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ICONIC DINING FOR GROUPS This Spring 2019 edition of’s Quarterly Digital Magazine is dedicated to Iconic Dining for Groups. In it you will find 54 famous restaurants across the country that offer unique history & cuisine for your group’s getaway, reunion, tour, or simply exploration. Industry sources report over 660,755 restaurants in the USA in 2018. Approximately half are franchise restaurant locations and half are independent. Total of all domestic restaurant industry sales is well over $798 billion. These restaurants employ over 13 million workers…about 8% of the overall U.S. workforce! The restaurant industry is demanding and about 70%-80% of restaurants fail within the first 5 years. So, among 330,000+ independent restaurants, those that have survived 5 years in business are a small fraction. Scattered across the country, it was interesting to apply mathematics to assess iconic restaurants. While not an exhaustive study, it quickly becomes apparent that some of the best known Iconic Dining for Groups locales have survived the test of time! Average Year Founded: 1920 Average Year Founded simply adds all the years together and divides by the number of Iconic Restaurants. In the U.S. Prohibition began in 1920, the 1st Commercial Radio Station begins operation in Detroit (WWJ), the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is passed - guaranteeing women’s suffrage. Median Year Founded: 1930 Median Year Founded derives from sorting our list into date order and finding the one in the middle. In 1930 Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse cartoon began, Scotch Tape came to market, and Mahatma Gandhi launched civil disobedience that led to self-rule in India. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, James Irwin, Pete Conrad, John Young, Michael Collins & Neal Armstrong along with Author Tom Wolfe, Actors Clint Eastwood, Joanne Woodward, Sean Connery, and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner were born. Mode of Year Founded: 1898 Mode of Year Founded is date that appears most often. Interestingly, 3 Iconic Dining for Groups restaurants were founded in 1898. In that year, the City of Greater New York became the world’s 2nd largest by annexing surrounding land and creating its 5 boroughs. Italian racer and auto maker Enzo Ferrari, American entrepreneur Armand Hammer, and Art Collector Peggy Guggenheim were born. We think you will find this collection of Iconic Dining for Groups to be unique and fun. This issue is designed to be an ongoing, useful reference for group dining ideas. They are all great places to visit. Your groups will be intrigued, entertained, and educated on the history and lore of these famous spots, while enjoying fabulous meals. And doesn’t that make traveling as a group the most fun?

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highlights the restaurant’s history, type of cuisine, group seating capacity and links to its website so you can get further information.

Once the destination of your reunion or group getaway is announced, everyone wants to know what they will do and where they will eat. Why not spice up the trip and add some local flavor when making your restaurant choices?

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Taste: Authentic taste; (mostly) made in-house from fresh, local ingredients; appeal to a variety of palates.

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History: A place to learn about the area’s culture and heritage through food, its preparations, traditions, stories, architecture or period costumes. Ambience: A setting that provides a distinctly memorable backdrop for the destination. Trend-setters of today or yesteryear: Places where people traditionally gather to relax, socialize, play games, tour, listen to music and enjoy a meal together. For the first time, we have included microbreweries, where food doesn’t have to take a second place. As applicable, each of the 54 restaurant entries includes a photo and short description that

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Banquet Seating Capacity & Styles Banquet Style

Classroom Style

Seating capacity for a room set for meal functions, typically Seating capacity when chairs are behind tables, typically one seat per 12 square feet. This 1,000 square foot room one seat per 15 square feet. This 1,000 square foot room seats 80 people. Great for small group discussions or dinner! handles 70 people, Good for meetings and taking notes!

Conference Style

Hollow Square

Seating configurations with chairs placed around all sides of the table. In this illustration, the tables are placed together allowing extra room in a boardroom style set-up.

Seating configuration with tables arranged in a square with an open middle; chairs are only on the outside. This style is ideal for sharing ideas in small groups of 20-40.

Theater Style


Seating capacity for a freestanding theater or when chairs are in rows without tables, typically one seat per 9 square feet. This 1,000 square foot froom handles 100 seats.

Seating configuration of tables and chairs in a regular or semi-circular shape with one end left open toward a focal point.

Wintzell’s Oyster House Mobile, Alabama


Serving fresh Gulf Coast seafood for more than 80 years, Wintzell’s is known for its “oysters–fried, stewed or nude.” This historic landmark resides in a 2-story building that is the only wooden structure designed for commercial use remaining on Dauphin Street. Built in 1891, the clapboard building is featured on the Dauphin Street Historic District Walking Tour. The restaurant has a casual, lively and southern atmosphere. One of 8 locations in Alabama.

The Pump House Restaurant & Saloon


Fairbanks, Alaska

The 1890s Gold Rush motif of the Pump House creates a historic and relaxed atmosphere. Popular menu items are Alaskan seafood including salmon, delivered by float plane to their dock, aged prime beef and fresh oysters from Seattle. In summer months, guests sit outside on the decks overlooking the Chena River and wave to passing riverboats or watch float planes land. Banquet room is available.

War Eagle Mill & the Bean Palace Café



Groups have the chance to take a free tour of the Mill, get a historical overview of the Mill, its location and significance and see the milling procress, Mill’s water wheel, creek and bridge. Following the tour, the group may have lunch at the Bean Palace Café sampling the Mill’s signature dish of beans and fresh baked cornbread or other house specialties. Breakfast is available on Saturday & Sunday.

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El Charro Cafe Tucson, Arizona


Long considered an iconic dining spot in Tucson, El Charro is the oldest continuously owned Mexican restaurant in the nation. Serving award-winning Sonoran-style and Tucson-style Mexican food, the restaurant is in the heart of the El Presidio Historic District. Built in 1896 by a famous stone mason as his residence, his daughter began El Charro Café, and her father’s stone work can be seen throughout the Historic District. Today, 3 locations serve groups from 40 to 70.

Musso & Frank Grill Los Angeles, California


Musso’s is known for its classic menu featuring excellent food, outstanding service and Hollywood history. As Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, the restaurant appears the same today as it did when Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart or Marilyn Monroe were enjoying flannel cakes for breakfast, steaks and chops for dinner in the leather booths or drinking martinis at the mahogany bar. The restaurant can accommodate parties of up to 300 people.

Tadich Grill

San Francisco, California


Tadich Grill is San Francisco’s and California’s oldest restaurant. It is also believed to be the third oldest continuously run restaurant in the United States behind the Union Oyster House (1826) in Boston and Antoine’s Restaurant (1840) in New Orleans. For lunch and dinner, people converge on this financial district landmark to savor the freshest seafood of the day. Seating includes stools at the bar, tables and alcoves with booth seating for 6. Private parties available. | Destinations


Buckhorn Exchange Denver, Colorado


On the National Register of Historic Places, The Buckhorn Exchange is Denver’s oldest restaurant. Its founder was a Buffalo Bill scout, friend of Sitting Bull and even hunted with Theodore Roosevelt. A collection of taxidermy, guns and historic celebrity photograph displays illustrate the restaurant’s remarkable history. The menu includes steaks, buffalo, elk, buffalo sausage, rattlesnake and rocky mountain oysters. Two private rooms are available; the entire restaurant may be rented for up to 165 people.

Louis’ Lunch

New Haven, Connecticut


The birthplace of America’s most recognized sandwich – the hamburger sandwich, Louis’ Lunch still serves their iconic hamburgers just as they were first served in 1900. The freshly made burgers, consisting of a special blend of five cuts of meat, are grilled to order on the original cast-iron grills from 1898. The burgers are served on white toast with cheese, tomato and onion as garnishes – no condiments necessary.

Captain Anderson’s Panama City, Florida


During its eight-month season from March thru October, the award-winning Capt. Anderson’s is known for serving more fresh local seafood than any other restaurant in Florida. The local tradition is to dine early at this waterfront restaurant and watch the fishing fleets unload their catch. The restaurant offers 2 venues for special events with seating for 125 and 270.

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Bern’s Steak House Tampa, Florida


Bern’s is more of an experience than just a meal. Guests choose their own aged and cooked-to-order steak. Tours of the kitchen and wine cellar housing 6,800 unique wine labels with over a half million bottles are available. After dinner, guests move to the second-floor Dessert Room to relax in one of the 48 private rooms – made from redwood wine casks – and enjoy conversation while sampling some of the 50 desserts and 1,000 dessert wines or spirits.

Whistle Stop Cafe Juliette, Georgia


A general merchandise store for 45 years, the store played a major role as “The Whistle Stop Cafe” in the 1991 Oscar-nominated film, Fried Green Tomatoes. Following the movie, the location became a real cafe, named the Whistle Stop Cafe. Today, the cafe is a popular stop for groups. It serves fried green tomatoes, of course, and other southern favorites like barbeque pork, southern fried chicken, country fried steak, peach cobbler and sweet tea.

The Heidelberg Helen, Georgia


The 3-floor German restaurant, pub and music hall in Alpine Helen brings a large selection of German food to Georgia’s third most visited city. Menu choices include schnitzels, sausages, goulash soup, sauerbraten and sandwiches as well as a variety of German beers and wines. The restaurant building is considered to be the most photographed building in Georgia.

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Line Creek Brewing Co. Peachtree City, Georgia


Peachtree City’s first brewery quickly became a social hub welcoming guests to sample the worldclass, hand-crafted beers with friends around commual tables, at the bar or on the patio. Although food isn’t served, patrons may bring food or have it delivered by food trucks or local restaurants. Tours of the 12,000 square foot brewery feature its 30-barrel brew system, canning line and taproom. Group gatherings are welcome in the 1,000 square foot private event space.

Ray’s on the River Sandy Springs, Georgia


Minutes from downtown Atlanta near the new Atlanta Braves MLB stadium in the scenic city of Sandy Springs is Ray’s on the River. As one of the few restaurants located on the Chattahoochee River, guests are treated to serene river views while enjoying classic American food like fresh seafood, flown in daily, steaks and regionally grown vegetables. For events, the restaurant can accommodate up to 180 guests with several room options.

Pirates’ House Savannah, Georgia


First opened as an inn for seafarers and a gathering spot for pirates, the Pirates’ House is a sprawling restaurant with 15 separate dining rooms located in the historic Trustees Garden near the Savannah River. Loaded with history and intriguing stories, this renowned restaurant entertains groups of all ages. The Pirates’ House serves seafood dishes and popular Southern fare like steaks, ribs and fried chicken. Private dining rooms accommodate groups of 20 to 150.

Top of Waikiki Honolulu, Hawaii


Sitting above the 18th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza in the heart of Waikiki, Hawaii’s only revolving restaurant treats guests to stunning views of sunsets, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu and nearby mountains. The 3-tiered restaurant serves Hawaiian regional steak and seafood made mostly with locally-grown produce and livestock. Top of Waikiki accommodates groups up to 200 guests for private events.

Breitbach’s Country Dining Balltown, Iowa


From May through October, Iowa’s oldest restaurant and bar serves freshly prepared, home-style foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Winner of the “American Classics” award from the James Beard Foundation, this family-owned restaurant is located along the Great River Road and provides spectacular views of the Mississippi River and surrounding river valleys. The Event Room seats up to 150 people.

Cedars Floating Restaurant Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


Arrive by car or boat to the restaurant that is floating on the water at the confluence of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River. Bouyed by 600,000 pounds of concrete wrapped styrofoam, Cedars provides spectacular views of the water and surrounding scenery. The menu features locally-sourced ingredients for their steaks, fish and seafood. For groups, the restaurant’s rustic wood-beam main dining room seats 90; the covered, all-weather deck seats 70 people.

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The Berghoff Restaurant, Bar & Café


Chicago, Illinois

The Berghoff Restaurant serves German cuisine, including favorites like creamed spinach and Bavarian pretzels, lighter German-inspired fare plus steins of beer in an Old World setting. The storied, family-owned and operated restaurant, bar and quick-serve café are all located in a historic 45,000 sq. ft. building. Private and semi-private rooms for groups of up to 150 for seated dinners and 200 for receptions in the restaurant and bar are available.

St. Elmo Steak House Indianapolis, Indiana


A tradition since 1902, this downtown Indianapolis landmark is the spot where visiting sports stars, celebrities and politicians dine. Here, Peyton Manning reviewed his first contract with the Indianapolis Colts. While St. Elmo Steak House has earned a reputation for serving great steaks, seafood, chops and providing professional service, the restaurant’s must-have signature dish is the spicy shrimp cocktail. St. Elmo has five private dining rooms with seating for 12 to 70 guests.

Hays House Restaurant Council Grove, Kansas


The Hays House Restaurant is one of Council Grove’s 25 historic sites and one of the town’s 6 landmarks relating to the Santa Fe Trail era when the town was a wagon train rendezvous. Dating to 1857, the restaurant building sits on the Santa Fe Trail – now Main Street. The Hays House serves traditional American cuisine – such as steaks, fried chicken, catfish, fried shrimp – for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Old Talbott Tavern Bardstown, Kentucky


Said to be the nation’s oldest western stagecoach stop for westward moving explorers, this early American stone building has provided shelter, food and drink to historic figures like Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Patrick Henry, Andrew Jackson and Jesse James. The restaurant serves regional specialties including Kentucky Hot Brown, fried chicken, country ham, Bourbon barbecue ribs and, for dessert, chess pie and talbott tavern pie. Large groups are welcome.

Harbor Restaurant & Tavern Nancy, Kentucky


Overlooking beautiful Lake Cumberland and Lee’s Ford Marina near Somerset, Kentucky, the awardwinning Harbor Restaurant serves a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks and seafood for lunch and dinner throughout the year. The restaurant welcomes groups up to 45 people and also delivers to lake cabins and boat slips.

Antoine’s Restaurant New Orleans, Louisiana


Antoine’s has been serving its renowned FrenchCreole cuisine for 5 generations, making it the oldest family-run restaurant in the nation. Each of the 14 dining rooms is filled with unique décor showcasing its history. Through the years, Antoine’s has served famous guests like Franklin Roosevelt, Pope John Paul II, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg and Bob Hope. The restaurant hosts private events for up to 700+.

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Union Oyster House Boston, Massachusetts


The Union Oyster House became a National Historic Landmark because it is the oldest continuallyoperating restaurant in the U.S and also the oldest surviving brick building representing Boston’s Georgian Architecture, built circa 1716. Located on the Freedom Trail near Faneuil Hall, the restaurant serves New England seafood classics such as clam chowder, oysters, mussels, scallops, scrod and lobster. The Union Oyster House accommodates groups from 20-250 people.

Gluek’s Bar and Restaurant Minneapolis, Minnesota


Since the end of Prohibition, the family owned & operated restaurant has been serving brewhouse favorites including brats, German sausages and sides along with Gluek’s and other beer in a historic 1902 building. Now the oldest restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, Gluek’s is located in the Warehouse District, just steps from Target Field. A private room is available for groups with a seating capacity of 60 banquet-style and 100+ for receptions.

Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery


Hermann, Missouri

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Stone Hill Winery, which began in 1847, was once the 2nd largest winery in the U.S. Its former carriage house and horse barn were converted into the Vintage Restaurant. It serves German and American specialties paired with the winery’s award-winning wines. A private dining room seats 50 people, and the Sherry House accommodates 300 people. Winery tours and tastings are available.


Meridian, Mississippi


Weidmann’s was established by Swiss immigrant Felix Weidmann. In its present location since 1923, the restaurant serves affordable Southern cuisine in a historic setting. One interesting tradition dating to WWII is the locally handmade crock containing peanut butter, a substitute for the era’s scarce butter, and an assortment of crackers sitting on each table. Weidmann’s has two banquet rooms with a seating capacity for 50 and 80 people, respectively.

Cock of the Walk Ridgeland, Mississippi


One of Ridgeland’s unique dining options is Cock of the Walk, located on the beautiful Ross Barnett Reservoir. The menu features southern favorites such as fried catfish filets plus hushpuppies, collard greens, pickled onions and skillet bread. The casually rustic Cock of the Walk’s theme recalls the region’s old riverboat days when keelboats would fight for the title of “Cock of the Walk” or “Best of the Best.” Private rooms seat 20 to 300 people.

320 Steakhouse and Saloon Gallatin Gateway, Montana


The steakhouse is part of the 320 Guest Ranch, set on 320 acres beside the Gallatin River in the Gallatin National Forest near Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone National Park. The resort’s early western atmosphere continues into the rustic restaurant that serves hearty Montana cowboy cuisine of wild game and steak. It is home to one of the largest collections of Gary Carter paintings – depicting the cowboy lifestyle of old – in the world.

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Dan’l Boone Inn

Boone, North Carolina


Dan’l Boone Inn, Boone’s oldest restaurant, occupies one of the oldest and most historic buildings in downtown Boone. The restaurant serves familystyle meals starting with salad in the summer and soup in the winter followed by three meats and five vegetables, biscuits, preserves, dessert and a beverage. A country breakfast is available on Saturdays and Sundays. Private dining rooms may be reserved for 15 to 130 people.

The Blue Parrot Grill

Mooresville, North Carolina


Drive your boat to the grill’s pier, get it fueled and parked or drive your car to this summer lakeside favorite. The family-friendly restaurant invites lakelovers to relax and enjoy the views of beautiful Lake Norman while dining on the patio – rain or shine. Menu favorites include fresh seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Blue Grill Parrotheads are often found taking pictures in the restaurant’s giant beach chairs.

Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant Outer Banks, North Carolina


Overlooking Roanoke Sound, this pirate-themed restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Outer Banks and stunning sunsets from the dining room, open-air deck and the bar - an authentically replicated pirate ship. A perennial winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, the restaurant serves island cuisine of Gulf Stream seafood, Angus beef, homemade pasta and lighter fare. Welcoming groups of all sizes, the waterfront restaurant is open mid-March thru December.

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Peacock Alley American Grill and Bar


Bismarck, North Dakota

Set in the lobby of what was once the Patterson Hotel and tallest building in North Dakota, the Peacock Alley is in the heart of downtown Bismarck. Built in 1911, the building still ranks as the second tallest building in the state, behind the North Dakota State Capitol building. Known for its steaks and classic American cuisine, the restaurant welcomes groups of all sizes up to 150 people.

The Saddle River Inn Saddle River, New Jersey


Originally part of the William Packard Estate sitting along the bank of the Saddle River, the Inn was as a sawmill and basket weaving factory as early as 1840. A fine dining establishment today, Saddle River Inn offers contemporary French cuisine. The seasonal menu features local organic produce, line-caught fresh seafood and Prime dry-aged beef. For private events and group dining, the semi-private loft seats 22 guests while the restaurant accommodates 82 guests.

El Farol

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Having earned the reputation as Santa Fe’s most historic and iconic restaurant and bar, El Farol serves classic Spanish cuisine including traditional Spanish tapas, paella and steaks. Guests may reserve a spot for the dinner shows featuring musicians and dancers from the National Institute of Flamenco on Friday and Saturday evenings. Groups of 20-150 may reserve one of the private dining rooms or outdoor space for special events.

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Katz’s Delicatessen New York, New York


Described as America’s best known deli, this Lower East Side deli has been featured in many movies and TV shows, including the famous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from When Harry Met Sally. The cash-only restaurant sells about 15,000 pounds of pastrami, 8,999 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 4,000 hot dogs each week. Group seating and an optional group menu are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations.

The Golden Lamb Lebanon, Ohio


Recognized as the oldest continually operating business in Ohio, the year-round dining destination is known for its seasonal menu of fresh, locallysourced American classics, such as: fried chicken, roasted turkey and lamb meatloaf. Shaker artifacts and antiques decorate its main and private dining rooms and the historic 18-room hotel, located on the top 3 floors. The Golden Lamb can accommodate up to 80 guests in its private dining rooms.

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Located in historic Stockyards City, Cattlemen’s began by serving cowboys, ranchers and cattle haulers working in the area and now brings Presidents, famous movie stars and singers to its tables. Just take a look at the collection of photos on the Wall of Fame in the dining rooms. As the oldest continually operating restaurant in Oklahoma, it is famous for its aged, hand-cut steaks for dinner and breakfast. The adjacent event center handles groups of 170 or smaller.

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Restaurant at the King Estate Winery


Eugene, Oregon

Seeking to enhance the wine experience, the restaurant pairs Northwest wines with gourmet fare. Its seasonal menu features ingredients from the winery’s 30-acres of organic gardens and orchards or from local food producers, whenever possible. Founded in 1991, the 1,033-acre winery offers tours and tastings. Large dining parties, conferences and retreats are welcome.

Dobbin House Tavern Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Step back into Colonial Times with a visit to Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic home – now a restaurant. Decorated with period antiques in its six candlelit rooms, the restaurant serves colonial and continental cuisine made from fresh ingredients. Free, guided tours of the stone home, listed on the National Register for Historic Places, are available – check schedule. Groups are welcome; the Abigail Adams Ballroom is ideal for larger gatherings of up to 130 people.

The Lobster Pot Bristol, Rhode Island


Sitting beside Bristol Harbor overlooking Narragansett Bay, this waterfront restaurant is famous for its breathtaking views and classic New England cuisine - primarily seafood dishes, lobster and quahog chowder. Open year-round with seasonal days and hours, patrons have the choice of dining on the patio during warm months and beside the fireplace during cold months. Private rooms are available for groups up to 100 people.

The Middleton Place Restaurant Charleston, South Carolina


After touring Middleton Place, home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens, guests may relax and visit the Restaurant. It offers traditional Lowcountry cuisine. The lunch menu includes she-crab soup, shrimp and grits and collard greens, while the dinner menu is more formal matching the elegant atmosphere. All dishes are prepared with seasonal, local and organic ingredients, when possible. A private dining room and courtyard are available for groups.

Solé on the Green Restaurant Clemson, South Carolina


Located in the Clemson University Conference Center and Inn near the Clemson University campus, this restaurant and its patio overlook the 18th hole of the championship Walker Golf Course and Lake Hartwell. It is an ideal gathering spot for groups after a day of meetings, sightseeing or playing golf. The menu features Southern cuisine with a modern flair, such as: shrimp & grits, grilled fish, cheddar bacon grit fritters, steaks and salads.

Sea Captain’s House Restaurant Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Foodies look to the Myrtle Beach area as a growing culinary destination, and one of the area’s 1,800 restaurants is the award-winning Sea Captain’s. This landmark restaurant is ideal for guests who want to enjoy an oceanfront view while dining on fresh seafood. During the summer months, people gather on the restaurant’s oceanfront patio and listen to live music. Known as a locals’ favorite, Sea Captain’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

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The Restaurant at The Willcox Aiken, South Carolina


Set in America’s storied Thoroughbred Country, the Willcox is a white-pillared Colonial Revival landmark on the National Historic Register. The hotel’s awardwinning restaurant serves its internationallyinspired American cuisine throughout the property – the dining room, guest rooms by a fireplace, poolside or on the porch. Two private rooms plus the pool area are available for parties and group events.

Loveless Cafe

Nashville, Tennessee


More than a half-million people come to the Loveless Cafe each year to enjoy home-cooked Southern dishes. Each dish is made entirely from scratch including the 10,000 biscuits made each day. Those world-famous biscuits are served with each meal throughout the day. Fried chicken, country ham, 22-hour BBQ pulled pork, omelets and the desserts are fan-favorites. Two event spaces are available for private parties and group dining.

Settles Grill

Big Spring, Texas


Once the tallest building between El Paso and Ft. Worth, the historic Hotel Settles has been beautifully restored to showcase the hotel’s original craftsmanship and architectural details. The hotel’s Settles Grill offers West Texas comfort food during breakfast, lunch and dinner – making it a popular stop for locals and guests. A private dining room is available for parties up to 20 people.

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Legacy Food Hall Plano, Texas


Legacy Hall is Plano’s new 55,000 square foot food hall, beer garden, craft brewery and live entertainment destination. The 3-story artisanal food hall has 24 food stalls run by local chefs offering the best food trends. Each of the restaurant patios has a view of the 1,500-seat Box Garden and concert stage on the first floor. Tours of the brewery, located on the third floor, are available. Group reservations and private parties are welcome.

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Union Bear Restaurant & Brewery


Plano, Texas

Plano’s first brewery is located on the Boardwalk at Granite Park, a collection of restaurants within the 90-acre mixed use development. Union Bear’s menu features classic American dishes that pair with the craft beers, brewed in-house, as well as spirits and cocktails. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining space including some water views.

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Michie Tavern

Charlottesville, Virginia


Historic Michie Tavern serves a hearty buffet lunch featuring house specialties like fried chicken, pulled pork, marinated baked chicken, biscuits, southern sides and peach cobbler – all based on 18th century southern recipes. Servers are dressed in period attire. Ales, traditional brews, hard ciders and Virginia wines complement the dining experience. The rustic restaurant has 5 unique rooms with a capacity of 300+ for private group dinners, including evening events.

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Ivar’s Acres of Clams Seattle, Washington


One of 3 full-service, waterfront-view restaurants in the Ivar restaurant family, Ivar’s Acres of Clams sits on Pier 54 along Seattle’s waterfront, overlooking Elliott Bay. Serving fresh and wild Northwest seafood, house specialities – made from Ivar Haglund’s original recipes – include wild Alaska salmon, deepwater halibut, Alaska King crab, Dungeness crab, jumbo prawns and weathervane scallops. Group dining is available for groups up to 120 people.


Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Spies looking for refuge find it at the SafeHouse, a fun spy-themed restaurant located in an alley near the Milwaukee River marked by the International Exports Ltd sign. To enter, spies – aka diners – must know the password; clueless spies have to perform a clearance test. On the inside, there are collectibles, hidden doors, 2-way mirrors, scavenger hunt and spycialty eats like the Spy Burger, Licensed to Kill Mac & Cheese, Blowback BBQ Ribs and Mata Hari’s Meatloaf.

Boyd’s Steakhouse

Martinsburg, West Virginia


Boyd’s is a speakeasy-style restaurant featuring steaks and chops during dinner and casual fare for lunch. The restaurant’s mahogany booths, Tiffany lamps, antiques, servers dressed in period costume and player piano enhance the 1920-era theme. Tours of the restaurant, used in the filming of Making of the Mob: NY, showcase the antique bar and whiskey hutch (1875) that was owned by Al Capone, Prohibition’s infamous gangster.

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Martinsburg and Berkeley County, West Virginia are just over an hours’ drive from Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland … close enough for a day or weekend trip. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, recreation, or entertainment, we have what you need. Escape to Martinsburg and Berkeley County, the heartbeat of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle!

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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

Tree: Longleaf Pine




Population: 738,432

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

Population: 38,332,521 Time Zone: Pacific Statehood: September 9, 1850 (31st) Bird: California Valley Quail Flower: California Poppy Nickname: The Golden State Song: “I Love You, California” Tree: Coast Redwood & Giant Redwood

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

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

Capital: Sacramento



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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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FACTS: Capital: Frankfort


Population: 4,395,295

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

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Population: 4,681,666

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Capital: Baton Rouge Time Zone: Central Statehood: April 30, 1812 (18th) Bird: Brown Pelican Flower: Magnolia Nickname: The Pelican State Song: “Give Me Louisiana“ Tree: Bald Cypress




Population: 1,330,089

Judd Nelson Linda Lavin Patrick Dempsey Nelson Rockefeller Stephen King Elijah Lovejoy Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Capital: Augusta Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: March 15, 1820 (23rd) Bird: Chickadee Flower: White Pine Cone & Tassel Nickname: The Pine Tree State Song: “State Song of Maine” Tree: White Pine

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

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FACTS: New Hampshire

Capital: Concord Population: 1,326,813


Time Zone: Eastern

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Statehood: June 21, 1788 (9th)

New Mexico


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Statehood: January 6, 1912 (47th)


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

New York FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Adam Sandler Al Capone Michael Jordan J. Robert Oppenheimer Tom Cruise Thedore Roosevelt Jimmy Fallon Jane Fonda

Capital: Albany Population: 19,746,227 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: July 26, 1788 (11th) Bird: Eastern Bluebird Flower: Rose Nickname: The Empire State Song: “I Love New York” Tree: Sugar Maple

North FACTS: Carolina

Capital: Raleigh


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

Population: 9,752,073 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

Boone, North Carolina

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


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Mooresville, North Carolina

FAMOUS PEOPLE: John Legend Maya Lin Russell Wilson Thomas Edison Edwin Stanton John Glenn Art Tatum Roy Rogers

FACTS: Capital: Columbus Population: 11,594,163 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: March 1, 1803 (17th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Scarlet Carnation Nickname: The Buckeye State Song: “Beautiful Ohio” Tree: Buckeye

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




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

Pennslyvania FAMOUS PEOPLE:


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

Capital: Harrisburg

Rhode Island


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

Statehood: May 29, 1790 (13th)


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

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”

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Tree: Red Maple

Flower: Voilet Nickname: The Ocean State

South Dakota


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

Statehood: November 2, 1889 (40th)


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


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


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


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

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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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Iconic Group Dining - Fifty-four historic, iconic and delicious restaurants who welcome groups.

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Iconic Group Dining - Fifty-four historic, iconic and delicious restaurants who welcome groups.