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roups gravitate toward the outdoors in Texas, whether
that means paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake in Austin,
harvesting the edible flowerbeds of Dallas' new A Tasteful
Place, or taking an art bench stroll along The Woodlands'
many trails to explore these one-of-a-kind benches created by local
artists. Wellness just sneaks right on in to Texas meetings.
Lady Bird Lake is the place to go for a sunset paddle in Austin,
whether your group prefers stand-up paddleboards, kayaks or
canoes. With water "trails" that extend for miles along the dammed
section of the Lower Colorado River, attendees can go as low-key
or strenuous as they like while paddling among the downtown
bridges with the skyline as their backdrop.
With its location on a moving lake, the 40-room wellness retreat
Lake Austin Spa Resort collaborated with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols,
author of the groundbreaking book, "Blue Mind," to create "Ripple
Effects," a new series of experiences aligned with the science of
water wellness. In addition to the new water equipment, groups can
try classes and therapies on or near the water, ranging from waterbased boot camp to floating water meditation.
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This year will see the opening of two group properties in
Austin. The $370 million Fairmont Austin, with 1,048 guest rooms
and 42 suites, will have direct access to the Austin Convention
Center and views of Lady Bird Lake and the skyline. It will also
have 128,500 sf of meeting space, including two ballrooms and an
outdoor deck for 1,800 attendees. The new Wyndham Austin will
feature 189 rooms and sit within walking distance of the West
A landmark Austin property is The Driskill, with 189 rooms
and 18,000 sf of event space, including a 5,600-sf mezzanine
with two private balconies where groups can hold outdoor events
in the heart of downtown. The Driskill is known for its charming
restaurants, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery and 1886 Lunchroom,
featuring pampering Texas comfort food, as well as afternoon tea
with finger sandwiches, pastries and scones.
Fort Worth is now home to the largest whiskey distillery west of
the Mississippi, Whiskey Ranch. Set on the grounds of the Glen
Garden Golf and Country Club, the 112-acre distillery lifts attendees
with two spirits, a blended Texan whiskey and a Texas straight