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Austin's Hotel Inventory is Changing with Additions and Renovations

As business and leisure travel continues to boom in Austin, the city’s inventory of hotel rooms is rising to take advantage of the demand. Six new hotels opened in Austin in 2015, according to the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, including the 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, currently Austin’s largest hotel and the largest JW Marriott in the Americas. Two more hotels will open in 2016, and five hotels are set to open in 2017

Let a Local Wine Bar Add Some Flavor to Your Next Event

Wine bars are plentiful in the state of Texas. From El Paso, all the way to Dallas, down to Austin, then to San Antonio, and over to Houston—the Lone Star State offers wine connoisseurs much from which to choose. Wine bars are also the perfect spot for private events. Here are five that are unique in their own ways

Mystic Grape Wine Bar and Suds, El Paso

Georgetown Has Become an Artsy, Urban Draw for Meetings and Events

Texas' capital city may have emerged as a tourism darling in recent years, but a city just 25 miles north of Austin offers similar Hill Country charm while forgoing the crowds and traffic of the big city. Georgetown, founded in 1848, is home to Southwestern University and 50,000 residents. For visitors looking to experience the heart of Georgetown’s appeal, a trip to the historic downtown square should be the first order of business. Victorian-era buildings line what’s been called the most beautiful downtown square in Texas.

Burger Bar Becomes an Austin Favorite

The JW Marriott Austin’s Burger Bar on Congress has received rave reviews since opening with the hotel in February. Locals, visitors— and even group attendees—line up at lunchtime and in the early evening for burgers, shakes and fries. The grab-and-go joint has a walk-up food truck-style window, a nod to the food trucks that occupied the space before the hotel was built.

Build Group Ties That Bind With Team-Building Cooking Events

One of my favorite television shows to watch is Master Chef Junior—that Gordon Ramsay-spearheaded competition, which pits incredibly talented mini-chefs against one another in a race to produce professional-caliber works of food art. Often these culinary savants perform with startling professionalism when working solo, but struggle when presented with a team challenge.

Three Meeting-Friendly Hotels Accommodate Four-Legged Companions

Texas pet owners are increasingly traveling with their furry friends. In its 2014 Pet Owners Survey, the American Pet Products Association discovered 32 percent of dog owners travel with their pets when they leave town for more than two nights. For Texans, that’s no small number. By 2014 Census Bureau estimates, nearly 27 million people live in Texas, and the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates more than 35 percent of Texas households have at least one dog.

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