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Spring Into Style at these Vintage Texas hotels

Travel is all about the experience. And, increasingly, so are the places you choose to rest your head while on the road. We took the time to explore some of Texas’ coolest vintage hospitality options, which I’ll share in the summer issue of Texas Meetings + Events. In the meantime, here’s a look at two you won’t want to miss.

Kimber Modern, Austin

Austin Area's Memorable Spaces Inspire Executive Retreats

WHEN IT COMES TO HOSTING SMALL SOIREES, it’s important to find a space that is conducive to a professional business setting. But if that’s all you do, you’re missing half the equation. A space should inspire your team to get creative and help recharge its batteries. This may sound like a tall order, but not in Texas, and especially not in the Austin area. There are amazing venues all over the Lone Star State’s capital that will provide the perfect setting for your next executive retreat, so we asked two of the area’s busiest event planners for insider info.

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Makes Its Debut

Taking its color palette and sense of openness from the surrounding desert mountain ranges, the re-imagined Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage opens to guests May 15. The now 244-room property - plus 16-new spa suites - will be familiar to many, as it was previously a Ritz-Carlton (and briefly the Lodge) until it closed for renovations in 2006.  Financial issues stalled the re-opening but most will agree it was worth the wait.

A Fashionable Centennial for the City of Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills sure knows how to celebrate a birthday.  The glamorous city turns 100 this year and to commemorate the centennial five of its most luxurious hotels each redecorated one of its suites to evoke an era from the past 100 years. Launched by the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, the initiative is called Suite 100. Members of the press got a glimpse of the glitz, along with appropriately haute bites, as a city trolley took us from hotel to hotel.

A Sexy New Venue on the Sunset Strip

They say if you want to test the skill of a chef, ask him or her to make an omelet. I’d add if you want to judge the care a kitchen takes in preparing its dishes, order the calamari. At Rare by Drai’s, a swank, sexy new steakhouse and lounge on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, the calamari is one of the must humble dishes on the menu. But, at a recent press dinner, I couldn’t stop eating it.

Calling All Second Honeymooners

Have I got a deal for you! The Lancaster Hotel in Houston is offering a $20 one-night stay to couples celebrating 20 or more years of marriage -- as long as they stayed at the hotel during their honeymoon. That’s a pretty steep discount for all you romantics out there.

During March 2014, the hotel will offer these second honeymooners a one-time rate of $1 per year of their anniversary for one night (on a space available basis). It’s a great way to re-experience the newly renovated boutique hotel at 701 Texas Avenue in the heart of Downtown Houston’s Theater District.

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