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Numerous groups toured Woodford Reserve Distillery the day we held our planning retreat there.   On November 4, we held our annual editorial planning retreat at Woodford Reserve Distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky. This is the third time we’ve held this retreat at this historic central Kentucky site over the past decade or so. Woodford…

 
 

    Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa is carved out of the Appalachian foothills just minutes from busy Birmingham, Alabama.  As soon as you drive onto this resort property that carries a Scottish theme for its namesake, you can feel yourself begin to relax just a bit.  We arrived here after breakfast at…

 
 

  We started early on Wednesday, teeing off at 7:00 a.m. on the Lakes Course of the RTJ complex at Grand National in Auburn-Opelika.  Many consider this course to be among the most scenic in the entire RTJ system.  By starting early, we saw lots of holes draped in fog and mist rising from its…

 
 
 

  Last week I joined a group of golf writers and Pam Shaheen of Crossroads Marketing Inc. for a week-long trip to play golf courses in Alabama. We played several of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses, plus a couple that are marketed as part of the Honours Golf collection. The RTJ Trail will…

 
Mac Lacy

Living the High Line in NYC

Posted by Mac Lacy in The Northeast on October 10, 2011

 
 

A delightful urban environment awaits walkers on New York’s High Line One of New York’s newest visitor experiences is the High Line, an urban trail that is being built on the former railroad tracks that carried freight trains through the city.  It is complete today from 30th Street to Gansevoort Street, almost 20 city blocks. …

 
Mac Lacy

Visiting the 9/ll Memorial

Posted by Mac Lacy in The Northeast on October 10, 2011

 
 

Falling water offers a calming presence at this magnificent memorial It’s hard to write about the 9/11 Memorial without feeling like an interloper. This is such a sacred place to so many families that it’s hard to feel like this belongs to all of us. But it does and it should. Before we left Kentucky,…

 
 

Protesters gathered at Zuccotti Park in New York for the Occupy Wall Street movement Wall Street dominates the news these days for lots of reasons.  The market right now is searching for anything tangible it can hold onto that might spark a rally.  Economies in Europe are as fragile as anyone can remember and threaten…

 
 

Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Gretchen Hall, far left in doorway, and other Little Rock representatives welcomed delegates to the River Market event   Delegates to the Small Market Meetings Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, were treated to a wonderfully–executed destination dichotomy the second day of the event.   Following an afternoon of…

 
 

Little Rock’s Big Dam Bridge is a huge draw for runners, walkers, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts   As delegates to our Small Market Meetings Conference enjoyed a fascinating tour of Little Rock’s sights that wrapped up with a reception at the historic Capital Hotel, I took a couple of hours off and went for a…

 
 

A high school band and drum corps welcomed delegates to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library for the opening event of the 2011 Small Market Meetings Conference   A beautiful evening gave way to a spectacular event as the 2011 Small Market Meetings Conference got underway in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 26.  Roughly 225…