Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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Page 33 of 45 32 Destination Showcase Visitors can get a taste of Kentucky's rich distilling heritage at New Riff Distilling in Newport. The distillery offers free tours seven days a week, accompanied by complimentary tastings of signature spirits like Kentucky Wild Gin, a tangy citrus and spice bush blend, or the vanilla-tinged Bourbon-Barreled Kentucky Wild Gin. Event planners can rent the beautiful 150-seat Tower Room upstairs, which features a full bar and a roof deck, or host smaller gatherings in the 75-seat Doubler Room. Entertainment options include a chef's table, mixology classes and live performances by local artists. Many groups take a full day to visit the Creation Museum and its sister attraction, Ark Encounter. The Creation Museum explores biblical accounts of the earth's origin through engaging exhibits that include animatronic dinosaurs, an insectorium and a colorful replica of the Garden of Eden. Just 40 minutes south, Ark Encounter displays a 510-foot-long ark built according to the biblical dimensions described in the story of Noah; it claims to be the largest timber-frame structure in the world. Though it opened in 2016, the site has already hosted nearly 1 million visitors. New Riff Distilling Creation Museum and Ark Encounter Above: The Ark Encounter is the newest major attraction to open in Northern Kentucky. Bottom: The Northern Kentucky Conference Center features an exhibit hall with more than 13,000 square feet of space.

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