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DESTINATION PLANNER Layers of lush mountains that abound with adventure, profound cultural roots from literary royalty to American royalty, and inspired locals whose passion projects jump from pop-up kitchens to performance art: Asheville, N.C. has been a point of pilgrimage since the 1800s as a destination for inspiration, rejuvenation and self-expression. This year, Travel + Leisure put Asheville on its World's Best Cities List and Frommer's named it one of its Top Must-See Destinations in the world. NEW HOTELS, ROOFTOP VENUES ON THE HORIZON The Asheville area is set for significant growth with a planned 25 percent increase in hotel inventory over the next three years. Just opened in December 2015, Biltmore's second onsite hotel is now taking reservations. The Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate is located near Antler Hill 24 Discover Village, which includes the winery, dining and shopping opportunities. For small boutique hotels, check out The Windsor, an exquisite suite-style downtown property, or The Bunn House, a newly opened five-room inn with rooftop terrace and small vineyard. A number of rooftop venues are also planned offering the gamut of river views to downtown views to scenic sights from the top of Highland Brewing Company. OUTDOOR NEWS Unprecedented peak-to-peak tandem racing zip lines open at Navitat offering Blue Ridge Parkway views ahead of 100-Year National Park Anniversary in 2016. Asheville opened the nation's first KidZip, a zipline course for tiny tots at Asheville Adventure Center, and the city also welcomed high-tech tree climbing (rock climbing + leaves!) at Treetops Adventure Park and a kid-friendly whitewater sport, Bellyaks! (invented in Asheville). Opening soon, Smoky Mountain Adventure Center (SMAC) will be a one-stop destination for outdoor adventures in the River Arts District. Don't forget to stop by nearby Asheville Adventure Rentals offers electric assist fat bike rentals - perfect for exploring Asheville's hilly terrain. ON THE EDGE OF THE PLATE Stretching back to George W. Vanderbilt's tradition of serving Biltmore guests culinary delights grown right on the estate, Asheville chefs are undoubtedly inspired by their surroundings ... obsessing over heirloom grains, foraging, tending urban farms, raising their own beef and cooking with local beer. Locally grown is only one side of the coin. Asheville's independent streak takes form in artistic and intensely artisanal culinary interpretations with a broad world view and, sometimes, theatrics to boot. S u m m e r 2 016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Association Connection - Summer 2016

A Message from the President
Quick Tips
The New Association Meeting
Safe & Sound: Meeting Security in Today’s World
Powerful Panels That Engage Your Audience
Successful Retreat Secrets
TNSAE’s Industry Education Day
Thought Leadership
Destination Planner: Asheville, N.C.
New Members
TNSAE Calendar
Index of Advertisers/

Association Connection - Summer 2016