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Bastrop Boasts Small-Town Hospitality and Modern, Outdoor Venues

IT’S RARE TO FIND A SMALL TOWN WITH THE ABILITY to cater to travelers seeking modern, plush amenities. Sure, there are towns that are quaint and cozy, full of bed-and-breakfasts (think Napa or Aspen) that satisfy. But there’s a small, charismatic town nestled just outside of Austin that truly combines charming small-town hospitality with outdoor adventures, pristine scenery, easy access to a major airport and modern venues and hotels that are pros at accommodating everything from families to large groups of professionals.

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.

Caterers Deliver Wheat-Free and Wonderful Cuisine

GLUTEN-FREE CUISINE IS MOVIN’ ON UP-the popularity scale that is, and this growing trend is impacting the way caterers meet the needs of gluten-free clients at corporate events.

According to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) What’s Hot in 2014 culinary trend forecast, which surveys professional chefs who are American Culinary Federation members, gluten-free food moved from No. 9 to No. 5 on the top 20 list of predicted menu trends. Eighth on the list was non-wheat pasta, which jumped up from No. 12 last year.

Texas-Inspired Gift Bags For Every Guest

Crystal Pieschel, who, along with her husband, Nick, owns Austin-based Taste Texas, partners with local farmers to provide the best products Texas has to offer-foods made by Texans in the great state of Texas. From marinades and sauces to spices and salsas, "our products are of the highest quality with flavors not found in big retail chain stores," Pieschel says.

She recommends spicing up a hospitality bag with a variety of homegrown goodies.

Texas GunPowder: This award-winning, made-in-Texas spice comes in Jalapeño or Habanero.

Signature Drink - St. Germain Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:

-1.5 oz. St. Germain liqueur
-2 oz. sparkling wine or champagne
-Club soda or sparkling water
-Lemon twist

DIRECTIONS:

1. Fill a Collins glass with ice and St. Germain liqueur.

2. Add in sparkling wine or champagne. 

3. Top off with club soda or other sparkling water as desired.

4. Garnish with a lemon twist or wedge and serve.

* This drink can be made for a group by multiplying the measurements.

7 Steps to Getting the Most Out of a Historical Setting

MUSEUM PROPERTIES NOT ONLY PROVIDE A UNIQUE SETTING FOR EVENTS, but also a timeless and historical one. This makes museum properties some of the most sought-after venues for truly spectacular events. Additionally, clients and attendees have the opportunity to experience art exhibitions. Utilizing the unique surroundings and changing exhibitions allows clients to think outside the box, and incorporate highlights of the existing space and exhibitions into the event vision.

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