This week, I was invited to experience the new direct flight from Dallas to Monterey, California (yeah, I know—tough job, right?). The night before, I stayed at The Aldophus Hotel in Dallas (seriously, I can’t believe I get paid for this) and enjoyed a wonderful tour of the property with Kristin Crawford, director of sales. 

Wow.

What a local treasure and the history of the building is fascinating.  The location was originally sited for Dallas' city hall, but Aldophus Busch, co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, wanted the address for a luxury hotel. How can you say no to that? So they didn't. Over the years, the hotel has played host to presidents, royalty and top-tier stars such as Tony Bennett, Benny Goodman and the Andrews Sisters.

During the hotel's 2017 renovation, designers uncovered the original marble floors of the French Room Salon and they also scored the original barbershop chairs, tracking one down in Canada. Behind the front desk you can see a display of the hotel's original keys, and the vintage grand "King of Beers" chandelier hangs above the escalators in the lobby (its twin is in the stables of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales). In total, the hotel has 24,000 square feet of meeting.

I'm so thrilled I got to experience the Aldophus. (And stay tuned for info on the now easy-to-get-to meeting and retreat destination of Monterey courtesy of American Airlines.)

Just minutes from the buzz of downtown Minneapolis, The West End Conference Center is a haven for meetings and events. With smart, distraction-free conference spaces, loads of free parking and walkable post-meeting fun, this St Louis Park gem is a win-win for everyone.

 

The new year kicks off with a quintessential Southern California culinary event: Santa Monica Restaurant Week! For the eighth year, the Santa Monica Travel & Tourism program celebrates the city’s renowned farmers markets by inviting local chefs to create a signature dish around a single seasonal and healthy ingredient. For 2020, that ingredient is the golden-orange kumquat, which is available at Santa Monica Farmers Markets during the winter months.

 

Whether it’s the sheen of the snow-covered mountain slope in the background or the lush forest surrounding a two-story, floor-to-ceiling window spread, art is simply more sublime in mountain towns.
 
Aspen Art Museum
Aspen, Colorado 
Square Footage: 33,000 
Capacity: 250 reception/150 banquet
Art Experience: The rotating exhibitions—from whimsical to classical—in the modern space feature photography, painting, sculpture and more.