5 Reasons to Choose Valdosta, GA for Your Next Meeting Destination

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5 reasons to choose the premier meeting destination in South Georgia

If you want your next meeting or event to include a heaping side of Southern hospitality, make Valdosta, the heart of South Georgia, your planning partner. Sure, we have venues and professional services to accommodate your group event. But we also have intangibles that you’ll find only in the South.

1. Weather

The sun shines bright in South Georgia, which brings the outdoors into play year-round. Mix up the agenda and move a session to a covered patio overlooking a cypress pond, a timeless garden near a historic mansion or a pecan grove on a working farm. Plus, great weather encourages meeting attendees to explore the area in their free time or even add a day or two to the trip to explore South Georgia.

2. Convenience

Located along I-75, Valdosta is easy to get to from anywhere in Georgia and from neighboring Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. More than 4,000 hotel rooms in Valdosta set it apart from other meeting destinations in South Georgia. After hours, let meeting attendees loose downtown to explore the charming art and entertainment district with independent restaurants and colorful shops all within easy walking distance.

3. Character

What really sets Valdosta apart from other meeting destinations? Southern hospitality. It’s not a myth. Meeting attendees are well cared for and looked after from the minute they arrive until the minute they depart. And since many of today’s meetings include bonding time off-site, Valdosta has many one-of-a-kind spots for team-building on roller coasters and wakeboards or over plates of Southern cooking.

4. One size does not fit all

Opened in 2000, the Rainwater Conference Center has modern technology built in. The 11,000 square-foot grand hall anchors nearly 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space plus an outdoor reception area with seating for 200 guests. Seven breakout rooms and two boardrooms can be expanded or divided as needed for custom events that require a theater, a banquet area, classrooms or even a wedding venue. And here’s one you don’t hear often - Parking at the Rainwater Conference Center is free!

5. We’ve got this

A laser-focused staff will turn your vision into reality. As your planning partner, the staff knows what it takes to pull off a memorable event. From site visits to full-service banquet catering, expect solid planning, execution and follow-up from every member of the team.

Get all the details at the Rainwater Conference Center site.
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Only in Valdosta

Local venues offer unique event spaces

The Crescent at Valdosta Garden Center
This elegant venue built in 1898 has 23 rooms inside and amazing gardens outside. Consider this community icon for receptions, reunions and meetings. The formal gardens include a small chapel perfect for intimate outdoor weddings.

Highgrove Farm
This popular wedding destination brings rustic elegance to the big day. Outbuildings have been converted into the bride’s cottage, groom’s quarters, open-air chapel and pond house banquet facility with dance floor.

Hahira Depot
A replica of the 1890s train depot was built in Hahira as the go-to gathering spot for community events at City Center Park. The modern 7,500 square-foot facility is also available for private parties and events.

Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts
With six galleries, 17,000 square feet of public gathering space and an onsite kitchen, special events fit nicely into this creative space.

The Patterson
1920s art deco style creates a unique setting at this multipurpose event venue with two levels that include two ballrooms, two caterer kitchens, breakout rooms, bridal suites and stages for live entertainment.

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