APR 2015

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GEORGETOWN Called the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, Georgetown's historic downtown has one of the largest collections of Victorian commercial buildings in the state. Meeting and event ven- u es include the Klett Center for the Performing Arts, Reunion Ranch, Berry Creek Country Club and Angel Springs Event Center. Hotels with limited meeting space include a LaQuinta Inn & Suites and a Holiday Inn Express. BASTROP Twenty-five miles east of Austin, the historic city of Bastrop offers planners a 26,000- square-foot convention and expo center, spe- cialty shops, museums, B&Bs and a Four-Star resort, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. Over- looking the Lower Colorado River, the resort has more than 240,000 square feet of outdoor scenic venues, including an amphitheater, two covered pavilions, decks, gardens, and lawns and terraces as well as 60,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space. ROUND ROCK Round Rock (population 100,000) maintains a small-town feel but offers 26 hotel properties, including a new Home2 Suites by Hilton, said Alan Bradley, manager, Round Rock CVB. "We offer first-class amenities, great shopping, din- ing, outdoor trails and entertainment, including baseball from the Triple-A Round Rock Ex- press." Major meeting and event facilities in- clude Austin Marriott North at Round Rock and United Heritage Center at Dell Diamond. SAN MARCOS San Marcos combines major amenities with beautiful Texas Hill Country scenery, said Re- becca Ybarra-Ramirez, executive director, San Marcos CVB. "Event attendees have fewer out-of-pocket expenses at our Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel, Spa and Conference Cen- ter, which includes a daily complimentary breakfast and evening reception. Because the hotel is adjacent, there are no weather con- cerns or travel time to sessions. Off-site ven- ues, only a short shuttle ride away, include a concert hall, roof-top patios, a classic car museum, and glass-bottomed boat rides." Ybarra-Ramirez says the student population of Texas State University keeps the downtown lively at shopping, dining and nightlife venues. A number of hotel properties are newly opened or set to open in the next year, includ- ing Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfield Inn, and Comfort Inn and Suites. n w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS TOP PICKS: AT&T Executive Education Hotel & Conference Center (512) 404-3669 "Meet in the heart of Austin, Texas. Our conference center provides free Wi-Fi, flexible space and exceptional dining for meetings." See Ad On Page 2 Austin Convention Center (512) 404-4200 "Meet to the Beat" in Austin and enjoy the Live Music Capital of the World's vibrant entertainment and culture, its tantalizing culinary delights, or the great outdoors!" Hilton Austin (512) 482-8000 "Hilton Austin completed a $23 million renovation boasting modern, millennial luxury. Offering a premier downtown location. Adjacent to the Austin Convention Center." FOLLOW UP: Austin CVB Georgetown CVB San Marcos CVB Round Rock CVB City of Bastrop Texas AUSTIN IN-DEPTH Visit for more about Austin through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos more. A U S T I N A P R I L 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 49 LIvE MUSIC AT THE AIRPORT The Austn experience starts at the air- port. As meetng guests arrive, they can be greeted with welcome statons and live music at Austn-Bergstrom In- ternatonal Airport. The Airport Flyer bus service provides a dedicated route between downtown and the airport for just $1 each way. Austin Bergstrom International Airport NEIGHBORING CITIES OFFER vENUES FOR SMALLER MEETINGS The Round Rock landmark is a popular recreational spot.

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