Exceeding Expectations

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Making wedding dreams come true, hosting VIP celebrities, welcoming conference attendees. We've been in the hospitality business for a long time. Since 1974 to be exact.

We've earned many awards over the years for our excellence in service and each new one we receive is as exciting as the last. Now, for the third year in a row, we have been awarded Smart Meetings magazine’s prestigious 2012 Platinum Choice award. This coveted award recognizes excellence in service and amenities among the top meeting facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Among thousands of qualified properties and organizations, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center earned Platinum Choice recognition by providing the best in guest service, meeting space, recreational activities, food and beverage offerings and overall facility quality. Winners were chosen by Smart Meetings’ readers, the magazine’s editorial staff and industry experts.

“This year’s winners exceeded expectations and exemplified positive, professional standards that reflect a true commitment to the meetings industry,” said Marin Bright, founder and publisher of Smart Meetings magazine, a monthly trade magazine for meeting professionals.

The magazine will feature the Platinum Choice winners in its December issue.

Romantic Touches

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Jobs, kids, in-laws, bills.  Life can certainly suck the romance out of any marriage.  If one day you wake up feeling like you don’t know your spouse anymore, it’s time to do something about it. Here are some inexpensive and easy ways to revive a stale relationship.

Be spontaneous! Start with a surprise getaway for just the two of you.  You don’t have to have your own private jet to get away.  Book a one-night stay in a close-to-home hotel or B&B.  Call the babysitter, ask your spouse to pack an overnight bag and hit the road.  Now that summer is over, this is the right time to find low rates at many leisure resorts.

Have fun. Get out of the normal routine by doing something together that you’ve never done before.  Rent bicycles, go kayaking, take a segway tour.  Try a new cuisine.  Go to the Ballet or Symphony.  Visit a museum.   Sign up for a painting or cooking class.  Picnic in the park.

Change up your look.  It can be as simple as throwing out those raggedy pajamas.  Or go a bit more drastic by changing your hair style or color or shave your beard (guys!).

Ignite the fire!  A couple’s massage at a luxury spa is nice but giving each other massages is better. That physical contact will get the romantic sparks flying.  Hold hands, look through your wedding photos, write each other a love note … anything that reminds you why you married your spouse in the first place.

Remember, the grass is only greener on the other side because you’re not watering your own lawn.

In The Woods

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There is never a shortage of fun, free events in The Woodlands. From Dragon Boat races to Houston Symphony performances, mark your calendar for these upcoming events.

This weekend, head over to Northshore Park for the YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge. These forty-foot long boats weigh more than 1,800 pounds and are powered by 18 paddlers. Catch the action this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – noon and again from 2 – 6 p.m.

The free Live at Night concert series continues Saturday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Waterway Square with classic rock music from Legacy. Picnics, chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome.

Car enthusiasts won't want to miss Cars & Coffee for a Cause at Market Street on Sunday, October 7 when the Houston Ferrari Club joins in the fun!

The Houston Symphony presents Hocus Pocus Pops at the Pavilion Friday, October 12. The House of Blues Hospitality Tent will host Radio Disney’s Graveyard Smash Dance Party, featuring the Radio Disney Boo Crew from 6 - 7:15 p.m. for “fangtastic” dancing, “spooktacular” prizes and plenty of tricks and treats! Enjoy FREE Mezzanine & Lawn seating. Gates open at 6 p.m.













Candy Cornucopia

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Tomorrow marks the first official day of Fall, but you probably didn't need a reminder. Shops have been stocked with Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat candy for weeks. But no single confection screams Halloween like Candy Corn. Even Nabisco has come out with a limited edition Candy Corn Oreo! Try these Candy Corn recipes and crafts to get into the holiday spirit.

Candy Corn Dessert

Whip up this simple and easy pudding dessert.  Just use food coloring to change vanilla pudding into a fun, candy corn parfait and top with piped Cool Whip.











Candy Corn Cordials

Infuse your favorite vodka with 1/2 cup of candy corn the night before.  Shake up your candy corn vodka, some orange liqueur, lemon juice and an egg white in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with candy corn.  Bottoms up!






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Did you know?

  • The National Confectioners Association estimates that 20 million pounds (just over 9000 metric tons) of candy corn are sold annually.
  • Candy Corn was invented by George Renninger and produced by the Wunderlee Candy Company in the 1880's.
  • October 30 is officially Candy Corn Day.
  • Jelly Belly makes a Candy Corn flavored jelly bean.

Southern Hospitality

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Well, we hate to brag but ... we're going to do it anyway! We're pretty excited to tell you that we were named a "Best of the South" facility by Meetings Focus Magazine. Oh, and we are the only Houston property on the list.

Here's our official press release.

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center has been named a 2012 “Best of the South” meeting facility by readers of Meetings Focus South Magazine. The resort is the only Houston property recognized among six Texas hotels named on the Best of the South list.

Selected by meeting planners, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center earned Best of South recognition by providing quality meeting space; guestrooms; outstanding guest service and amenities; food and beverage offerings; helpfulness of staff and overall value.

“There are plenty of fantastic meeting facilities in Texas and to be the only Houston property to make the list speaks volumes about the overall meeting experience groups will find here,” said Kent Johnson, general manager for the 440-room property.

Meetings Focus South magazine, a monthly trade magazine for meeting professionals, announced the Best of the South winners in its September issue.

Our employees all shared in this success so thanks for letting us toot our own horn!

Tackle Football Tailgating

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Ah, tailgating.  Who knew hosting a party out of the back of your SUV could be so much fun! Grab your friends, some game day snacks and cold drinks for a pre-game party like no other.  Sprinkle in some of these awesome accessories, and you'll be the ultimate sports fan.



No more high fives.  You’ll be fist bumping your bro with this giant hand beverage holder.  Available in 19 color combos, the Fan Can Hand is made for your left hand.  Why?  So you can leave your right hand free to enjoy your favorite tailgate snacks, of course!  




















Frost Boss

Requiring only AA batteries and some ice, this bad boy chills beer and coke cans to 38 degrees in just two minutes.  It’s portable, light and a must for tailgating.

























Brewsees Sunglasses

Honey, have you seen the beer opener?  Ladies, you’ll never have to hear these words again as long as your man is sporting a pair of Brewsees.  These hip looking shades, in a fashionable wrap around style and polarized lenses, have an opener at the end of each arm.  Bonus! Each pair is shipped in a custom beer bottle coozie.




























Amazing Flying Coozie

Forgot to bring a football to toss around at your tailgate?  No problem as long as you have the Amazing Flying Coozie on hand.  Support your team with an officially licensed foam insulated coozie that looks like a football and throws like a football too!  Bonus: the Amazing Flying Coozie is proudly made in the U.S.A.

























Best of Times Portable Bar

Complete with four stools, sturdy shelving, a side table, drop-in cooler and UV-protected umbrella, this steel frame bar is ideal for taking your tailgate to the next level.  Dress up your bar to suit the occasion from college to pro-football tailgating. Bonus: it is big enough to fit four people comfortably but also designed to fit inside one parking spot for tailgating.





































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