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Hop On Over and Enjoy Easter Brunch at The Woodlands Resort

Featured Article – Apr 11, 2014

Peter Cottontail is hopping his way down the bunny trail to The Woodlands Resort for Easter Sunday Brunch.  Guests will enjoy a bevy of buffet offerings, a bit of bubbly, live music entertainment and a special visit from the Easter bunny. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (281) 364-6323.

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The Woodlands Resort Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe

The Woodlands Resort Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe Blog Entry Image

This recipe from Executive Chef John Brazie marries the classic holiday flavors of peppery gingerbread with creamy cheesecake.

Bake/Cook time: 250*F, in a water-bath for approx. 60 minutes or until done

Yield: One 10" round pan with toasted graham cracker crust

INGREDIENTS


• 2 lbs cream cheese   
• 12 oz granulated sugar    
• 4 eggs
• 1 oz vanilla extract   
• 2 oz. molasses   
• 1 ½ tsp salt   
• 1 tsp ground ginger
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1 tsp ground cloves   
• ½ tsp lemon zest
• Toasted graham crackers   

DIRECTIONS

1. Pre-heat oven to 275*F.
2. Line the bottom of the baking pan with parchment paper then cover with a thin layer of toasted graham crackers (If using a "spring-form" style pan, make sure to wrap some foil to cover the outside bottom and sides of the pan so no water from the water-bath will leak into the cheesecake pan/mixture)
3. Cream the cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl with a paddle, scraping sides of the bowl and the paddle to keep the mix smooth.
4. Add eggs slowly to the cheese mixture, scraping the bowl’s sides and paddle as needed to keep the mix smooth; add vanilla extract to incorporate.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the molasses salt, zest and spices; add it slowly to the cheese mixture to incorporate, scraping the sides of the bowl and paddle to keep the mix smooth.
6. Pour the mixture into the 10” pan.
7. Place the cheesecake in the pan into a large, shallow roasting pan. Transfer to the oven, and carefully add enough water to the roasting pan to come about halfway up the sides of the 10” pan. Bake until the cheesecake is set but still slightly wobbly in center – approximately 60 minutes. Carefully remove the 10” pan from the roasting pan, and let cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight).

Holiday Happenings in The Woodlands

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With the arrival of December, comes a flurry of exciting holiday events and activities in The Woodlands. 

Menorah Lighting
Where: Market Street
When: Sunday, December 1st at 4:00 PM
What: For the third year, Chabad of The Woodlands will host a Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting at Market Street.

Breakfast with Santa
Where: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
When: Saturday, December 7th & Saturday, December 14th at 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
What: You and your children will enjoy this wonderful holiday event.  Visit with Santa and the Ice Princess and then enjoy a lavish buffet that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.  Don't forget the camera to catch the moment! For more information or for reservations please call 281-364-6292.

Elf Academy
Where: The Woodlands Mall
When: Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 AM
What: Become a certified elf at The Woodlands Mall Elf Academy. Kids can earn their certification by completing various holiday tasks at different workstations.

Holly Jolly Symphony Spectacular
Where: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
When: Thursday, December 12th @ 7:30 PM
What: Ring in the holidays with the Houston Symphony as they perform holiday classics and popular carols.

The Ice Rink
Where:  The Woodlands Town Center
When: November 23 – January 20 (daily)
What: Open from mid-November through mid-January, the coolest place to be in the Winter is The Ice Rink At The Woodlands at Market Street Town Center, the largest seasonal ice rink in the southwest.

Caroling on the Square
Where: Waterway Square
When: Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
What: Holiday carolers from local artists and choirs will get you in the holiday spirit at the 3rd Annual Caroling on the Square series at Waterway Square.

Winter Wonderland
Where: Woodlands Town Center
When: November 23 – January 20 (from ducks until 11:00 PM)
What: Enjoy a walk along the Winter Wonderland pathway and be delighted in the fantasy land of magical Christmas lights, toy soldiers, elves, the doves of peace, musical angels and snowmen. Admission is Free!

Woodlands Resort completes first phase of construction on new Fairway Pines III Structure

Woodlands Resort completes first phase of construction on new Fairway Pines III Structure Blog Entry Image

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is excited to celebrate the completion of the first phase of construction on our new Fairway Pines III structure, which will introduce 184 new guest rooms and suites to our resort, with views of the property's Panther TrailTM golf course.

Holder Construction Company completed the exterior frame and “topped out” on the fifth floor. Concurrently, construction crews are framing the new 120-seat Texas steakhouse which will overlook the 18th green of the Panther TrailTM golf course as well as building out the signature lazy river, which will wind 1,000 feet through the surrounding forest highlighting the property’s Forest Oasis Waterscape™. Next steps include finishing out the exterior by February 2014 when interior construction will commence.

“We’d like to extend a big thank you to all of those that have played an instrumental part in safely and successfully moving our renovation forward,” said Greg Parsons, General Manager and Vice President of Hospitality for The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. “Completing this phase of the Fairway Pines III building construction is a great milestone marker of the tremendous progress we have made in our renovation. It instills excitement for the future of our resort, enhancing its status as a premier destination for conferences, business travelers and families. The excitement is spreading across the entire resort.”

The Fairway Pines III building construction is part of the resort’s $60-million expansion and renovation, which will also include the addition of a  lazy river and restaurant while updating the property’s 60,000 square-foot conference center.

The Woodlands – A Golfer’s Dream Destination

The Woodlands – A Golfer’s Dream Destination Blog Entry Image

The Woodlands is a golfers haven.  You can find stunning golf courses by golf legends such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, and famous architects, Joe Lee & Robert von Hagge.

Next week, several former members of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Men’s Golf team will be headed to Houston for the 2nd annual golf getaway.  Last year the group traveled to Kiawah Resort for four days and took on the famed Ocean Course.  This year it’s The Woodlands Country Club, including the Tournament Course that formerly hosted the Shell Houston Open.

Click here to listen to an interview with Morgan Gonzales, UMSL Hall of Fame Member and current General Manager at the Palmer Course as he discusses golf in The Woodlands on ESPN's Back Nine Radio Show with Dustin Ashby.

Woodlands Resort Romance Package Giveaway Winners Announced

Woodlands Resort Romance Package Giveaway Winners Announced Blog Entry Image

Congratulations to Nickole Herrmann of Beaumont, Texas and Alex Ingram of College Station, Texas  – the winners of our Woodlands Resort Romance in the Woods giveaway. Nickole and Alex, we look forward to hosting you and your special someone as you get away to the serenity of nature with our Enchanted Romance Package. The package includes:

• One night Deluxe Accommodations for 2 at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
• Full breakfast for 2 in room
• Turndown Service
• Champagne and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries at turndown
• Unlimited access to Sauna, Steam Room, Whirlpool
• Unlimited Access to Fitness Center and Forest Oasis Waterscape

Thank you to all that entered!!

Start a New Tradition at The Woodlands Resort Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet

Start a New Tradition at The Woodlands Resort Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet Blog Entry Image

For those that love Thanksgiving, but prefer to relax with the family and leave the cooking to the professionals, join us at our annual Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet on Thursday, November 25.

Our culinary team has created a special Thanksgiving menu full of traditional, seasonal delights including Rotisserie Turkey, Roasted Prime Rib, and Bone-In Southern Cured Ham served with side dishes such as White Cheddar Au Gratin Potatoes and Maple Butternut Squash. You will  also enjoy made-to-order omelets, Belgian Waffles, Eggs Benedict and a variety of other traditional breakfast favorites. Seatings start at 1 p.m. Pricing is $52 per adult, $22 for children 6-12, $15 for children 2-5, and children under 2 are free; pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling The Woodlands Resort at (281) 364-6292.

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