• Austin,  Waco

    Stagecoach Inn

    The Stagecoach Inn in Salado recently reopened following a two year, multiphase renovation. The historic property was built in the 1860s and now features 48 guest rooms, including four suites with balconies and outdoor patios. The hotel is located on Main Street and nestled among six acres of ancient oak trees along the southern banks of Salado Creek. The project included the installation of hand-built custom beds, lighting and textiles, as well as plant-lined private outdoor lounge areas. The Stagecoach Inn provides groups with 7,000 square feet of multipurpose event space, with more coming in 2019. Additional amenities include the Stagecoach Inn Restaurant, The Shady Villa Bar and a heated…

  • San Antonio

    Restaurant Recommendation: Gallery on the Park

    The St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio recently launched Gallery On the Park, its newest eatery. The restaurant is nestled in the St. Anthony atrium with floor-to-ceiling views of the historic Travis Park. The wall space in the restaurant is decorated with works of art, which are available for purchase. The Gallery On the Park menu features creative twists on Texas regional cuisine such as the BBQ salmon Cobb, the New York Strip B.L.T. or the pork belly grilled cheese. “As we’re part of a hotel that was established by Texas’ great cattle barons, it’s only fitting that our culinary focus be on the most delicious facets of Texas-centric cuisine,”…

  • Dallas

    Unique Meetings in D-Town

    This eclectic town is home to numerous interesting and unusual event venues. From mums to motorcycles, here are a few local favorites. The City of Dallas traces its history to John Neely Bryan establishing a trading post on the east bank of the Trinity River in 1841 to serve a diverse population moving into the area. Throughout the following decades, the population steadily grew and included immigrants from Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland. Today the city has a population of more than 1.2 million people, and is now the third largest in Texas and the ninth largest city in the country. Dallas is made up of dozens of distinct neighborhoods…

  • 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…