#TexasToDo Winter 2018
Newly opened hotels, highly anticipated restaurants and cooler weather make the perfect combination to visit the Lone Star State this season! Here are a handful of new places to add to your #TexasToDo list.
New flights are regularly added to Texas on all major airlines, making it an easily accessible trip destination! Spirit Airlines announced earlier this month that it will add a new daily nonstop flight from New Orleans to Austin beginning early 2019. The city of Harlingen and Valley International Airport welcomes a new addition of nonstop flights to and from Denver, CO and Chicago, IL from Frontier Airlines. United Airlines has also announced a pop-up flight schedule devoted to spring break destinations including flights from Chicago, IL and Denver, CO to Brownsville/South Padre Island.
Carpenter Hotel recently opened its doors to the public in the Zilker neighborhood in Austin. The converted union hall features a pool, café and event space. Its location is great too ‑ you can walk, scooter or carshare to pretty much any hotspot in the city!
The booming North Texas suburbs are now home to the Sandman Signature Plano – Frisco Hotel, which is the Sandman Hotel Group’s first United States hotel. The Plano-Frisco hotel features 233 guestrooms, an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, multiple restaurants and bars and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Its location also offers easy access to multiple sports venues, conference facilities, parks, lakes, golf courses, shopping centers and restaurants.
Mokara Hotel and Spa has unveiled the fruit of a 30-million-dollar renovation to its lobby and meeting spaces in San Antonio. The renovations, which include adding the Tejas Boardroom meeting space, feature design that was in inspired by the rich history of the luxury hotel.
The Miraval Austin Resort and Spa, set to open in January 2019, will include 117 rooms and suites, a spa, a body mindfulness center, the Cypress Creek Organic Farm and Ranch, full-service restaurant, smoothie bar, a Hill Country challenge course, two infinity pools and outdoor meeting and event facilities. The resort’s mission is to supply the tools for people hoping to regain balance and to restore health and happiness to their lives.
New Eats and Drinks
Nobu opened its 39th location in Houston this November near the Galleria. The sushi restaurant from Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert DeNiro will dazzle patrons with a menu including its famous yellowtail and jalapeno, and newer dishes like foie gras gyoza.
JoAnn’s Fine Foods is the newest on the McGuire Moorman Hospitality’s roster. Located in the iconic Austin Motel on South Congress Avenue in Austin, the Tex-Mex restaurant is serving up an all-day menu including items from barbacoa and eggs to patty melts to chicken fried steak.
Fort Worth is now home to its first food hall with the opening of Foodhall at Crockett Row. The 16,000 sq. ft. space will house 14 vendors serving a variety of food options from some of North Texas’ top chefs and restaurateurs.
5 Stones Artisan Brewing now calls New Braunfels home after moving their brewery and tap room from Cibolo. The taproom is open from Wednesday through Saturday and serves a wide range of beers.
Be a part of college football history on December 29 at the 81st annual Cotton Bowl in Arlington, as two of the nation’s best teams battle for a spot in the finals.
The AMoA Open in Amarillo is a unique initiative designed to give artists of all ages and levels of experience an opportunity to exhibit their work in a museum setting. The exhibition is open for two weeks at the Amarillo Museum of Art.
Thrill-seekers will have something to look forward to with the unveiling of Pirates of the Deep Sea ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. The interactive ride for all ages opens Jan. 1.
Winter Event Highlights
- Luckenbach Blues Festival – Luckenbach (Jan. 19)
- Denton Black Film Festival – Denton (Jan. 23-27)
- Winter Antique Show – Round Top (Jan. 24-27)
- Dutch Oven Cookoff – Terlingua (Feb. 3-4)
- Laredo Birding Festival – Laredo (Feb. 6-9)
- Confucius Wishing Lanterns – San Antonio (Feb. 9)
- Inspire Film Festival – The Woodlands (Feb. 14-18)
- Chocolate Lovers Train Ride – Palestine (Feb. 15-16)
- Play It Again Concert – San Angelo (Feb. 17)
- Whooping Crane Festival – Port Aransas (Feb. 21-24)
- Mardi Gras – Galveston (Feb. 22-24)
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