• 4 Day Weekend
    Dallas,  Fort Worth,  Texas

    Transform the Workplace through Improvisation

    Four Day Weekend was founded in 1997 in Fort Worth by a group of comedian friends. In addition to weekly improvisational comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night in its Dallas and Fort Worth theaters, the group offers improv courses and workshops for business groups in its training center. Attendees are taught how to apply the principles of improvisation to their professional and personal lives. Through improvisation activities, business groups learn how behaviors can affect creativity, communication, empathy, listening, storytelling and understanding. These workshops can be tailored to focus on spec ific industries, jobs and goals. Guests have some laughs and leave the improv workshops with new skills that benefit them…

  • Vince Young Steakhouse
    Austin,  Texas

    Venue Spotlight: Vince Young Steakhouse

    This locally owned and operated steakhouse is a great place to ‘meat.’ The Vince Young Steakhouse, nestled in the heart of downtown Austin, not only offers USDA prime steaks, seafood and house-made desserts, but also boasts unique spaces for group events. The restaurant is housed in a 100-year-old former produce warehouse, which later served as the home featured in the MTV’s The Real World: Austin. The restaurant was opened in 2010 by husband-and-wife partners Phillip and Laura Brown with their close friend—and namesake of the steakhouse—Vince Young. Guests of the steakhouse are greeted by Penny Longhorn II, a life-size sculpture of a Texas longhorn covered in 2,284 uncirculated U.S. pennies.…

  • Harvey Penick Academy
    Austin,  Texas

    Great for Golf Outings, The Harvey Penick Academy Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    The Harvey Penick Academy at the Wolfdancer Golf Club is celebrating 25 years in business this year. Wolfdancer Golf Club is nestled among 400 acres of scenic Texas wilderness at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa. To celebrate the event, the Harvey Penick Academy will donate 10 percent of all class proceeds to the Austin chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The foundation is an international leader in funding Type I diabetes research. The academy was founded in 1993 to provide golf instruction rooted in the values and methodology of Harvey Penick, a respected golf professional and coach for the University of Texas golf team and Hall of Fame…

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    Austin,  Texas

    Team-Building Activity: Twisted Texas Tours

    Meeting and event planners looking for ways to explore Texas’ Capital City and do some team-building need look no further than Twisted Texas Tours. The company offers entertaining yet educational ways to discover Austin’s weird, wacky and wild sides with two signature tours: the Brunch Bus Tour and the Live Music & Brewery Tour. Both tours offer one-of-a-kind Austin experiences infused with comedy, unusual histories, live music and, of course, the option to bring your own adult beverages. Twisted Texas’ Live Music and Brewery Tour is a party on wheels that combines two of Austin’s most popular things—music and beer. The two-and-a-half-hour tour treats guests to stops at two local breweries…

  • Houston,  Texas

    Houston Boutique Hotel Completes First Phase of Renovations

    The Magnolia Hotel Houston recently completed a renovation of most of the hotel’s public spaces. The first phase of the multi-million-dollar project included the lobby, the second floor meeting space and restaurant, third floor meeting space and public restrooms and the 23rd floor fitness center and outdoor rooftop pool deck. The historic landmark building was erected in 1926 as the home of the Houston Post-Dispatch and later served as the home of Shell Oil. The hotel which opened in 2003, is one of six boutique Magnolia Hotels properties throughout the country and is partnered with Starwood Hotels. “The renovations embrace our historic building’s roots from when it was built in 1926.…

  • Statler
    Dallas,  Texas

    Room with a View: The Statler Opens in Dallas

    A historic downtown Dallas hotel recently reopened as The Statler, Curio Collection by Hilton following a $255 million redevelopment. The 19-story, mixed-use development property, which originally opened in 1956, was one of Conrad Hilton’s first convention properties. In addition to 159 guest rooms, the development features 219 residences, five unique dining outlets, a rooftop pool and lounge, multiuse fitness center, and 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the 13,154-square-foot Grand Ballroom. “Today is a special day for Curio Collection, as we welcome back a remarkable hotel and industry forerunner to Hilton and the great city of Dallas,” says Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “We…

  • La Panadería
    San Antonio,  Texas

    Restaurant Recommendation: La Panaderia

    Bring Handmade Bread and Pastries Inspired by Mexico’s Golden Era to Your Next Event La Panadería, a popular bakery in north San Antonio, recently opened a second location downtown. The newest La Panadería is just minutes from The Riverwalk, boutique hotels, the Henry B. Gonzàlez Convention Center and Majestic Theater. For event planners, La Panadería offers several catering options to give group meeting attendees a true taste of Alamo City. Brothers José and David Cáceres opened La Panadería in San Antonio in 2014. The bakery specializes in handmade bread and pastries inspired by Mexico’s Golden Era, or Epoca de Oro. The brothers also draw influence from French, Italian and American…

  • Houston,  Texas

    Houston Finds a Way to Bounce Back

    Resilient Houston rebounds after what can only be called one hell of a year. To say 2017 was a momentous year for Houston is not hyperbole. The year was marked with two successful sporting events bookending a historic tragedy. Beginning with a bang on Feb. 5, NRG Stadium in Houston hosted the National Football League’s Super Bowl LI. The Touchdown Houston charitable fund raised more than $4 million for 78 local nonprofits. Super Bowl LI had 172 million viewers and approximately 150,000 out-of-town visitors traveled to Houston for the game. In total, the Greater Houston area took in $347 million in new spending as a direct result of hosting the…

  • 4-Eleven
    Fort Worth,  Texas

    Forth Worth’s South Main Revival Continues with Opening of the 4 Eleven

    An ownership group of Fort Worth entrepreneurs recently opened The 4 Eleven, a 1920s warehouse that has been restored to include event space and several retail shops. The 18,000-square-foot building is located at 411 South Main Street, a prime location just blocks from downtown Fort Worth and right in the middle of the city’s up-and-coming hip South Main area. The venue’s event space includes four distinct yet flexible areas suited for everything from casual business mixers to formal corporate receptions. The main warehouse is a large instaworthy space that sports reminders of the building’s history, such as exposed ceiling beams and duct work. There is even vintage brick peeking through…

  • The George
    College Station,  Texas

    Boutique Hotel the George Opens in College Station

    The George, a 162-guest room boutique hotel, recently opened in College Station. The property is one of Houston-based Valencia Group’s newest Texas hotels and the company’s second in College Station. In fact, The George’s sister Valencia property, Cavalry Court, opened in November 2016 is literally across the street. Design elements at The George feature soaring windows which highlight brick accents, contrasting colors, exposed ceilings, rich wood tones and unique custom-built fixtures and furniture. Taking its name from notable “Georges” such as Mitchell Energy founder and philanthropist, George P. Mitchell and former President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, the hotel is designed to reflect a blend of authentic Texas…