The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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M A R C H 2 0 1 7 4 8 A M E R I C A ' S C R O S S R O A D S One hidden gem that female groups should keep an eye out for is the Esse Purse Museum, which displays purses through the decades and examines how different fashion statements ref lected the larger values of the time. It is one of three purse museums in the world. In addition to artisan ice-cream shops and bakeries throughout town, there are quite a few breweries and distilleries developing in town. "We have a burgeoning craft-beverage and food scene," said John Mayner, vice president of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. One popular brewery is Lost Forty Brewing, and Rock Town Distillery offers a wide selection of spirits such as bourbon, vodka and f lavored moonshine. w w w .li t t l e r o c k . c o m Named "Most Beautiful Small Town in America" in 2013, Jefferson City, Missouri, is a hub of restaurants, museums and historic sites, all nestled along the Missouri River. Though it is known for its capitol, one of the city's most popular attractions is the origi- nal Missouri State Penitentiary, the oldest prison west of the Mississippi. In 1967, Time Magazine called the prison the "bloodiest 47 acres in America" for it unusual record of " E V E N W H E N I T ' S 3 0 D E G R E E S F A H R E N H E I T, T H E R E A R E P E O P L E LI N E D O U T T H E D O O R ." — K a t h er i n e R e e d Jef fer s on C it y C V B C ent r a l D a i r y Courtesy Little Rock CVB Groups can taste craft spirits at Little Rock's Rock Town Distillery. Central Dairy serves classic ice cream treats to groups visit- ing Jefferson City. Courtesy Little Rock CVB Heifer International in Little Rock

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