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Signature Drink: Origen

In this modern gin and tonic, you’ll find the perfect poolside sipper—one that can be largely assembled in advance. The combination of pretty and complex mezcal from the far reaches of Oaxaca with a lemon grass and exotic spice-infused gin is a fantastic base for the hot summer days. This drink is built in the glass over a prickly pear and cucumber ice cube that is allowed to gently melt and flavor the drink while you kick back, relax and cool off. xochihouston.com

Sheraton Austin Opens New Restaurant

The newest concept to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, a Sheraton Hotels & Resorts property, backYARD at Waller Creek, soft opened during SXSW 2017 in Austin. backYARD is Austin's newest restaurant, bar, and outdoor venue downtown, offering American cuisines with Texas flavors, a spacious outdoor event space, and house-infused spirits.

Meet Chris Howard, Selling Austin

Chris Howard has worked in the hospitality industry for a decade, but recently made Austin his home, where he’s settling into his new role as director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Situated on the shore of Lady Bird Lake, the hotel sports a modern aesthetic that suits Austin’s vibrant downtown. The AAA Four Diamond property off ers 45,000 square feet of customizable function space, which Howard is ready to sell.

Step Back in Time at Historic Hotels

For planners looking to get away from cookie-cutter meeting spaces, these historic hotels across Texas offer one-of-a-kind charm. Having served as social centers in their respective cities for decades, these resorts have been lovingly restored to offer modern amenities while staying true to their early 20th-century heritage. 

Meet at the Museum for Texas History & Tranquility

Texas has many uniting themes throughout the state, and one is a pride in the state’s history and natural beauty. The state’s wide variety of museums and botanical gardens is a testament to that pride, and these locations—which range in focus from the history of Dr Pepper to the oil industry to state wildlife and more—can make for the perfect (not to mention memorable) venue for a meeting or event. Many museums have several venue spaces to offer, making it easy to customize an event based on size, technology and set-up needs, and overall vibe.

Retreat to the Highland Lakes Region & Explore Texas Hill Country

The Highland Lakes Region extends from Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin to 100 miles outside the city to Lake Buchanan. The chain of seven lakes formed from a series of dams along the Colorado River offer opportunities to boat, kayak, fish and swim while taking in the Texas Hill Country. 

It’s a “serene environment,” says Salina McCullough, sales and programs manager at Canyon of the Eagles, “away from the hustle and bustle of the city.”

New Art Installations at George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston First has unveiled two key art installations—“Soaring in the Clouds” by artist Ed Wilson and “Wings over Water” by Joe O’Connell and Creative Machines—as a part of the Houston Infusion initiative. The “Soaring in the Clouds” installation is suspended from the ceiling of the grand lobby in the George R. Brown Convention Center and features approximately 300 elements that resemble flocks of birds in flight. “Wings over Water” is a kinetic sculpture that moves as visitors enter the George R. Brown Convention Center Plaza in downtown Houston.

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