hotel, is a new 10-floor, 144-room downtown property featuring a farm-to-table restaurant, lounge, fitness center and 2,050 square feet of meeting space. The historic Boar's Head Resort has initiated renovations of its restaurant, bar, main entrance and lobby, which are scheduled for completion late in September. According to hotel sources, the main entrance will be moved and the lobby will be thoroughly transformed into a true gathering spot. The resort's 200-seat Old Mill Room restaurant will offer a private dining area and larger banquet space for special events. Charlottesville/Albemarle County Venues • Inn at Darden Conference and Event Center: 40,000 square feet of event space within the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the adjacent Abbott Center; 472-seat auditorium • John Paul Jones Arena: 50,000 square feet of indoor space; outside terrace; located on the UVA campus • Boar's Head Resort: 22,000 square feet of meeting space; 175 guest rooms • DoubleTree by Hilton Charlottesville: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 235 guest rooms • Omni Charlottesville Hotel: 12,441 square feet of function space; 208 guest rooms • Massanutten Resort: (Near Harrisonburg) 6,000-acre resort; hotel and condo accom- modations; 12 dining venues; golf, skiing, waterpark, spa, variety of indoor/outdoor event and retreat facilities N O R T H E R N V I R G I N I A Arlington Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington can serve as a convenient jumping-off point for visiting our nation's capital but it also has its own excep- tional cuisine experiences and excellent shop- ping opportunities. It's home to the Pentagon, V I R G I N I A Among the exciting goings on in Arlington, the new Observation Deck at CEB Tower, scheduled to open in late May, will offer visitors unobstructed views of Arlington and the entire Washington, D.C., area from the highest public point in the region. The 12,000-square-foot Observation Deck will feature floor- to-ceiling glass, an outdoor terrace and a café. "The new Observation Deck at CEB Tower gives a new bird's-eye view experience for visitors," said Cara O'Donnell, public relations manager for Arlington Economic Development. "With its 360-degree views and storytelling capabilities, it serves as an unrivaled destination for visitors and offers invaluable amenities for anyone looking to host a memorable private event." In addition to some of the better-known tourist sites, such as Ar- lington National Cemetery and the Air Force Memorial, there are many interest- ing-yet-less-visited areas of Arlington to explore. Arlington Ridge, which overlooks Washington, D.C., features the Arlington Historical Museum, containing Civil War artifacts. Nauck, settled by free blacks nearly 20 years before the Civil War, is among the area's strong, historically black communities. Among Westover's tree-lined roads, boutiques and restaurants, the Westover Market & Beer Garden features Arlington's Great Wall of Beer, a who's who of craft brews. Fairlington was the site of Civil War Union fortifications and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, the Glencarlyn neigh- borhood features the Ball-Sellers House, the oldest building in Arlington County, restored to what it looked like during the colonial era. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Arlington Contact: Courtesy Arlington CVS Arlington Observation Deck

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