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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 46 Southern Meeting Guide C h a p e l H i l l , N o r t h C a r o l i n a Chapel Hill, North Carolina The cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill form North Carolina's Research Triangle, but "we are our own town," said Marlene Barbera, director of sales for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. "It's a quintessential college town," she said. "We have a vibrant downtown; it's walkable and superfriendly. We have everything you could want but in a small town." Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is the nation's first and, therefore, oldest public university. The univer- sity offers plenty of meeting venues, including the William and Ida Friday Center where planners will find 25 meeting rooms surrounding a central, sunlight-flooded atrium. There, Grumman Auditorium can seat 400, and the Trillium Room can accommodate up to 450 people for seated meals. Adjacent to campus, the historic Carolina Inn has 185 guest rooms and 14,000 square feet of function space, including four ballrooms. Just three miles from the main campus, UNC's Rizzo Center sits on 28 acres with the historic DuBose house as its centerpiece. Most of the IACC- certified center's 30,000 square feet of flexible space is in Loudermilk Hall. A recent expansion gave McLean Hall 183 guest rooms and 14,500 square feet of meeting space, as well a new court- yard with a pool. The 16,000-square-foot DuBose house was built in 1933 and serves as the center's dining and social hub, and the DuBose family's four-acre, brick-walled garden offers attendees pergolas, benches and a reflecting pool. Another university-owned facility is the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, where the James and Delight Allen Education Center offers classrooms, seminar rooms and an auditorium for meetings. www.visitchapelhill.org A l p h a r e t t a , G e o r g i a Alpharetta, Georgia Alpharetta, Georgia, is a well-to-do city of 63,000 residents nestled between the North Georgia Mountains and downtown Atlanta. The big news in the upscale suburb 30 miles outside of Atlanta is the new conference center slated to open in 2018. The Alpharetta Conference Center will be in the mixed-use community of Avalon, which boasts residential and retail, office and entertainment space. The conference center will have 44,000 square feet of flexible meeting space that can accommodate groups of up to 1,400 people. Plans also call for a 330-room Marriott hotel, all within walking distance of Avalon's restaurants, boutiques and entertainment. In addition to the hotel and conference center, future development will include another 90,000 square feet of retail and restaurant Courtesy Chapel Hill/Orange Co. VB Visitors enjoy an oversized chess board at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.