Fresh Southern Stays, from Skyline to Coastline

Fairmont Dallas

Located in downtown Dallas, this property marked its 50th anniversary with a full refreshment of its 70,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The 18,000-square-foot Regency Ballroom and prefunction area were styled in soft blues and sparkling golds, with new chandeliers creating warm light throughout. Eco upgrades include recessed lighting and efficient faucets, while prefunction areas now feature comfortable seating and easy-access plug-ins for quick meets, calls or catching up on emails.

Barbary Beach House Key West, Florida

Opening this summer in the Florida Keys, this oceanfront hotel provides a beach-luxe setting for meetings on golden sands. The hotel will provide 184 guest rooms in natural textures with reclaimed wood and pops of marine-inspired colors. It’s set up for meetings of 50 to 100, with one indoor and three lush outdoor spaces. Complimentary shuttle service will ferry attendees to the historic downtown harbor, and it’s just over a mile from Key West International Airport (EYW).

Sheraton Dallas Hotel

This 70-year-old downtown landmark underwent a full-property makeover, from its 1,840 guest rooms to the 230,000 sq. ft. of event space. The largest venue holds up to 5,000 guests, and meeting rooms all feature high-speed internet and state-of-the-art audiovisual tech. On the social side, the hotel added five new dining concepts, including an intimate cocktail lounge and a redesigned sports bar featuring a menu of fresh ingredients and craft beverages. A rooftop garden provides a respite for guests, featuring murals by a local artist.

Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia

A new addition to the Virginian coastline, this hotel boasts 305 guest rooms with panoramic water views, and 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. It will feature the largest ballroom in Virginia Beach, with seating for 1,155 attendees, while its 3,750-square-foot oceanfront lawn can provide large outdoor events with a view of the water. Follow the wave-gazing with dinner in a private dining space with 360-degree views of the city at Orion’s Rooftop, featuring Asian-inspired fare.

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