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even hotel and condo discounts. More information can be found online at:

Soon, the Performing Arts Center will have its own website featuring events that will take place in this new facility. The CVB also can arrange information and coupons for attendees, as well as dining information, through a kiosk table and through the Visitor Center staff.

experience, than they will at many other venues in our surrounding area.”

This facility within the convention center can be used for concerts, awards pre- sentations and seminars, as well as other performances. It is adjacent to the recently refreshed Bayfront Ballroom and the Dockside Exhibit Hall.

Many mid-size hotel properties also offer meeting rooms that can accommodate smaller groups, seminars or retreats, often with food and beverage services available, if desired. With 9,500 hotel rooms and over 25,000 vacation rentals, Ocean City is the perfect beach resort in which to hold a conference.

The town maintains its award-winning family beach resort feel while accommo- dating meetings and groups of all sizes in accommodations that range from lux- ury high-rise to traditional beach motels. Meeting planners and attendees can choose a full service hotel or mid-level or even condo living instead with the opportunity to bring the family.

In addition, Ocean City’s year round events are sure to capture the attention of meeting planners and individual travel- ers alike. The OC Air Show, free nightly beach events in season, and major festi- vals fill the calendar of events in OC. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Assateague Island where wild ponies roam free.

For convention goers, the Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau/Depart- ment of Tourism is currently offering a new “Show Your Badge” program, where convention badge holders can get discounts for dining and attractions, or

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New hotels are opening in Ocean City this year, too, including the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, and the La Quinta Inn and Suites right in the heart of Ocean City and convenient to the con- vention center.

Plans are in the works for a Residence Inn by Marriott and a new Hyatt at the boardwalk, as well. These new proper- ties join a number of existing hotels already convenient to the convention center in Ocean City. The Hampton Inn opened next to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center just two years ago, and the Dunes Manor Hotel has under- gone major renovations and added new dining upgrades.

A number of new restaurants, breweries and shops also have opened in the area, including: Asian Garden; Backshore Brewing Company; Barn 34; Beach Barrels; Coffee Beanery; Longboard; Martin’s Fish Company; OC Brewing Company; Touch of Italy; and more.

These new offerings join already famous institutions such as Philips Seafood House and Crab House, the Embers and Bonfire restaurants, as well as Angler, Captain’s Galley and Harrison’s Harbor Watch, to name just a few.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore

St. Michaels

Historic St. Michaels is home to bistros, galleries and antique shops, history, brick-lined walkways, colonial homes, stone churches, decorated storefronts and attractions like the Chesapeake Bay

Maritime Museum. This museum is a 16-acre complex of indoor and outdoor exhibits that trace the history and tradi- tions of the Chesapeake Bay. The muse- um offers an array of events throughout the year, including Big Band concerts under the stars, and various festivals.

Visitors also can enjoy a ride on the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, “America's Oldest Ferry,” they can take a tour in a horse- drawn carriage, or enjoy a cruise in a working sail-powered skipjack. Entertainment options abound here.

Making the Eastern Shore even more attractive, it is very easy to reach,

particularly from Philadelphia and points north. And while

visitors certainly can take I-95 down into Maryland, a more

relaxing option may be to hop on Route 896 at I-95 South’s

last exit in Delaware, and then connect with Route 301.

For meetings,the Harbourtowne Waterfront Golf Resort and Conference Center offers customized packages to fit a group’s needs and budget. On site professional event service coordinators make sure that every detail is in place, from well-equipped meeting rooms and flexible floor plans to coordinating activi- ties and meals to making meetings pro- ductive and enjoyable for all.

Meeting rooms and facilities at Harbourtowne can accommodate groups from 10 to 160 people within 8,000-square feet of meeting space. Complimentary wireless Internet is avail- able in guest rooms, meeting rooms, and even by the bay. The resort also offers waterfront venues for outdoor events, as well as two meeting rooms that overlook the Chesapeake Bay.

Team building options abound at Harbourtowne, too, as the resort has joined forces with an assortment of vendors to inspire ideas and help create

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