APR 2012

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Home Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase Bring ʼEm To Bastrop Located 30 miles from Austin is the city of Bastrop and according to Kathy Danielson, CFEE, TMP, executive director of the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center, the city offers the Bastrop Conven- tion and Exhibit Center with state-of-the-art technical amenities, WiFi Internet access, a flexible main ballroom, multiple meeting rooms and additional outdoor venue space. "This new venue is both attractive and affordable to state associations, event planners, brides and tradeshow produc- ers," Danielson said. Accommodations in Bastrop include sev- eral bed and breakfast properties and the Best Western Bastrop Pines Inn with 1,000 square feet of meeting space. Danielson also noted that Bastrop provides specialty shops, museums, historical sites, local restaurants and nature-based activities surround the new center giving attendees and guest plenty to do. Where To Eat Baxters on Main is a fine dining restaurant located in downtown Bastrop. Have your attendees try the Porterhouse Stroganoff, a scrumptious dish of sliced fillet and New York strip medallions, with caramelized onion, wild mushrooms, fresh herbs tossed with a red wine and sour cream demi-glâce. Where To Unwind Just outside of Bastrop is the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, which offers 491 guest rooms and 60,000 square feet of meet- ing space. The resort's Spa Django was named for the great guitar musician, Django Reinhart, and calls on guests to "intertwine his spirit and gypsy music with nature's bounty." Where To Explore In 1979, the National Register of Historic Places admitted 131 Bastrop buildings and sites to its listings. This earned Bastrop the title of the "Most Historic Small Town in Texas." Recently, the city was named a "Dis- tinctive Destination" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Nestled on the banks of the Colorado River, the city's historic district offers a visitor's center along with wide selec- tion of shops and restaurants as well as bed and breakfast homes. ■ 34 ConventionSouth APRIL 2012 www.con v

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