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GROUP TRIPS START HERE FALL EDITION 2019

LODGING noun: a place in which someone lives or stays temporarily

Featuring extraordinary lodging properties for groups


INDEX EXTRAORDINARY GROUP LODGING Fifty-four interesting lodging properties where your group can relax, re-connect and explore.

ATLAS Access the many custom state and featured market maps.

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HANDBOOK Great places to visit and travel trivia for featured states.

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EXTRAORDINARY GROUP LODGING This Fall 2019 edition of TRIPinfo’s Quarterly Digital Magazine is devoted to Extraordinary Group Lodging. In it you will find 54 properties nationwide that offer unique accommodations for your group’s getaway, reunion, tour, or overnight stay…all with one thing in common. Having far exceeded 4,300 nights spent at lodging properties away from home in my career, I do not hesitate on what makes Extraordinary Lodging. You will find grand old resorts, waterfront getaways, classic downtown hotels, scenic mountain chalets, and other getaway spots in these pages. The variety is intriguing. But they all have one thing in common…Hospitality! It has been a privilege to stay at some of the most exalted resorts and luxury hotels in all 50 USA states. But what one remembers from a lifetime of travel is not buildings…it is the front desk staff still smiling after a long day on their feet, the diligent housekeepers taking pride in their cleaning, the restaurant waiters describing local fare, the shuttle driver pointing out sights. It is noteworthy lodging staff we celebrate in this issue. They are the Hospitality Industry, and their service makes properties memorable. This collection showcases properties with proven customer service, and reflects 21 Extraordinary Group Lodging properties thriving 100+ years! Average Year Founded: 1938 Average Year Founded simply adds all the years together and divides by the number of Extraordinary Group Lodging properties. In 1938 the 1st Ski Town in America opens in Vermont; Marineland opens near St. Augustine, Florida; the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the U.S. with Canada opens. Also in 1938, Cabinet Secretary Leon Panetta, Entrepreneur Ted Turner, Actors Christopher Lloyd, & Jon Voight are born; Famed Author Thomas Wolfe dies at age 38. Median Year Founded: 1929 Median Year Founded derives from simply sorting our 54 properties into date order, and finding the one in the middle. There are 27 opened prior to or in 1929 in our roster, and 27 after. Mode of Year Founded: 1886 Mode of Year Founded is simply the date that appears most often in our roster of numbers. As it happens in each of 1886 and 2004 three Extraordinary Group Lodging properties in our roster opened. As those built in the 1880s have truly survived the test of time, we celebrate those! We think you will find this collection of Extraordinary Group Lodging accommodations unique. This issue is designed to be an ongoing, useful reference for group travel ideas. They are all great properties to visit. Your groups will be treated well by Hospitality Industry professionals that work hard to provide good service. And doesn’t that make group travel memorable?

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Lodging for Groups Finding the right group lodging property is a daunting task due to the vast selection of great places to stay across the U.S. The task is further complicated by other important considerations for group lodging: location, the experience, price, sleeping and dining facilities, meeting rooms and event venues. With these factors in mind, the 54 lodging properties previewed on the following pages represent properties across the country where your group can meet, re-connect and make memories together.

Location. Group leaders know the “where” attracts attention and gets people interested in going on the trip and getting “there” is always the first big challenge. The following selections are well-worth the trip because of their location, ease of getting there, scenery, historical significance and abundance of entertainment options for the group. The Experience. On the following pages, we give a snapshot of experiences that groups may anticipate at the property and surrounding area in the short descriptions. How-

ever, each property offers so much more. It would be well-worth the time to click the link to their website and get more info.

and nearby restaurants, banquet space and picnic areas. Some have kitchenettes or full kitchens for family-style gatherings.

Price. The 54 lodging properties have differing price points and ambience. Cost becomes relative when factoring in complimentary amenities and things to do at the hotel or resort.

Meeting Rooms and Event Venues. These lodging properties have a variety of common areas for impromptu gatherings beside a fire pit, on a porch, in a cottage living room or outdoor grill. They also have event space for celebrations, dinners and other scheduled gatherings for groups of all sizes.

Sleeping and Dining Facilities. From traditional hotel-style sleeping rooms to communal cabins, groups will find different styles and sizes of accommodations at these properties. They have onsite

We hope our list is useful in your group planning. Have a great TRIP!


The Admiral Hotel Mobile, 1940 Curio Collection by Hilton Mobile, AL In the heart of downtown Mobile, this historic building is just blocks away from Dauphin Street, Mobile’s local dining, nightlife and entertainment district. Other nearby attractions include the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, Saenger Theatre, USS Alabama Battleship, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum and Mobile Carnival Museum. The 156-room hotel has 6,000 square feet of multipurpose event space and several options for small and mid-size meetings and social gatherings.

Chena Hot Springs Resort 1905 Fairbanks, AK Explore Alaska during a visit to this year-round resort. Relax in the natural hot springs or swim in the indoor pool and hot tubs. Tour the spectacular Aurora Ice Museum. Meet Alaskan Huskies; ride in a dog cart in summer or dog sled in winter. See the Northern Lights during a Snow Coach Tour (December – March). Groups may stay in the Moose Lodge with large, traditional hotel rooms, the smaller, cozy Fox rooms or the group-friendly Bear Family rooms.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

1886

Eureka Springs, AR Located in the Ozark Mountain region of Northwest Arkansas, this landmark hotel is part of Eureka Springs’ Historic District that includes more than 100 restored Victorian shops, restaurants and galleries. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the palatial, native limestone structure features 72 rooms, 4 cottages sitting on 15 acres of woods and gardens. Groups enjoy the various hiking, biking and walking trails, the salon and spa, taking ghost tours and hearing ghost stories and visiting area attractions.

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The Wigwam

1909

Litchfield Park, AZ Originally built by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for its executives, the historic resort spans 440 landscaped acres in the master-planned community of Litchfield Park, near Phoenix. The 331room property features 3 championship golf courses, 9 tennis courts, 3 swimming pools, 29 fireplaces and fire pits, fitness center and 100,000 square feet of meeting space – 45,000 indoor and 55,000 outdoor. Besides golf and tennis, activities include bocce, Wigwam history tours, hiking and observing golden hour starring the painted Arizona desert.

Silverado Resort & Spa

1870s

Napa Valley, CA Once the residence of a Civil War hero and featured on the TV series “Falcon Crest,” the iconic Silverado Resort is set in the rolling hills of California’s Wine Country. Across the sprawling 1,200-acre resort, guests find 2 PGA championship golf courses, spa & fitness center, 10 swimming pools, 10 tennis courts, 5 restaurants, hiking and biking trails, Bocce courts and 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The spacious 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom condominium suites are divided into 4 neighborhoods providing different experiences and views.

Hotel Boulderado

1909

Boulder, CO Founded in 1909, on the National Register of Historic Places and a City of Boulder Landmark, Hotel Boulderado combines an elegant Victorian ambiance of a stained-glass ceiling, cantilevered cherry staircase and antique furnishings with modern amenities. The 160-room hotel’s large windows provide panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain foothills, historic downtown Boulder and the Boulder Flatirons. Hotel guests have easy access to nearby museums, theaters, tours, shops and restaurants.

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Water’s Edge Resort & Spa

1941

Westbrook, CT Plan a getaway to this oceanfront resort with scenic views of Long Island Sound and private white sand beach. After a day filled with tours of vineyards on the nearby Connecticut Wine Trail, sightseeing on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat or visiting the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, your group will retire to the comfort of a seaside suite, cottage or historic colonial residence. The resort’s landscaped lawns, terraces with ocean views and 12 indoor meeting rooms totalling about 30,000 sq. ft of indoor/outdoor space are perfect for events.

Hamilton Hotel

1922

Washington, DC This iconic landmark in the heart of downtown DC is within walking distance of must-see monuments, cultural attractions, galleries, convention center, Metro Station, shopping and many restaurants. Function rooms for small groups of 10 to large groups of 700 are available within the hotel’s 15,000 sq. ft. of flexible space. Named in honor of the daughter of Alexander Hamilton, the 300-room hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hotel Du Pont

1913

Wilmington, DE Nestled in the Brandywine Valley, the historic 12-story Italian Renaissance building became an architectural icon and one of the country’s grandest hotels when it opened in 1913. The 217-room hotel’s renovation in 2018 honored its storied past while adding modern features that invite small groups into its public space. Over 30,000 sq. ft. of flexible space is available for private dining and events. The hotel is close to museums, theaters, restaurants and shopping as well as a variety of outdoor adventures, wine tours and antiquing.

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Lakeside Inn

1883

Mount Dora, FL Florida’s oldest continually operating hotel is located 45 minutes from the Orlando International Airport in the quaint, lakefront town of Mount Dora. Sprawling across acres of landscaped grounds on the banks of Lake Dora, the hotel’s five yellow and white Victorian-era buildings house 90 hotel rooms, 5,000 sq. ft. of indoor event space, veranda, restaurants and gift shop. Popular activities for guests are swimming, guided eco-tours, Segway tours, kayaking, fishing, boating, nature walks, antiquing and watching beautiful sunsets.

1984 Peachtree City Atlanta Hotel & Conference Center Peachtree City, GA Groups have ample opportunities for memorable bonding experiences during their stay at this 250room, resort-style hotel. Play racquetball, swim in the indoor and outdoor pools or relax by the outdoor fire pits. Rent a golf cart at the hotel, travel throughout the city via the 100 miles of paths to get to a concert at the nearby 2,500-seat Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, play golf or spend a day on area lakes. The hotel features 30,000 sq. ft. of event space and a 10,000 sq. ft. fitness center.

Unicoi State Park & Adventure Lodge

1973

Helen, GA This mountain retreat covers 1,050 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest, minutes from the Alpine Village of Helen and area attractions. Outdoor activities include paddle boarding, mountain biking, hikes with expert wilderness guides, fly fishing, ziplines, water sports and beaches for relaxation. For accommodations, Adventure Camp delivers recreation, privacy and communal facilities. The Lodge offers 100 rooms. Other options are 30 cabins plus RV sites and campsites. The park has 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. 12

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

1931

Statewide, GA

Groups of explorers and adventurers of all skill levels will find many activities at Georgia State Parks – golf, boating, fishing, water sports, horseback riding, archery, hiking, geocaching, birding, ziplines, visiting museums, forts, historic sites and more – in picturesque environments. Plus, the state’s 62 parks & historic sites include affordable accommodations for different tastes: campsites, yurts, cozy cabins and hotel-style lodges. Indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, conference centers, restaurants, pavilions and shelters are available for events.

Indian Springs State Park

1826

Flovilla, GA Located near I-75 in middle Georgia, the 528-acre park is thought to be the nation’s oldest state park. It is known for its history, outdoor recreation and springs, believed to have healing qualities by the Creek Indians. Things to do include trying the spring water inside the stone Spring House built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression and seeing the museum that highlights the Creek Indians, resort era and CCC history. The new Idlewilde Event Center offers 20,000 sq. ft of event space. Groups also enjoy visiting the nearby city of Forsyth for its restaurants and shops.

The Royal Hawaiian

1927

Waikiki Beach, HI Built in 1927, the Royal Hawaiian is an iconic landmark in the heart of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach. Known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” the hotel’s 528 rooms provide extraordinary views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach or the Pacific Ocean. Guests are steps from water and beach activities, a full-service spa and salon, world-class shopping, restaurants, traditional Hawaiian entertainment and cultural events. The hotel has 66,000 square feet of outdoor function space and 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space. www.TRIPinfo.com | Lodging

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Eaglewood Resort & Spa Itasca, IL

2002

Just 12 miles from O’Hare International Airport, this 295-room resort was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style architecture and features plenty of natural light and expansive views of the resort’s 106 acres. Groups are able to spend time together while sharing in the on-premise activities that include a golf course dating to 1932, 6-lane bowling alley plus billiards and darts, bocce ball courts and bags platforms by the large fire pit, fullservice spa, indoor pool, 4 fitness rooms and 37,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

West Baden Springs Hotel 1902 West Baden Springs, IN Treat your group with a stay at this National Historic Landmark that features a massive 200-foot, freespan dome and atrium surrounded by 243 guest rooms. The turn-of the century hotel offers a full array of activities including visiting the 2-level natatorium for a swim in the indoor pool, playing golf on the 3 courses, horseback riding, hiking and biking on the trails, touring the formal gardens and visiting the spa. 55,000 sq. ft. of space, including the Atrium, is available for private events.

Hotel at Old Town

1906

Wichita, KS Originally built as a warehouse for Keen Kutter brand of tools, silverware, dishes and sporting goods, the building was known as the largest warehouse in the world. Located in the heart of Old Town Wichita, the building was restored, renovated and opened as a 4-story hotel filled with historic ambience in 1999. Museum-quality displays of Keen Kutter brand items and photos of early Wichita are exhibited throughout the hotel. Just steps from restaurants, pubs, entertainment, shops and galleries, the landmark hotel offers 115 guest suites with full kitchens and 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting facilities. 14

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Lee’s Ford Resort & Marina 1948 Nancy, KY Whether the lodging choice is a private lakeside cottage, cabin or houseboat, Lee’s Ford lodging accommodations are fully furnished, equipped with modern kitchen amenities and have scenic views of Lake Cumberland, one of the largest lakes in the Eastern United States. The marina rents ski boats, pontoons and jet skis so everyone can enjoy the fun on Lake Cumberland. After a full day on the lake, the Harbor Restaurant is a popular spot to relax and enjoy the restaurant’s award-winning dishes.

Kentucky State Parks

1924

Statewide, KY Whether your group is looking for thrills or relaxation, Kentucky State Parks have some suggestions. Their 17 full-service lodges provide hotel-type rooms and cabin rentals as well as meeting and conference facilities for special events. Located in scenic areas throughout the state, the lodges offer a variety of outdoor activities: golf, swimming, boating, hiking, guided cave tours, historic tours, horseback riding and nature programming. Restaurants at the lodges serve locally grown products when available. Nine lodge restaurants form the Kentucky State Park Culinary Trail, serving Bluegrass State specialties.

Hotel Monteleone

1886

New Orleans, LA Groups planning to see all of New Orleans’ famous tourist attractions will love staying at this venerable hotel. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the 600-room hotel is near iconic New Orleans restaurants and shops and within walking distance of Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the French Market and the Riverwalk. The revolving Carousel Bar is a famous New Orleans hot spot. Some of the hotel’s 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space overlooks the Mississippi River. www.TRIPinfo.com | Lodging

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Harraseeket Inn

1984

Freeport, ME The family-owned, 93-room luxury inn is filled with antiques, 23 fireplaces, jacuzzis, indoor pool and about 7,800 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. Guests enjoy dining at the inn’s two award-winning restaurants: the Broad Arrow Tavern, an open concept kitchen with wood-fired oven and grill, and the Maine Harvest Dining Room, serving seasonal, local and organic Maine fare. Located nearby are some of Maine’s major attractions and best shopping including 170 factory outlet stores and the L.L. Bean Flagship Store.

Tidewater Inn

1949

Easton, MD With roots dating to 1712, the newly renovated inn is located in historic downtown Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore near prominent attractions like Avalon Theatre, Academy Art Museum and Picker Creek Audubon Center. Your group will enjoy dining in the hotel’s Hunters’ Tavern, one of Easton’s finest restaurants serving Eastern Shore inspired cuisine including its must-order dish: Snapping Turtle Soup. The 92-room hotel features 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor/ outdoor event space.

Chatham Bars Inn

1914

Chatham, MA Just a short walk from the picturesque village of Chatham on Cape Cod, this full-service resort offers 217 individually decorated rooms and suites with views of Chatham Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Resort amenities include a quarter mile of private beach, oceanfront heated pool, spa, 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, tennis and croquet courts, sightseeing boat excursions, 4 restaurants, private dining rooms, an 8-acre farm that supplies the restaurants with fresh, local ingredients and guided farm tours. 16

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Heritage Tours specializes in travel that emphasizes history, local culture, and heritage. “Edutravel – where seeing is understanding” is our mission, to show our group travelers the wonders both man-made and natural of the world around us, and to provide value that people could not obtain traveling on their own. This is a hallmark of our tours: providing speakers, guides, sites, experiences and information that make a difference. We create and escort group tours that are customized to the destination, timing, budget and content desired by the group leaders who are our clients. We have no pre-set departures or fixed-in-stone itineraries. We work with group leaders rather than with individual travelers. Occasionally, however, we create tours where the sponsors welcome the public to register in addition to the members of their organization.

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Grand Hotel

1887

Mackinac Island, MI After arriving via ferry or plane on Mackinac Island, guests take a horse-drawn carriage, walk or bike to the hotel as those are the island’s only transportation options. Opened in 1887, this majestic National Historic Landmark has 397 guest rooms – no two are alike – and the impressive 660-foot Front Porch, the largest in the world. Activity options include: golf, tennis, swimming in the 220-foot long pool, horseback riding, spa, bicycling, island carriage tours, garden tours, Fort Mackinac and games in the Tea Garden.

The Saint Paul Hotel

1910

Saint Paul, MN Overlooking Rice Park in the heart of Saint Paul, this historic 255-room hotel is conveniently located to the city’s business, entertainment, shopping, arts and cultural districts. Within walking distance of the hotel are venues like Landmark Center, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center. 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space is available for weddings, corporate events and private parties.

Natchez Grand Hotel and Suites

2008

Natchez, MS Standing on the bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River, the Natchez Grand Hotel is near the historic city’s restaurants, shops, attractions, antebellum homes and adjacent to the Natchez Convention Center. The double-decker Hop-On, Hop-Off tour bus picks guests up at the hotel and provides guided tours of Historic Natchez and 40 attractions. The 119-room hotel has 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and welcomes small and large groups. 18

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Hotel Vandivort

2015

Springfield, MO Your group will love exploring Springfield’s history, culture and entertainment from this boutique hotel in the downtown area. Built as a Masonic Temple, the history and beauty of the 50-room hotel was reclaimed during its refurbishment. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a local historic site. Hotel amenities include multiple lounge areas, fireplace, restaurant, fitness center as well as 3,900 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.

Three Bear Lodge

1932

West Yellowstone, MT Located two blocks from the West Entrance of Yellowstone Park and within walking distance of restaurants and shops, Three Bear Lodge is ideal for your Yellowstone group adventure. The property includes a restaurant, the lodge with over-sized rooms, microwave & refrigerator and the economical motel; both have 2-room suites for families and groups. Motel guests have access to the Lodge’s amenities: outdoor heated summer pool, hot tubs, business center & conference rooms for celebrations and meetings.

Magnolia Omaha

1923

Omaha, NE Modeled after the Bargello, a palace in Florence, Italy, the 145-room hotel was named to the National Register for Historic Places in 1974. In 2008, the hotel was renovated to restore its historic details and add modern attributes. Conveniently located within downtown Omaha’s Old Market District, the hotel is near popular attractions like Orpheum Theatre, Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha Children’s Museum, Holland Performing Arts Center, Joslyn Art Museum and Chi Health Center Omaha.

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Omni Mount Washington

1902

Bretton Woods, NH This National Historic Landmark has been accommodating guests – including presidents, poets and celebrities – since 1902 with palatial décor, panoramic views and activities throughout the year. The hotel features 200 guest rooms and suites – some with fireplaces, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, full-service spa, pools and golf course. Activities on the resort’s 800,000 acres in the White Mountain National Forest include: hiking, fishing, horseback riding, sleigh rides, tennis, wall climbing, ziplining, canopy tours, Alpine and Nordic skiing, ice skating and tubing.

Seaview, a Dolce Hotel

1914

Galloway, NJ Set on 670 acres along Reed’s Bay on the Jersey Shore, the award-winning hotel began its second century with a full renovation of its 296 guest rooms and public spaces as well as updates to dining and meeting areas. The seaside resort is home to 2 championship golf courses that are perfect for a group golf getaway or golf tournament for up to 288 players. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, nature trail, fitness center, 3 restaurants, 34,500 sq. ft. of meeting space and the excitement of Atlantic City, just 8 miles away.

Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

2016

Las Cruces, NM Centrally located on a hilltop overlooking Las Cruces and the beautiful Mesilla Valley, the Spanish Colonialstyle, 204-room resort hotel offers 10,000 square feet of indoor function space and 25,000 square feet of outdoor space. The Spanish gardens, pool and fire pit areas as well as many pavilions and patios are perfect for casual gatherings. Your group will find multiple things to do at nearby Las Cruces attractions: Historic Old Mesilla, White Sands National Monument, Alamagordo, Spaceport America, Organ Mountain Trail, wineries and golf courses. 20

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Tahoe Biltmore

1946

Crystal Bay, NV Divide your time between Nevada and California while staying in this historic hotel and casino on the stateline. Your group will find Lake Tahoe gaming, dining and nightlife within the hotel – just steps from Lake Tahoe’s famous beaches, swimming, skiing, hiking and shopping. The North Shore ski resorts are about 10-20 minutes away. Versatile private spaces, including balconies overlooking the North Shore Stateline, are available for weddings, reunions and other private events.

The Inn at Crestwood

2004

Boone, NC This rustic Blue Ridge Mountain retreat, near Boone, is a fusion of modern and classic style. The resort includes the inn, spa and restaurant featuring southern inspired dishes and views of the North Carolina High Country. Accommodation choices vary from traditional guest rooms with a variety of layouts to 3-story villas that can be rented as a 5-bedroom unit or individual units and multi-room cottages. Venues in a variety of settings are available for weddings, retreats and special events.

Dogwood on Lake Norman 1968 Mooresville, NC Situated on 60 lakefront acres between Charlotte and Hickory, Dogwood on Lake Norman has a variety of well-appointed facilities for group events from September through May. The center features a lake view dining hall for 150 guests, 4,200 sq. ft. of event space and accommodations for 116 overnight guests in 3 lodges and 4 duplexes. Onsite activities include fishing from the dock, swimming, miniature golf, horseshoes, corn hole, nature trail while whitewater rafting, race tracks and race shops, entertainment, boat rentals, golf and shopping are nearby.


The Otesaga Resort Hotel

1909

Cooperstown, NY This historic lakeside resort is a short bike ride or walk from the crafted breweries, art galleries, worldfamous National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. Things to do at the hotel include playing golf on the Leatherstocking Golf Course, boating and fishing on Lake Otesaga, relaxing in rocking chairs on the back veranda overlooking the lake, swimming in the heated pool, playing tennis, visiting the spa and fitness center and enjoying a conversation by the fire pit. The hotel has 30,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor venues.

Canad Inns Destination Centre Grand Forks

2007

Grand Forks, ND In the heart of Grand Forks, the 201-room hotel is ready to entertain your group with North Dakota’s largest indoor waterpark loaded with slides, activity pools, lazy river, adult hot tub and kiddies play area. Other hotel amenities include five restaurants, an indoor pool, arcade/game room and fitness center. The Alerus Center, an indoor football stadium and events center, connects to the hotel.

The Lodge at Geneva-on- 2004 the-Lake Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH Whether you choose this destination because of its proximity to “The Strip” in Ohio’s first summer resort town, 20 wineries in Ohio’s Wine Country or the 700-acre Geneva State Park, your group will enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Erie and a variety of things to do at this year-round resort. Amenities range from indoor/outdoor pools, fitness center and restaurants to zipline canopy tours, bicycle rentals and snowshoe and ski rentals. The 109 rooms & suites, 25 lakeside cottages and 8,500 sq. ft. of flexible space provide the perfect site for events. 22

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Fairfield Inn & Suites

2006

Edmond, OK Located just north of Oklahoma City in Edmond, this recently updated Fairfield Inn provides groups with comfortable rooms and suites as well as amenities such as: complimentary breakfast, WiFi, indoor heated saltwater pool, fitness center, 2 event rooms, outdoor grill and patio. The hotel is conveniently located off of I-35 and Route 66, minutes from historic Guthrie, Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma Science Museum, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, National Softball Hall of Fame and downtown Edmond.

Crater Lake Lodge

1915

Crater Lake National Park, OR Since 1915, the historic Crater Lake Lodge has provided lodging in the heart of Crater Lake National Park overlooking the awe-inspiring Crater Lake – the deepest lake in the U.S. The lodge, open seasonally from late-May to mid-October, has 71 guest rooms with complimentary WiFi but not TVs or telephones. Featured activities include volcano boat tours, hiking mountain trails, biking, birdwatching, fishing or rock-climbing. Fine-dining is available at the Crater Lake Dining Room serving Oregon-grown favorites.

Skytop Lodge

1928

Skytop, PA Reconnect with family and friends at this 5,500acre playground in the scenic Poconos. Guests have access to an award-winning golf course, hikes led by naturalists, seasonal arts & crafts classes, fitness classes, indoor/outdoor pools, beach access with inflatable waterpark, evening campfire, lawn games, playground, spa, afternoon tea, shuttle service around property and several restaurants. A member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, hotel accommodations include 124 guest rooms in the Lodge, 18 opulent rooms in the Inn and the 4-bedroom Cottages. www.TRIPinfo.com | Lodging

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The Breakers Myrtle Beach Resort

1931

Myrtle Beach, SC First opened by Mrs. T.S. Means in 1931 as a 2-story, 13-room guest house on the beach, the original proprietor built a loyal dining following, added a 3rd story and bought the property next door. Over the generations, The Breakers sold and was expanded by Mr. & Mrs. Yost Cunningham, Vernon Brake, and Myrtle Beach National Corp. Today, the resort features 7 hotel towers, indoor and outdoor water features, several restaurants, central oceanfront location and a tradition of Southern hospitality!

Carriage House Inn

1872

Aiken, SC Built in 1872, the Carriage House Inn is a restored historic home. The furniture and décor in each of the 37 guest rooms and suites throughout the properties’ 3 buildings have been carefully chosen for maximum comfort and elegance. This boutique hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Aiken near fine restaurants, shops, antique stores, art galleries and area attractions, like Hitchcock Woods, Hopelands Gardens, Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and the famous polo fields.

The Inn at Middleton Place 1987 Charleston, SC The Inn at Middleton Place is a short walk from the historic Middleton Place, home of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. Set among tall pines and live oaks with panoramic views of the Ashley River, the award-winning, 55-room inn is a relaxing destination that offers its guests complimentary access to Middleton Place’s 65 acres of gardens, house museum, working stableyards and organic farm. Other amenities include a pool, daily breakfast, kayak rentals, spa, carriage tours and bike rentals. 24

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Hotel Settles

1930

Big Spring, TX Once the tallest building between El Paso and Fort Worth, Hotel Settles has been restored to its 1930s opulence with inlaid ceilings, architectural details and elegant chandeliers. Amenities at the 15-story, 150-room hotel include an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness studio, full-service spa, business center and 2 onsite restaurants – Settles Grill and Pharmacy Bar & Parlor. The historic Hotel Settles is a popular West Texas venue featuring 15,000 square feet of event space.

Marriott at Legacy Town Center

2000

Plano, TX Within walking distance of the premier shopping, fine dining and entertainment at Legacy Town Center and near premiere attractions in Plano, the Marriott offers onsite amenities like a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurants, high-speed WiFi and concierge service. The 369 guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings, minirefrigerators and ergonomic workspaces. With 23 venues and 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space, large and small groups are welcome.

Red Cliffs Lodge

2002

Moab, UT Set on the banks of the Colorado River beside white water rapids and surrounded by dramatic Red rock cliffs and Canyonlands, the Western lodge is the place for adventure and relaxation. To the adventurous, the resort offers mountain biking, horseback riding, guided tours of nearby national parks, rafting, jeeping and hiking. Slower-paced days include daily wine tasting at the property’s Castle Creek Winery and visiting the Moab Film and Western Heritage Museum featuring early cowboy ranching displays and memorabilia from movies filmed onsite. 26

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NEW CHALLENGES LASTING MEMORIES IT’S ALL HERE We wanted a real family getaway. No phones. No screens. No distractions. We chose Plano. It’s close and there’s lots of family activities; indoors and out. The kids had a blast on the zip line! I held my breath the whole time. The next day, we decided to check out the Crayola Experience. The kids loved it–it really sparked their imaginations! When it comes to family time, Plano has it all. visitplano.com

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Basin Harbor Club

1886

Vergennes, VT Since opening in 1886, the Basin Harbor Club has been a destination for groups to connect while relaxing beside lovely Lake Champlain. The 700-acre resort has 74 unique, private cottages housing up to 8 people and 45 guest rooms in 4 different buildings including the Harbor Homestead, built in 1792. Favorite guest activities are lounging in colorful Adirondack chairs overlooking Lake Champlain, playing golf on the 18-hole championship golf course, sailing, hiking, playing tennis and lawn games and getting spa treatments.

Salamander Resort & Spa 2004 Middleburg, VA Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on 340 acres, Salamander Resort offers an array of experiences. The 168-room resort has a indoor and outdoor pools, spa, golf privileges at a nearby championship golf club, tennis, ziplining, hiking and biking trails, lawn games and 30,000 square feet of event space. Equestrians will find superb facilities including 25 onsite acres dedicated to riding and a 14,000-square-foot stable. Tours of famous vineyards are also available.

Rosario Resort & Spa

1906

Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA Listed on the National Historic Register, the Arts and Crafts-style Moran Mansion is the centerpiece of this 40-acre resort and 30-slip marina. The Mansion houses a restaurant with waterfront dining, lounge, spa and the Moran Museum while the 88 nearby guest rooms feature scenic views of the San Juan Islands and Cascade Bay. Perfect for groups looking to escape and enjoy nature, outdoor activities and cultural attractions, resort activities include musical performances, museum visits, whale watching, wildlife cruises, sunset and wine cruises, kayak tours and swimming in the resort’s 3 pools. 28

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The Woods

1980

Hedgesville, WV Located just 90 minutes from the beltways, The Woods encompasses 1,800 beautiful acres in the Sleepy Creek Mountains of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Accommodations include vacation rental cottages with 2 to 4 bedrooms, most with private baths, kitchenettes, fireplaces, TVs, WiFi and other amenities. This year-round resort has 36 holes of golf, miles of hiking trails, volleyball/ basketball courts, softball field, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, pickleball court, catch-andrelease fishing, spa and exercise facility.

Wilderness Resort

1995

Wisconsin Dells, WI At 600 wooded acres, the Wilderness Resort is America’s largest waterpark resort. The facility has over 30 different lodging options - from a 444-room lodge to condos that sleep up to 20 guests. Guests can choose between the four indoor and four outdoor waterparks - each different from the other - totalling nearly 500,000 sq. ft. of thrills. Beyond the water, the resort offers indoor and outdoor attractions like go-kart trails, bumper boats, zipline, mini-golf, laser maze, arcades, horse-drawn wagon rides, nature paths and picnic areas.

Brush Creek Ranch

1884

Saratoga, WY Beginning as a homestead set in the heart of Wyoming’s Platte River Valley between the Sierra Madre Mountain range and Medicine Bow National Forest in 1884 is now a 30,000-acre all-inclusive, luxury ranch resort. From May to October, the destination resort offers 3 styles of accommodations for groups up to 150 guests, small groups up to 24 or up to 10 guests. Guests live out their western dreams by doing things like fly-fishing, horseback riding, hiking, shooting sports or archery.

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Adventure is ready to be discovered in Berkeley County, WV with breathtaking outdoor opportunities, from traversing the 23,000acre Sleepy Creek WMA to great hiking, biking, walking, camping, fishing and boating. Finish a day of well-earned victory with a delicious meal in the downtown food scene. Your next great memory is waiting.

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Cocoa Beach & Space Coast Fort Myers & Naples, FL Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Key West & Florida Keys Miami & The Beaches Orlando, FL Panhandle & Northwest Florida Tampa, St. Pete & Clearwater Washington County Georgia Coast Georgia Peachtree City, GA Athens, GA Savannah, GA Atlanta, GA Statesboro, GA Brunswick & The Hawaii Golden Isles Idaho Columbus, GA Boise, ID Illinois Chicago, IL Indiana Indianapolis, IN Iowa Kansas Kansas City, KS Kentucky Louisville, KY Louisiana New Orleans, LA New Orleans French Quarter

Louisiana Northshore Maine Maryland Baltimore, MD Havre de Grace, MD Massachusetts Boston, MA Michigan Detroit, MI Minnesota Mississippi Gulfport, Biloxi & MS Gulf Coast Mississippi Delta & Tunica Natchez, MS Missouri Branson, MO


Kansas City, MO St. Louis, MO Montana Nebraska Nevada Las Vegas, NV New Hampshire New Jersey New Jersey Coast New Mexico New York Manhattan New York City, NY North Carolina Charlotte, NC Great Smoky Mountains Nat’l Park High Country & Boone Area Mooresville, NC Outer Banks, NC Piedmont Triad

Research Triangle Wilmington & Cape Fear Coast North Dakota Ohio Cincinnati, OH Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK Tulsa, OK Oregon Portland, OR Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Rhode Island South Carolina Charleston, SC Columbia, SC Lowcountry & Hilton Head Island Myrtle Beach, SC Pee Dee Country Santee Cooper Country

Thoroughbred Country South Dakota Tennessee Memphis, TN Nashville, TN Ocoee, TN Smoky Mountains Texas Dallas, TX Fort Worth, TX Houston, TX San Antonio & Hill Country Utah Salt Lake City, UT

Vermont Virginia Chesapeake Bay & Eastern Shore Coastal Virginia Roanoke, VA Washington Seattle, WA Washington D.C. Downtown D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming United States of America

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Alabama FAMOUS PEOPLE: Helen Keller Condoleezza Rice Hank Aaron Nat King Cole Emmylou Harris Coretta Scott King Carl Lewis

FACTS: Capital: Montgomery Population: 4,822,023 Time Zone: Central Statehood: December 14, 1819 (22nd) Bird: Yellowhammer Flower: Camellia Nickname: The Cotton State Song: “Alabama”

California FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Shirley Temple Black Leonardo DiCaprio Steve Jobs Mickey Mouse Richard M. Nixon Sally Ride Tiger Woods

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 738,432

Holly Madison Curt Schilling Sarah Palin Archie Van Winkle James Morrison Jewel Wyatt Earp Carlos Boozer

Time Zone: Pacific Statehood: September 9, 1850 (31st) Bird: California Valley Quail Flower: California Poppy Nickname: The Golden State Song: “I Love You, California”

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Capital: Juneau Time Zone: Alaska / Aleutian Statehood: January 3, 1959 (49th) Bird: Willow ptarmigan Flower: Alpine Forget-me-not

Outlets at Tejon 5701 Outlets at Tejon Pkwy Tejon Ranch CA 93203 (661) 858-2155

Nickname: The Last Frontier Song: “Alaska’s Flag” Tree: Sitka Spruce

Population: 38,332,521

Tree: Coast Redwood & Giant Redwood

Tree: Longleaf Pine

Alaska

Capital: Sacramento

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Florida

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 19,893,297

Paul “Bear” Bryant Dizzy Dean Sonny Liston Conway Twitty John Grisham Johnny Cash Bill Clinton

Capital: Little Rock Population: 2,937,979 Time Zone: Central Statehood: June 15, 1836 (25th) Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Apple Blossom Nickname: The Natural State Song: “Arkansas, Oh Arkansas” Tree: Pine

Ariana Grande Ray Lewis Pat Boone Steve Carlton Frances Langford Osceola Sidney Poitier Janet Reno

Capital: Tallahassee Time Zone: Eastern & Central Statehood: March 3, 1845 (27th) Bird: Northern Mockingbird Flower: Orange Blossom Nickname: The Sunshine State Song: “Florida, Where the Sawgrass...” Tree: Cabbage Palmetto

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Georgia FAMOUS PEOPLE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Ty Cobb Clarence Thomas Bill Elliott Ryan Seacrest Gladys Knight Julia Roberts

Indiana

FACTS: Capital: Atlanta

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 9,815,210 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: January 2, 1788 (4th) Bird: Brown Thrasher Flower: Cherokee Rose Nickname: Empire State of the South Song: “Georgia On My Mind” Tree: Live Oak

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Hawaii

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 1,404,054

Barack Obama Bruno Mars Nicole Kidman Bethany Hamilton Marcus Mariota Kelly Preston K. Megan McArthur Don Ho

Time Zone: Hawaii-Aleutian

Capital: Honolulu

Statehood: August 21, 1959 (50th)

Jimmy Hoffa Florence Henderson Evan Bayh Michael Jackson Steve McQueen Janet Jackson James Dean David Letterman

FACTS: Capital: Indianapolis Population: 6,596,855 Time Zone: Eastern & Central Statehood: December 11, 1816 (19th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Peony Nickname: The Hoosier State Song: “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away” Tree: Tulip

Iowa

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 3,107,126

Jerry Mathers Kurt Warner Mamie Eisenhower Ashton Kutcher John Wayne Cloris Leachman Shawn Johnson Halston

Time Zone: Central

Kentucky

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Muhammad Ali George Clooney Johnny Depp Duncan Hines Wynonna Judd Abraham Lincoln Diane Sawyer

Capital: Des Moines

Statehood: December 28, 1846 (29th) Bird: American Goldfinch Flower: Rose Nickname: The Hawkeye State Song: “The Song of Iowa” Tree: Oak

FACTS: Capital: Frankfort Population: 4,395,295 Time Zone: Eastern & Central Statehood: June 1, 1792 (15th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Goldenrod Nickname: The Bluegrass State Song: “My Old Kentucky Home” Tree: Tulip Tree

Lake Cumberland

Welcome to Lake Cumberland — USA Today and 10Best.com’s fourth best recreational lake in the U.S. Enjoy a variety of lodging options, our summer car cruise and music festivals, a round of golf, boating or some of the best fishing in the state.

Bird: Nene

Song: “Hawaii Ponoi, Hawaii Own”

Somerset-Pulaski County Convention & Visitors Bureau 522 Ogden Street Somerset, KY 42501 1-800-642-6287

Tree: Candlenut

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Flower: Yellow Hibiscus Nickname: The Aloha State


Maryland FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Barbara Mikulski Reginald F. Lewis Harriet Tubman Frederick Douglass Michael Phelps Julie Bowen John Wilkes Booth Nora Roberts

Capital: Annapolis Population: 5,976,407 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: April 28, 1788 (7th) Bird: Baltimore Oriole Flower: Black-eyed Susan Nickname: Old Line State Song: “Maryland My Maryland” Tree: White Oak

Mississippi FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Elvis Presley Oprah Winfrey Faith Hill James Earl Jones Brett Favre Jimmy Buffett B.B. King

Capital: Jackson Population: 2,978,512 Time Zone: Central Statehood: December 10, 1817 (20th) Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Magnolia Nickname: The Magnolia State Song: “Go Mis-sis-sip-pi” Tree: Magnolia

Ridgeland Tourism, Mississippi

ADVENTURE Serious cyclists and casual cruisers share the Natchez Trace Parkway and the multi-use trails in Ridgeland...some even lead you to local cafes and specialty shops. Enjoy the ride…Inside + Out!

FACTS: New Hampshire

Capital: Concord Population: 1,326,813

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Time Zone: Eastern

Horace Greeley John Irving H.H. Holmes Seth Meyers Kelly Ayotte Mandy Moore

Statehood: June 21, 1788 (9th)

New Mexico

FACTS:

Neil Patrick Harris Demo Lovato Jeff Bezos Demi Moore Dolores Huerta Rudolfo A. Anaya

Statehood: January 6, 1912 (47th)

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Bird: Purple Finch Flower: Purple Lilac Nickname: The Granite State Song: “Old New Hampshire” Tree: American White Birch

Capital: Santa Fe Population: 2,085,572 Time Zone: Mountain Bird: Roadrunner Flower: Yucca Flower Nickname: Land of Enchantment Song: “O, Fair New Mexico” Tree: Piñon Pine

Las Cruces, New Mexico


North FACTS: Carolina

Capital: Raleigh

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Billy Graham Scotty McCreery Dolley Madison Meadowlark Lemon Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Population: 9,752,073

Mooresville, North Carolina

Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: November 21, 1789 (12th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Dogwood Nickname: The Tarheel State Song: “The Old North State” Tree: Pine

The Lost Colony

The Symphonic Outdoor Drama brings our nation’s oldest mystery to life. In July of 1587, 117 English men, women and children came ashore on Roanoke Island to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. In 1590, when English ships returned, they found the island deserted. The mystery remains unsolved. Waterside Theatre ~ Roanoke Island 1409 National Park Drive Manteo, NC 27954 Tel. 252-473-6000

www. thelostcolony.org

Boone, North Carolina

Oklahoma FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Ron Howard Brad Pitt Carrie Underwood Reba McEntire Chuck Norris Blake Shelton Dr. Phil McGraw

Capital: Oklahoma City Population: 3,850,568 Time Zone: Central Statehood: November 16, 1907 (46th) Bird: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Flower: Mistletoe Nickname: The Sooner State Song: “Oklahoma” Tree: Redbud

EPIC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. WORLD-FAMOUS SPAS. RUSTIC MOUNTAIN CABINS. Those are just three reasons it’s better in Boone. Discover for yourself all there is to do in this welcoming mountain town. 800.852.9506 ExploreBoone.com

Oregon

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 3,970,239

Chief Joseph Douglas C. Engelbart Cathy McMorris Rodgers Ashton Eaton Matt Groening Tonya Harding James Beard

Time Zone: Pacific & Mountain

Capital: Salem

Statehood: February 14, 1859 (33rd) Bird: Meadowlark Flower: Oregon Grape Nickname: Beaver State Song: “Oregon, My Oregon” Tree: Douglas Fir


Pennsylvania FAMOUS PEOPLE:

FACTS:

Taylor Swift Will Smith Kevin Hart Pink Kobe Bryant Amanda Seyfried Tina Fey

Capital: Harrisburg

Rhode Island

FACTS:

Meredith Vieira Cormac McCarthy Jack Reed Matthew C. Perry H.P. Lovecraft

Statehood: May 29, 1790 (13th)

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 12,802,503 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: December 12, 1787 (2nd) Bird: Ruffed Grouse Flower: Mountain-laurel

Capital: Providence Population: 1,055,173 Time Zone: Eastern Bird: Rhode Island Red

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”. Walk the gardens that Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress, stewarded.

(800) 782-3608 4300 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

www.middletonplace.org

Clemson University Conference Center & Inn

Clemson University’s hotel and golf course is open to the public with beautiful accommodations, great food and challenging golf. Adjacent to the S.C. Botanical Gardens and the only lakeside hotel and restaurant/bar in Clemson. Visit our website for more information.

Song: “Rhode Island It’s For Me”

Tel. 888-654-9020 (toll free) Fax 864-656-7154 Sharon Franks, Inn GM Brent Jessup, PGA Golf Pro www.facebook.com/ClemsonUniversityInn jfminn@clemson.edu

Tree: Red Maple

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Flower: Voilet Nickname: The Ocean State

South Dakota

FACTS:

Sitting Bull John Thune Hubert H. Humphrey Tom Brokaw January Jones Sparky Anderson

Statehood: November 2, 1889 (40th)

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Middleton Place, SC

Capital: Pierre Population: 853,175 Time Zone: Central & Mountain Bird: Ring-necked Pheasant Flower: Pasque Flower Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State Song: “Hail, South Dakota” Tree: Black Hills Spruce

South FACTS: Carolina

Capital: Columbia Population: 4,679,230

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Time Zone: Eastern

Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion Andrew Jackson Joe Frazier Dizzy Gillespie Vanna White

Statehood: May 23, 1788 (8th) Bird: Great Carolina Wren Flower: Yellow Jessamine Nickname: The Palmetto State Song: “Carolina” Tree: Palmetto

Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina


Tennessee FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Davy Crockett Dolly Parton Aretha Franklin Morgan Freeman Kenny Chesney George Hamilton Greg Allman

Capital: Nashville Population: 6,403,353 Time Zone: Eastern & Central Statehood: June 6, 1796 (16th) Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Iris Nickname: The Volunteer State Song: “The Tennessee Waltz” Tree: Tulip Poplar

Texas

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Lyndon Johnson Alvin Ailey Carol Burnett Gene Roddenberry Dwight Eisenhower Jessica Simpson Sandra Day O’Connor

FACTS: Capital: Austin Population: 25,674,256 Time Zone: Central & Mountain Statehood: December 29, 1845 (28th) Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Bluebonnet Nickname: The Lone Star State Song: “Texas, Our Texas”

Utah FAMOUS PEOPLE: Marie Osmond Roseanne Barr J. Willard Marriott Butch Cassidy Laraine Day Jewel James Woods Wallace Henry Thurman

Capital: Salt Lake City Population: 2,949,902 Time Zone: Mountain Statehood: January 4, 1896 (45th) Bird: American Gull Flower: Sego Lily Nickname: Beehive State Song: “Utah, We Love Thee” Tree: Quaking Aspen

Washington FACTS:

Capital: Olympia

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 7,170,351

Bill Gates Kurt Cobain Taraji Henson Jimi Hendrix Adam West Bob Barker Hope Solo

Time Zone: Pacific Statehood: November 11, 1889(42nd) Bird: American Goldfinch Flower: Rhododendron Nickname: The Evergreen State Song: “Washington, My Home” Tree: Western Hemlock

Tree: Pecan

Big Spring CVB, Texas

FACTS:

West Virginia

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Brad Paisley Mary Lou Retton Don Knotts Charles Yeager Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

FACTS: Capital: Charleston Population: 1,855,364 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: June 20, 1863 (35th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Great Laurel Nickname: The Mountain State Song: “The West Virginia Hills” Tree: Sugar Maple

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TRIPinfo’s Quarterly Digital Magazine Featuring Group Lodging - Fall 2019  

54 Extraordinary Group Lodging and Accommodations, State and Market Road Maps and Other Destinations to Visit

TRIPinfo’s Quarterly Digital Magazine Featuring Group Lodging - Fall 2019  

54 Extraordinary Group Lodging and Accommodations, State and Market Road Maps and Other Destinations to Visit