The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will undergo a complete transformation later this year.

Architect and interior designer Wimberly Interiors is leading the project for the Avenue of the Arts-located hotel. Renovations include new guest rooms and meeting spaces a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces, and a new restaurant, bar and lounge. The project is slated begin this month and finish in spring 2016.

The facelift will focus on the hotel’s history—it was originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it opened in 1908 as The Girard Trust Company. The design will feature neutral colors, textures and materials of money and currency, with pops of metallic and bronze and will bring a fresh and sophisticated feel to the hotel. Artwork and guest amenities will reflect the heart and soul of Philadelphia.

Guest rooms will be updated with brand-new spaces for work and relaxation with luxurious fabrics in a neutral color palate. Green and blue along with bronze and nickel will finish of the space.

Meeting areas will be designed with neutral colors that flow through each function room. The hotel’s history will again be reflected here with motifs from the building in the furniture details.

Updates to the lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar will come at the end of the renovation cycle; more details will be shared when available. The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation.

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.

 

In 2020, COVID-19 forced the early closure of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Last year, select events were held in person. But in 2022, the rodeo was back in full force as it celebrated its 90th anniversary. Successfully staging the largest rodeo in the world relies on the contributions of 35,000 volunteers.