Featured Article – Dec 04, 2013
This recipe from Executive Chef John Brazie marries the classic holiday flavors of peppery gingerbread with creamy cheesecake.Read More/Comment
Posted in: Ways To Play,
Date: September 25, 2013
The Woodlands Resort is home to two championship courses with stunning water features, exceptional tree-lined fairways, challenging elevations and pristine greens. ConventionSouth Magazine is hosting a contest for the best Southern Golf Resort. Will you vote and help us win? To do so, visit this link http://bit.ly/16WOw4k , like the ConventionSouth Magazine Facebook page, and then cast your vote for the Woodlands Resort. You can cast one vote every hour.
Posted in: Great Gatherings,
Date: September 23, 2013
About a month ago, we were approached by the founders of Blog Elevated and offered the chance to attend and sponsor their first ever blogger conference in Houston. We jumped at the chance and this past weekend we had a blast meeting 250+ bloggers from all across the country. We talked some, ate some, learned some, and then ate some more. Puffy the Pinecone even made an appearance and hammed it up for the cameras at the Friday night party. A fun time was had by all.
As part of the sponsorship we hosted a pre-conference essay contest. To enter, Blog Elevated attendees created an original blog post titled “Why I Need a Staycation.” In the essay, they made their cases for why they deserved to win a getaway at The Woodlands Resort.
We received eight entries. They ranged from seriously heartfelt to seriously humorous. You can read each one below.
Lauren Martinez of Method to My Madness
We reviewed each entry – and then read through them at least 2 more times after that. Even after the third and fourth read, we still couldn’t pick a winner because they all make such compelling cases. In the end we decided to award all eight bloggers with one Family of 4 Fun Package each including:
• One Night Deluxe Accommodations
• Full breakfast for 4 in The Woodlands Dining Room
• Half Day Bicycle Rental for 4
• Family Welcome Cookie
• Unlimited access to Sauna, Steam Room, Whirlpool, Fitness Center
• Unlimited access to Forest Oasis Waterscape
Congratulations to all of our winners and we will look forwarding to seeing you on property soon.
Posted in: Weddings,
Date: September 16, 2013
Congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s time to plan the biggest party of your life. But where should you start? We recommend staring with the basics:
What is your wedding budget?
We know it’s not the most romantic topic to think about, but the answer to this question will serve as a guide to the rest of your wedding planning. Being realistic about your budget up front will save you a lot of stress in the long run.
Where do you want to hold your wedding?
Do you want a destination wedding? A wedding where you grew up? Do you want your wedding ceremony and reception at the same location? Indoor? Outdoor? The most popular venues book up far in advance so you will want to nail this down early in the planning process.
When would you like to get married?
Have you always dreamed of a spring wedding or maybe a winter wedding? The time of year you want to get married may dictate where you will get married. At the same time, the availability of your dream wedding location may dictate when you get married. Again, we cannot stress the importance of deciding the when and where early on in the planning process.
Who do you want to invite to the wedding?
This is sometimes a little harder to determine right away, but try to get as close to the final number of guests as possible. You certainly don’t want to try to squeeze 200 people into a church made to seat 50. Make a list of the people you absolutely want at your wedding as a jumping off point, then build from there.
At the Woodlands Resort, we provide our brides-to-be with a wedding planning checklist to assist with the planning process. You can check out our wedding checklist here. It provides some great tips for each month leading up to the big ceremony.
Posted in: In The Know,
Date: September 11, 2013
The eyes of Texas travel professionals soon will be on The Woodlands.
For the first time, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau (The Woodlands CVB) will host more than 400 representatives from Convention & Visitor Bureaus across Texas at the Annual Conference for the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus in 2015.
“The Woodlands CVB is very pleased that our peers from Texas selected The Woodlands. We have worked very hard over the past few years to develop The Woodlands as a destination for conventions and leisure travelers. We appreciate the opportunity to host this conference,” said Nelda Blair, Chairman of The Woodlands CVB.
The largest association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus in the nation, the Texas Association of CVB’s 2015 conference will bring travel professionals to The Woodlands for education, promotional idea inspiration and other important travel and convention related topics. The three-day conference also will serve as a showcase to present The Woodlands as a premier Texas destination for groups and vacationing families.
“To host travel professionals from across the state, many of whom have never been to The Woodlands, is an incredible opportunity,” says Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands CVB. “It is a real honor to be selected.”
The Woodlands was selected at the August 2013 TACVB conference in El Paso, Texas where representatives from The Woodlands CVB, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center presented the attributes of The Woodlands to TACVB delegates who voted for the 2015 conference location.
Posted in: Travel Tips,
Date: September 09, 2013
Whether you are traveling across the country or across the state, convenience stores and drive thru pit stops can challenge those trying to stick to a healthy diet. However, you may be surprised by the fresh and light snacks that are now available. Here are some ideas for eating smart when on the road:
Trail Mix: Trail mix is a great road trip snack as it provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit or granola, and sustained energy from fats in nuts. If given an option, always choose the mix with “raw nuts” or “dry-roasted nuts” rather than “oil-roasted nuts.”
Yogurt: Yogurt is a great way to curb that sweet tooth. With a variety of delectable flavors, such as strawberry cheesecake and key-lime pie, it’s hard to believe this road-trip snack is so good for you.
Energy Bars: Energy bars can be a great source of protein. However, tread lightly and be sure to check the ingredients, as some are just glorified candy bars. Look for a bar that lists whey or casein protein as the first or second ingredient.
Bananas: The great thing about bananas, besides the health benefits, is the fact that they have a peel. There is no need to wash them, so you can dive right into consuming that yummy potassium goodness that will keep you powered up for the long drive ahead.
It’s always smart to pack your own cooler when heading out on long trips as that gives you complete control, but when a pit stop is necessary, keep these options in mind. Be sure to check the expiration date on all purchases. Here’s to a happy, healthy road trip!
Posted in: Travel Tips,
Date: September 04, 2013
What’s life without a little spontaneity? And what’s more spontaneous than planning a last-minute getaway? To some this thought is preposterous, especially when trying to stick to a budget. However, if you follow a few of these tips, you can be on your way to a memorable trip in no time.
1.) Be flexible. Remember you are being spontaneous. This means that you need to be more flexible in your destination and travel time choices to make the most of your greenbacks. There are tons of last-minute travel sites that are looking to fill seats and rooms, but you may be limited on the where and when. Checking out these sites may give you some great destination ideas. This can also help in the airfare department. Most travel sites now have the option to view +/- a day or two to find better deals. Take advantage of this. Google Flights is a great site to help you out with this.
2.) Booking close to home can be a serious advantage. If it’s simply a change of scenery you are looking for, consider a staycation destination. This eliminates the need for airline travel, but still enables you to getaway. Call your local resort or hotel to find out if they are running any specials, or last minute deals. When planning last minute, you are better off to call the hotel or resort directly as they have instant access to availability and the inside deals. At the Woodlands Resort, we always welcome last minute reservations when space is available.
3.) Just do it. Often its no one but ourselves keeping us from a last-minute vacation. We feel we will be remiss for not taking care of certain responsibilities. We promise you that those responsibilities will still be there when you return. And don’t let pre-planning worries get in the way. Packing is always one of those tasks that seem to stress travelers out. That’s the fun of a weekend getaway – you won’t be gone that long, so there’s not much to pack. Remember, you deserve to take off and enjoy life every now and then. After all, you only live once, so make the most of it!