Small Market Meetings

APR 2017

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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B l o w i n g R o c k , N o r t h C a r o l i n a G r e e n w o o d , S o u t h C a r o l i n a 36 Carolinas Meeting Guide Planners can use classrooms or the 461-seat theater at the University of South Carolina's arts campus in his- toric Beaufort, and groups can tour and reserve meeting space at the 50-acre Penn Center. Blowing Rock, North Carolina Blowing Rock is a quaint resort village nested in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina that's "been in the business of hospitality for 150 years, and we're pretty good at it," said Tracy Brown, executive director of the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority. Year-round, Blowing Rock has 1,200 residents and "just a couple stoplights." But in the summer, the popu- lation jumps to nearly 10,000 with summer residents — the number of stoplights stays the same. Main Street is "Norman Rockwell-esque, with beautiful post-World War II architecture," he said, and plenty of restaurants and boutiques. The 87-acre Chetola Resort has a variety of accom- modations, including its hotellike lodge, bed-and- breakfast-style inn and multibedroom condos. Planners will find several types of conference and meeting rooms, including the 1,925-square-foot Evergreen Room with a stone fireplace. Nearby, the Meadowbrook Inn and Suites' Four Seasons room can seat 200 at rounds for meals and can be combined with the lounge and other spaces to accommodate events for up to 350 guests. Known as the Grand Dame of the High Country, the 1891 Green Park Inn is a shining-white historic hotel with a green roof and function space for events for up to 195 people. Greenwood, South Carolina In Greenwood, South Carolina, uptown, not down- town, has been enjoying a major revitalization, and the catalyst was the renovation of the 1911 red-brick Federal Building, now a community and cultural hub that houses the visitors and arts centers. That project has led to other major investments in uptown, where visitors will find "unique restaurants, boutiques, an open-air farmers market and a pretty large cultural arts component," said Lindsay Burns, director of sales for the Greenwood Visitors Bureau. Courtesy Beaufort Regional COC Historic Beaufort is among the most scenic small towns in South Carolina.

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