Get your adrenaline pumping at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa outside of Austin. The hotel provides a menu of heart-racing, group team-building activities in partnership with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

Groups can take guided scenic tours on more than 19 miles of trails on utility task vehicles (UTVs). The tours can be customized for the group’s comfort level and can include diverse terrain and steep inclines, or, if you prefer, a more sedate path in search of wildlife. 

McKinney Roughs Nature Park also provides a ropes course, a 30-foot rock-climbing wall, and a 250-foot zip line. In addition to the LCRA's single zip line connected to the rock wall, the park is home to Zip Lost Pines, where up to six guests can soar over the landscape side by side. It’s the only dual zip line in the state.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa also partners with T & D Adventure Parks LLC, to provide a variety of distinctive on-site experiences at Renegade Trailhead. Groups can take wrangler-led horseback trail rides to explore the heavily wooded region and search for local wildlife and plants native to the area. While at Renegade Trailhead, guests can learn the basics of archery and tomahawk throwing or learn how to trap shoot using a shotgun and clay targets.

Because the resort is situated on the banks of the Colorado River, groups can also enjoy water-themed team-building experiences. Attendees can cruise the river on six-to-eight person rafts or take part in a “Splash Raft” challenge, where a guide leads the team through water scrimmages and challenges with paddle splashes and water guns. Alternatively, groups can test their creativity and skills with the “Raft Building” adventure. 

Prefer to skip the adrenline-racing and opt for adding a little more Texas spice to your next team-building adventure instead? Hyatt Regency Dallas has introduced its new Lone Star Meetings Menu. The menu includes activations like Mini Beer Burro Beverage Service, Armadillo Races and Texas Twang Cardio Dance Classes. 

If you want to add a philanthropic element  to your meeting, make handmade stuffed bears for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital or try the Honky Tonk Two Step Competition, benefitting North Texas  Food Bank. And of course, you can even arrange for an appearance by the iconic Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. What’s more Texan than that?
 

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.