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www.smallmarketmeetings.com Meeting Ideas 16 By Eli Vega, courtesy Greater Eureka Springs COC Ozark Mountain beauty and a picturesque downtown village make Eureka Springs a popular fall destination. theater performance that details Christ's last days on earth. The play runs May through October. Visitors can explore other elements of the Passion Play grounds throughout the year, including the Holy Land Tour, the Sacred Arts Museum and the 65-foot Christ of the Ozarks statue. www.eurekasprings.org Olympia, Washington As the capital of Washington, Olympia features a stunning capitol, which was designed for a 1911 architectural competition, and a walkable, artistic downtown right on the waterfront. The South Strand's premier event facility, the Indian Golf and Country Club, can house any- where from 10 to 100 guests and offers in-house catering services. Planners will find everything they need under one roof at the Little Creek Casino Resort, which includes a 22,500-square-foot event center, 190 guest rooms, entertainment and restaurants. As visitors explore Olympia, they will learn that each business has a unique history, adding to the city's creative vibe. "In the fall, people like to come into town and enjoy a nice hot coffee, but we also have a story to share behind it," said Jeff Bowe, director of sales at the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitors and Convention Bureau. One of the most famous aspects of Olympia is its brewing history, which traces its roots back to Tumwater Falls Park, a 15-acre park with trails and views of cascading water. Supposedly, the unique quality of the water gave local beer its refined taste, and meeting groups can take a walk around the sunny grounds to learn about its heritage. Planners can schedule a tour and tasting at one of Olympia's many breweries, such as the Three Magnets Brewing Company or Top Rung Brewing, which is owned by two firefighters. The Sandstone Distillery was the first business to open after the end of Prohibition, offering whiskey, bourbon and flavor-infused vodkas from locally sourced grains. The Olympia Coffee Roasting Company is a must-see for coffee lovers; it features award- winning coffee blends as well as cupping classes, where groups can sample different varieties of beans. Other regional highlights include the Olympic Flight Museum, the South Sound Wine Trail