APR 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 26 A U S T I N Lone Star Court is a newly opened "motor-court hotel" con- cept hotel with 123 retro- inspired guest rooms with high- tech amenities and a food- trailer court with signature food truck, The Feed Store. For groups, the hotel has 2,000 square feet of interior meeting space, a 1,600-square-foot outdoor pavilion and an 1,800- square-foot event lawn. ■ Travel Vintage Style Where To EAT In a city known for cutting-edge cuisine and a hot food-truck scene, many establishments stand out. Mettle is an East Austin bistro known for meals prepared with the freshest ingredients, many of them local, using well- honed techniques and playful inspiration. Odd Duck relies on local vendors for everything from the salad greens to craft beer served at its south Austin location. In a city filled with great Tex-Mex eateries, La Condesa was singled out in a recent "best of" article for Conde Nast Traveler magazine. ■ Fly In Austin-Bergstrom International Airport consistently high-ranked for customer service, is keeping up with the city's growth, said Austin CVB's Steve Genovesi. "New service like British Airways direct flight to London Heathrow (begun March 3rd), allows us to grow our international appeal as well." ■ Find Yourself In The Lost Pines About a half-hour east of Austin, the Lost Pines region of Texas immerses groups in the amazing beauty of more than 6,000 acres of Loblolly Pine forest. Here the town of Bastrop offers quaint historic homes and buildings, a Colorado River bridge (now pedestrian only) thatʼs on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center that can seat 800 for theater-styled events. "We are doing upgrades to the outdoor venue area at the center that will allow for a true Texas experience for banquets or other functions," said Kathy Danielson, executive director. The town provides visitors with specialty shops, museums, local restaurants and nature-based activities. "The bridge is a great place to take a stroll, get a view of the Colorado River, or join the Society of Bridgespitters," Danielson said. ■ Austin CVB 23-52 CS April 2014_Layout 1 3/27/14 4:17 PM Page 26

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