Destination: Crossing State Lines

Texas is terrific but beyond its borders your membership may find inspiration – whether the culinary delights of Louisiana, the artist-immortalized landscapes of New Mexico, the political power of the Little Rock Nine or the majestic natural wonders of Oklahoma (and we’re not just talking about Chuck Norris). Read on for a few stellar reasons to take your Texas party to learn, network and celebrate in a
neighboring state.


As if we even need to tell you. And while yes, New Orleans’ reputation precedes itself, you don’t have to go that far east to let those good times roll. Lake Charles is rife with history, outdoor pursuits and a host of unconventional venues that speak to the area’s charm. The Calcasieu Marine Bank Building, for example, one of several Lake Charles buildings designed by a notable New Orleans’ architectural firm was built in 1928. Its gorgeous neo-classical confines need little dressing-up; your attendees will be steeped in history and elegance.


With arts and cultural events scheduled year-round, OKC is rife for consideration if you want to take the Texans out of Texas for a spell. The vibrant Bricktown arts and entertainment district pulses with activity, the Myriad Botanical Gardens books corporate events for groups of 4 to 400 and the towering, Dale Chihuly sculpture at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art – which dazzles visitors by day – can serve as your event’s glittering, five-story centerpiece after dark.


Want to treat your members to a spa day? Hit up Hot Springs and there’s a whole national park built around this ancient concept! The thermal waters, which flow from the earth at 143°F, have been drawing visitors for ages, though the historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa may be a little more in line with the treatments your group is interested in (even if they want to enjoy a hike in the park!). Built in 1875, it’s still the state’s largest hotel, with elegant spaces in which to learn, network and get business done. Its conference center can accommodate up to 1,000 for meetings, its Crystal Ballroom 400 for seated dining. Perhaps most importantly its Thermal Bathhouse allows for soaking in the healing mineral waters of the hot springs.

New Mexico

You want spicy, Texas? You don’t really even have to leave home for it, but if you’re heading to enchanting New Mexico, you can find it closer than Santa Fe. Las Cruces’ “Green Chile Trail,” sometimes called the “Walk of Flame,” is rife with spicy culinary allure. Tasting tours, many of which incorporate interesting information about chile farming and harvesting, make for phenomenal off-site events and can easily culminate with an amazing Mexican meal at one of the city’s fine eateries. That said, you could easily host a chile-infused craft cocktail event or party at your hotel of choice.

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