Shawna Reid, marketing and visitor center manager for the Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, has lived all over the world. A self-described Air Force “brat” who then became an Air Force spouse was living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when she met her husband. They moved to Bay Area Houston for her husband’s job in 2006. One of the things she loves about her adopted hometown is the sheer amount of things to do within 50 miles of her front door.

“We have four professional sports teams in Houston less than an hour drive, year-round festivals, the fun of the Kemah Boardwalk and Space Center Houston is out of this world. Galveston Island is only 30 minutes away with beaches, cruise ships and tons of history.  Bay Area Houston also offers a tremendous amount of culinary delights! We are a foodie’s dream with restaurants that have been featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel and in national publications,” says Reid.

One of her favorite things to do is get out on the water with family and friends—an easy enough option thanks to her waterside locale. “Bay Area Houston is home to one of the top five pleasure-boat communities in the U.S. There is always something going on out on Clear Lake or around Galveston Bay,” she says.

Bay Area Houston encompasses the cities of Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay and Seabrook. The communities offer approximately 1,700 hotel rooms, including two full-service properties with convention space and meeting rooms. Reid says that plans call for additional convention facilities and full-service hotels. Bay Area Houston is also near two airports: Hobby, which is 30 minutes away and George Bush Intercontinental, less than an hour away.

Texas’s Big Bend Country is a beautifully orchestrated mix of extremes—from mountains to plains and deserts to forests. Named for the curve the Rio Grande River makes as it traces the border of Texas and Mexico, it’s home to Big Bend National Park, an 880,000-acre wilderness playground that is ripe for engaging outdoor activities and team-building exercises. When traveling to the region for a retreat or conference, here are some spots to stay.

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