Seven years ago, the Lone Star Coastal Alliance (the Alliance), a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed to help realize the goal of creating the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA) along the upper and middle Texas Gulf Coast. The organization continues to work toward this designation today, and recently unveiled its website—Explore Lonestar Coastal—which has over 300 points of interest, itineraries and trip planning tools.

National park status would allow the group to preserve important conservation areas while promoting nature and heritage tourism, and enhanced outdoor recreation opportunities. A 2017 economic impact study projected that the designation of the LSCNRA would likely add $140 million in local sales and 3,485 jobs to the four-county LSCNRA area in its first 10 years of operation.

Just like the rest of the world, the hospitality and travel industries slammed to a halt when the pandemic hit last March. Some sectors within them had built-in solutions to focus on, such as hotels limiting capacities and restaurants focusing on takeout and delivery. But for many businesses within the related meetings and events realm, there were no natural alternatives to turn to.

 

Sometimes a well-planned event just needs a jaw-dropping venue to complete a planner’s vision. Luckily for professionals in the metro Detroit area, another level of sophistication and style has hit Birmingham with the opening of the Daxton Hotel this year. The latest property from Aparium Hotel Group is moody and stylish with a design-forward attitude in every room, both public and private.

 

When Built: Constructed in 1936, originally as a door factory. The Chandelier Room was used as a production space and the Edison Room as a showroom. 

Design Style: Urban industrial artistry 

Highlights: Rotating moss wall, brick exterior, exposed rafters, polished cement floors, large factory-style windows and surrounding arts district 

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