Meeting in an idyllic, natural setting doesn’t mean you have to give up a dynamic urban energy –at least not when you’re gathering in The Woodlands, a charming community located less than 30 miles from Houston and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The town boasts a full social calendar, as well as all of the conveniences found in a more metropolitan locale. But it is shaded by acres of heritage trees, surrounded by neighborhood parks and centered around the sparkling waters of Lake Woodlands and The Woodlands Waterway.
In 2016, the National Park Service turned 100 years old, having spent the last century preserving some of the United States’ most unique, stunning and ecologically diverse sites—much to the delight of visitors.
In fact, a new report shows that roughly 21 million people made a trip to National Parks in the Midwest Region in 2015, spending $1.3 billion in communities within a 60-mile radius of the chosen destination, supporting jobs and local economies. In Illinois alone, that figure tallied around 233,000 recreation visits and a total visitor spending of almost $14 million.
For those looking for a true VIP experience, the Kessler Collection is offering a “Capture the Canyon” package, an opportunity for guests to visit the rustic Kessler Canyon. Hidden near the banks of Brush Creek in De Beque, Colo, the Kessler Canyon is owned by the Kessler family. The package provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy a minimum of two full days of ranch experience which includes gourmet cuisine, mountain hiking and biking, spa treatments, a game room, fitness center and much more.