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.)

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.