Small Market Meetings

NOV 2016

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November 2016 27 The Murfreesboro area is rife with sipping spots. Mayday Brewery is a 100-capacity event space with a 1,000-square-foot outdoor deck, signature craft beers and food truck go-withs. Not far out of town, groups can do tastings at Arrington Vineyards, founded by Kix Brooks of country music's Brooks and Dunn, where groups of up to 100 can dine outdoors and revel in beautiful vineyard and hill country scenery; Jack Daniel's Distillery, home of "Tennessee Sippin' Whiskey," a variety of tours, and Lynchburg Hardware and General Store; and Short Mountain Distillery, maker of sour mash moonshine on a 400-acre farm and event venue. Murfreesboro's largest formal event space, 150-guest Maney Hall at Oaklands Mansion is a reproduction Victorian carriage house with a spacious catering kitchen. "Oaklands Mansion is a pre-Civil War doctor's plantation on 1,500 acres with an arboretum, walking trail and heritage gardens," said James Manning, executive director. Union and Confederate armies once occupied the historic home. Across the street from the Embassy Suites, the Grove at Williamson Place, a former dairy farm, hosts up to 150 guests in three converted barns with event spaces of 1,500 to 5,000 square feet. "We're a farm retreat with a beautiful, rustic, laid-back atmosphere, not a stuffy hotel room," said Marshall Campbell, manager. Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Off-Site Venues Meeting attendees can enjoy some downtime in Cannonsburgh Village, a re-created 19th-century Southern town. Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro is home to Rutherford County's 80,000-square-foot conference center. Located next to The Avenue, the largest open-air retail and dining venue in Tennessee, the 283-suite property is the area's largest and offers 43,000 square feet of meeting space, with 1,000 free parking spaces and a 28,800-square-foot ballroom that can accommodate 2,000 attendees for a reception. "We're better on your budget than rooms in Nashville, where high demand allows higher room rates," said Denise Coop Tinney, director of sales and marketing. "And we're only 23 miles from the state capital." With 5,500 total square feet of meeting space, the 168-room DoubleTree by Hilton Murfreesboro has a 3,100-square-foot ball- room for up to 300 seated and 450 standing. According to Melissa Cassidy, director of sales, the property's size is perfect. "We're large enough to host associations, but they don't have to share their meeting space with another group." Across a parking lot, a new live-music venue, 7,200-square-foot JazzMatazz, serves Cajun food by day and live New Orleans jazz at night. The Holiday Inn Murfreesboro adds 110 rooms and 5,300 square feet of meeting space, and the 100-room Hilton Garden Inn Murfreesboro adds another 4,200. Conference Center Hotel Meeting Spaces

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