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May/June 2015                                                                                      Volume 15.5

  Hotel? Conference Center? What's The Difference...

Deciding on where to host your next meeting can be easy enough to decide on if all you need to base things on is the number of people who are to attend your event. If there are other factors, like overnight meeting attendees, food and beverage breaks, and aesthetic breakout spaces, then the decision may become more difficult. Do you decide to go to a conference center or just a nice homey hotel? Here are some difference between the two:
Meeting Packages - Conference centers, unlike hotels, simplify your planning by offering all-inclusive Meeting Packages. Whether an overnight meeting package, typically called a Complete Meeting Package is needed or just a Day Meeting Package (DMP) both will include a per person price that encompasses everything you need for a successful well planned meeting. Packages are also great for keeping you on budget and avoiding surprise nickel and dime  a la carte charges For more information on Graylyn Meeting Packages click here. 
Sleeping Rooms – Another difference between conference centers and hotels is that day conference centers cannot accommodate overnight meeting attendees while hotels can lodge into the hundreds. 
Food and Catering – When it comes to food, hotels and conference centers will both typically accommodate your catering needs.  However, hotels typically do not offer package pricing but rather a la carte pricing. A great feature of meeting packages is that most often they offer continuous break services. These snack and beverage breaks are prepared for the amount of meeting attendees and are continually refreshed throughout the day - which makes it easier on your wallet! 
Meeting Space & Ergonomics – Walk into a hotel ballroom where your meeting is taking place and notice the surroundings. Bare walls, flourescent lighting and uncomfortable chairs. Conference centers offer different types and sized meeting rooms tailored for your meeting needs. These meeting rooms are equipped for success with 8-point ergonomic chairs and plenty of natural lighting. They can also be set for different types of meetings - board room sets, pods for the training environment, or if there are quite a few attendees, a theatre set. 

Technology - When hosting a meeting at a conference center, you'll notice that the A/V is built in. No need to worry about having the technology wheeled in on a cart and having to set it up yourself. Audio visual experts are typically on-site at conference centers and can be reached at any time of the day, rather than having to hire a third party to come into your hotel meeting to set everything up. These third party A/V techs are often times not available when you need them the most!

Environment -
 Constructed with meetings in mind, Conference Centers are typically designed without a spa, golf course and other amenities that can have your attendees focused on getting out of the meeting rather than what you want them taking from the meeting. Graylyn stands out as a conference center, however. With this down-to-business mindset, Graylyn also boasts appealing grounds and plenty of open area to walk around and brush off the stress from a long day of meetings.  

Now, when it comes to deciding which best fits your meeting  why not consider a a venue that prides itself on being a hotel and a conference center combined. Graylyn International Conference Center is a luxurious 86-guest room hotel and conference center that offers all the charm and amenities of a boutique hotel along with the technology and distraction free environment of a conference center.

So why bother trying to decide between a hotel and conference center when planning your next meeting. At Graylyn, you can have both! How does the saying go? "Have your cake and eat it too."



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Tour Pour Du Jour

The Graylyn Estate is excited to offer Tour Pour Du Jour. Guests will be taken back in time during a guided tour of the home while they enjoy Graylyn's select house wines. Learn about the Gray's beginnings in Winston-Salem, and how Graylyn is being used today. We will give you a look into the family's rich history, and even let you in on some of the mysteries that lie beneath the ground and within the walls.

The next Tour Pour Du Jour dates are:
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Chef Rollins' Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese and Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
This is the perfect, light salad for any hot, summer day. Fresh asparagus combined with goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard will have you craving this salad.

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Strawberry Basil Gimlet
  2 large strawberries
  3 basil leaves
  Juice from 1/2 a lime
  Squirt of agave nectar (or simple syrup)
  1 3/4 ounces of gin 

   1. Toss the strawberries, basil, lime juice and agave nectar into a                 cocktaile shaker.
  2. Muddle everything with a muddler or a wooden spoon. You really           want to break up the strawberries and bruis up the basil to release         the oils. 
  3. Add ice to the shaker and pour the gin in.
  4. Cover and shake until your fingers are numb.
  5. Pour into a chilld cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with a straberry and basil leaf.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Graylyn International Conference Center
1900 Reynolda Rd. 
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
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