Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts June 2003
Short Cuts:Keep On the Grass
These parks offer a green carpet for groups
America’s national parks are not just for leisure travelers.
Among ideal event venues is Grand Teton National Park (www.gtlc.com/lodging.htm) in Moose, Wyo., where Jenny
Lake Lodge offers spectacular mountain views and 37 rustic yet
well-appointed log cabins (telephones are optional). Larger groups
can head down the road to the 385-room Jackson Lake Lodge, a
full-service resort with 18,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 123-room Ahwahnee hotel (www.yosemitepark.com/html/accom_ahwahnee.html) is a jewel
in California’s Yosemite National Park, set against a backdrop of
sheer granite cliffs. The hotel, decorated in Native American
motifs, has more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space.
In the Florida Everglades, groups can do that swamp thing at the
Flamingo Lodge & Outpost Resort (www.flamingolodge.com), with 102 lodge rooms and 24
cottages. Crocodiles, alligators, bobcats, deer, dolphins and all
kinds of birds populate the area. The Flamingo offers a function
room for 75, a café that seats 90 and a tour boat that accommodates
up to 95.
Jim Gasser, management specialist at the Washington, D.C.-based
National Park Service (www.nps.gov), says a park’s special-use permit office is
the first stop for inquiring planners. At smaller parks, call the
• CARLA BENINI
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