Summer in Winter Breakfast with Puffy Pine Cone

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Come join The Woodland’s loveable mascot, Puffy Pine Cone, for a fun indoor beach party to whisk away the winter blues. We are hosting a “Summer in Winter” breakfast with Puffy Pine Cone on January 25, 2014 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Activities will include a hoola hoop contest, limbo fun, arts and crafts and more. Muffie the Clown will also be joining in the fun to help spread the warm summer cheer. Each attendee will receive a Puffy Pine Cone stuffed animal to take home.  Chef will be serving up Puffy’s breakfast favorites including homemade pastries, omelets and waffles.

The resort will also be giving away a Family of Four Fun Package to be used during the opening of the resorts new lazy river. The package includes deluxe accommodations, full breakfast daily for four in The Woodlands Dining Room, half day bicycle rental for four, a family welcome cookie, and unlimited access to the sauna, steam room, whirlpool, fitness center and Forest Oasis Waterscape.

The cost of the breakfast for adults is $21.95 and $16.95 for children 12 and under.  Reservations are recommended, but not required. For more information or to make a reservation, call us at 281-364-6292

Enjoy Christmas Champagne Brunch at The Woodlands Resort

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Let us do the cooking for you and your family this Christmas Day at our Holiday Champagne Brunch.   Feast on traditional favorites such as Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and more while listening to live music and enjoying views of Lake Harrison.  Seatings at 11:00 a.m. and 12:45 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.

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.

How to Make Fancy Chocolate Swirls to Decorate Desserts at Home

How to Make Fancy Chocolate Swirls to Decorate Desserts at Home Blog Entry Image

In honor of National Chocolate Day, we thought we’d share how to make those fancy-pants chocolate swirls you always see on top of cakes and elegant desserts at weddings or corporate events.

Things you will need:
• 1 bar of semi-sweet baking chocolate
• 1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening (Crisco)
• Microwave-safe bowl
• Fork
• Metal cookie sheet
• Flat spatula
• Sharp-edged spatula

Instructions:
1. Place three squares of chocolate and one tablespoon of shortening into a microwave-safe bowl.
2. Place the bowl into the microwave and heat on high 30 to 45 seconds, or until the shortening is melted.
3. Remove from the microwave and stir with a fork until the chocolate and shortening are thoroughly combined.
4. Take your metal cookie sheet and turn it upside down. Pour your melted chocolate on top.
5. Using a flat spatula, spread the chocolate out on the sheet in an extremely thin layer.
6. Place the chocolate-covered cookie sheet in the freezer and let set for about two minutes. You know it’s ready when you press on it with your finger and it leaves a slight fingermark, but not a depression.
7. Use a sharp-edged spatula and begin to scrape the chocolate from the bottom of the pan. When the chocolate is just the right temperature, it will curl instead of break. If it’s too hard, let it set out a minute to soften/warmup.
8. Throughout the scraping process, if the chocolate gets too hard, give it a minute, and then try again. If it gets too soft, stick it back in the freezer for a minute.

And voila! You’ll have a bunch of fancy little chocolate curls!

Note: Transfer the curls to a cold pan or plate as son as possible and stick them in the freezer to harden. You can prepare these ahead of time too and store them in the freezer in a plastic bag until you need them.

Woodlands Resort Recognized As Top Golf Retreat For Groups

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The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center has been recognized by ConventionSouth Magazine as one of the “South’s Top 18 Golf Retreats For Groups.”

ConventionSouth’s editorial team researched golf retreats throughout the South and selected 18 of the best sites for golfing and meetings based on golf course accolades and golf club amenities for groups, affordability, accessibility, and the amount of on-site or neighboring meeting venues and accommodations for groups.  The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center was one of only two resorts recognized in Texas.

“As the only Houston-area resort and conference center with two on-property golf courses, we are proud to be listed among some of the greatest golf resorts in the nation,” said Greg Parsons, General Manager and Vice President of Hospitality at the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. “Meeting planners love that they can provide their attendees with a championship golf experience in addition to a host of other amenities at the resort. Once our $60-million expansion and renovation of the property is complete, we will have even more to offer including a new guest room wing, a 1,000-foot lazy river and a high-end Texas steakhouse restaurant.  The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center provides a world-class luxury experience for golf enthusiasts, whether they are here for business or leisure.”

ConventionSouth Magazine will feature the South’s Top 18 Golf Retreats For Groups in its November 2013 issue.

Blog Elevated Staycation Winners

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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. 

Abbie Unger of The Envelope Keeper

Eric T. Tung of Eric T. Tung The Social Media Guy

Kirsten Oliphant of Kristen Oliphant - An Eclectic Celebration of Chaos

Alba Garza of Independent Mami

Sarah Jane Skaggs of Happiness & Lace

Heather Shaw of Family Friendly Frugality

Sara Phillips of Sensibly Sara

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.

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