Category: Explore, Experience, Enjoy… Southern Site Visits by ConventionSouth

Sip, Shop, Savor: It’s a thing in Plano, Texas

by D. Fran Morley I was intrigued by the invitation to visit Plano, Texas on a recent press trip. I was curious about the city, located just north of the Dallas metroplex (and about 20 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport). I’d been reading good things about Plano and its explosive growth over the past decade… Read more »

Variety and Beauty of Beaches and Bays in South Walton, Florida

It’s easy to use the cliché “string of pearls” when describing the 16 communities and neighborhoods that dot the beach and back bays of South Walton County, Florida. But reflecting on the days I recently spent there as part of a press trip hosted by Visit South Walton, I think it’s more apt to think… Read more »

Hotel Crescent Court Renovation Exceeds Expectations

In late March, ConventionSouth Contributing Editor Shannon Rasmussen visited the newly renovated Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. Read about her experience below. During a recent visit, I had the opportunity to view the results of The Hotel Crescent Court’s $33 million renovation as it neared its April completion. Throughout the weekend was there, the Crescent… Read more »

Awe-Inspiring Amenities at the Barnsley Resort

Exploring the grounds of the 3,000-acre Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Ga. has been one of the highlights of 2018! I came for the Grand Reveal event yesterday showcasing the brand new, breathtaking Inn at Barnsley Resort and Georgian Hall, but I stayed to experience many of the awe-inspiring amenities that the resort has to offer…. Read more »

Renovations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Renovations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld were receiving the finishing touches during my early February visit to the 28-acre property. As I toured the tropically landscaped resort with Director of Sales and Marketing Steven Green, beautiful chandeliers were being hung in the Majestic Ballroom of the new Palms Conference Center and final… Read more »

A Hive of Activity

With the Florida state legislature in session just two blocks away, the lobby of the Doubletree by Hilton Tallahassee was buzzing with activity in early Feb. Jonathan LeBarre, the hotel’s director of sales, told me that many associations and corporate groups enjoy the close proximity to the Capitol, but sports groups also stay at the… Read more »

Amara Cay Is Back In Business

The first meeting resort property to reopen on Islamorada following Hurricane Irma’s visit last September, Amara Cay has been up and running since Dec. 15 and offers a gorgeous spot for small meetings, special events, corporate retreats and incentive travel. A private beach, event lawn, meeting room and various other areas are used for functions. General… Read more »

Exploring A Grand and Glamorous Meeting Hotel

A February visit to the city of Coral Gables, Fla., aka “The City Beautiful,” lived up to its favorable reviews. Driving down the wide streets, some with palm trees filling the center boulevards, I was impressed by attractive architecture of the castle-like buildings, most in soft pastel colors that painted a pretty picture against a… Read more »

Exploring Louisiana’s Northshore

By Senior Editor Marcia Bradford During previous trips to New Orleans I have often glanced at the long causeway dissecting Lake Pontchartrain as I followed I-10 southward into the heart of the Big Easy and thought I’d like to check out the area. In mid-September that idea became a reality and I found there are… Read more »