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4 New Southern Meeting Spaces Offer Wineries, Championship Golfing and More
Nestled among North Georgia’s foothills, Château Élan Winery & Resort has announced the completion of a comprehensive renovation that includes its 251 guestrooms and 24 suites. The updated space offers four new food and beverage outlets, the winery, as well as the resort lobby, with a facelift to the existing pool terrace and immersive spa.
Photo: Château Élan Winery & Resort
Château Élan offers a 40,000-square-foot conference center. From meeting rooms to grand ballrooms, the facility can accommodate groups of 15 to 1,500, fulfilling all needs to host productive meetings. Its 20 meeting rooms feature permanent refreshment kiosks and individual access to the outdoors. The resort also features fun activities, including cooking classes, private wine tastings, vineyard Segway tours, regattas, murder mystery events, night golf, team building activities and more.
The Reach Key West is the newest addition to Hilton’s Curio Collection and is the brand’s first property in the destination. The reimagined 150-room resort, owned by Park Hotels & Resorts, is positioned on the only natural sand beach in the southernmost tip of the continental U.S. in Key West.
Photo: The Reach Key West
With over 4,000 square feet of intimate indoor event space accommodating up to 300 people, The Reach Key West is an ideal backdrop for any event, from cocktail receptions to conferences. The resort’s indoor and outdoor spaces include a gazebo jutting off into the ocean and a ballroom terrace offering scenic ocean views. It also features a new oceanfront restaurant and bar, Four Marlins, that offers cuisine on the open-air wood deck.
Photo: Gazebo with ocean views at The Reach Key West
The Reach’s center courtyard, officially renamed The Palm Lawn, was enhanced so that it may serve as an event venue to meet the growing demand for green space at events. Within the resort’s center courtyard, surrounded by lush landscaping, the life-sized chessboard may also serve as a dance floor and event space.
Tampa-Based Space is Golfer’s Delight
Also in Florida is Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort, which has completed a comprehensive remodeling of its spacious guest accommodations, just in time for the winter golf season.
The Tampa resort completed extensive upgrades to the interior of its executive-, one- and two-bedroom condo-style suites to feature a modern look. Its condo-style accommodations feature complete kitchens and private balconies overlooking the golf courses and rolling landscape.
Photo: Championship golfing at Innisbrook
Innisbrook offers meeting packages to accommodate any event. Its 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 65,000 square feet of which is indoors, includes two mid-sized ballrooms with breakout rooms.
The 14,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom features an 8,000-square-foot foyer—ideal for trade show exhibitions. Many of the meeting rooms provide views of Innisbrook’s lush landscape or championship golf courses, and each is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities.
Country Music Meetings
Fans of country music, especially those who enjoy Blake Shelton, will soon have four Ole Red locations to choose from in the South for events.
Photo: Interior rendering of Ole Red, soon to open in Orlando
The lifestyle and entertainment brand, inspired by Blake Shelton’s third-chart hit, “Ol’ Red,” currently offers three entertainment venues, including:
- The flagship multi-story bar, restaurant and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway
- The Doghouse, the very first location and expanded event space in Blake’s hometown of Tishomingo, Okla.
- A newly opened location in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
- Soon-to-open space in Orlando, set to open in April 2020
Though all locations fall under the same name, each Ole Red venue features unique Southern fare, specialty cocktails and plenty of live music, making each location a different experience for guests. Ole Red’s website states that Blake Shelton is even known to make the occasional surprise appearance himself.
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