Houston’s C. Baldwin hotel has debuted its event space: Parlour Hideaway. Located on the first floor of the hotel, it is accessible through a hidden door near the lobby. Accommodating intimate gatherings of up to 65 guests, Parlour Hideaway is available for event bookings only and not open to the public. Chef Chris Cosentino of the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Rosalie Italian Soul, created a new curated catering and drink menu exclusive to the space. The speakeasy was designed by award-winning Kate Rohrer of Philadelphia’s ROHE Creative and features custom Victorian millwork and wall panels infilled with large, graphic, botanical wallpaper. A marble fireplace lounge includes wingback chairs, deep leather settees, and velvet slipper chairs. The room’s focal point is a lively pink bar, while a custom-made 8-foot crystal chandelier draws the eye at the center of the room.

The Hill Country escape boasts event space and scenic lodging near the Pedernales River.

Just an hour from both Austin and San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country, Walden Retreats offers guests a luxury camping experience at Longbranch Ranch. Booking stays for spring 2023, the 96-acre property is situated in the Hill Country along the cliffs of the Pedernales River.

 

Looking for inspiration for how to celebrate a landmark anniversary? Take some tips from the producers of San Antonio’s Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair (also known as Muertos Fest). Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, the two-day festival partnered with ABC affiliate KSAT 12 for a two-hour special that aired to a national broadcast audience on Oct. 30. According to National Geographic magazine, the special introduced one of the best fall festivals in the United States to more than 100 cities across the country.

 

Have a wickedly good time at one of these haunted sites.

Although not officially declared a state until 1845, Texas was populated long before the 19th century. Its storied past has given rise to local legends and ghost sightings—so many, in fact, that Texas is consistently ranked among the most haunted states in the country. And why wouldn’t it be? After all, our oversized state has plenty of room for ghosts to roam and “stretch their legs.” Luckily for event planners, there are also a lot of places around Texas to scare up a good time for groups.