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Birmingham, Alabama, corner in the popular Art Deco style of the time. The dra- matic Italian-style architecture of the Florentine Building features rows of arching windows lining the facade of the two-story structure. The 90-year-old building had been vacant for several years before Corretti Catering bought it and launched a multimillion-dollar renovation that restored and preserved the structure, which reopened in January 2015. "I definitely think the fact we're a historic building is one of our best selling points," Ponder said. "People want something different, and especially in Birmingham, there's a revitalization happening in downtown." The ground floor has housed everything from financial offices to a hot dog stand, she said. Today, the catering kitchen is in the back, and in front, the Café has a lunch counter and arched floor-to-ceiling windows and can seat about 100 people. The space is intended to be a restaurant one day, Ponder said. But the crown jewel is the upstairs ballroom, where rows of arched windows line the walls and chandeliers hang from the elaborate barrel-coved ceiling. Although it was restored to its original architecture, the space now includes modern audiovisual components such as built-in sound and a projector screen. Groups often use both spaces, such as starting with a cocktail hour in the Café before moving upstairs for a meal in the ballroom, which can seat a little more than 300 guests. www.florentinebuilding.com N o t t o w a y P l a n t a t i o n R e s o r t Nottoway Plantation Resort W h i t e C a s t l e , L o u i s i a n a White Castle, Louisiana The "white castle" of White Castle, Louisiana, may very well be Nottoway Plantation, a striking white mansion that was completed in 1859. Sitting on more than 30 acres between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the 53,000-square-foot plantation home stuns visitors with its 64 rooms, 12 Italian marble fireplaces, 15-foot-high ceilings and countless other extravagant details. Courtesy Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Only in Macon: Ocmulgee National Monument Native American Tribal Earth Lodge over 1,000 years old. Tubman Museum Largest collection in the Southeast of African American Art, History and Culture. The Big House Museum Home of the Allman Brothers Band while on their journey to stardom. Hay House Italian Renaissance Revival style mansion known as the "Palace of the South." It's more than a place on a map. It's a vibe all its own. Book your meeting today at VisitMacon.org or contact Kristen Grissom at 800.768.3401.