JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 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 46 waterfront terrace; three onsite restaurants, (See Breakout Spotlight on this page.) New Bern/Craven County New Bern is a modestly sized city on North Carolina's coast just right for smaller meetings. It has an engaging historical ambiance – given that the city is 300 years old. The downtown and near-downtown Historic District are full of his- toric buildings, and self-guided walking tours are a favorite activity for visitors, as are trolley tours and horse-and-carriage tours. The New Bern Firemen's Museum is another attraction that appeals to the sense of history, with its exhibits of early firefighting equipment. (See Breakout Spotlight on page 48.) New Bern Venues • New Bern Riverfront Convention Center: 45,000-square-foot facility; 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 12,000-square-foot ballroom • DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern - Riverfront: more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; 171 guest rooms • Copper Ridge on the Neuse: space for up to 300 guests • Bridge Pointe Hotel & Event Center: 115 guest rooms; can accommodate up to 280 • Tryon Palace: 4,200-square-foot Mattocks Hall; 192-seat performance hall; 3,500-square-foot outdoor courtyard with a boardwalk on the Trent River • Havelock Tourist & Event Center: 7,200 square feet of flexible meeting areas Crystal Coast/Morehead City Morehead City is the largest city in the Crystal Coast region, which boasts 85 miles of beach and also includes Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach, Emerald Isle, Cape Lookout, Pine Knoll Shores, Harkers Island, Beaufort, Salter Path, Down East and Western Crystal Coast. The area features the Cape Lookout National Seashore and its light- house, about 700 hotel rooms, lots of restaurants and several inviting meeting venues. Crystal Coast Meeting Space: • Crystal Coast Civic Center: 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; eight meeting rooms, spacious waterfront patio • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlantic Beach Oceanfront: 10,000 square feet of meeting space; 200 guest rooms • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center (Harkers Island): can accommodate up to 400 theater style or 250 banquet style in the Community Room Coastal Outposts North Carolina has a number of small beach towns with meeting possibilities for groups Brunswick Islands are composed of eight islands and towns, including Sunset Beach, near the southeast coastal border with South Carolina. It's home to Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center, an upscale property with 40,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 10,000-square- foot ballroom and 10 meeting rooms, along with a 1,000-square-foot lobby and a 4,000-square- foot promenade, as well as an outdoor piazza and garden space. About seven miles up the coast at Ocean Isle Beach, the 86-room Winds Resort Beach Club has 1,500 square feet of meeting space and the 70-room Ocean Isle Inn offers 700 square feet. N O R T H C A R O L I N A Sotherly Hotels invested $10 million in renovating the Wilmington property known for more than four decades as Wilmington Hilton Riverside. Now known as Hotel Ballast Wilmington, the property was one of the first properties within Hilton's boutique Tapestry Collection. Sotherly Hotels' renovations included major upgrades to all 272 guest rooms and the 20,000 square feet of adaptable meeting spaces, as well as to the property's lobby, pool area and restaurants. "In the heart of Wilmington's exciting waterfront, Hotel Ballast is the ideal location for your next conference or meeting," said Erin Wallace, SMERF sales manager for Hotel Ballast. "Located on the beautiful Cape Fear River, Hotel Ballast is your front porch to all the charm and magic Wilmington has to offer." Hotel Ballast's meeting spaces have all been refreshed and have significantly upgraded A/V technology and services. A greatly enhanced chef-driven banquet menu is now available as well. The hotel's guest rooms now feature hardwood floors, remote shades, elevated bedding packages and top-grade baths with marble walk-in showers. Hotel Ballast has also revamped its lobby and public spaces, adding a communal library area, original art and complimentary Wi-Fi. The equipment in the fitness facility is now state-of-the-art. And the restaurant scenario is superb. Ruth's Chris Steak House is both a meat-lover's and wine-lover's paradise, as the restaurant features an award-winning wine list to complement its renowned entrees. Visible on the other side of the Cape Fear River is the massive bulk of the Battle- ship North Carolina. And Wilmington's Downtown Riverwalk begins just outside the hotel. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Hotel Ballast Contact: Wilmington Ballast Exterior Just downstairs from the Hotel Ballast lobby, the new Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen features not only delicious South- ern cuisine with a twist but also signature craft cocktails in a casual indoor/outdoor space with lots of glass to connect with its riverside location and outdoor patio. Foodie Fun! Hotel Ballast Chef William Roberts of Board & Barrel VisitNC

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