Going on Faith

Spring 2017

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going on faith [ spring 2017 ] 36 German cuisine. Chef Aurel Prodan studied the culinary arts in Romania and later established his reputation as a master chef in Bavaria, Germany, bringing back tra- ditional dishes like pork schnitzel, beef stroganoff and veal cordon bleu. The area is also renowned for the surrounding waterfalls, such as Anny Ruby Falls and Raven Cliff Falls. Groups can stop by the nearby Chattahoochee Stables for horseback riding or take a tubing adventure in the Chattahoochee River. www.helenga.org PADUCAH, KENTUCKY Located halfway between major cities Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee, Paducah provides a convenient location for traveling groups in central Kentucky, surprising many visitors with its eclectic offering of eateries, art galleries and historic attractions. One of its prized features is the National Quilt Museum, which displays an exqui- site collection of artisan quilts. "You're among the greatest fiber art in the world," said Fowler Black, group sales director at Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau. "These are not the quilts our grandmothers used to make. This is fine contemporary art." To put the skill of the craft in perspective, groups can sign up for the Creative Stitch VIP tour and quilt-making workshop. "I was a guinea pig for this experience," said Black, "and I proudly display my quilt here at the office. It's a great conversation point when talking with people." Another quintessential attraction in the city is the Hotel Metropolitan, a historic hotel that housed African-American guests during segregation. As soon as visitors step onto the porch, history comes alive as the hotel hostess, Miss Maggie, warily opens the door and tries to shoo any white guests away to the "white hotel," com- plaining about Jim Crow laws. Eventually, she allows the group inside, where they can learn about the building's unique past and enjoy a slice of chess pie. "It's incredible to learn about its history," said Black. "Even famous African- Americans had no place to stay in town except the Metropolitan." In the Lower Town Arts District, many artists lead hands-on workshops; they include Kijsa Housman, owner of Make Paducah, and Kristin Williams from Ephemera Paducah, who offers embroidering and Bible-journaling classes. Popular dining options include Kirchhoff's Bakery and Deli, Cynthia's and the Freight House Restaurant, which is in an old freight depot. www.paducah.travel EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS Built during the late 1800s, Eureka Springs carries a significant amount of his- tory, with its Victorian-style hotels, homes and shops. "We have a ton of shopping and art galleries in our downtown area," said Gina Rambo, publicist at the Eureka Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau. True to its name, the city is interspersed with about a dozen natural springs, with Basin Spring nestled in the center of town. Other favorites include Grotto Spring, which emerges from a mountain cave, and Crescent Spring, where visitors will find a stone staircase and trail adjacent to the historic Crescent Hotel. Before the town was established, many early settlers traveled to the area to expe- rience the healing mineral waters, and Eureka Springs continues to serve as a prime environment for rejuvenation, with nearly a dozen spas and wellness centers. Reminiscent of European castles, the Palace Hotel and Bathhouse combines mod- ern amenities with romantic charm, with a century-old bathhouse downstairs. One hidden gem in town is the Thorncrown Chapel, an award-winning structure that features exquisite glass walls and crisscrossing beams. www.eurekasprings.org Reserve a peaceful retreat from the bustling big city. Just a beat from New Orleans, experience Kenner, Jefferson's largest city and home to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. In Kenner, our 75,000 square foot Pontchartrain Convention & Civic Center and over 2,000 of the parish's 8,000 hotel rooms are ready to host your group. Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. 3 Call 504.731.7083 3 Toll Free 1.877.572.7474 3 VisitKenne r LA.com Experience where New Orleans goes to meet and unwind!

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