Get your adrenaline pumping at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa outside of Austin. The hotel provides a menu of heart-racing, group team-building activities in partnership with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

Groups can take guided scenic tours on more than 19 miles of trails on utility task vehicles (UTVs). The tours can be customized for the group’s comfort level and can include diverse terrain and steep inclines, or, if you prefer, a more sedate path in search of wildlife. 

McKinney Roughs Nature Park also provides a ropes course, a 30-foot rock-climbing wall, and a 250-foot zip line. In addition to the LCRA's single zip line connected to the rock wall, the park is home to Zip Lost Pines, where up to six guests can soar over the landscape side by side. It’s the only dual zip line in the state.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa also partners with T & D Adventure Parks LLC, to provide a variety of distinctive on-site experiences at Renegade Trailhead. Groups can take wrangler-led horseback trail rides to explore the heavily wooded region and search for local wildlife and plants native to the area. While at Renegade Trailhead, guests can learn the basics of archery and tomahawk throwing or learn how to trap shoot using a shotgun and clay targets.

Because the resort is situated on the banks of the Colorado River, groups can also enjoy water-themed team-building experiences. Attendees can cruise the river on six-to-eight person rafts or take part in a “Splash Raft” challenge, where a guide leads the team through water scrimmages and challenges with paddle splashes and water guns. Alternatively, groups can test their creativity and skills with the “Raft Building” adventure. 

Prefer to skip the adrenline-racing and opt for adding a little more Texas spice to your next team-building adventure instead? Hyatt Regency Dallas has introduced its new Lone Star Meetings Menu. The menu includes activations like Mini Beer Burro Beverage Service, Armadillo Races and Texas Twang Cardio Dance Classes. 

If you want to add a philanthropic element  to your meeting, make handmade stuffed bears for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital or try the Honky Tonk Two Step Competition, benefitting North Texas  Food Bank. And of course, you can even arrange for an appearance by the iconic Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. What’s more Texan than that?
 

For the DIYers among our readers, Sheraton Dallas Hotel’s Open Palette is letting you in on the secret to making a delicious barrel-aged Old-Fashioned Rust cocktail—straight from the barrel to your tastebuds. 

Barrel-aged Bourbon Recipe

You’ll need:

– A 1 Liter American Oak Barrel

– Whisk or large spoon

– Container

– ·Funnel

– 1 liter of your favorite bourbon

– 1.75 oz bottle of Angostura Bitters

– .75 oz bottle of Regan’s Orange Bitters

 

When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like. In an effort to show the latter how to hold safe business gatherings when restrictions loosen, the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) launched their Meet Safe platform as a resource for other planners to reference when planning future in-person meetings.

 

The Kimpton Pittman Hotel has opened in Dallas’ storied Deep Ellum neighborhood, serving as the first hotel in the neighborhood and providing doorstep access to some of the city’s most popular shops, breweries, dining and live music venues.