For Yianni Barakos, co-owner of Mason Dixon Distillery in Gettysburg, liquor-making runs in his blood. In fact, the enterprising Barakos, a self-proclaimed “tinkerer,” made his first still at the ripe age of 11 (from a cocktail napkin sketch his grandfather made of the equipment). Good thing his childlike passion for making liquor remains today, as he spent almost a year pouring his heart and soul into Mason Dixon Distillery, housed in a former furniture factory dating to the early 1900s. “The place had 90 years of dirt and grime, but there is 1,000 times more character than anything built new,” says Barakos, who hails from the construction business.

In partnership with his father, a restaurateur, Barakos is opening a three-part business: craft distillery, full-service restaurant and event space. The space will have a tasting room, with seating for about 100, as well as an outdoor space for over 300. Tours and tastings will be offered for groups seeking a post-meeting activity, and the restaurant, which offers a blend of “tasty, savory stuff from different cultures,” will be open for regular dining, as well as for private events. Mason Dixon Distillery takes its Gettysburg heritage very seriously. While it’s just a few blocks off the main town square, it’s what goes into the bottles that makes its really special. Barakos leases 47 acres on the Gettysburg Battlefield and plants rye and corn to harvest for his liquor. “You can truly take home some of the battlefield,” he says.

With 342 acres, an 18-hole golf course, 150-slip marina and full-service spa, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, had more than enough to keep gorps busy. But the AAA Four Diamond property has just released an updated menu of teambuilding experiences. ““Our dedicated events team takes pride in curating unforgettable and unique group activities that showcase our beautiful location and help to ensure one-of-a-kind meeting experiences right here on the Eastern Shore,” says Cari Ruppert, Director of Sales, Marketing and Events.

 

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.