We’ve Reached The Pinnacle!

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The readers of Successful Meetings magazine have awarded The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center a 2013 Pinnacle Award. The annual award recognizes hospitality excellence in conference centers, hotels & resorts and convention & visitors bureaus across the nation. This is the 14th year the resort has received this honor.

A founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center offers 60,000 square feet of event space comprised of 33 meeting rooms with natural light showcasing views of the property’s lake or forest.

“As we set out to further enhance our resort offerings with a $60 million renovation, we are delighted and honored to hear our resort has been and will continue to be a standout among top-tier conference centers,” said Greg Parson, general manager of The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. “We are committed to offering our clients and guests a flawless meeting experience and environment.”

The reinvention of The Woodlands Resort will add 184-room guest rooms, a 1000-foot lazy river and a new steak house restaurant while updating the property’s conference center. The renovation is expected to be complete in the fall of 2014.

Successful Meetings, a monthly trade magazine for meeting professionals, will feature the Pinnacle Award winners in its August 2013 issue.

Make the Most Out of Meetings!

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Making the most out of business travel this summer can be a great way to expand on your summer travels while saving a little money, too! If you’re heading to a conference, meeting or event with us this summer, we invite you to stay and play!

During summer at the resort, the trees are green, our pools are cold, the drinks are fruity and the temperatures are soaring. The combination of it all makes for a wonderful escape that feels a lot like an island vacation. So why not add a few days to your stay before or after your work obligations? Invite your family or friends and enjoy our summer fun.

Tagging on to the weekend before or after a business trip is a great way to save on vacation days and the expense of travel since you are already here. And with so many places in The Woodlands to explore, experience and eat, there will be plenty to fill your days to the max.

While you may not have time during a conference to play a couple rounds of golf or enjoy a spa treatment, when your time is all yours, you call the shots on your itinerary! Hopefully, the R&R at the resort will be just the boost you need to start off the next week in your office fully recharged.

What are your travel plans this summer?

Spring Veggie Recipe

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As each new season rolls around so do a whole new crop of in-season vegetables. Here’s a fun recipe the whole family can enjoy including artichokes, a springtime favorite.

Pizza is always a family favorite for dinner, so why not incorporate some good-for-you veggies on top, which might delight even your pickiest eaters. This Spinach and Artichoke Pizza from RealSimple.com is an easy, made-from-scratch recipe that your children might even enjoy helping you prepare. Here’s what you will need:

1 pound pizza dough at room temperature
Cornmeal to sprinkle on the pizza sheets
2 cups marinated artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
2 cups baby spinach (approx 2 ounces)
8 ounces mozzarella, grated (1 cup)
½ 8oz bar of cream cheese, cut up
½ cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
Kosher salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 475 degrees. Shape the dough into 4 rounds and place on 2 cornmeal-dusted baking sheets
  • Dividing evenly, top the rounds with artichoke hearts, spinach, mozzarella, cream cheese and Parmesan; season with ¼ tsp each of salt and pepper.
  • Bake until crust is golden brown, 18-20 minutes.

Can you name other vegetables in season right now? Perhaps you need a cheat sheet?!

Travel Tips: Staying Healthy On The Road

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When traveling for business, it’s easy to fall out of your daily routine and find yourself stumbling over unhealthy eating habits. With a little planning and a disciplined mind, staying fit can be easily achieved.

A recent story by USA Today travel journalist Nancy Trejos offers great insight into how business travelers can prioritize and prepare for being away from home base.

  • Plan well – create a daily itinerary with ideas for what you’ll be doing. Leave enough wiggle room for surprises because a little foresight will make it easier to fit in a workout or not rush into an unhealthy meal.
  • Pack healthy snacks – pitfalls usually happen when you’re in a time crunch, so be proactive and bring snacks with you to get you through in a pinch.
  • Eat healthy meals – seems easy enough, but this is where a dedicated mind comes into play. As Trejos points out, hotels and resorts like ours are offering healthier food choices at many culinary touch points – room service, mini bar, meeting breaks and restaurants. Pass the parfait and pass over the M&Ms.
  • Don’t skip the workout – hotels have made this easy with major enhancements to their fitness centers. Take advantage of new workout space to change up your exercise routine.

For more healthy traveling tips, check out USA Today’s story here.

What’s your secret to staying fit on the road? 

Out With The Old

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2012 is quickly coming to a close and there are several fun ways to ring in the new year. From kid-friendly to adults-only, find a celebration in The Woodlands to kiss 2012 goodbye.

 

High-Noon Count Down

"Pop" in the New Year at The Woodlands Children's Museum by making New Year hats and other fun art projects!  Tom's fun Band provides live entertainment and will help count down to 2013 with the bubble wrap dance, horn blowing, noisemakers and a balloon and confetti drop at the strike of noon.  Cost is free with museum admission. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The Woodlands Children's Museum is located at 4775 W. Panther Creek in the Panther Creek Shopping Center.  Visit http://www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281.465.0955.

Crush It!

Crush is ringing in the New Year with eats, drinks, tunes and a champagne toast at midnight. Nosh on the "Never Ending" Buffett with Chef's special selections from 7 p.m. to Midnight; a selection of desserts from midnight to 1 a.m. and breakfast from 1 - 2 a.m.   Two DJ's will entertain the crowds.  For chill, downtempo beats and jazz, grab a seat in the Lounge. For high energy dance, make your way to the Rooftop. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost for the event is $90 per person.

Island Time

Tommy Bahama's in Market Street is hosting a New Years Celebration you won't want to miss!  Late night party package seating starts at 9:00 p.m. and will continue every 15 minutes up to 10:15 p.m.  The Late Night Party Package includes complimentary champagne, five-course dinner, one clothing item from Tommy Bahama's retail store chosen by you (up to $135 value), live music and party favors.  Price per person $165 plus tax and gratuity.  For reservations, call 281-292-8669.

For The Foodie

Jasper's is hosting a four-course dinner with Chef Rathbun's famous dishes including Alaskan King Crab Cake, Champagne Wood-Fire Oysters, Lobster Bisque, Prime-Rib Seafood Gumbo, Wood Grilled Masami Wagyu Strip, White Cedar Smoked Scottish Salmon and more. Click here for details. For reservations, call 281-298-6600.

Latin Style

Check out Américas fronting The Waterway where DJ Lex will keep the party going!  Plus, enjoy a champagne toast at Midnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can't Top It

1252 Tapas Bar at Market Street will be serving tapas, bubbly and spinning latin beats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Holiday Hors d’oeuvres: Parmesan Tuilles with Heirloom Tomato Salad

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Entertaining this week? Try this simple recipe for these tasty bites from Food and Wine Magazine and impress guests with a colorful presentation and some vibrant flavor. You’d never guess how easy they are to make!

Prep: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients
- 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour (plus more for pressing)
- 1 ½ cups finely diced heirloom tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon snipped chives
- 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped tarragon
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper
- Salt

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with the butter, flour and generous pinch of pepper. Mash the ingredients until a dough forms.
3. Form the dough into a 4-inch log. Cut the long into 12 equal slices and arrange the slices on the baking sheet. Using your fingers, press the slices into 1 ½-inch rounds.
4. Bake the tuiles on the lowest rack in the oven for 7 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until the tuiles are golden brown and sizzling. Let the tuiles cool completely, then transfer them to a paper-towel lined plate and blot the excess oil.
5. In a small bowl, toss the tomatoes, chives, tarragon and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the salad over the tuiles and serve immediately.

Making this dish ahead of time? The parmesan tuiles can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. Recrisp in a warm oven before topping with the tomato salad.

View the original recipe here.

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