Destination: Florida Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
620 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33301
11,000 sq ft
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By Christine Loomis
May 21, 2013
The southwestern corner of the Sunshine State may be the perfect blend of resort chic, old-time Florida, wildlands, manicured golf courses and to-die-for beaches along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. More laid back than its Atlantic counterpart, the state’s southern Gulf Coast has perfected barefoot elegance at high-end resorts and just plain barefoot along its sublime beaches and blue-green waters populated by manatees, turtles and dolphins. While it doesn’t lack for any of the typical surf-and-sand based activities, it particularly excels at the most gentle of them, especially the moseying art of shell collecting, for which its beaches and its earliest inhabitants are known.
By Kate Silver
March 26, 2013
It’s not just a fact of physics. It’s a fact of life. In Houston, Texas, aka the Energy Capital of the World, many types of energy define the city, from culinary to culture and everything in between. It’s beyond kinetic.
By Steve Winston
January 29, 2013
There's a place in Florida where you can find famed white-sand beaches and Southern style; resorts with an infusion of Southern hospitality; nouvelle cuisine and shrimp 'n' grits; and plenty of modern meeting facilities and smalltown charm.
By Christine Loomis
December 28, 2012
Southeast Florida has long drawn visitors to its inviting white beaches and opulent resorts. The fortuitous confluence of railroads, sunshine and classic hotels helped make the area extending from Fort Lauderdale to the Florida Keys the vacation destination of choice for northerners escaping winter’s chill. But that was just the start.
By Jessie Fetterling
November 20, 2012
Florida is full of excitement, from Miami’s Latin-inspired festivities to Orlando’s never-ending theme-park rides. But it also offers a bounty of natural wonders to FdMisicaomvier : The tvheirrgdl aldaregse isn't cthorea sl orueethf . Tharrieern asytisotenm’s lianr gtehset wurobraldn opffar tkh sey cstoeamst of Jacksonville. And several national and state parks in between.
By Christine Loomis
September 25, 2012
The 127-mile-long archipelago of the Florida Keys begins about 15 miles south of Miami, extending in a graceful westward arc to the Dry Tortugas, nearly 70 miles beyond Key West. The chain of coral islands divides the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Water—whether you’re along it, in it, on it or above it—is central to a stay here, no more so than when the sun dives below the horizon in a blaze of color that burns across the sky. In the Keys, wherever visitors and locals are, they pause to acknowledge nature’s artistry.
Learn about Florida for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
It’s easy to forget Florida has such an impressive history, what with its moniker of Sunshine State. Visitors understandably get distracted by the miles of beaches, amazing theme parks and unbeatable meeting-friendly resorts. But apart from these modern temptations, Florida is just as interesting for its past. Home of Saint Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, it’s also the closest spot on the North American continent to Christopher Columbus’s first sighting of the New World, and where Ponce de Leon came looking for the Fountain of Youth.
The ghosts of yesteryear provide a rich historical backdrop for adventurers arriving today. Full of opportunities for water sports, wildlife sighting, swamp exploration or inland hiking and biking, Florida’s natural topography covers all the bases. That’s not even scratching the surface of its convention and event options. It’s no secret this place is a meetings giant, and the reputation is well deserved.
Those youth-seekers of yore might have been on to something: This multifaceted destination lives up to the hype. Florida’s relaxed ambience is its own endlessly rejuvenating force, so why not share the wealth with your attendees?