Gulf Shores, Ala.

Turquoise Place

Turquoise Place (pictured)

For a less-obvious meeting place, consider the sugar-white beaches of Alabama's Gulf Shores, where meetings-ready properties abound.

On sparkling Orange Beach, the 130-unit Turquoise Place offers more than 34,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including two meeting rooms hosting up to 180 and 160, respectively; and a 29th-floor, five-bedroom penthouse with a 6,000-square-foot balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Award-winning chef Brody Olive oversees the cuisine here. Other draws: a spa, five pools, day and evening cruises, dolphin-sighting tours, and fishing with one of the largest charter fleets on the Gulf Coast.