Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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February 2017 GreaterRome convention & visitors bureau Downtown tours New & expanded downtown hotels Courtesy Stonewall Resort Guests meeting at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia can take scenic cruises through Stonewall Jackson State Park. December 7, 1943, a variety of guided tours take groups through the ship's main areas or previously sealed-off portions, such as the cap- tain's and admiral's cabins, the flag bridge, the navigation bridge and the combat engagement center. During the Life in the Engine Room guided tour, visitors go seven decks down into the belly of the battle- ship to learn how the massive ship was powered. www.nauticus.org T a m p a B a y H i s t o r y C e n t e r Tampa Bay History Center T a m p a , F l o r i d a Tampa, Florida The Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa, Florida, is in the heart of the city's downtown Channel District, so "no matter what space you're in, you're never too far from the water," said director of mar- keting Manny Leto. And in the bustling waterfront district, you're never too far from restaurants, bars and attractions, including the Florida Aquarium, Amalie Arena, the Tampa Convention Center, the Port of Tampa and the American Victory Ship museum. An Embassy Suites and a Marriott are among a few hotels within walking distance. Inside, the south wall of the 2,700-square-foot TECO Hall is essentially "a picture window" that overlooks the waterfront and river walk. Lykes Atrium offers another 2,500 square feet of event space, and a 1,500-square-foot terrace on the second floor over- looks the channel and Harbor Island. The center recently added a louvered cover on the terrace so it can be open to the sun or closed from the rain. Reserving the history center for an event also includes admission to its galleries, so attendees can explore the museum and learn about the area's native people, European explorers and the city's cigar industry history. Groups can also arrange docent-led tours. The center is launching an 8,500-square-foot expansion, slated to be complete this fall, that will include a new gallery with an exhib- it about conquistadors, pirates and shipwrecks; a new map library and cartographic education center; and another small event space. The "crow's nest" room will overlook Port Tampa Bay, giving a "really unique vantage point" for retreats or meetings for groups of up to 50 people, Leto said. www.tampabayhistorycenter.org

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