With its stained glass dome and lobby with magnificent columns and marble floors, The Driskill in Austin pays elegant homage to its 19th-century roots. Built in 1886 as the showplace of a Texas cattle baron, The Driskill stands on Austin’s famed Sixth Street, within easy walking distance to the Texas State Capitol, convention center and Austin’s music scene. A restoration of the hotel’s 180 guest rooms and suites was recently completed, and the meeting rooms have been outfitted with decidedly modern accoutrement, from drop screens to audio systems, lending efficiency to their historic charm. 

Founded in 1849, Waco has been hosting conventions for quite a long time—since 1856, in fact. Its central location has consistently made it a popular site for Texas groups.

 

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If you haven’t treated yourself to a meal (or pastries, oh, the pastries!) at Second Bar + Kitchen in Austin yet, then stop what you are doing. This downtown fixture driven by critically acclaimed executive chef David Bull offers a lovely and eclectic mix of small and large plates, with evolving menus for brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert.