Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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Page 41 of 47 Today, the Mississippi River-front resort is a destination for meetings and a retreat for attendees. Randolph's Ballroom offers 4,600 square feet of space and shares a courtyard with the 3,600-square-foot Grand Pavilion tent; the two can be combined for larger events. The 2,500-square-foot Cypress Ballroom can be split into three smaller spaces. The White Ballroom is a lavish, oval-shaped, snow-white ballroom on the main floor of the original mansion that has been the setting of countless balls and celebrations since the 1860s. The Mansion Restaurant on the first floor of the mansion house offers a private group dining room. "We really advertise for the retreat aspect because we're in the middle of a sugarcane field; there's nothing around us," said senior sales manager Marie Stagg. "We're out of New Orleans, so planners won't lose their attendees to the excitement of New Orleans." That's not to say Nottoway doesn't offer activities. Guests can play a game of tennis on the resort's courts or rent bikes and ride them along the levee. Groups can join one of the regu- lar daily tours led by staff members in period costume or arrange for a private guided tour of the mansion. The resort also offers a murder-mystery dinner whose play was written specifically for Nottoway. "It's a fictional story, but it's based on the original owners and their friends," Stagg said. "[Guests] learn about the plantation, and it's very interactive." S o u t h e r n C u l t u r a l H e r i t a g e C e n t e r Southern Cultural Heritage Center V i c k s b u r g , M i s s i s s i p p i Vicksburg, Mississippi In Vicksburg, Mississippi, groups can gather in a historic five-building complex, a former convent and Catholic school that is now collectively known as the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. The oldest building on the property is the 1830 Cobb House, which has been restored and furnished with period pieces. The Sisters of Mercy nuns built their convent in 1868. Although it's not currently being rented while crews reconstruct a wall that collapsed — a project that should be done this summer — the convent offers a chapel that can seat up to 100, and two large parlors can accommodate about 150 guests. Courtesy Nottoway Plantation Resort Guests can relax in 1850s comfort at the Nottoway Plantation Resort in Louisiana. /VisitVicksburg Scan this QR to visit our mobile site and get your keys to Vicksburg. AMERICAN HISTORY Mississippi Music Southern Charm ~ ~ Contact Ashley Gatian, Sales Manager for planning assistance. 800-221-3536 ï

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