Small Market Meetings

NOV 2016

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November 2016 25 A Savannah institution, Leopold's Ice Cream was founded in 1919. good, and you can dance on the original floor." Artsy groups can host up to 350 for a cocktail reception in the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences' Sculpture Gallery. The nearby Jepson Center for the Arts offers a soaring atrium with Telfair Square views, a 220-seat theater and a third-floor sculpture garden. Located in nearby Pooler, the 90,000-square-foot National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force honors the 8th Air Force through history- revealing exhibits — some hands-on — and unusual meeting spaces, such as the 1940s English Pub and the Combat Room, under the wings of a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress, the City of Savannah. A f t e r - H o u r s F u n After-Hours Fun "Attendees can explore Savannah on walking tours with a free phone download in seven languages," said Summer Bozeman, Visit Savannah's communications coordinator. "Other options are narrated trolley tours, horse-drawn carriages and Segways." In addition to leading guided walking tours through the city's histo- ry-laden squares, Savannah Taste Experience can throw a Micro Food Fest for 125 and up. Included are tasting fare from 10 restaurants, meet- ing local chefs and touring a craft brewery, all under one roof. Located at the end of River Street, the brand-new Service Brewery, which is military-veteran-owned and -operated, will rent out its entire brewery for a sudsy buyout. For a relaxing, hilarious city tour, Savannah Slow Ride accommodates 15 people per "crawler," a pedal-powered, bicyclelike vehicle. Everyone pedals while a "driver" steers and narrates the passing scenery. Offerings include the Boos Cruise — a ghost tour — in America's Most Haunted City and a pub crawl to Savannah's favorite watering holes, from which participants can take to-go cups, legal in the Hostess City. A city view from the water is River Street Riverboat's specialty. In December, a new 1,100-capacity boat will offer narrated sightseeing cruises, a Southern buffet dinner cruise and a gospel cruise. Sundial Charters offers jaunts to Little Tybee Island to spot dolphins and explore the salt marsh and maritime forest. Only 18 miles away, Tybee Island is Savannah's beach, with bicycling, kayaking and deep- sea-fishing charters. "Every group that meets in Savannah sees an increase in atten- dance," Brady said. "Forty percent of our meeting customers are repeat." "Historically, state and regional associations meet here," said Hewitt. "Now we're attracting national associations, which has brought a new national-scale awareness to the destination. Savannah is the real deal."

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