1 . Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center

Pottsboro, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 208 - 0980

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Phone cords, cubicle cat fights and your child screaming that you aren’t gentle enough with a comb. There’s a lot to get tangled up in on a daily basis and despite our No. 1 pick’s name, Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center upholds both parts of the term “business retreat.”

Taking in Tanglewood’s golden glow and shoreside location to the glimmering Lake Texoma, we understand if doubts about your boss’s sanity arise. But as its name states, Tanglewood is both a resort and a conference center. Give your presentation in a stately room with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment and superior service from the professional staff of special event planners. Don’t stay inside too long, though. After all, there is The Oasis – an impressive 81-ft. cruiser – to board for afternoon cocktails! Perfect your swing as you discuss future partnership on Tanglewood’s Arnold Palmer and Ralph Plummer-designed 18-hole golf course. Or, if you don’t feel up to par, an appointment at Tranquility Spa will have you on your feet and in those heels or dress shoes in no time. Especially after being wrapped in pure crushed lavender mixed with lavender essential oil and shea butter.

Highlights

To make your business retreat run smoothly, Tanglewood offers the Complete Meeting Package which includes deluxe accommodations, a professional planning coordinator, three meals per day, refreshment breaks, the general session meeting room with standard equipment, use of fitness and recreation amenities and secretarial services.

Getting there

Tanglewood is one hour north of Dallas. From Dallas, travel north on U.S. Hwy. 75 and take Exit 69. Turn left onto Hwy. 120 and head west on Pottsboro. At the west end of town, Hwy. 120 makes a hard right; keep following Hwy. 120 and turn left at the resort’s entrance. Continue down the main road for another 2.5 miles until you arrive at Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center.

Related Onsite Offerings

Tanglewood has three outdoor swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, tennis courts, a volleyball court, horseshoe pitching, croquet, Lake Texoma fishing and the Tranquility Spa for your leisure.

2 . La Cantera Hill Country Resort

San Antonio, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 782 - 6507

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Ideal for business travelers, La Cantera Hill Country Resort boasts a wide variety of meeting and banquet services, accompanied by culinary delights of the upmost quality. The more than 39,000 square feet of functional meeting space provides business groups with endless options.

Situated atop one of the highest points in San Antonio, overlooking the scenic Texas Hill Country, is the highly-acclaimed La Cantera Hill Country Resort. A favorite luxury resort for business and leisure travelers alike, this Hill Country destination also boasts scenic vistas across an endless expanse of majestic Live Oak groves interrupted only by creamy white limestone outcroppings, green fairways, and sparkling pools. Offering an unparalleled golf retreat, La Cantera not only has one, but two championship 18-hole golf courses, onsite! Guests can also seek a change of pace by heading into San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country to check out the area's famed great historic sights, theme parks, top-notch shopping, and much more. For business travelers, La Cantera offers 39,000 square feet worth of flexible and functional indoor and outdoor space, thus providing the versatility for just about any type of corporate meeting or conference.

Address

16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256

Highlights

La Cantera Hill Country Resort boasts a wide variety of conference, meeting, and banquet room settings with more than 39,000 square feet of functional space. This includes a 17,000 square foot ballroom that is divisible into two smaller ballrooms, or nine individual meeting rooms. Also available are eight separate meeting rooms and three executive boardrooms.

Related Onsite Offerings

Located onsite at La Cantera is the Castle Rock Health Club & Spa, designed to pamper guests in body, mind, and spirit. This full-service spa offers range of revitalizing spa treatments, perfect following a long day spent on the conference room.

3 . La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

Montgomery, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 274 - 6182

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You are informed you have to attend another meeting and your first response is probably an exasperated sigh followed by a less than enthusiastic, "great." But turn that frown upside down because meetings and conferences at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa are anything but ordinary.

Located 50 minutes from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa is a place where meetings and conferences are taken to a new level of extraordinary. This world-class resort offers 19 different meeting venues, which can accommodate the most intimate groups to gatherings of up to 500 attendees. Business events at La Torretta are distinguished, unique, and exciting. If you're planning a weekend or overnight business affair, rest assured that the guest accommodations are bar none. The resort's luxury villas and suites are sure to please every attendee. When you're not hard a work, there is fun to be had at this beautiful destination. Polish your clubs and hit the links, go for a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool, or enjoy a relaxing treatment at the spa! The next time you find out you have a meeting at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, we promise you'll be saying, "great!" with resounding enthusiasm.

Highlights

La Torretta Lake Resort has earned the prestigious IACC certification for conference and meeting planning.

Related Onsite Offerings

Meeting and conference amenities include state-of-the-art communication systems, complimentary 4G Wi-Fi and critically acclaimed restaurants and banquet services. You'll also have a dedicated Conference Service Manager on hand to provide a flawless event, from check-in to departure.

4 . Purple Sage Ranch

Bandera, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 373 - 0931

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Enjoy Hill Country comfort and plenty of productivity at Purple Sage Ranch in Bandera, Texas.

As a group-only property, Purple Sage Ranch specializes in making sure your off-site meeting or conference is a success. Meeting spaces come fully-equipped and rental-free with all amenities and equipment. Their staff can help plan everything including snack service so you can get focus on productivity instead of planning. Better still, the ranch offers plenty of activities great for breakout sessions and team building exercises. From a ropes course and shooting course to nature trails and a complete fitness center, they have everything you need to make your meeting as memorable as it is productive.

Address

756 Purple Sage Road Bandera, TX 78003

Population

859

Highlights

The Complete Meetings Package from Purple Sage Ranch will make sure everything is taken care of during your stay. From three daily meals to notepads and audiovisual equipment, their staff will make sure you have everything you need for a productive meeting.

5 . Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park

Burnet, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 977 - 0081

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No matter how ergonomic your office chair is, by Friday you can feel that tingling pain start to creep into your lower back. And now you have to go and sit all weekend at a business seminar.

Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park takes the mental motivation from a weekend workshop and reinforces it with a great locale by the shores of Lake Buchanan and plenty of outdoor adventure. Acres of undisturbed Texas Hill Country beauty surround you and your team throughout your stay. Sleep in your rustic-chic lodge room listening to the lullaby of nearby streams. Take your group work outside beneath the shade of cedar and oak trees. Or, use the spacious Republic Room, Live Oak Room or Eagles Nest for more formal events. When you feel the itch to get up and stretch, 14 miles of nature trails, a private beach, fishing pier or a Vanishing Texas River Cruise are the breath of fresh air you need. Or, challenge co-workers to canoe and kayak races, a GPS scavenger hunt, golfing at Delaware Springs or rock climbing!

Address

Hwy. 2341 NE Lake Buchanan, Burnet, TX 78611

Related activities

Treat your weekend event to the scrumptious catering of the Canyon Room Restaurant. Combining traditional Texas cooking with a European style, Canyon Room offers a unique Hill Country dining experience.

Related Onsite Offerings

An observatory, recreation room, guided programs, nature park, live entertainment and horseshoes and beach volleyball on the waterfront beach.

6 . Cibolo Creek Ranch

Marfa, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 496 - 9460

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If you’ve done this sort of thing before you may have considered a ranch as the basis for a conference retreat. What you haven’t considered, though, is a Texas conference at a ranch this authentic. Cibolo Creek Ranch remains a working longhorn business, as it has been for well over a century.

You’ll feel every moment of it just by stepping onto the property. Cibolo Creek Ranch is comprised of three forts built by Milton Favor, one of the pioneers, in the 1800s. Back then a ranch in Texas’ Big Bend region pretty much required a fort or two, being that it was on the shifting front lines of the Civil War and constantly in danger of Comanche or Apache attacks. That remoteness is part of the atmosphere now, along with the faithful restoration of the original buildings and a tinge of Mexican culture. El Cibolo, the largest of the three forts with 21 guest rooms, has a swimming pool and hot tub, a spa and a recreation facility along with conference and multimedia rooms. Or, you can choose La Cienega – with ten fort rooms, ten hacienda rooms, its own swimming pool and full kitchen plus a multimedia/recreation area. It’s a different kind of luxury at a very different Texas conference resort!

Fun facts

Cibolo Creek Ranch has received three separate listings on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as numerous national and Texas state architectural awards for its restoration.

Related Onsite Offerings

Your stay at Cibolo Creek Ranch includes three gourmet meals per day, prepared by experienced chefs using fresh, original local ingredients.

Highlights

The health spa at Cibolo Creek Ranch combines a fully modern exercise facility and massage services with a sauna, an indoor and outdoor hot tub, a lakeside swimming pool and more.

7 . The Retreat at Balcones Springs

Marble Falls, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (830) 693 - 6639

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Retreat to the extraordinary. At the Retreat at Balcones Springs.

The Retreat at Balcones Springs calls Marble Falls, Texas home. Where the Great Outdoors are filled with adventure opportunity, and indoors the Retreat at Balcones Springs ensures your special event is an unforgettable experience. Fill your business retreat with the serenity, beauty, and wonder of this Texas vacation haven in hill country. And take advantage of fully-equipped event spaces, charming accommodations, and a venue that covers every divine detail, from beginning to end.

Address

The Retreat at Balcones Springs 104 Balcones Springs Drive Marble Falls, TX 78654

Highlights

Destine your memorable event for the flexible meeting spaces of The Retreat at Balcones Springs. Choose from the Rio Dining Hall, Live Oak Room, and the Longhorn Room.

Related activities

Launch your canoe from Lake Ted, go fishing, try the Lake Ted zip line, challenge your team on the ropes course, or relax at the on-site spa.

8 . South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center

League City, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 442 - 5005

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The great thing about Texas is that its large cities, like Houston, blend quickly into pure relaxation and inspiration. Case in point: South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center. It’s got the nautical feel of being on the ocean, with all the conveniences and recreation of being on land.

Clear Lake is large enough to harbor the third-largest concentration of pleasure boats in the U.S., which is just the beginning of the appeal at South Shore Harbour Resort. Two championship golf courses are nearby; the NASA/Johnson Space Center is directly across the lake, and a rainforest and aquarium are on display at Moody Gardens, which happens to be next door to the famous Schlitterbahn waterpark. Naturally, the resort can happily arrange dinner cruises and fishing excursions. All of this combines with 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, supported by an onsite audio/visual company. A total of 25 meeting rooms surround the Paradise Reef and Harbour Club restaurants, with easy access to the marina, beach cabanas and boat cruises. This is Texas inspiration with plenty of style!

Related activities

South Shore Harbour Country Club offers 27 holes of championship golf, plus two putting greens, a chipping green and an oversized driving range just five minutes from the resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Use of the resort’s state-of-the-art 130,000-sq.-ft. fitness center is available for a nominal fee.

Getting there

From downtown Houston, follow I-45 South. Exit at League City (Exit 23) and turn left onto FM 518. Travel straight onto FM 2094. Turn left onto South Shore Boulevard. South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center is on your right at the end of boulevard.

9 . Hotel Contessa

San Antonio, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 435 - 0900

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Though right in the historic and culturally-buzzing city of San Antonio, our No. 10 pick rests right along the Riverwalk, giving your Texas conference getaway a more secluded, charming ambience. Hotel Contessa offers meeting space both in indoor venues and on outdoor terraces!

Hotel Contessa features over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including their 2,300 sq. ft. Contessa Ballroom, a ten-seat executive board room and three outdoor terraces overlooking the beautiful Riverwalk. All meeting rooms come with ergonomic chairs, state-of-the-art technology, conference concierges and a refreshment island. And for your off-time, Hotel Contessa gives you southern luxury – massages next to the heated rooftop pool, the delicious Spanish flavors of Las Ramblas and Cork Bar, charming shops and restaurants, easily accessible by the Riverwalk and much more. The accommodations are equally luxurious, featuring plush linens, oversized bathrooms and décor that captures the cultural essence of San Antonio. With AAA Four-Diamond luxury, the guestrooms at Hotel Contessa are sure to sooth any stress that a conference getaway may stir up. Plus, the onsite spa, fitness center and beautiful Riverwalk adds a layer of convenience to your conference getaway in charming San Antonio.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hotel Contessa offers special group rates on specific dates throughout the year. Visit their website to learn more!

Getting there

From Houston – Take I-10 W into San Antonio. Exit onto I-37 N for 1.7 miles. Then take exit 141/Commerce Street. Turn left onto Commerce Street. Drive 5 blocks and turn left onto St. Mary’s Street, then turn left again onto Market St. The Hotel Contessa will be on your right.

Address

306 W. Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205

10 . Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 611 - 0112

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Every day your neglected long iron looks forlornly at you from its corner and you have even started replacing phrases like “core team” with “fore team.” Don’t just miserably dream of emerald fairways. Do yourself, your long iron and your office a favor and head to our No. 10 resort.

Horseshoe Bay Resort was named the Best Golf Resort of 2009 by Texas Meetings and Events magazine and boasts 7,000 acres of lush grounds. We promise to return to the award-winning greens, but before donning your golf gear, slip into a swimming suit. Cool off in the lagoon-style Yacht Club pool or on Turtle Beach by Lake LBJ. And though the 27-person volcanic-like whirlpool is tempting, you best save that for a golf aperitif. Organize a corporate golf tournament on one of three courses. Ram Rock, Slick Rock and Apple Rock are all Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed courses that provide captivating challenges and authentic Texas splendor. When it’s time to get down to business, Horseshoe Bay’s Business Center provides all the office conveniences 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And if you just can’t bear to let the golf go, experienced event planners can coordinate a themed event.

Highlights

Horseshoe Bay Resort offers a variety of rooms to suit your level of luxury. Gaze out the Marriott Hotel room’s floor-to-ceiling windows for views of Texas Hill Country. Lounge in your garden tub in a three-bedroom Paseo Villa. Or, indulge in The Waters lakefront condo with gourmet kitchen and furnished balcony.

Related activities

The Whitewater golf course at Horseshoe Bay Resort will take your breath away. With Bermuda putting grass, impressive cascading waterfalls and tropical birds, you’ll be reminding yourself at every stroke that you’re here on business, not on an island vacation!

Related Onsite Offerings

Horseshoe Bay Resort Marina and watercraft rentals, 16 tennis courts, four pools, Segway tours, Kid’s Club, Bayside Fitness Center and Bayside Spa.

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