Accommodations • Attractions • Events • Relocation • Maps Texas Edition - Winter 2008-2009
Texas Hotel Elegance
The Rosewood Crescent Hotel
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Barton Creek Resort
Hyatt Hill Country Resort
San Antonio, Texas
Edward R. Leos Publisher
Valerie Ragsdale Director of Sales & Marketing
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Esmi Gonzales Staff Writer
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Elegance abounds at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, Texas. This incredible property boasts world-class service, topnotch amenities and a spa that has been ranked as the Best in the United States. (Photo courtesy of the Rosewood Crescent Hotel.)
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A Word From the Publisher... T
exas has a myriad of things to see and do all throughout the year, but the Winter travel season is particularly inviting. This issues beckons readers to the cool, Cowboy Capital of the World in Bandera, Texas. Check out our feature on one of the city’s top resorts - Flying L. If pure elegance is your desire, then you must visit Dallas, Texas and stay at the two luxurious Rosewood sister properties in the posh Rosewood Crescent Hotel and the timeless Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Both of these venerable properties will keep you coming back for more. In the heart of the State Capital, lies the infamous Barton Creek Resort which is surrounded by pure decadence and pristine golf courses. This Texas-size getaway is sure to be a traveler’s delight. Venturing to the Alamo City? Well, you can’t go wrong with two of the areas’ most unique properties. On the verge of celebrating their 100 year birthday, the Sheraton Gunter is sure to please even the most
discerning of guests. Located in the heart of San Antonio, the Gunter has seen its share of dignitaries and travelers alike. If you are desiring a retreat, then the Hyatt Hill Country Resort is your answer. Nestled in San Antonio’s westside near Sea World of Texas, this resort is the perfect hideaway for families. Boasting a “lazy river” and a top-notch golf course, the Hyatt Hill Country Resort makes for a very desirable vacation. Book Your Travel... Remember, our comprehensive travel website allows you to book ALL your travel needs - including Accommodations, Car Rental, Airlines and even, Cruises. We are your one-stop shop for traveling in Texas and beyond! Travel just got easier!
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Sheraton Gunter Hotel
A Grand Dame of San Antonio Hotels throughout the city, but one that has S sprinkled stood the test of time and continued it’s brilliance an Antonio has a history of incredible hotels
is the Sheraton Gunter Hotel located in the heart of the Alamo City. 100 Years of History About to celebrate it’s 100 Year Anniversary, the Gunter has seen it’s share of dignitaries, historical events and upgrades and is even a member of the National Register of Historical Sites. The original, eight-story hotel was constructed from 1907-1909 and now has grown to a 12-story building with a basement and detached parking. Originally opened on November 21, 1909 and financed by Jot Gunter, the property envisioned as “a large tourist hotel for the city.” Significant events include the founding of the United States Automobile Association (USAA), one of the nation’s leading insurance companies and Blues legend Robert Johnson recording some of his most famous works at the Gunter in 1936. Some of the world’s most famous people have stayed at the Gunter Hotel, including the likes of Mae West, John Wayne, Joe Dimaggio, President Harry Truman, First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Lady Bird Johnson, and General John Pershing. A Timeless Treasure The boutique hotel features a Victorian-style pub with lead glass windows and a long oak bar. Live music is performed at McLeod’s on Friday and Saturday evenings. American regional cuisine is served at the on-site Barron’s restaurant and the Sheraton Gunter Bakery serves fresh pastries and Starbucks coffee. Original preserved features of the hotel include a switchboard, barbershop and opulent antique furnishings. The hotel includes an outdoor pool and spa tub nestled in a courtyard with city views. A limited-hour fitness center houses cardiovascular and weight-training equipment.
The hotel’s 322 guestrooms feature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds with plush-top mattresses, and down duvets and pillows. Accommodations reflect Metropolitan décor in hues of navy blue, burgandy and beige. Bathrooms are stocked with Shine by Bliss toiletries. High-speed wired and wireless Internet access is available, for a fee. Location... The Gunter is a great choice of lodging for theatergoers because it stands across the street from the Majestic Theatre. This beautifully restored stage hosts the San Antonio Symphony, touring Broadway productions and world-renowned concert artists. For more information on the Sheraton Gunter, visit www.gunterhotel.com or call (800) 999-2089.
Rejuvenation Redefined. Discover the award-winning luxury of the Watermark Hotel & Spa, ideally situated along the romantic banks of the River Walk.
Pamper yourself with renewing treatments and invigorating therapies in the tranquil surroundings of a four-star spa.
212 West Crockett Street ~ San Antonio, TX 78205 ~ 210-396-5840 ~ www.watermarkhotel.com
Hyatt Hill Country Resort
ituated just 16 miles Northwest of downtown San Antonio, lies a magical getaway for the entire family. The AAA Four-Diamond, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa features a 500-room luxury hotel, championship 27-hole golf course, and a full-service, state-of-the-art spa. “The secluded, pastoral setting makes the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa an ideal location for relaxing vacations, fun-filled weekend get-aways, and productive corporate meetings and conferences,” said Gino Caliendo, the resort’s general manager. A Resort Like No Other As guest’s enter the hotel lobby, they are reminded of a Texas ranch house, complete with an inviting, shady back porch. As well, on both sides, you can’t help but stand in awe of two massive, open-hearth fireplaces and small conversational groupings of comfortable, overstuffed chairs and sofas. Dining and Entertainment You won’t go hungry for very long while at the Resort. It boasts some delectable fare and offers guests anything from simple, casual dining to a more formal experience at Antler’s Lodge. The restaurant features exquisitely prepared steaks, seafood and poultry complemented by seasonal harvests and regional flavors. Want to whet your whistle? Then you have to stop in on Charlie’s Long Bar, which is a Texas-style saloon with an masterfully-crafted, 56-foot long, copper-topped bar. What is there to Do? The choices are almost limitless on your trip. The Resort boasts a championship golf course, three tennis courts, walking/jogging paths, a health club facility and a four-acre water park with
three swimming pools and cascading waterfalls. Not too mention, the property has a 950-foot Ramblin’ River intertwined with lush scenery. “The Ramblin’ River is designed to replicate some of the area’s most popular ‘tubing’ rivers,” said Calliendo. You can’t have a Resort without the Spa and the Hyatt Hill Country doesn’t let you down. The Windflower Hill Country Spa is a retreat all in itself. Windflower offers customized 50-80 minute treatments. Sixteen of the 21 treatment rooms, including a couple’s room, are used for massage and the more conventional treatments, while five of the rooms are designed for “wet treatments, such as therapeutic baths, body treatments and Vichy showers. A Place to Meet The property houses more than 33,000 square-feet of meeting space, named after towns in the Texas Hill Country region and is anchored by the 13,590 square-foot Hill Country Ballroom. The Resort can accommodate a simple corporate board meeting or a full-blown convention - making it a perfect meeting destination. Classic Hill Country Rooms The Resort’s 500 guestrooms, including 58 suites, are strategically situated within nine wings, which all form scenic courtyards. The upscale guestroom decor includes natural stone entryways, espressohued furniture and Hyatt’s triple-sheeted, signature Grand Bed. Contact Information For more information on the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, visit their website at hillcountry.hyatt.com or call them at (210) 647-1234 or (800) 233-1234.
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ucked away in the heart of downtown San Antonio, is the world-famous Riverwalk and the best way to experience this incredible attraction is taking a cruise on Rio San Antonio Cruises. These brightly-colored vessels beckon thousands of tourists each year to sit back and enjoy the 40-minute, narrated tour of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Hungry? Rio San Antonio Cruises also offers guests the opportunity to dine on the river barge with several participating restaurants. Breakfast, lunch or dinner - nothing could be more memorable. Tired of walking? Then take the Rio Taxi and cruise
in style from point to point. For more information on Rio San Antonio Cruises, visit www.riosanantonio.com.
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Don’t walk the river...cruise it. Our Rio Taxi services are available throughout the River Walk. We have close to 40 different stops - making your options plentiful. Cost: $4 - One way $10 - 24-Hour Day Pass $25 - Three Day Pass For reservations or more information, call (210) 244-5700 or (800) 417-4139.
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Discover her all over again. Come rediscover the magic, the grace, the history that is the Emily Morgan. Where you and your 7 friends, even your four legged ones, 16 are always welcomed with warmth, 18 cheer and exceptional service. A. Alamo B. Tower of Americas C. Alamodome D. Convention Center E. La Villita F. King William District G. Rivercenter Mall H. Spanish Governor’s Palace I. San Antonio Museum of Art J. Institute of Texan Cultures K. San Fernando Cathedral L. Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial M. Municipal Auditorium
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Where the historic Alamo is steps away, and the historically delicious 1 restaurant, Oro, awaits you for lunch, dinner or a casual gathering with friends at the bar. It’s time to get to know the Emily Morgan Hotel all over again. Discover her all over again. Come rediscover the magic, the grace, the history that is the Emily Morgan. Where you and your friends,S Aeven your four legged ones, N ANTONIO TEXAS are always welcomed with warmth, cheer and exceptional service.
Discover her all over again. Come rediscover the magic, the grace, the history that is the Emily Morgan. Where you and your friends, even your four legged ones, are always welcomed with warmth, cheer and exceptional service. Where the historic Alamo is steps away, and the historically delicious restaurant, Oro, awaits you for lunch, dinner or a casual gathering with friends at the bar. Itâ€™s time to get to know the Emily Morgan Hotel all over again.
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Old Hidalgo Pumphouse he Magic Valley’s early 20th Century transition into an agricultural powerhouse is retold at the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse, which also embraces nature conservation as a wing of the World Birding Center. On a break from cross-border shopping excursions, visitors to this museum on the Rio Grande can learn about the steamdriven irrigation pumps that transformed Hidalgo County into a year-round farming phenomenon. They also can wander the museum’s grounds, where hummingbird gardens are planned, and where many of the Valley’s amazing bird species are regular visitors as well. The Land... Next door to the museum, more than 600 acres of U.S. Fish and Wildlife land is being replanted with native Huisache, Texas Ebony and Anacua, and will be an important birding tract when opened as part of the WBC. Plans are to also replant museum grounds with the types of native trees, shrubs and flowers that attract Valley birds and butterflies. The Birds... Tropical kingfishers – both green and ringed – like the combination of water and woodland along the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse’s now abandoned intake channel. Those floodplain woodlands also harbor the Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Clay-colored Robin, Altamira Oriole and other Valley specialties. In winter, various colorful warblers, kinglets and gnatcatchers can be found chasing their insect meals. Learn and Discover For now, visiting birders can tour the museum and grounds on their own or by appointment. New hike and bike trails through the adjacent federal refuge are expected by next spring and work also will be starting soon on new hummingbird and butterfly gardens around the museum. More Information The Old Hidalgo Pumphouse can be contacted at www. hidalgotexas.com/pumphouse or by calling (956) 843-8686.
Grape Creek Vineyards Tuscany in Texas
rape Creek Vineyard’s terroir has a rich legacy beyond it’s recent wine history. The property sits on what is believed to have been a Commanche campground. Evidence of their presence is in the form of spearheads, arrowheads and skinning tools found on the property. The banks of Grape Creek afforded the native tribes access to year-round water and cool breezes. Also traversing the property is the original Fredericksburg road. Many a settler used this artery to reach town for trading, worship and to enjoy their “Sunday House” in town. A History Lesson In 1985, Ned and Nel Simes, the original owners of Grape Creek Vineyards, began a 20-year journey to create a recognized winery in the Texas Hill Country. They planted over 20 acres of Cabernet and Chardonnay and also established the first underground barrel cellar in the Pedernales River Valley, which can be viewed on tours through the winery. Ned passed away in 2004 and the new owner Brian Heath purchased the property and business from Ned’s heirs in early 2006. Heath immediately embarked on a renovation and expansion of the facilities. This included transforming what once was the residence into the Tuscan Villa tasting room and event center. A new rock bell tower and wall were added, along with a new entry road off highway 290. Also, an aggressive program of vineyard planting and investing in substantially improved wine production capabilities was undertaken. Ready to Stay? The Villa on Grape Creek is located on our winery property and has beautiful views of the vineyard, the banks of Grape Creek, the rolling hills and natural landscape of the area. Reserve an evening, a weekend, or even a week to come stay with and enjoy a little rest and relaxation away from home. Located only 10 minutes from historic downtown Fredericksburg, you have access to a quaint downtown shopping area with several options for casual or fine dining. You can return to the tasting room for a White Label tasting and later to your Villa to enjoy an elegant bottle of wine on a crisp, cool evening in the beautiful hill country.
The Villa has two bedrooms and two baths and can accommodate up to four adults. Each bedroom has a queen bed, private bath, closet and coffee maker. The 1,200-square foot Villa includes a full kitchen, breakfast nook, writing desk, spacious sitting room, tv with dvd player and views of the vineyards For more information on this Vineyard or Villas, visit their website at www.grapecreek.com or call (830) 644-2710.
Tuscany in the Texas Hill Country • Wine Tasting • Picnic Market • Patio • Events Center • Vineyards • Bed & Breakfast Open Year Round Mon-Fri - 10-5 • Sat. - 10-6 • Sun. - 11-5
Hwy 290, Fredericksburg, Texas (830) 644-2710 www.grapecreek.com
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Flying L Guest Ranch
andera, Texas is known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” With that being said, visitors can make a case for the Flying L Guest Ranch as the area’s best resort. Plenty of things to do... The Flying L offers a cornucopia of things to do while on your destination vacation. If you are looking for the early morning horseback rides, then this is the place. Or, how about a carriage ride under the sea of stars as you see incredible amounts of deer on your journey. If being by the pool is your specialty, then the Flying L is your answer. The Resort recently added a very kidfriendly waterpark - filled with a wave pool, lazy river, water volleyball, water slides and plenty of space for you to relax. The Resort is also home to an 18-hole golf course that was ranked as one of the Best Places to Play by Golf Digest. The award-winning course totals 6,646 yards. With majestic hills as a backdrop, the remarkable terrain, rolling hills and large oak trees paint each individual hole as a distinct memory. A Suite Life... The first-time visitor to the Villas is in for a pleasant surprise. As you step into your condo-styled living quarters it feels like you are walking into a luxurious, five-star suite decorated in one-of-a-kind rustic-style furnishings. A fully
appointed kitchen, jet-water showers in the bathrooms, patios and balconies overlooking the championship golf course – every detail has been designed to make guests feel welcome. Most of the suites come equipped with richly-appointed full bath and separate shower; a fully-equipped kitchen with range, oven, microwave, refrigerator and full-sized appliances. As well, there is an over-sized cable TV in living area and master bedroom. Don’t forget the romantic stone fireplace or the private patio/balcony. Finally, each room is equipped with designer, Texas-styled furnishings and custom fabrics triple-sheeted, signature Grand Bed. A Place to Meet Flying L Guest Ranch also can accommodate your next corporate or group function. Events such as the “Cowboy Olympics” are group favorites. The meeting staff will take care of your every need when it comes to meeting space, activities and much more. Contact Information For more information on the the Flying L Guest Ranch, visit their webiste at www.flyingl.com or call them toll free at (800) 292-5134.
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Championship Golf in a relaxed resort environment.
Our scenic 6,635-yard, par 72, 18-hole course is designed in the tradition of resort layouts. The course offers challenging play along the range of handicaps. Brush up on your game at our driving range, putting and chipping areas. Shop our fully stocked pro shop or relax in the full service Spike-n-Spur Grill. Private lessons are offered for an additional charge.
A Western-style resort nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Enjoy horseback riding adventures, championship golf, marshmallow roasts, swimming, hiking, western entertainment, 66,000 square feet of Water Park & supervised programs for kids!
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Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Hill Country Elegance in Austin, Texas nvision all of your worries are taken away as you retreat to the Texas Hill Country. In order to get away, you need your oasis. And, that oasis is Barton Creek Resort and Spa in the serene settings of Austin, Texas. Living the Resort Lifestyle Nestled within 4,000 spectacular acres, this premier destination offers a Southwestern charm that can only be found in the Lone Star State. Barton Creek Resort has something for everyone. The Resort boasts superior dining experiences, 72 holes of nationally-acclaimed championship golf and is home to the renowned Chuck Cook Golf Academy, a host of recreation options, some of the industry’s finest meeting facilities, and a full-service spa and fitness center. The Suite Life Recently renovated, the 300 immaculate guestrooms have all received new furniture, carpeting, wall coverings, fixtures, enhanced lighting and a 42” flat-screen, HighDefinition television. The rooms all have a fresh, updated look using a palette of sage, cream and buttercup, combined with espresso-hued furniture. Guests sleep in the luxury of a hyper-cleaned goose down bedding from the Pacific Coast Feather Company. Pure heaven! The property also boasts 16 suites allowing the utmost in privacy and comfort and host breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country and the Resort’s Golf Courses. Recreation for Everyone Barton Creek is home to one of the state’s top fullservice spas that features 24 treatment rooms, consisting of massage and facial studios, one dual massage studio and loofah room, separate ladies and men’s waiting areas and lockers, both featuring showers, whirlpool, sauna and steamroom. Get lost in
the pure decadence of the spa. If being outdoors is your thing, then venture to one of the four incredible golf courses on property - including the award-winning Faxio Foothills. Golf is great, but it doesn’t stop there. Take in the awesome pool and the unique nature trail, situated with a kid-friendly miniature golf course. World-Class Meetings Barton Creek offers more than 43,750 square-feet of meeting space, including a 7,200 square-feet Darrell Royal Ballroom. The property is equipped with all the latest technology and is ready to make your next meeting a true success - regardless of the size. For more information on Barton Creek Resort and Spa, visit www.bartoncreek.com or call (866) 572-7369.
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A Piece of Texas History at your Fingertips One of Texas’ major cities, located in rich agricultural region of the Brazos River Valley. Modern industry thrives, but city retains flavor of its past when five “C’s” were its support: cattle, cotton, corn, collegians, and culture. Large, cold springs on the Brazos River were long popular with the Waco Indians. First non-natives to see area were remnants of De Soto’s band in 1542. Texas Ranger fort established near Indian village in 1837; first white settlers came 12 years later. Great plantations along the Brazos prospered briefly, but Civil War wrecked plantation economy and scattered population. Renewed Western movement and Chisholm Trail through
Waco brought another boom-and frontier wildness that nicknamed the town “Six-shooter Junction.” Today known for educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo, first week in Oct., is professional rodeo with entertainers, livestock and horse shows, and fine arts exhibits. Institutions of higher learning are Baylor Univ., McLennan Community College, and Texas State Technical College. A beautiful scenic riverwalk meanders along the Brazos River from Fort Fisher Park past the suspension bridge and through Cameron Park to Herring Avenue. For more information, visit www.wacocvb.com.
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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Elegance and More...
reathtaking. Elegant. Aweinspiring. These are just a few distinct adjectives readily available to describe the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. When you arrive at the hotel, a dramatic floral arrangement greets you at the entrance along with 32-foot high marble rotunda. This leads to the welcoming reception desk, concierge and a lobby elegantly appointed with antiques, comfortable lounge chairs and sofas grouped around a fireplace. Incredible Accommodations The Mansion is a world-renowned, nine-story hotel with 127 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and 16 phenomenal suites. The rooms have comfortable sitting areas, private label bed linens, spacious bath and vanity, deluxe terry velour robes and amenities by Lady Primrose. In the Mansion’s premier rooms, guests will be awed by oversized marble baths with soaking tubs, and glass-enclosed showers and double sinks. Delectable Dining The Mansion’s world-famous restaurant, was recently renovated showcasing the hotel’s historic character with a new, contemporary design. Guests are treated to modern lighting elements and honey-colored walls - creating a warm ambiance. The food at this tasty dining establishment is just as delightful as the decor. Revel in the exquisite variety of appetizers and main courses. On a side note, make sure you get feedback from your waiter about
popular items and specials made daily by renowned Chef John Tesar. Chef’s Room and Mansion Bar The Chef’s Room allows guests experience to begin with cocktails and canapés. Prix-fixe menus and chef tasting menus reign supreme. As well, there is an extensive selection of cheeses, teas and confections available. If you are looking for a little more libations, then visit the cozy Mansion Bar draped in Cognace colored leather and a blend of contemporary and traditional hunting themed artwork lining the walls. The Bar offers comfort cuisine and an extensive wine list and variety of cocktails. Live music is available Wednesday through Saturday. Staying Healthy... The Mansion has a state-of-the-art health and fitness studio, including universal machines, free weights, Stairmasters, and treadmills with personal televisions. Additionally, guests can massages, facials and have access to steam and sauna rooms. If you want to beat the heat, then the spectacular Mansion outdoor pool will definitely suit you. Bask in the clear blue skies while taking in the sun or simmer in the heated whirlpool during the cooler months. Regardless, this pleasure oasis is the perfect getaway for you. Contact Information For more information on the the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, visit their webiste at www.mansiononturtlecreek.com or call them toll free at (888) ROSEWOOD or (214) 559-2100.
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Rosewood Crescent Hotel Immaculate and Luxurious
allas, Texas is known for some incredible Texassized hospitality and the Rosewood Crescent Hotel delivers on that mantra. From the moment your drive through the incredible archway leading up to the bellman, you know that you are in for an unforgettable stay. At the Center of it All The Rosewood Crescent Hotel is a refreshing experience of contrasts and is as culturally vibrant as the neighborhood in which it sits. The property sits within walking distance of the art, culture and energy of Dallas. With a bold palette of rich colors, chic European-style guestrooms with all the modern amenities, innovative cuisine, and the serenity of The Spa, Rosewood Crescent Hotel offers discreet and professional service with a Texas charm. Wonderful Accommodations The Rosewood Crescent Hotel has 191 recently renovated guestrooms, ranging from 380 to 460 square feet, that all include a sitting area and bath. Each guestroom comes with customized Lady Primrose bath amenities with shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and lotion. If you are looking for the “suite life,” the property doesn’t disappoint. With 29 suites ranging from 625 - 3,035 square feet, the Crescent is sure to meet your every desire. Some of the suites have their own full kitchens with larger suites offering a bi-level layout and featuring spiral staircases and all coming with 42” flat screen HDTV.
Dine to Your Heart’s Content The Rosewood Crescent Hotel offers some of the area’s most delectable cuisine. Dining at the fabulous Crescent Club is a must. Located on the 17th floor of the Crescent office tower, this powerful restaurant specializes in impeccable customer service with fare to match provided by Chef Juan Rosado. Nobu, located off the hotel lobby, features the most innovative new style Japanese restaurant in America. The Conservatory is a stylish, glass-enclosed sunroom overlooking the Crescent gardens with incredible dining options provided by Chef Gianni Santin. Finally, check out Beau’s, which is located in the lobby and also serves tapas, desserts and cocktails. The Spa at the Crescent The hotel is home to one of the world’s most highlyacclaimed spas. Situated within 23,000 square feet of space, The Spa offers guests 77 unusual and one-of-akind treatments with services for both men and women in the state-of-the-art treatment rooms. Let’s Meet Here The Rosewood Crescent Hotel also has more than 19,375 square feet of meeting space and 13 meeting rooms making the property a perfect choice for your next meeting. Contact Information For more information on the the Rosewood Crescent Hotel, visit their website at www.rosewoodcrescent.com or call them toll free at (800) 654-6541 or (214) 871-3200.
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Radisson Corpus Christi Charm on the Texas Gulf
ituated along the beautiful Corpus Christi coastline is the Radisson Corpus Christi - a true visitor’s paradise. Affordable Luxury on the Beach The hotel is located right on the Corpus Christi beach and just minutes from downtown and the airport. Guests can walk directly from the lobby out to the calming waves and warm sun - perfect for families or business travelers looking for a meeting break. Amenities Galore The Radisson features all the amenities guests have come to love from this exquisite hotel chain. Guest rooms are spacious, plush and fully-equipped for all the guests needs. For instance, all the rooms come equipped with the signature Sleep Number® Beds by Select Comfort, which features dual air chambers allowing you to adjust the firmness of the mattress to the exact level of comfort with the touch of a button. Each room features elegant European decor, marble baths, private balcony, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, complimentary high-speed internet access, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board. If you are looking for a great way to relax, guests can enjoy the luxurious outdoor swimming pool, hot
tub and waterfall - all overlooking the ocean, with beach access. Don’t want to venture far for your cool beverage? Then just head over to the swim-up Cabana bar and quench your thirst. Dining and a view... Guests are given incredible panaramic views of Corpus Christi Beach while dining at the Blue Bay Grill - which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you can watch from the best seats in the house - fireworks in July, powerboat races, sailboats and catamarans, and the legendary lights of the Blue Ghost - the USS Lexington. Also onsite is the Pizza Shack, offering on-site dining, take-out or room service. Want a delicious cocktail? Then you don’t want to miss out on drinks and dancing at the Calypso Lounge. Location... The Radisson Corpus Christi offers guests the perfect location for your next visit to the City by the Bay. It is convenient to downtown and some of the areas top tourist attractions - including the USS Lexington, the Texas State Aquarium, Water Street Market, Museum of Science and History and the Botanical Gardens. Meetings and More... This beach-side property offers 10,000 squarefeet of flexible, well-appointed meeting and banquet space. Let the professional staff of the Radisson make your next meeting or event a winner! Contact Us... The Radisson Corpus Christi is part of a family of six hotels in the Corpus Christi area all ready to make your next visit a success. All of the properties can be found online at the company website www.corpuschristibeachhotels.com or call the Radisson directly at (316) 883-9700.
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It’s a Shore Thing in... By: Edward R. Leos
very city has its own individual charE acteristics that make it stand out from
every other city out there. New York has the Empire State Building. Los Angeles has the Hollywood sign. Chicago is known for the brisk winds that blow in off Lake Michigan and Austin touts itself as the “Live Music Capital of Texas.” So what is it that makes Corpus Christi so special? What can you find here that you can’t find anywhere else, or, at least, that you can’t find in most other cities you visit? What’s in a Name? You can start with the name, for one. You’ll find only one city on the entire planet that goes by the name Corpus Christi, which is Latin for “Body of Christ.” The name comes from the bay of the same name, which is said to have been discovered by Alonzo Álvarez de Piñeda on the Roman Catholic feast day of Corpus Christi. Aquatics and more... The Texas State Aquarium is another uniquely Corpus Christi experience. The official aquarium of Texas is one of the top 10 aquariums in the nation and specializes in chronicling the biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico. The Texas State Aquarium is dedicated to the study of flora and fauna of the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent coastline. It features a 132,000-gallon aquarium with a reproduction of an offshore oil rig, a smaller, more colorful aquarium with a reproduction of a coral reef and numerous other tanks and exhibits featuring sea turtles, Texas river otters and birds of prey. Corpus Christi Beach is also home to another popular Texas tourist attraction. The USS Lexington, a World War II-era decommissioned aircraft carrier, is moored just off the beach a short walk north of the aquari-
um. A concrete ramp leads visitors up to the hangar deck, where they begin their tour of one of the most decorated aircraft carriers in U.S. Navy history. Several air-conditioned, self-guided tours lead visitors through the captain’s quarters, admiral’s quarters, navigation and flag bridge, sick bay and engine room. A large-screen movie theatre, gift shop, food court and flight simulator add to the enjoyment. But the main draw is the flight deck, where vintage aircraft from the World War II era and onward stand on static display.
Ocean Drive... The city’s Ocean Drive offers a driving experience not enjoyed by most cities. This popular avenue runs along Corpus Christi Bay and features several fine homes. The city’s favorite park – Cole Park – is located on Ocean Drive overlooking the bay. KidsPlace is a huge wooden play area in the park with stairs, ramps, ladders and lots of cool tunnels. The opportunity to commune with nature is among the main reasons people visit Corpus Christi. The endangered whooping cranes spend their winters at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge north of Corpus Christi, and each summer scads of endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings are released into the wild. While on your nature jaunt, you don’t want to miss the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center which has become one of the region’s top nature tourism destinations showcasing colorful, exotic floral exhibits blended with vast conserved areas of native habitat and natural wetlands. The 180-acre site is an integral part of the city’s growing Oso Creek Greenbelt system and is a part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Water Sports... Corpus Christi is a perfect setting for water sports en-
www.thehotelguide.com thusiasts. Not only is the area teeming with water, it’s also one of the windiest spots in the nation, which means sailors, windsurfers and kitesurfers will never find themselves longing for a good breeze. Water sports include sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, riding personal watercraft, motor-boating, parasailing and paddleboating. Sailing has long been a popular sport in the Corpus Christi area. The Corpus Christi marina is evidence of that, with boats packing the slips and the bayfront dotted with billowing white sails many evenings and almost every weekend. Wednesday nights are good times to experience Corpus Christi sailing for the first time, whether as a spectator or a participant. The Wednesday night regatta attracts amateur – and not so amateur – sailors competing in various divisions over a course laid out over Corpus Christi Bay. Show up around 5 p.m. and you might even get the chance to serve as a crew member on one of the boats. Sailboats are available for rent along the bayfront. Contact the city’s marina office at (361) 882-7333 for information on how to charter a boat or to find an experienced sailor to take you out for the day or evening.
www.thehotelguide.com Windsurfing... Corpus Christi has been home to one of the top windsurfing competitions in the world for several years. Kitesurfing and other extreme sports have been added in recent years. The four-day event now includes skateboarding and bicycle stunt performances at the annual Velocity Games/U.S. Open Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Championships. One of the best spots in the world to windsurf can be found at Bird Island Basin at Padre Island National Seashore. The water is shallow and the winds steady at this popular spot, which attracts people from all over the world. Surfing, too... Surfing is popular along the Texas coast as well. Surfers can be found near the piers and jetties on Padre and Mustang islands. Popular spots include the beaches of Port Aransas, J.P. Luby Surf Park and Bob Hall Pier in the Corpus Christi section of Padre Island. Kayaking Kayaking has become a popular water sport in recent years. Kayaks are for sale or rent at spots all along the Texas coast, including Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and Rockport. Kayaking guide services will rent you a kayak and take you to popular kayaking spots for exploring and fishing and will pick you up when youâ€™re done. Personal watercraft are available for rent at city marinas, beaches and roadways along area waterways. Scuba diving in Corpus Christi will take you to offshore oil and gas platforms, or to destinations outside the area. Finally, the kids will enjoy
renting a paddleboat and cruising around the sheltered waters of the marina. Take Me Out to the Ballpark The Corpus Christi Hooks, owned in part by Hall-of-Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, are the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The field is within the shadow of the Harbor Bridge and overlooks the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, where barges and tankers provide a monumental backdrop to the games. Contact Us... Call the Corpus Christi Padre Island CVB at 800-7662322 or visit www.corpuschristicvb.com.
Dicken’s on the Strand G
alveston Historical Foundation Executive Director Dwayne Jones Launch Slideshow is pleased to announce that the organization’s most important annual fundraising event, the 35-year-old Dickens on The Strand Victorian holiday festival, will take place this year, even in the face of extensive flood damage by Hurricane Ike to the historic downtown where the festival is held. Dickens on The Strand is always held the first weekend in December. This year, the festival is scheduled for December 6 and 7 with special events including a Dickens feast and holiday handbell concerts slated for the Friday before (December 5). A Little History Dickens on The Strand originated in 1973 as an evening potluck celebration of Galveston’s Victorian-era downtown, including re-enactments from Charles Dickens’ novel “A Christmas Carol.” The festival was held to bring people back into a 19th-century era downtown that had been neglected for decades - so they could see new restoration efforts and participate in a celebration focused on Galveston’s Victorian heritage. Since then, the festival has evolved into a full weekend event teeming with Victorian-costumed vendors, entertainers, and guests as well as a wide array of special events in historic properties throughout the island - including holiday house tours, a feast, concerts, breakfasts, and a Dickens Ball. FUNdraising... Over the years, with funds raised by its Dickens festival, Galveston Historical Foundation has succeeded in its partnership efforts to revitalize the island’s historic downtown. Prior to Hurricane Ike, Galveston’s downtown had been fully restored, and boasted a wide array of thriving boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. Galveston’s downtown is federally designated as a National Historic Landmark District. It boasts one of the largest collections of restored 19th-century iron-front commercial buildings in the country. The downtown Strand National Historic Landmark District and the residential East End Historic Landmark District comprise the largest federally recognized historic landmark district area in the state of Texas. During Hurricane Ike, this historic area was severely affected, flooding by as much as 12 feet in many downtown buildings. Galveston Historical Foundation Galveston Historical Foundation is one of the largest local preservation organizations in the country. It is
the steward of 13 historic properties including Bishop’s Palace, the 1877 tall ship Elissa and the oldest residence on the island, the Michel B. Menard House. Several GHF properties were severely damaged by Hurricane Ike - the worst including GHF headquarters, the 1861 U.S. Custom House along with the antebellum Ashton Villa house museum. Built in 1859, it is the oldest mansion on Galveston’s grand Broadway. “Now more than ever we need our Dickens on The Strand Festival to take place,” said GHF executive director Dwayne Jones. “Our downtown businesses are all facing extensive flood remediation right now. If we can aim for the Dickens festival - a little more than two months from now - as a moment when people who love Galveston can come visit and check on our progress and help us raise the money we need to continue our restoration efforts, that will be a very good thing for all of us.” Contact Information For more information about vendors, entertainers, group tours, special events, sponsorship, or volunteering, call Galveston Historical Foundation at 409-765-7834. To purchase tickets online for Dickens on The Strand, go to www.dickensonthestrand.org. Hours: Saturday, December 6: 10am - 6pm Sunday, December 7: 10am - 6pm Advance Tickets (On or before December 5, 2008) • Adults $9.00 • Children - Ages 7 - 12 $4.00 • Members of GHF $7.00 • Group of 20 or more $8.00 each At the Gate • Adults $12.00 • Children - Ages 7 - 12 $6.00
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The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center Serenity Tucked Away in Texas
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estled among 28,000 acres of natural forest, the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center is a true Texas Oasis. Just minutes from one of the nation’s largest cities - Houston, Texas, the Resort is still able to be a retreat from the hustle and bustle. The Amenities The property has 440 luxurious guestrooms and suites with most opening to private patios or balconies overlooking the golf course or the forest canopy. Each room is equiped with high-speed, wireless internet access, hair dryers, coffee maker, comfort bathrobe, iron/ironing board and a desk/study area. Golf Anyone? The Resort has a myriad of things for guests to do. If golf is your game, then partake in one of the two championship golf courses on property - The Oaks and Panther Trail. Amenities include a driving range and lighted putting green; a staff of PGA professionals; tournament coordination and a 2,500 square-foot, full-service pro shop stocked with the latest apparel and equipment. Recreation... The Forest Oasis Waterscape, a complete water experience featuring a 30-foot Forest Tower with a double helix racing slide, a relaxing waterfall, underwater music and underwater marine murals.Water volleyball and pop fountains add to the incredible experience. Kids will be enthralled with Puffy’s Sprayground with
its synchronized pop fountains. The area is ideal for toddlers, while the lagoon offers a serene atmosphere with its calming 10-foot waterfall and bench seating. Tennis is also readily-accessible for guests. The Resort boasts ten clay courts, seven outdoor hard courts and four indoor courts. Spa/Fitness The Resort also offers a full-service Spa and Fitness Center - including classes in yoga, pilates, water aerobics and much more. There are separate facilities for men and women with sauna, eucalyptus steam room and whirlpool tub. Dining & Entertainment The property has several incredible dining experiences, including The Woodlands Dining Room which offers a delectable and lavish buffet. The Glass features refiined American regional cuisines for an upscale dinner. The Lobby Bar is a comfortable setting for a classic cocktail and the Royal Mile Grille wih views of the 18th tee of the Oaks course, is a perfect ending to a round of golf. Meeting Facilities The Resort, a member of the International Association of Conference Centers, offers 60,000 square-feet of meeting and event space. The Conference Center houses 32 meeting rooms, many with natural lighting and views of the lake and forest. For more information on The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, call 1-800-433-2624 or visit their website at www.woodlandsresort.com
Nacogdoches, Texas: Nine Flags Festival
or more than a decade, the Nine Flags Festival has paid homage to the rich and spirited history of the oldest town in Texas. That history includes three attempts to establish a Republic of Texas. Thus, nine flags have flown over Nacogdoches as opposed to the six that have represented Texas. They are French, Spanish, Magee-Gutierrez, Dr. James Long, Mexican, Fredonia Rebellion, Lone Star, Confederate Stars & Bars and United States of America. HotelGuide Ad.qxp:Layout 1 4/22/08 4:50 PM Page 1 Since its inception in 1997, the Nine Flags Festival has
become one of the premier holiday celebrations in the state and has been recognized by the Texas Legislature for its community education and historic restoration efforts. The 11th annual Nine Flags Festival held in 2007 paid special tribute to the French flag with special events planned to recognize the town’s French influence. This year the 12th annual Nine Flags Festival will pay homage to the Mexican Flag, and honor our town’s Mexican heritage and influence with several special events dedicated to our neighbors to the south. For more information on this incredible event that runs from November 21 - December 13, visit www.nineflagsfestival. com or call (888) 653-3788.
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26th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes Jefferson County,Texas
or years now, the Historic Jefferson Foundation put on an event for all to revel in during the Holidays. The 26th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes is a holiday tradtion and one that travelers shouldn’t miss!
Victorian Castle was built in the 1890s by William E. Singleton Jr. for his wife, Victoria. It was named for her and for its architectural style. The house features 11-foot ceilings, an ornate stairway, original wood floors and an upstairs with unique turret and balcony bedrooms. It has two fireplaces that have been restored to their original splendor with a portrait of the original owner above the library fireplace. The Singletons had six children, all of whom were said to be musically inclined and the parlor is host to the original piano where the family often entertained guests. Owned by Karen and Richard Penner and located at 301 Clarksville Street, Victorian Castle has carried on the tradition of providing a wonderful home from one family to the next.
61 Dallas St.
No. 61 Dallas Street is a commercial brick structure built in 1860 by John B. Ligor. Before, during and after the War Between the States, the structure served a variety of commercial interests, including a livery stable, a Confederate hat factory and a saloon. Known locally as the “Old Masonic Building,� it was one of the few structures remaining from the mid-1850s Jefferson steamboat wharf district along Dallas Street. When it was purchased by the Jefferson Junior Historical Society in 1974, it was the first youth restoration preservation project in Texas. The current owners, Christine and PhilWelch, purchased the structure in 2003, and they recently completed the restoration into a historic saloon and townhouse.
Sagamore House, built in 1852, is a beautiful example of
a vernacular Texas house with Greek Revival influence. It originally was the home of Henry Scott, a partner in the first commercial ice plant in Texas. Several notable families have worked to restore and maintain the historic home. It is currently owned by Gary Slade and Tom Clift, and is located at 201 East Dixon Street in Jefferson�s historic district. The home has been completely restored and furnished with country primitive antiques appropriate to the period. It features a large living/formal dining room with 13-foot ceilings featuring rich crown moulding, original brick wood-burning fireplaces and original heart-of-pine floors. The back yard is shaded by 150-year-old pecan trees.
The modest, Craftsman-style bungalow at 601 East Jefferson Street was built in 1921 by Henry and Lou Moseley Davis, and they lived there more than 50 years. It was a Sears catalog house in a kit that included all the materials needed for construction. Some of the homes features are short, tapered porch columns on brick pedestals, original Art Deco porch light fixtures and exposed rafter tails. The original wood floors, French doors, and numerous large windows with heavily molded cross trim contribute to the charm and quaintness of the cottage. The house has the distinction of being one of the town�s first bed and breakfasts and was known as the Gingerbread House. Diane and Dale Vaughan purchased the house in 2005 and have completely restored the cottage to its original charming condition for their private residence. Schedule and Pricing Thursdays, Dec. 4 & Dec. 11, 3-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Dec. 5 & Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Dec. 12 & 13, 5-9 p.m. Tickets: Adults- $15, Children (under 10) - $2 For more information, call (903) 665-7064 or visit them online at www.historicjeffersonfoundation.com.
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El Paso, Texas:
A West Texas City with Charm, History & Charisma history is ingrained in the lifeline of Texas E andl Paso’s Mexico. The city grew from earlier settlements
dating back to the Juan de Oñate expedition in 1598 and a settlement by Juan Maria Ponce de León in 1827, although area missions predate that civil settlement by almost 150 years. El Paso is the largest United States city on the Mexican border and neighboring Juárez, is Mexico’s largest border city. The combined populations are about two million. Mission: Possible. Located in El Paso’s Lower Valley, are three stately adobe churches that remain as living testaments to the faith of the Spanish and Indian ancestors. The Ysleta Mission, established in 1682, is the cornerstone of the Ysleta del Sur Indian Pueblo. Two miles east on Socorro Road is the Socorro Mission, first built in 1682. Six miles farther east is the San Elizario Chapel that was established in 1789. A City of Attractions. El Paso has a myriad of things to do on your trip. From incredible Soutwestern landscapes, to cultural sites to sporting events, the city has a vibrancy about it that exudes uniqueness. You can’t go to El Paso and not visit the Magoffin Homestead. The home is an 1875 territorial style homestead of one of El Paso’s prominent founders. The homestead is still preserved as a museum with original family artifacts. Plan on visiting McKelligon Canyon Park & Amphitheatre. This 90-acre park, located in El Paso’s Franklin Mountains, is open to hikers and picnickers. A special feature of the park is the 1,500-seat amphitheatre, surrounded on three sides by dramatic canyon walls. A variety of concerts, a Shakespeare Festival and the VIVA EL PASO! outdoor musical drama are presented here each summer. Downtown Walking Tour. A 90-minute, self-guided walking tour beginning in San Jacinto Plaza, original site of Ponce de Leon’s ranch, winding through El Paso’s downtown historic district and ending on Mills Street at the Kress Building, home of the
famous dime store from 1938-1997. The tour includes several architecturally identifiable buildings, many of them designed by notable architect Henry C. Trost. For instance, the once elegant, and restored Plaza Theatre with its unique twinklingstar-and-floating-cloud ceiling is a can’t miss. Then, visit the beautifullyrestored Camino Real Hotel with its stained-glass dome ceiling, and other noteworthy buildings mastering many architectural styles. The Racing Life. Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino features state-of-the-art slot machine gaming, live horse racing, simulcast wagering, four dining options, Las Vegas-style buffet, live entertainment, big name concerts, convention space and meeting rooms. Unique Shopping. “The hottest salsa company in the land,” said the New York Times. For more than 20 years, Park Kerr and his mother Norma have shared their love for chiles and the unique products of the Southwest by creating and producing epicurean delights and decorative items that combine the piquant tastes of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Everything from salsas, barbecue sauces, margarita mixes and snack items to gift baskets and eclectic gift ideas can be found on the premises. Familyowned and operated, The El Paso Chile Company’s original store is located in historic downtown El Paso at 909 Texas Avenue. Open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mail order and shipping available. El Paso’s Barnett Harley-Davidson offers the world’s largest selection of motorcycles. Stop in for the largest selection of gear, accessories, and collectables. This venue is a motorcycle rider’s dream. The Sporting Life. El Paso is home to a variety of sporting opportunities. If you like golf, then venture over to Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course. This championship desert-style, 27-hole golf course has been given 4 1/2 stars and ranked second best municipal golf course in the nation by Golf Digest. Contact Information. For more information on El Paso, visit their website at www.visitelpaso.com or call (800) 351-6024.
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Lubbock, Texas: Heart & Soul of the Texas Panhandle
tanding on the plains of West Texas, as you feel the warm breeze on your face, you will be surrounded with the pioneering spirit that tamed this land known as Lubbock. The dancing yellows, oranges and purples of a West Texas sunset ease even the busiest mind. Witnessing nature is only one of the many reasons to visit the Texas you’ve always dreamed of.
History Lesson... On March 16, 1909, Lubbock officially became an incorporated community and the celebration of being a new town began. Soon, it became the center of commerce, medicine, education and entertainment for all of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and was appropriately labeled the “Hub of the Plains.” Now, Lubbock residents are planning for a year-long Centennial Celebration which began in March 2008, and will culminate with a party and Lubbock legends concert in March 2009, featuring Lubbock-grown entertainers past, present, and future. With a growing population of more than 255,000, Lubbock is carving out a dominant role in the West Texas landscape. Already home to a thriving agribusiness culture, an eminent university system, and a regional medical powerhouse, Lubbock is forging a new reputation as a fertile setting for revolutionary enterprise and technology. Unlock the secrets that give Lubbock a unique spirit; from down-home country dining to unrivaled shopping and outdoor fun, Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University, Buddy Holly and a legendary ranching and music heritage. Texas Tech University Texas Tech University is the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas and also attracts visitors to Lubbock. With its red tiles blazing beneath boundless West Texas skies and a public art program ranked among the nation’s 10 best, Texas Tech’s beauty will jump out when you drive onto campus. Less visible, however, are Texas Tech’s other assets. The proud new host of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, Texas Tech houses 28,000 students and a world-quality faculty. Noted scholars and lecturers visit the campus throughout the year for presentations to students, faculty, staff and the public. Throughout the year, the University also offers a wide selection of theater, music and dance performances and, of course, Big XII sporting events. Musical Legends West Texas musicians forever impacted the music scene and Lubbock’s own Buddy Holly played a major role. The West Texas Walk of Fame featuring the Buddy Holly
www.thehotelguide.com statue is a larger-than-life tribute to the legendary Lubbock musician. Two-step along the West Texas Walk of Fame honoring West Texas music legends including Waylon Jennings, Mac Davis, Roy Orbison and Tanya Tucker. Follow Buddy Holly’s life in Lubbock as you take the Buddy Holly Historical Tour. See the church Buddy attended, the radio studio he performed in, his grave, high school and more. Continue the celebration of Buddy Holly’s life and achievements at the Buddy Holly Center. Visitors can see artifacts including Buddy’s own Fender Stratocaster guitar, his famous glasses, photographs, a songbook used by Buddy and The Crickets, recording contracts and more. The Buddy Holly Center also features the Lubbock Fine Arts Gallery, a 2,500 square foot gallery dedicated to the presentation of changing contemporary visual arts programs. West Texas music, with its inimitable style and sound, attracts acclaim—and tourism interest—from around the world. There is no better place to discover and hear this music and explore its cultural heritage than Lubbock’s Depot Entertainment District. At the heart of this downtown destination is The Cactus Theater, an iconic Lubbock landmark transformed in 1994 from an abandoned movie theater into a state-of-the-art performance venue. The Depot Entertainment District has grown to include venues for entertainment, arts and cultural programs. An award-winning microbrewery, boutiques, art studios, restaurants and live-music venues are part of the exciting mix. Prairie Dog Town Watch nature’s clowns experience the trials and tribulations of everyday prairie dog life. At Prairie Dog Town, in Mackenzie Park, the whole family will get a kick out of observing these little critters in their natural habitat. Prairie Dog Town was the first protected prairie dog colony of its kind and began with four dogs and two burrows. A recent renovation brought enhancements including a pavilion and viewing area, bus parking, in-
terpretive signage and more. When visiting the prairie dogs, bring carrots or cookies to share! Visit one of our numerous ranches in and around the city of Lubbock where you can see a working ranch, experience a chuck wagon dinner, ride horses, explore the grounds and feel the true West under your boots. Other popular attractions in Lubbock include the Museum of Texas Tech University, an internationallyrecognized museum that houses collections in the arts, humanities and sciences; the American Wind Power Center, a museum for the American-style water-pumping windmills located on 28 acres; Mackenzie Park, Lubbock’s largest recreation area featuring a golf course, amusement park, equestrian trails and more; the National Ranching Heritage Center, a site where the story of ranching in North America is told through the preservation of 45 authentic structures displayed on 16 acres; and the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater, a unique, hands-on museum featuring interactive science exhibits and a domed screen that lets the audience feel like they are a part of the movie. More Attractions Discover Lubbock’s blend of attractions including award-winning wineries, championship golf courses, eclectic assortment of restaurants, unique shopping, internationally recognized museums and more as you visit the Texas you’ve always dreamed of…Lubbock. fers visitors a wave pool, speed slides, flume slides, lazy river, arcade, kiddy area and delectable concessions. The city is also home to one of Texas’ largest privatelyowned amusement parks with more than 25 rides and 32 attractions. Wonderland Amusement Park includes the Big Splash Flume ride, Fantastic Journey spook house, Raging Rapids water slide, the Texas Tornado double loop roller coaster and much more for the family to enjoy. Contact Information For more information on Lubbock, visit their website at www.visitlubbock.org.
Published on Jan 23, 2009
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