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You have hit your wall, you’re in a slump and no matter how many cups of coffee you drink, it’s clear that you’re out of energy. Instead of uselessly flipping the switch of your burned-out bulb brain, take a business trip. It seems ironic, but we’re certain a work retreat at any spot on our list of Top 10 Texas Conference Center Resorts will have you and your team juiced up. Even skeptics won’t be able to resist feeling revived beneath the Texas sun with lake breezes brushing past your face…and holding meetings, of course. Except these meetings will be held in sophisticated conference rooms with the latest technology and impeccable service that magnifies the acclaimed Southern hospitality!
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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.


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.

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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.

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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.


16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256


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.

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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.


Lajitas Golf Resort

Lajitas, Texas

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Sure, you COULD choose a run-of-the-mill when planning your next meeting, but why would you when you can stay at somewhere as incredible as Lajitas Golf Resort?

Lajitas' full-service meeting planning and catering services are, much like the rest of the resort, top of the line. With event planners and culinary personnel on-staff, you'll always have the personal service and attention you deserve. They'll work intimately with you to develop a plan so your event goes on without a hitch. They pride themselves on their ability to accommodate numerous requests to help you accomplish your objectives. When you aren't working, why not grab a round of golf? It's called Lajitas Golf Resort for a reason, after all!


100 Main Street, Lajitas, TX 79852


The 24-Hour Business Center is literally always ready to help!

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There's also 15,000 + sq.ft. of outdoor event space

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Coming in at number 4 on ResortsandLodges list of the Top 10 Texas Conference Center Resorts is The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. Located only 27 miles from Houston this resort gives you unique setting for your meeting or conference.

As one of the founding members of the International Association of Conference Centers, this resort knows how to help you provide a memorable conference. With over 40 years of experience The Woodlands offers you a top tier level of customer service. They feature 60,000 square feet of conference space that is spread between 33 rooms. These rooms can be customized to fit your needs. Recently the conference center underwent a major 60 million dollar remodel that helped unify the luxury features of the resort with the natural beauty the area is known for. The Woodlands offers you access to business centers for all your paperwork needs, media centers with access to computers and state of the art a/v to bring your presentations to life. If your looking to change gears to relax or do some team building The Woodlands will not disappoint with on site activities such as golf, water park, spa, gym, tennis and miles of trails through the Texas Piney Woods. Don't miss out on the complete world class conference experience that The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center offers.


The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center · 2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380


If your looking to build your team, The woodlands offers group activities including golf tournaments, holiday events and themed events.

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The woodlands offers group packages, check with them in advance and experience the second to none customer service.

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One of the rare gems of Texas Hill Country, Flying L Hill Country Resort & Conference Center is an ideal venue for your corporate and business getaway needs. From comfortable accommodations to outstanding facilities, all of your conference needs will be satisfied!

The Flying L Hill Country Resort & Conference Center offers a variety of venues for your team to use including the Roy Rogers Room, the Legends of the Flying L Room, and the Dale Evans Room. You'll have access to top of the line A/V equipment including an LCD Projector, an overhead projector, and a conference phone. When your team isn't meeting and discussing your plans for the future, you can participate in team building activities like horseback riding and hiking. You can also try out the Cowboy Olympics, mixing a variety of activities everyone in your group will enjoy. You'll definitely work up an appetite while enjoying all the entertainment, and Flying L has you covered with a great catering menu. At the end of the day, your comfortable accommodations will


PO Box 1959 Bandera, TX 78003


The Roy Rogers Room at Flying L Guest Ranch is lined in cedar and complemented by a full wrap-around deck, allowing you to turn your retreat into an indoor/outdoor affair!

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Team building activities at Flying L Guest Ranch include Catapault, 6-Gun Fast Draw, History, Pony Express Race, Cow Patty Relay, Cow Patty Toss, Calf Roping, Scavenger Hunts, Card Drops, Horse Shoes & Washers, X Y Negotiation, Personal Excellence Exercise, and S.W.O.T Analysis. Fees depend on the activity chosen.


Cibolo Creek Ranch

Marfa, Texas

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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!


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.

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.

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

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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!


Hwy. 2341 NE Lake Buchanan, Burnet, TX 78611

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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.

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


Hotel Contessa

San Antonio, Texas

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Though right in the historic and culturally-buzzing city of San Antonio, our No. 9 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.


306 W. Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205

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.

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


Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay, Texas

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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.


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.

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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!

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