• The Westin Austin Downtown’s Gingerbread House Brings Christmas to Life

    POSTED November 12, 2019

If you’re looking for something to do to get you in the holiday spirit, look no further than The Westin Austin Downtown’s annual life-size themed gingerbread house.  

Now in its third year, the gingerbread house with be open November 21 - January 1, though it was back in 2017 when the idea for the attraction was first hatched. In an effort to create a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience, the hotel staff and engineers worked to create a gingerbread structure large enough to fit a group of diners. Since then, locals and visitors have looked forward to the holiday tradition.  

The gingerbread house is 14x14x14 feet with a vaulted ceiling and includes a different theme every year. This year, the theme is Christmas vacation. The house is assembled by Stella San Jac’s Executive Chef using house-made gingerbread pieces, 25 cases of holiday candy, 900 pounds of sugar, 500 pounds of powdered sugar, and more. 

The gingerbread house is currently serving all four meals, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner (reservation required), for groups. The house can comfortably seat 10 guests, while up to 100 guests can use the space in and around the gingerbread house for a reception-style event. Additionally, while the gingerbread-house is sure to fill your holiday with whimsy and holiday magic, visitors should also know that a portion of the proceeds will be going to Back on My Feet, a local non-profit that works to end homelessness.  

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  


Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  


Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.