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MAY 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E In addition to various events throughout the year, down- town hosts First Thursday on Main on the first Thursday of each month. Shops and galleries stay open late, providing free entertainment and a free shuttle. W W W. E X P E R I E N C E C O L U M B I A S C . C O M W I N S T O N - S A L E M , N O R T H C A R O L I N A There are six colleges and universities in Winston-Salem, technically twin cities since 1913, so it has much of the lively atmosphere that would be expected of a college town. Visitors to the downtown area can find restaurants, bou- tiques, art galleries and a lively evening entertainment scene. For shoppers keen to take home a distinctly Winston-Salem find, the Design Archives Emporium has 1,000 square feet of space and features products made by more than 100 local vendors. Galleries and small shops abound in the Downtown Arts District. Here groups can find everything from arti- san chocolates and custom-made hats to metalsmithing and calligraphy. The Stevens Center is a restored 1929 silent-movie theater, now part of the University of North Carolina campus and the primary performance space for arts programming. A full calendar of music, dance and theater is scheduled throughout the year. Also in the heart of downtown are the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and the Hanesbrand Theatre. Movie fans might want to enjoy a screening at the Aperture Cinema. The small cinema showcases independent, foreign and classic films. When it's time to eat, groups won't go hungry in downtown Winston-Salem. Bistros, pubs, pizza parlors and fine-dining establishments can all be found, as can a selection of foreign cuisines. Barbecue is a serious business in North Carolina, and the Camel City BBQ Factory can fulfill those cravings for hickory-smoked pulled pork or brisket. Hotels are in the downtown area and, thus, within walking distance of many attractions. W W W. V I S I T W I N S T O N S A L E M . C O M B E A U F O R T , S O U T H C A R O L I N A The small coastal town of Beaufort may consist of 13,000 people, but Robb Wells, vice president of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Division, wants to assure M Y R T L E B E A C H O C E A N F R O N T www.HamptonInnOceanfront.com or call 843-946-6400 and ask for our Sales Department 1801 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Top-Ranked By T RipadvisoR.com Voted most accommodating by tour groups. "Best in Hospitality" by Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association. Featuring 6 oceanfront pools (with hot tubs and heated pools), Sanctuary Spa, fitness center, and complimentary Hampton "On the House" hot breakfast buffet. • Group rate: 10 rooms or more • Complimentary room (1 per 20 paid rooms; not available Jun 1–Aug 22) • Complimentary parking • No Resort Fees • 90-Seat Conference and Meeting Facility SWEET CREAM AND CO., ONE OF MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA By Brett Flashnick, courtesy Experience Columbia COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART IS ONE OF THREE CUL- TURAL INSTITUTIONS IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA.

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