For planners looking to get away from cookie-cutter meeting spaces, these historic hotels across Texas offer one-of-a-kind charm. Having served as social centers in their respective cities for decades, these resorts have been lovingly restored to offer modern amenities while staying true to their early 20th-century heritage.
Texas has many uniting themes throughout the state, and one is a pride in the state’s history and natural beauty. The state’s wide variety of museums and botanical gardens is a testament to that pride, and these locations—which range in focus from the history of Dr Pepper to the oil industry to state wildlife and more—can make for the perfect (not to mention memorable) venue for a meeting or event. Many museums have several venue spaces to offer, making it easy to customize an event based on size, technology and set-up needs, and overall vibe.
Ready for a summer soirée at Austin’s South Congress Hotel? Of course you are!
Now you can reserve space for up to 30 guests at the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar with food and beverage minimums, starting at $500. Wow clients and their guests with a poolside retreat at this boutique hotel in one of Austin’s most popular areas.
Houston First has unveiled two key art installations—“Soaring in the Clouds” by artist Ed Wilson and “Wings over Water” by Joe O’Connell and Creative Machines—as a part of the Houston Infusion initiative. The “Soaring in the Clouds” installation is suspended from the ceiling of the grand lobby in the George R. Brown Convention Center and features approximately 300 elements that resemble flocks of birds in flight. “Wings over Water” is a kinetic sculpture that moves as visitors enter the George R. Brown Convention Center Plaza in downtown Houston.
With the opening of Spa Adolphus in fall 2016, The Adolphus Hotel now offers add-on packages to incorporate wellness into meetings and events. The Spa Adolphus Revive & Refresh breakout sessions, for example, provide short relaxation breaks—including on-site mini spa services, seated massage, or hydrating aromatherapy hand treatments—to ensure attendees can renew their focus for the duration of a meeting.
Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.
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.
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.
San Antonio’s Riverwalk is one of my favorite places to visit. Even if I’m in San Antonio for meetings, I always find time to stroll along the Riverwalk and take in the sites: a sidewalk café, a passing riverboat, public art glimpsed from under a Riverwalk bridge. Another favorite stop is Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. For the past 14 years of the boutique hotel’s operation, I’ve come to know its sleek and modern style—and this is all about to change. The hotel is being redesigned by internationally acclaimed architect and designer, Lauren Rottet.