A Tourist in My Own Town: Taking A Fresh Look at Coastal Alabama

Spring 2019 A Tourist in My Own Town: Taking A Fresh Look at Coastal Alabama By Marcia Bradford, ConventionSouth Senior Editor My experiences with the Alabama Gulf Coast go WAY back. My husband and I have lived in Gulf Shores for more than 20 years and our children were raised here. But I also traveled… Read more »

Knoxville and The Tennessean Hotel Deliver on High Expectations

Site Visit By D. Fran Morley   My husband is a fiddle player by trade, and recently, he had to be in Knoxville for a concert. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to go along and check out a new boutique hotel in the city, The Tennessean.  It turned out to be a better decision than… Read more »

Glorious Grand Shines for the Holidays A Site Visit to the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection In Point Clear, Ala.

By D. Fran Morley For nearly 25 years, starting in the early 1990s, I lived in Fairhope, Alabama, just a few miles down the road from the “Queen of Southern Resorts,” the Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa at Point Clear, a 550-acre resort complex on the shore of Mobile Bay. Over the years, I attended events, meetings… Read more »

Several Southern Properties Among Historic Hotels of America’s Top 25 Most Haunted Historic Hotels for 2018

Several Southern Properties Among Historic Hotels of America’s Top 25 Most Haunted Historic Hotels for 2018 Looking for a spirited spot to stay? Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels, has just named the Top 25 Most Haunted Historic Hotels for 2018. ConventionSouth would like to give a shout-out… Read more »

Check Out the South’s Small Market Meeting Destinations in our July Issue!

Small Markets in the South are packing a punch and producing big time results when it comes to meetings and events. You can learn about the characteristics that make these destinations appealing in the July issue of ConventionSouth. Additionally, here’s some Bonus Content about some Small Markets in the South: Small Market Appeal: Cool Downtown… Read more »

Reset, Renew and Recharge at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

by D. Fran Morley Within minutes of checking in to my room at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, I unpacked, changed clothes and hit the beach for a long walk. That set the stage for the rest of my site visit trip: if I had even a short break, I was out the door finding a… Read more »

Wilmington, a Destination on the Rise

By T. Wayne Waters It’s been something like six years since I’ve visited Wilmington, N.C. so I was happy to be coming back to the city for a recent press trip hosted by Wilmington.c. River District & Island Beaches. My earlier visit had been purely as a tourist and I had appreciated Port City, as… Read more »

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 »