APR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory 2 San Marcos Located 30 miles from Austin is San Marcos, which is home to the San Marcos Conference Center with 78,800 square feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms and a 4,000- square-foot veranda. The center is attached to the Embassy Suites & Spa with 283 guest rooms. New for 2012, an 80-suite Candlewood Suites opens this fall as well as the San Marcos Recreation Center with 5,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space, said Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, executive director of the San Marcos CVB. "We've got plenty for the history buff, the nature enthusiast and of course for the shop- ping fanatic, with the largest outlet mall in the U.S." Subscribe Small Towns With Group Appeal Fredericksburg Located 78 miles from Austin is historic Fred- ericksburg, which is now home to 14 winer- ies—five with event space, said Mary Ann McClain with the Fredericksburg CVB. "We are far from the typical small Texas town," McClain said. "In addition to the winer- ies, we welcome a new brewery, Pedernales Brewing Company, which will have event space and on-site tastings; we have a new 78-room Holiday Inn Express opening this summer; and we are home to the National Museum of the Pacific War, which has six venues for off-site events, including gardens, patios, and the newly added historic Ruff Haus, with courtyard space for up to 250 people." In addition, Fredericks- burg's Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course completes a $2 million renovation this year. ■ Advertise AUSTIN Contact Texas wildflowers and cactus bloom along the Live Oak Wilderness Trail at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg. www.con v APRIL 2012 ConventionSouth 33 Photos courtesy of

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