Mystic South Survival Guide: finding your way around

You’ve made it to the hotel via planes, trains, and automobile; you’ve checked into our hotel room; you’ve found the registration table and received your badge. Now what?

MSC begins Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon. Events are located in two different locations inside the hotel. The key to planning a satisfying weekend is knowing in advance where everything is going to be held.

The bulk of the events is located in The Flower Hall. It is single hall with 6 conference rooms dedicated to MSC; each room is named after a southern flower or tree. This hall is located on the main level on the opposite side of the atrium from the hotel check-in.

The Flower Hall contains the workshop rooms: Gardenia, Azalea, Camelia, and Oakwood. It also has a main vendor room (Maplewood) and the MSC operations room (Dogwood).

Literally just below the Flower Hall on the terrace level is the Conference Center and Dekalb Room. These two rooms are host to PAPERS (Polytheist and Pagan Educational Research Symposium), the Healing Room (massage therapists etc) and the Voodoo Museum. Just outside of these two rooms will be Asheville Raven & Crone and the author’s corner.

Fortunately, there is a dedicated, single glass elevator that runs between the terrace and main level just a few steps away from the MSC event areas. There is no need to go far. You can have a relaxing massage downstairs in the Dekalb room, scoot over to the elevator, go up one floor and be at the Flower Hall. It is that easy.

If you don’t want to wait on the elevator, the lobby has a beautiful staircase that runs through its center and goes only from the terrace level to the main lobby.

What else is on the terrace level? Right near the author’s corner are doors to the outside that lead to beautiful walking trails. Grab food, a drink, or drawing a pad and enjoy the outdoors as a way to take a break from the conference. The hotel’s restaurant and bar is also accessible on this level and there is a set of bathrooms near the glass elevator.

What is on the main level? Everything else. The coffee bar, convenience store, grab and go lunch, an ATM, the plane check-in computer, comfortable office and social spaces, exits to outside and to the parking garage, a fountain, the elevator bank to guest rooms, hotel check-in, concierge, and MSC registration. There are public bathrooms near the convenience store.

Keep in mind that the hotel does have an entirely separate large ballroom area off to one side with an entrance near the store. We *do not* use that area at all.

Don’t miss out because you couldn’t find something. Study the layout before the conference starts, look for our signs, and never be afraid to ask an MSC or hotel staffer for assistance.

See everyone in one day.