Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.

The community has more than 220 guest rooms, ranging from branded and boutique hotels to bed and breakfasts. “We currently have more than 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, most of which is either on or a short walk to Main Street. Soon, the iconic Stagecoach Inn will open an additional 3,200 square feet of newly renovated meeting space,” says Hollas.

Hollas’ top three reasons to host your next meeting or event in the Village of Salado are:

“Salado is the closest destination to the population center of Texas. That means you can host an event that is close to everyone.”

“Salado allows your attendees to escape the meeting rooms and join some of our artists for unique experiences—to hand-blow your own drinking glass at Salado Glassworks, for example.”

“Imagine your ideal meeting destination: multiple venue choices, world-class dining, refined service, a beautiful, natural setting and unique opportunities for team-building, all within a short walk from each other. You just imagined the Village of Salado.”

He adds, “While there are many exciting things to do in Salado, my favorite has to be the serenity of sitting beside Salado Creek at our local brewery, Barrow Brewing Co., while sipping on a pint. After hanging out with the folks at Salado Glassworks, of course.”

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

Destination Niagara USA designed its series of 360-degree videos with the purpose of allowing meeting planners to virtually explore meeting and event venues in Niagara Falls, NY. The introductory video, with its footage of scenic spots that include Niagara Falls State Park, Luna Island, Stedman’s Bluff and Cave of the Winds, could do double duty as a meditative app on a stressful day.

 

When you want to escape the lingering Texas heat for a few days in the fall, but you don’t really want to head north to more blustery conditions, Sonoma or Monterey, located northeast and south of San Francisco respectively, are fabulous options for short retreats or group getaways. And, lucky for you, if you live in or near Dallas, both destinations have direct flights from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, making your trip stress-free.

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