Shawna Reid, marketing and visitor center manager for the Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, has lived all over the world. A self-described Air Force “brat” who then became an Air Force spouse was living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when she met her husband. They moved to Bay Area Houston for her husband’s job in 2006. One of the things she loves about her adopted hometown is the sheer amount of things to do within 50 miles of her front door.

“We have four professional sports teams in Houston less than an hour drive, year-round festivals, the fun of the Kemah Boardwalk and Space Center Houston is out of this world. Galveston Island is only 30 minutes away with beaches, cruise ships and tons of history.  Bay Area Houston also offers a tremendous amount of culinary delights! We are a foodie’s dream with restaurants that have been featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel and in national publications,” says Reid.

One of her favorite things to do is get out on the water with family and friends—an easy enough option thanks to her waterside locale. “Bay Area Houston is home to one of the top five pleasure-boat communities in the U.S. There is always something going on out on Clear Lake or around Galveston Bay,” she says.

Bay Area Houston encompasses the cities of Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay and Seabrook. The communities offer approximately 1,700 hotel rooms, including two full-service properties with convention space and meeting rooms. Reid says that plans call for additional convention facilities and full-service hotels. Bay Area Houston is also near two airports: Hobby, which is 30 minutes away and George Bush Intercontinental, less than an hour away.

Seven years ago, I moved to The Woodlands from out of state to be closer to family. What I was hoping to find was a familial connection that had been missing ever since I moved away from Indiana, where I was born and raised. What I found, however, was so much more: An eclectic, diverse and welcoming community that I am so proud to call home. I also found a wonderful destination for meetings and events.

 

With mostly family-owned shops and restaurants, 26 miles of sandy beaches, and more than double the miles in bike trails, Muskegon sounds like it could be a city on the West Coast. But combine it with snowy winters and a small-town feel, and Muskegon is a Midwestern city full of character. While the city provides plenty of recreational things to do, meetings and events don’t lack in luster. Opening in spring 2021, a new convention center is just one highlight for planners looking to book in Western Michigan, among plenty of other exciting venues to explore. 

 

According to the city's chamber of commerce, Amarillo – which is Spanish for "yellow" – earned its name from the color of the subsoil of Amarillo Creek and the flowers of the area's yucca plants. The Texas Panhandle city is at the crossroads of the desert and southern plains, as well as a tenacious ranching lifestyle and a creative urban vibe. Here, you'll find the wild beauty of the Palo Duro Canyon and the quirky artistry of Cadillac Ranch.