Hold your next meeting in a state park

Lodge patio at Amicalola Falls State Park

If your office is planning meetings or retreats for 2012, consider holding your next event at one of Georgia’s State Parks.  They offer a wide range of facilities for budget-conscience meeting planners, and you’ll find it easy to work with a fellow state agency.

Four state parks have hotel-style lodges with meeting space, conference coordinators, catering and restaurants.  These are found at Amicalola Falls and Unicoi in the mountains, and George T. Bagby and Little Ocmulgee in South Georgia.  During leisure time, your group can enjoy beautiful surroundings and activities such as golf, boating or hiking.  The two mountain lodges even offer team-building exercises.  By working with the Department of Natural Resources, you’ll have a conference coordinator who understands state business.  Learn more at www.GaLodges.com.

For more affordable meetings, consider renting smaller facilities.  Two state parks near Atlanta – Sweetwater Creek and Panola Mountain – have meeting rooms that rent for $105 to $155 per day.  Dozens of state parks across Georgia have either enclosed group shelters or open-air picnic shelters.  Group shelters have large kitchens and plenty of tables and chairs for flexible layouts.  Since capacity varies, rates range from less than $100 to more than $300 per day. Picnic shelters allow groups to enjoy park scenery during your entire event.  These rent for $35 to $85 per day.  Learn more at www.GaStateParks.org.

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