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Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Woodlands Resort

Featured Article – Nov 11, 2014

We’ve got two special culinary offerings this year at The Woodlands Resort to make your Thanksgiving a celebration to remember. Join us in the Glass and The Woodlands Dining Room for our Traditional Family Thanksgiving Brunch or reserve a table at Robard’s for an upscale holiday.

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Three Helpful Business Conference Attendee Tips

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Approximately 20.9 Million people attend trade shows, conferences and conventions per year. Here are a few tips to think about before you attend your next conference.

Come Prepared
Every business conference serves some purpose. Think about what you intend to get out of the conference and plan accordingly.  Do your homework before you arrive. Know what you need to bring and who will be there, so you may make the most of it. Set up any appointments with your contacts in advance so as to be mindful of their time and other commitments at the conference as well.

Dress Appropriately
As you plan your conference wardrobe, make sure you understand the general dress code of the event. Business casual is becoming the norm, but if everyone else is showing up in full business regalia, you’ll automatically lose reputation points by dressing down.

Preserve Your Reputation
Speaking of your reputation, conference attendees often view these offsite meetings as a time to let loose.  While it’s okay to have fun, know you are still there for business reasons. Show respect for everyone around you and be aware of the conversations that you are having. You never know who’s listening. Also, keep the alcohol consumption within reason. You want to have a reputation for being a thought leader at the conference, not for the person that had one too many.

2014 Spring Wedding and Reception Decor Trends

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Every year new design ideas and trends come to the forefront and 2014 is no difference. From vintage furniture to twinkle lights, Spring 2014 is about rustic romantic elegance.  Here are some wedding and reception trends we are seeing this spring.

Twinkle Lights
There is something magical twinkle lights bring to a wedding or reception, especially in an outdoor setting. However, keep in mind that string lights don't work for every venue. Some ballrooms for example won't let you hang anything from the ceiling.

Chalkboards
Chalkboards can be used so many different ways - photo backdrops, table numbering or for displaying the couple’s favorite quote. Be sure not to overdo it, but instead use a chalkboard to add those special personalized touches.

Vintage Furniture
Whether your style is whimsical or retro chic, a couple of dramatic pieces of vintage furniture can make a bold statement. Only add one or two to the room to elevate the look of your wedding or reception.  Consider a vintage settee or farm table to transform the space. 

Hydrangeas
Big, beautiful clusters of small, delicate flowers ranging in colors from deep blue and purple to soft pink and creamy white add a romantic touch to any wedding.  Hydrangeas are in season from early Spring through Fall but are easily accessible all year long.  Due to their vintage flair, they can either be the center of attention in wedding floral arrangements or fill in to create full, luscious bouquets. 

Remember at the end of the day, your wedding is about you as a couple.  Whatever décor you choose, make sure it represents you and your special day.

Five Houston Area Spring Festivals To Enjoy This Weekend

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Spring in the great state of Texas equates to outdoor fun and festivals, and this weekend is shaping up to be a gorgeous one. Here’s a sampling of six local events to keep you entertained and enjoying the outdoors all weekend.

The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival at Town Green Park
The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival was created to raise awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension, hence the “PH” in the name, and money to find a cure.  The Festival is hosted annually in Town Green Park for a day of family fun with live music, kids activities, authentic Louisiana crawfish, BBQ (for those that do not care for crawfish), networking and more. Texas singer/song writer, Kyle Park, will serve as the headliner performer. (888) 695-0888

Tomball German Heritage Festival in Downtown Tomball
Every year, on the last weekend in March, festival-goers break out their Lederhosen and Dirndls and "Go German" for the area's largest festival celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area around 1840. (281) 379-6844.

Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park
An arts and entertainment destination for the entire family, the Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park offers a fun filled day of art, entertainment, food, wine and beer featuring the popular Green Mountain Energy Children’s Creative Zone, the Art Heist – a fundraiser within a fundraiser, as well as fine and festival fare offered from some of Houston’s most popular food trucks, restaurants and hotels with libations from top-tier sponsor Stella Artois and Barefoot Wines. (713) 521-0133.

McDonald’s Houston Children's Festival in Downtown Houston
The McDonald's Houston Children's Festival, presented by Baker Hughes and benefiting Child Advocates, Inc., is set for MARCH 29 & 30, 2014 and promises to be the very best EVER. Over 50,000 families, friends, volunteers and sponsor partners will gather together in beautiful downtown Houston to play, create, explore and learn. (281) 363-0900.

Festival of Wine, Music & Food at Wild Stallion Vineyards
Come celebrate wine, food and great music at Wild Stallion Vineyards in The Woodlands with The Fab 5. A desire to recreate the spirit & enthusiasm of the British Invasion and America’s subsequent retaliation led to the formation of The Fab 5 in 1990. The Fab 5 is a Houston-based tribute band performing the greatest hits of THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES, and many more! 281.803.WINE(9463)

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center named one of the South’s Top Business Class Meeting Resorts

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The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center has been named one of the South’s Top Business Class Meeting Resorts by the editors of ConventionSouth magazine.

ConventionSouth editors named the resort to the list based on the properties’ abilities to host high-level meetings. Selections were based on nominations from readers and fans of ConventionSouth and were judged by the editors based on specific criteria for their category.

“It’s an honor for The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center to be recognized by ConventionSouth for our world-class meetings and event experience,” said Greg Parsons, General Manager and Vice President of Hospitality at the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. “Meeting planners like that they can provide a setting that has it all – incredible conference facilities, spectacular golfing, resort amenities and immaculate accommodations. We will have even more to offer once our $60-million expansion and renovation of the property is complete, including a new guest room wing, a lazy river and a high-end Texas steakhouse restaurant.”

The Woodlands Resort named Best Place for a Woodlands Wedding

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The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center has been named "Best Place for a Woodlands Wedding" in the Woodlands Online 2014 Best of the Woodlands contest.

Voting for Best of The Woodlands took place throughout February and allowed members to vote for their favorite local businesses and organizations in a large number of categories.

"Best of The Woodlands is the perfect way for those who live, work and socialize in this beautiful community show the businesses and organizations they care," Jessica Fraser, CEO of Digital Texas, said. "In it's fifth year, Best of The Woodlands is a special and unique way to say thank you to all the businesses in our area."

The Woodlands Resort Offers an Affordable Spring Break Full of Fun

The Woodlands Resort Offers an Affordable Spring Break Full of Fun Blog Entry Image

Get away and soak in the fun at The Woodlands Resort this Spring Break with affordable rates starting at $159. Rated as a Top 10 Pool Destination for Families in North America, the resort’s Forest Oasis Waterscape™ provides the perfect setting for family-friendly fun.

Adults and kids of all ages will enjoy our lagoon-style pool, a two-story waterslide tower, flowing waterfalls and Puffy’s Sprayground™, a synchronized water experience with waterspouts and fountains.  Weekend activities include face painting, karaoke, balloon artistry and magic. Once the sun has set, enjoy a dive-in movie under the stars.

In addition to all of the poolside fun, Spring Breakers can delight in a variety of our other recreational activities. The resort is the only Houston-area property with two on-property golf courses, Panther Trail™ and The Oaks.  Both incorporate all the ingredients for exceptional golf with deep woods, glistening waters, exceptional fairways and pristine greens. The tree-lined fairways and challenging elevations allow golfers of all skill levels to test their talent and grow their game. For tennis lovers, our resort features a first-rate tennis center with 21 first-rate clay and hard court playing surfaces.

A full-service spa, nearby hike-and-bike trails and great shopping and entertainment in The Woodlands Town Center round out a Spring Break experience for all members of the family. To view the our Spring Break activity guide, visit www.woodlandsresort.com/spring-break

For reservations and information, visit www.woodlandsresort.com or call 866-361-5674. The Woodlands Resort is located 30 minutes north of Houston, easily accessible from I-45, at 2301 North Millbend Drive.

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