On a seasonal spring afternoon, historic downtown Brenham is brimming with shoppers strolling along stone-lined storefronts and making their way into the city’s antique and specialty shops. Even strangers are greeted like old friends, especially when they stop at Must Be Heaven to order a mile-high slice of pie. Behind all this charm and pleasantry, however, Brenham is at the center of some serious business.
Plano is an all-American city that has preserved its past while embracing a progressive transformation, making it one of the best places to live in the U.S., according to CNNMoney.
WICHITA FALLS HAS BECOME a not-so-hidden gem. Just ask the editors of ConventionSouth magazine, a multimedia events resource, which included Wichita Falls in its 2014 South’s Surprising Recreational Havens for Groups compilation.
If you were in Bay Area Houston recently, you may have seen television cameras rolling. Along with a Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (BAHCVB) escort, HGTV’s “Half Price Paradise” was filming between raindrops to highlight the best aspects of this bayside community.
TUCKED INTO Texas Hill Country- with Austin to the north, San Antonio to the south and Houston to the east-lies a charming burg with a water tower rising high above streets lined with historic buildings. This tower, a balancing act of steel, water and wire, serves as a beacon of sorts, welcoming visitors long before their feet touch down.
I spent last week visiting two extraordinary properties in San Diego:
NESTLED ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IS THE CITY OF BOISE. Its name is French for wooded, and you need only view a panoramic shot of the City of Trees to see that its nickname is well deserved. This American beauty has plenty to offer visiting groups, conferences and conventions-from its unique cultural heritage activities to its vibrant wine scene and overabundance of scenic expeditions.
Bask in Boise’s Basque Culture
IT’S RARE TO FIND A SMALL TOWN WITH THE ABILITY to cater to travelers seeking modern, plush amenities. Sure, there are towns that are quaint and cozy, full of bed-and-breakfasts (think Napa or Aspen) that satisfy. But there’s a small, charismatic town nestled just outside of Austin that truly combines charming small-town hospitality with outdoor adventures, pristine scenery, easy access to a major airport and modern venues and hotels that are pros at accommodating everything from families to large groups of professionals.
VENTURE TO THE CENTRAL REGION of the nation’s fourth largest city and you’ll find professional ballet, opera, symphony, theater companies, a Museum District with 18 cultural destinations, a 1,500-acre Memorial Park and a Wi-Fi-enabled Discovery Green outfitted with a playground, water features, public art and a 360-degree view of Houston’s skyline.