With all the heart and charm of Texas, but none of the crowd of its larger cities, Texas Hill Country is the ideal place to refresh and rejuvenate meetings and events. Its awe-inspiring landscape, paired with fine dining and well-appointed accommodations, are quickly making Texas' best-kept secret into a well-known fact. In 2008, The New York Times even declared the region the number 1 vacation spot in the nation.
Texas Hill Country's location in the center of the state can certainly impart a feeling of tranquility and seclusion from the busy world, but it is by no means an out-of-the-way destination. In fact, many of the area's biggest towns are within a half-day's drive of Austin and San Antonio, both of which have state-of-the-art international airports. The Amtrak station in San Marcos welcomes train travelers, and traversing the region itself is made easier by several public transportation options and the accommodating shuttles and coaches offered by larger resorts in the area.
Welcoming visitors across the region are a wealth of sprawling hotels, resorts and conference centers, all of which provide the ideal combination of lodging, meeting space and amenities. Kerrville's expansive Inn of the Hills Resort is home to a newly-renovated $1.2 million conference center. The center features 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including 15 meeting rooms ranging in size from 345 square feet to 3,280 square feet, as well as a 7,800-square-foot Grand Ballroom. With intricate ironwork sconces, native Texas stone accents and wrought iron chandeliers, the resort welcomes overnight guests with 170 rooms situated around a tropical courtyard.
Located about 85 miles southeast of Kerrville, the historic New Braunfels is home to the beautiful T Bar M Resort and Conference Center, offering 12,000 square feet of meeting space including five meeting rooms. The 2,300-square-foot dining room, surrounded by glass windows and featuring a large fireplace, is an ideal spot for post-meeting dinners and cocktail receptions. The T Bar M Resort and Conference Center also features extensive meeting amenities, including facility-wide high speed Internet service, in-house catering services, as well as 74 guest rooms, six guest cottas and 11 villas.
The nearly 55 cities that comprise the Texas Hill Country are home to a wealth of unique venues as well. Introduce guests to the majesty of the region's landscape with an event at Longhorn Caverns, where shimmering calcite crystals add sparkle to any event. Or impart some Western charm to dinners and receptions by renting a space in the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. Here, artwork depicting cowboys, Native Americans, settlers and mountain men make a unique backdrop for meetings and events of up to 550 guests.
Texas Hill Country's picturesque setting also lends itself to a number of memorable venues for group outings. Treat guests to a true cowboy experience at Bandera's 300-acre Silver Spur Guest Ranch. Horseback rides, campfire meals and Western entertainment such as rope shows, cowboy singers and two-step dance classes keep guests entertained at this historic dude ranch. Texas Wine Tours is a can't-miss excursion for meeting attendees looking to explore the over two dozen wineries in the region. Schedule custom day tours aboard a limousine coach to explore wineries such as Becker Vineyards, Lost Creek Vineyard and Torre di Piertra Winery.
Texas Hill Country's major industries include agriculture and manufacturing. Austin serves as headquarters for such corporations as 3M, Hoovers, Inc., National Instruments Corp. and Whole Foods Markets, while nearby San Antonio is headquarters to Advantage Rent A Car, AT&T, Inc., and Clear Channel Communications, Inc.