• New “Top of the World” Group Amenities in North Carolina

     
    POSTED March 23, 2022
     
  • New “Top of the World” Group Amenities in North Carolina

     
    POSTED March 23, 2022
     
  • New “Top of the World” Group Amenities in North Carolina

     
    POSTED March 23, 2022
     
  • New “Top of the World” Group Amenities in North Carolina

     
    POSTED March 23, 2022
     
  • New “Top of the World” Group Amenities in North Carolina

     
    POSTED March 23, 2022
     

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road. When visitors reach the peak, they’ll enjoy an awe-inspiring view of mountain ridge after mountain ridge. Along the way they can enjoy native wildlife visits and the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge that connects two peaks one mile above sea level. 

With the upcoming June opening of the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, about halfway up the mountain, Grandfather Mountain will be better able to welcome groups. The center will nearly double the size of Grandfather Mountain's Nature Museum and add a dozen interactive exhibits and experiences that connect to the mountain's 16 natural communities. Part of the larger Conservation Campus, the expanded center will include a pavilion and an amphitheater with terraced seating while an ADA-accessible auditorium, classrooms and new food service facilities will extend the park's capacity for hosting conferences and other events. 

Some highlights of the center include:

  • Flora Wall: Learn about our mind-boggling variety of plants on Grandfather with an interactive display.
  • Mineral Cave: Get an up-close view of minerals with built-in magnifying glasses
  • Tree Stories and Timeline: See how the park and the world have changed around a single growing tree.
  • Migration Mapping and the World of Birds: Follow the extraordinary migration patterns throughout the park.
  • Extremes and Weather: Use interactive elements to sample our extreme weather, and a well-known meteorologist guide budding climate scientists.
  • Shadow Play: Step behind the frosted glass façade with a silhouette shape of your favorite animal, bird, bat or butterfly. 
  • Fauna Wall: Explore the diverse species on Grandfather with this interactive wall with bird sculptures and animal imagery.
  • Grand Deck & Patio: Gather outdoors by Mildred’s Grill for group picnics and bird watching.

 

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels’ founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas, will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.