Small Market Meetings

MAR 2017

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March 2017 15 Courtesy Fox Cities CVB The Trestle Trail in the Fox Cities area is an ideal setting to take in the beautiful scenery of autumn in Wisconsin. the city to entertain meeting attendees, such as Segway tours, bike trails and Appleton's farmers market, which is the second largest in the state. At the end of the day, meeting attendees can catch a Broadway show at the Fox Cities Performing Center, which will present "Wicked" from August 30 through September 10; or they can enjoy live music at one of the downtown bars or restaurants. A few options are Uncorked Wine and Bistro, the Deja Vu Martini Lounge and Cleo's Brown Beam Tavern. "You're always sure to find a live band somewhere," said Mary Rhode, marketing and communications manager at the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau. This year, Oktoberfest will take place September 23-24. The event opens on a Friday night with License to Cruise, where 50,000 people fill College Avenue in Appleton to admire more than 400 classic cars, accompanied by live music and food booths from local restaurants. Over Labor Day weekend, Fox Cities will host the 22nd annual Fox Jazz Fest, which draws critically acclaimed artists from across the coun- try, followed by Seafood Fest the next week. www.foxcities.org Eureka Springs, Arkansas From ghost tours to handcrafted souvenirs and mouthwatering cui- sine, meetings groups will find plenty to appreciate in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. "This is a town of parades and festivals," said Tammy Thurow, presi- dent of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. "And fall is absolutely breathtaking here. We're located between two rivers and two lakes, with mountains and rolling hills around us." The city offers many distinct venues in the historic district, such as the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, which is considered one of the most haunted sites in America and features daily ghost tours. To admire the surrounding scenery, groups can take a leisurely bike ride by Lake Leatherwood or try a zip-line course for more extreme thrill. Containing only a handful of chain restaurants, Eureka Springs prides itself in offering an extensive local food scene, with favorite eateries like the Mud Street Café, the Local Flavor Café, the Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave, the Anglers Grill and the Grand Tavern. During September, the city hosts several events, including the annu- al Antique Auto Festival and the Bikes, Blues and Barbecue Festival, where visitors can eat their fill of fresh barbecue while watching a motorcycle parade. In October, people flock to Eureka Springs from all over the country to participate in the War Eagle Mill Arts and Craft Fair, which highlights the beauty and culture of the Ozarks through hand- crafted products. Each year, a nonprofit called The Great Passion Play produces a signature

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