An installation of repurposed record birds in the Hotel Van Zandt lobby was created by artist Paul Villinski. A pilot of paragliders and single-engine airplanes, Villinski often uses metaphors of flight in his work, including this installation in Austin’s Hotel Van Zandt, which is arguably the Lone Star State’s coolest hotel. It offers 12,000 square feet of posh meeting space across 11 dedicated meeting rooms, as well as 319 rooms and suites in chic palettes of blue. And there’s plenty of family history thrown in, too, including an artistic tribute to Texas diplomat Isaac Van Zandt and his greatgrandson Townes Van Zandt, a singersongwriter who rose to popularity in the 1970s. In fact, the first vinyl bird rising from the phonograph is crafted from a TVZ record. 

South by Southwest (SXSW) returned live this year! The 35-year-old festival infuses on average $16-plus million of consumer spending into the Austin music scene over the course of nine days. The festival returned in March after its cancellation in 2020 and virtual show in 2021. Both the cancellation and virtual show were prompted by health and safety concerns due to the pandemic. 

 

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.