Seven years ago, I moved to The Woodlands from out of state to be closer to family. What I was hoping to find was a familial connection that had been missing ever since I moved away from Indiana, where I was born and raised. What I found, however, was so much more: An eclectic, diverse and welcoming community that I am so proud to call home. I also found a wonderful destination for meetings and events.
When it comes to planning events, planners must be choosy when determining the venue. Setting priorities like location, size, and technological capabilities sets them up for a successful event, but often forces them to weed out dozens of venues due to their limitations. Although sometimes, a venue comes along that provides the perfect location, high-speed technology, and much more without having to compromise.
Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.
According to the city's chamber of commerce, Amarillo – which is Spanish for "yellow" – earned its name from the color of the subsoil of Amarillo Creek and the flowers of the area's yucca plants. The Texas Panhandle city is at the crossroads of the desert and southern plains, as well as a tenacious ranching lifestyle and a creative urban vibe. Here, you'll find the wild beauty of the Palo Duro Canyon and the quirky artistry of Cadillac Ranch.
Want an outdoor picnic with panache? The Picnic Peacock can set the scene for an elegant picnic for your group. Located in the Dallas Fort Worth area, the company plans and executes upscale picnic experiences in any space and for every occasion.
Grapevine’s event venue options are expanding. This summer, the community will welcome Hotel Vin to its historic district. Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the 120-room Hotel Vin embraces the city’s historic past, while offering the innovation and amenities of today. The hotel will feature 10,327 square feet of indoor meeting space—including a 4,232-square-foot ballroom with panoramic views of Main Street and the community plaza—and 4,140 square feet of outdoor event space.
The city of Frisco, just 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas, is a modern-day boomtown. Its population has tripled since 2004, a feat outshined only by the number of new developments underway, including The $5 Billion Mile with Dallas Cowboys’ world corporate headquarters and three large developments with two boutique hotels. There’s also the growth at Dr Pepper Arena, Dr Pepper Ballpark, Toyota Stadium and Embassy Suites Dallas- Frisco/Hotel, Convention Center & Spa.
While an upscale chain hotel or splashy new convention center can set the stage for a perfectly lovely event, sometimes clients desire a truly unique backdrop for their celebration. Standing out from the crowd involves more than just fabulous décor and a well-played theme—the setting anchors the entire event. And when an ordinary venue just won’t do, consider an out-of- the-box space to set the stage for a truly extraor- dinary event.