April 19, 2021 by  
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By Marisa Byers

The luxurious and tranquil Carlisle Bay Resort is on the island’s southern shore. The all-inclusive beach and spa resort has bright, white sandy beaches and calm turquoise waters. Spacious suites with ocean views range from 750 square feet up to 1600 with room for the whole family. Each suite is decorated in soothing tones and has a double soaker tub, rainfall shower, a lay-down chaise lounge on the patio and breathtaking ocean views. The well run Kid’s Club is situated on the far end of the resort so adults can enjoy the tranquil setting.

Photo courtesy of Carlisle Bay Resort

Over at the beach are premium views of the cerulean sea and world-class sun bathing. No need to rush in the morning to find a spot; there are plenty of lounge chairs. They even have flotation beds if you want to relax on the water. Outdoor activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga (sunrise and sunset), snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, tennis, and guided hikes through the rainforest. Inside is a library, movies and state-of-the-art gym.

The world-renowned Cara Organic Beauty Spa pampers with hot stone massages, facials, deep tissue massages, Reiki, reflexology, and much more. Their ultimate philosophy and focus is health, well-being, and “feeling fantastic,” which they accomplish ten fold. They also offer manicure and pedicure services to help you feel refreshed for the evening ahead. 

You feel welcomed, safe, and at home in the resort. The staff sets the bar high when it comes to customer service and retention and their hard work pays off. Many of the guests return to Carlisle Bay so often they are dubbed “regulars.” When asked what brings them back year after year they emphatically reply, THE STAFF. Not only does the staff cater to your every need, but the little details like the bowl of plumeria petals placed outside your suite to wash the sand off your feet and how they know every guest’s name are details not to be overlooked.

The cuisine is beyond delicious. With four distinct and unique restaurants, there is something to suit everyone’s palette. The restaurants also draw guests from neighboring resorts because of their stellar reputations. They focus on fresh, local produce and ingredients to provide maximum flavor. There are casual bistros and fine dining options, something for everyone. The concierge knows the local favorites and can arrange transportation if you want to dine outside of the resort.

There are also many activities off the resort. Guests can enjoy zip lining through the jungle, hiking up Mount Obama, visiting the many beaches, shopping in the markets or watching a game of cricket, Antigua’s major sport. Another popular excursion is sailing. Antigua hosts two reputable sailing competitions, where hundreds of yachts from around the world compete for top honors. You might even run into one of Antigua’s famous residents, like Oprah, Giorgio Armani, Eric Clapton, or Richard Branson! 

Photo courtesy of Carlisle Bay Resort

Four days is NOT enough time to truly revel in the island’s warmth and hospitality. I look forward to returning to Antigua and establishing myself among the regulars. Hey, I have 361 more beaches to explore!

Plan your honeymoon at Carlisle Bay Resort.

Have a Rockin’ Time in Tampa

April 5, 2021 by  
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By Cassidy Kelley

If you are looking for a place with a variety of things for everyone in your group, you need to visit the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. This hotel has received a AAA Diamond rating and is one of the largest Casinos in the United States, and it is only getting better. They have been working on some impeccable renovations that are adding so much to the guests experience. There have been 500+ rooms, gaming space, three lavish pools, and a whole new spa added to the hotel. This isn’t just a normal hotel either because it is a Hard Rock Hotel, which embraces and celebrates music and its history.

Every element at the hotel encompasses the Hard Rock brand. This is initially seen when you walk in because there are more than 500 pieces of music memorabilia scattered throughout the hotel. Some of the most renowned pieces are Elvis’s Gold Piano that is a centerpiece in the lobby and Lady Gaga’s dazzling jacket from her 2017 Super Bowl performance.

Every little detail is thought about and intentional to create a full experience for their guests. Many of these details can be seen just in your room with the embroidered guitars on the pillows, the guitar pick holding the door stopper, and chocolate guitars given at turndown service. Each floor of the new wing is also dedicated to renowned artist featuring artwork of that artist right when you step off the elevators.

In Room Features

These rooms also comes with complimentary experiences that can amp up your stay. The Sound of Your Stay give guests to rock on to music in their room. The program includes three different options: tracks®️, picks®️, and wax®️. Tracks®️ allow guests to download a curated playlist. Picks is a program where guests can reserve a Fender®️ guitar to be delivered to their room with an amp and headphones to have a jammin’ guitar session without bothering others. Then the Wax®️ allows guests to have vinyl and a record player brought up to the room to enjoy the old school sound of music. There is also another experience that can be brought to you room, Rock Om®️. The hotel will bring up a yoga mat for you to use with their many soothing instructional videos on the TV.

guitar and king bed suite


Outside of the amazing features you can experience just in your room, the casino is open 24 hours a day and with this expansion will now consist of 5000+ slots, 179 table games, and a state-of-the-art poker room with 46 poker tables. They even offer a smoke free casino area on the Mezzanine level.


Throughout the hotel and casino there is a plethora of food options from a delicious buffet to a fine dining Steakhouse, and of course there is the Hard Rock Cafe. You can find anything you can think of and don’t even have to leave the property. Some of the spots you have to hit are Council Oak Steak & Seafood, The Rez Grill, The Hard Rock Cafe, Rock ‘N Raw, the L Bar and Center Bar. Council Oak Steak & Seafood has some of the finest 100% U.S.D.A prime steaks, fresh seafood, and an award-winning wine selection, but it is not just your typical steakhouse. The chef there is adamant about making the meal an experience and has created dishes that do just that, one being creme brulee where they torch it at your table. The Rez Grill has a chef driven menu with down-to-earth vibe. They have a menu with a variety of dishes and creative cocktails which have led them to be rated “Top Restaurant” by Tampa Bay Times.

The Hard Rock Cafe features their authentic rock atmosphere with an American menu and a small stage which allows them to host live music at night a smaller concerts inside. Don’t miss out on their milkshakes, they even have a boozy milkshake that is to die for. Rock ‘N Raw is a counter-style restaurant providing an innovative take on Japanese cuisine. The L Bar has a drink for everyone whether it be a trendy cocktail, a local beer, or one of their 30 selections of Bourbon. This is also a hot spot to sit down and enjoy a cocktail at the end of the night to enjoy some live music. These are just a few of the restaurants and there are more being added with the expansion.

Pool & Spa

With the expansion of the hotel, guests can now get a resort style feel with the Rock Spa & Salon & new pool area. The new spa and salon will include a hair and nail salon, barber shop, a co-ed aqua room, thirteen treatment rooms – including a Rhythm & Motion room, Hammam, and two VIP suites. Each are has so many fascinating textiles and textures incorporated in the design making each space their own. They have a variety of treatments that will restore and awaken your body, one of the most popular is the Swedish massage.

Near the spa there is access to the pool area which has a family, adults only, and a VIP pool, 20 cabanas, 600 loungers and daybeds, two DJ Booths, and the Pool Bar & Grill.  Even though they are not located by the water, they have transformed this space that makes you feel like you are lounging near the beach.

Event Center

With this expansion they are constructing a 30,000 square ft. event center to elevate their music and entertainment programming. This area will provide a grand ballroom for concerts, trade shows, conventions private events, and large scale poker tournaments. They have already gotten Keith Urban set up for the grand opening of the space, and you can expect many more artists to follow in the future.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

March 29, 2021 by  
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By Aniell Parrales

hacienda beach and pool

If you want to enjoy the warm sun, the glistening beach and have a luxurious time full of bliss, the incomparable Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya is where you need to plan your next stay. Riviera Maya offers stunning white-sand beaches and out of this world turquoise clear water just south of Cancun. The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya all-inclusive collection is an ideal destination to create unforgettable memories for those who crave adventure. This is where luxury and satisfaction meets and it includes brilliant private balconies with tropical views and a private white-sand beach. The inviting traditional design, excellent Hard Rock hospitality, and endless activities make this a perfect choice for your destination wedding.

Featuring two resorts in one, Heaven is adults only, an elevated and exclusive retreat for adult guests incliding a private adult beach, amenities, and dining at its finest. Hacienda is for families, featuring Woodward Riviera Maya, the first action-sport facility in Mexico.

Looking for wedding Venues?  The Fatima Church is a beautiful Catholic spot to get married in front of the clear blue beach. Weddings are held on the Star Light Beach with décor designed by the one and only Colin Cowie. Love at first sight.

The real fun takes place takes place in the ocean! The waves are calm, the breeze is refreshing at the breathtaking Heaven Beach. Relax in the private and luxurious beachfront Bali beds. Enjoy unlimited cold fruity cocktails and flavorful appetizers. The service here is absolutely wonderful. They know what you want before you know what you want.

Enjoy a variety of restaurants each giving you an explosion of unique tastes. Some standouts are  Ciao, Le Petit Cochon, and Frida. Ciao is the best place to experience and taste the finest Italian specialties á la carte as you take your taste buds on a ride to the heart of culinary heaven. Le Petit Cochon, has extraordinary dishes á la carte, featuring high quality ingredients for a delicious taste of the rustic French countryside. In the mood for real Mexican food? Frida, is where you can discover the mouthwatering flavors and colorful atmosphere of Mexico, serving Mexican cuisine and regional specialties á la carte.

Looking to stay active or try something different? The Rock Rock Om program gives you the opportunity to order a yoga kit to be delivered to your room. Your Rock Om yoga kit comes complete with Manduka PROlite yoga mat and convenient Go Play carrier. Experience Rock Om around the hotel property or in the comfort of your room with three distinct, on-demand yoga videos on your TV, as well as your own personal device. Better yet, grab your bride tribe and enjoy a group session outdoors in front of breathtaking Heaven beach. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the instructor, Rajayogui, makes you feel comfortable and lighthearted. You’ll leave feeling like a new person. Afterwards, enjoy a delightful healthy breakfast on the beach.

Relax in the Heaven Lobby where you can hang out, have a drink, relax and enjoy the stunning ceilings that truly look like heaven on Earth. The clouds on the ceiling are surreal and have a hallucinatory effect. Relish the live band performances in the Heaven Lobby. It is just the cherry on top at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, keeping the rock & roll tradition alive.

Looking for something more exhilarating? Next to the Lobby enjoy a drink at the Heaven bar, and walk on over to the Heaven Club. If you are looking for a fun night out, Heaven Bar & Disco brings live DJ entertainment, the finest drinks, an indoor pool and the best vibe in the Caribbean. Your wedding party can dance until the sun comes up. 

Rock Spa is the perfect place to go and recharge. The Rock Spa® offers every guest a personal paradise and total Rock Star zen. Enjoy everything from massages and facials to renowned Hydrotherapy and peaceful surroundings. The largest spa in the Caribbean has 75 treatment rooms, steam rooms, hydrotherapy current pools, lavish surroundings, and even a personal spa butler to bring you nothing short of paradise perfected. Rock Spa will no doubt leave you feeling rejuvenated and looking radiant!

Looking for group activities for all ages? Woodward Riviera Maya boasts a variety of programs for kids and teens, catering to all skill level. The facility offers skateboarding, BMX, scooter, gymnastics, cheer, and dance, in addition to indoor dry land snowboarding and skiing with ParkBoard and ParkSki training equipment.

Live large at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya and enjoy the very best of paradise for all.

Boutique Bridal Show March 25th

March 23, 2021 by  
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Houston’s Most Established Wedding Show announces evening of fashion

A Love for All Seasons

In-Person Experience

Thursday March 25th, 2021

WHAT:  The Bridal Extravaganza Show hosts an evening of bridal fashions and a boutique bridal show. The Ballroom at Bayou Place is being transformed into a seasonal wonderland for the fashion forward bride. The fashions being featured are from Impression Bridal Fashions, BluFine Menswear and Valobra Master Jewelers.  

Bringing the excitement of New York Fashion Week to Houston, the Ballroom at Bayou Place is transformed into a luxurious showcase of wedding vendors. Enjoy one evening of wedding fashions, libations and beautiful showcases from local wedding vendors.

The Major prize drawing will be held at the conclusion of fashion show includes a $500 certificate to Impression Bridal and two free airline tickets.

VIP Tickets: include early admission, swag bag, two drink tickets and fashion show seat. VIP ticket holders have double the chance to win the grand prize.

General Admission: allows access to the wedding vendors and fashion show, and one complimentary drink, and goodie bag. Seat at fashion show not guaranteed.

Drive by Goodie Bag pick up: Receive all the gifts & offers from the vendors without getting out of your car. This is a great option if you do not feel comfortable attending the event in person.

Tickets are available online at

For more information, visit

WHEN: Thursday, March 25th, 2021

VIP entry 6:30 p.m.

General admission 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

WHERE: The Ballroom at Bayou Place

500 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX 77002

COST:  VIP Pass: $49

Includes admission, upgraded goodie bag, seat at Couture Runway and two chances to win the Major Prize.

General Admission: $24

Includes goodie bag, drink ticket, access to vendors.

About Bridal Extravaganza Show

Since 1983, the Bridal Extravaganza Show has been bringing brides and bridal businesses together.  The founder and creator Linda Miller set the standard for bridal events in the US and beyond.  Today, the Bridal Extravaganza carries out her vision – introducing the best bridal vendors to Southeast Texas brides.  Catering exclusively to brides, grooms, and their families; the Bridal Extravaganza Show is a one-stop-shop bringing Houston’s top wedding vendors together in one location. Brides have more options, more choices and can make decisions and get down to the business of wedding planning.

Spring Skiing at its best

March 15, 2021 by  
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Laurette Veres tells you where

Skiing in April? Yes! In fact, some years see skiers in bikinis all the way till June.

Arapahoe Basin, located about two hours from Denver prides itself on being the last mountain open for skiing in Colorado each season. Opened in 1946 by the tenth mountain division from World War II, the original tows were made from old army surplus. The top lift takes skiers to 12,500-foot height and you can hike to 13,000.

You’ll love skiing here. With only one central area to meet, you can easily locate family and friends. The ski school is top notch and also super convenient and easy to find. Recent renovations ushered in 468 new acres of intermediate and advanced runs. Skiers love to tailgate at “the beach” where tents are popped and true tailgating ensues.

Spring in the mountains is the best and reasons to consider spring skiing abound. If you’re not a big fan of freezing cold weather, it can be more comfortable to learn when it’s warm. Ski school sizes are smaller and less expensive. Every Saturday in May, enjoy live music and a food festival.

For the thrill seekers, the adventure park is right off the base, hidden in the woods. The via farrata mountain climbing zone offers half or full day guided climbs. Kids learn here as well. Moose hollow is a display teaching kids about moose.

Kids Center

All of this and more takes place in on National Forest land with no hotels or real estate developments.

Water Harmony- Lake Austin Spa

March 1, 2021 by  
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Check out what’s new at Lake Austin Spa Resort

By Laurette Veres

Spending time in and on the water is essential to achieving elevated and sustained happiness according to Dr. Wallace J. Nichols’ Blue Mind Theory. This wellness philosophy flows through Lake Austin Spa Resort unblocking a dam of new programs and treatments, a river of opportunity for wellness seekers.

A misty Lake Austin and rolling hills

Lake Austin Spa is designed to make you feel like you are on water. From the reception area, dining room, tree house (seminar area) and work out room; it’s hard not to feel as though you are floating on Lake Austin. You can even float to the spa via water taxi.

It’s no accident a garden is the first thing you see as you enter the meticulously maintained grounds, herbs and vegetables are served daily in the dining room. The front garden contains a sugar kettle turned fountain from Louisiana, a nod to the heritage of one of the owners. As this garden reached capacity, a new garden was added. “It’s a gift to our guests,” says horticulturalist Molly Pikarsky. Her growing strategy uses organic fertilizer, targeted pest management and is pesticide free. Wildflowers lure the pollinators, native black bees. You’re also welcome to say hello to the snail and weed crew: a gaggle of ducks and Emden geese! Most of the vegetables served by Executive Chef Stephane Beaucamp are grown on-site. When food is healthy and fresh, you don’t need as much to be satisfied. Small portions are “the way you should eat,” points out Janis Clapoff, General Manger. Chef Beaucamp sources locally and considers the health benefits of every ingredient that comes out of his kitchen.

Along with good healthy food, guests find renewal and inspiration. Bluemersion is a program offered by Julie Haber, the Inspiration and Wellness Specialist along with Cindy Present, Fitness Director that has been added to the resort’s already robust and industry leading educational programming. This new three-hour personal journey takes place over Lake Austin in the boat dock. Come together for reflection, connection and spiritual nourishment. Your relationship with water, personal experiences, poetry, excerpts from the book “Blue Mind,” and an exploration of mindfulness are the focus.  

Suspended above the water, thought provoking conversations and writing exercises are gently lead by caring staff. The class continues with light yoga on paddleboards and finishes with a mindful-eating exercise led by Chef Beaucamp during a family-style lunch. These experts have created a transformative experience that provides take home tools to enhance mental, emotional and physical balance.

Just up the hill from the water is the world-class spa where every treatment has the same goals to enhance your life and health. “How well do you float?” asks Judy as I enter the famed barn pool. This heated lap pool is open 24 hours a day for guests, but we have it to ourselves for the next hour as I embark on a journey called Float Away Massage. This massage uses the healing properties of water. A pressure point foot massage is followed with a focus on the head and neck. Watsu stretching techniques and joint mobilization help relax the body. Soothing music can be heard intermittently as your body floats too and fro, back and forth and front and back. Steam, sauna and Jacuzzi round out the experience.

There has never been a better time to Visit Lake Austin Spa, they have a lot going on. The rooms are plush, all meals, coffee, teas and water are included at this 40-room destination spa and the French chef serves incredible conscientious cuisine. You can also take a care package of vegetables and seeds home with you.

Come on in, the water’s fine.

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New Experiences

Crystal Bowl Healing Session

Everything is a vibration and your body can feel the vibration of the crystal bowls as you meditate in the yoga room. You tune your body like you tune an instrument. Sound healing allows your body to heal itself by slowing down your brain waves, which affect every cell in your body.

Da Vinci Board Workout

This new exercise class is taking the fitness industry by storm. You have a board and several bands for resistance training. All exercises are done in one-minute intervals with 20-second breaks. Each exercise is designed to tone muscles to create full body integrity. In just a half hour, the whole body is worked with strength training, cardio, and stretching.

St. Anthony Hotel

February 15, 2021 by  
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The Perfect Texas Wedding Destination

By Racheal Payne

The St. Anthonyis perfect for destination weddings. Located in Downtown San Antonio, the historic hotel overlooks Travis Park, is surrounded by tourist attractions and has been welcoming politicians, royalty and elite guests like you for over 100 years. With its beauty, history, character and AAA Four Diamond service, the St. Anthony adds a great touch to any wedding story. 

St.Anthony Hotel

Your Destination Wedding Experience 

Begin your experience with a warm welcome from the impeccable St. Anthony staff. People gasp when they enter the lobby. It’s fabulously French and filled with paintings, sculptures and antique furniture. The hotel’s historic elegance continues to impress throughout the hallways and into the rooms. Once checked in, start the wedding festivities with a welcome dinner at ReBelle. ReBelle’s unique style and subtle ambience allows guests to interact with new family and old friends. Named one of San Antonio’s finest seafood restaurants, ReBelle offers one of a kind dining experiences, overnight shipped coastal seafood and farm-fresh produce sourced from Texas’ locales. After dinner, enjoy drinks directly across at the Haunt. The Haunt is a new addition to the St. Anthony. Humorously named after St. Anthony’s ‘spirits’ of the past, the contemporary lounge has a relaxing atmosphere and offers craft cocktails and live entertainment. A perfect location for a nightcap! 

Start the new day with a walk through the heart of downtown and soak in San Antonio’s history.  Explore the Alamo, the historic battleground of the Texas’ revolutionary war. Steps away from the Alamo, below street level, is the Riverwalk. Plenty of places serve margaritas and Mexican fare along the river and patios are full of happy patrons. Pink barges navigate the river with guides pointing out historical sites and sharing stories with the passengers. For a more festive experience walk down to Market Square for live Mexican music and food! Other attractions within walking distance include the San Antonio Museum of Art, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Majestic Theatre, and endless places to shop and eat. After a long day of adventure, stop by the famous La Panaderia for the best tres leches croissant!

For a more relaxing experience, enjoy some pool time at St Anthony’s rooftop infinity pool. The pool is surrounded by private cabanas and a cabana bar and grill. After a nice swim, enjoy their state of the art health and fitness center which is open 24 hours. 

Party sites

Gallery on the Park is a great spot for private events, showers and luncheons. Enjoy views of Travis Park as you host your bridesmaids at this exquisite restaurant for breakfast or lunch, or have a private soiree in the Draper Room, one of the hotel’s many event spaces. The guys like drinks at the St. Anthony Club. Formally a speakeasy, the St. Anthony Club is known as the hub of business deals, one famously being the birth of Southwest Airlines. The founders of Southwest sketched their idea for an affordable airline on a cocktail napkin. The napkin maps the triangle of the first route through San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. Today the hotel features the same drawing on their cocktail napkins. For a more groom inspired adventure, take a distillery tour at Maverick Whiskey. Maverick Whiskey can customize any experience and offers cigar services or custom beer making classes.

Weddings at the St. Anthony 

St Anthony has thrown statement weddings for over a century. The “old hollywood” setting provides a fairy tale touch. Event spaces convey an elegant and grand appeal; they have hosted presidents and royals such as Princess Grace of Monaco and the ambience makes any bride feel like a princess. There are endless ceremony options. Traditionalists love San Fernando Cathedral, the city’s historic catholic assembly that hosts hundreds of ceremonies each year. For a more simple style, Marriage Island is a heart shaped island on the RiverWalk where a spanish missionary conducted the first catholic mass. People from all over the world exchange vows on the uniquely shaped peninsula year round. Travis Park, directly across from the hotel, is great for outdoor ceremonies. The nearby site is convenient for bridal parties and guests!

Ballrooms are: the Anacacho Ballroom with exquisite crystal chandeliers and dual staircases; the Peraux Ballroom, with its 19th century tapestry by famous artist Lionel Peraux, can serve as an extension of the Anacacho or accommodate smaller events.

You can host cocktail hour in the famous Peacock Alley amid antique paintings and luxurious furnishings. Entertain guests with their original Steinway piano. The Cavalier Room has a dome ceiling, Swarovski crystals, and mosaic tiling. It features a sculpture garden with pieces collected over hundreds of years. The room leads into St. A Sky Terrace, an upscale, outdoor terrace overlooking downtown San Antonio. St. Anthony has many amazing spaces!

Sky Terrace. Relaxing luxury furniture and San Antonio views.

After your romantic and historic ceremony, the best space may be next to your new spouse for a ride through the city in a horse drawn carriage as celebratory fireworks light up the sky. 

Hill Country Dreaming

February 2, 2021 by  
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By Laurette Veres

Let friends and relatives from around the world experience Texas; invite them to your wedding in Bastrop. Lost Pines Resort and Spa combines Texana and luxurious summer camp. You’ll be right at home at this hill country treasure by Hyatt.

Lost Pines Resort and Spa

There are several wedding venues on site; one is sure to be perfect for you. The resort is situated on the Colorado River and the Riverside Amphitheater sits right on the riverbank with awe-inspiring views. The lawn stair steps create comfortable seating and great views for family, friends and well-wishers. A ceremony here with the river flowing behind you is the most Hill Country you’ll get.

The LBJ Pavilion at the top of the hill has 6000 square feet of reception space. It’s an open slate for your decorating dreams. This enclosed area is just steps from the riverside ceremony cite and is perfect for year-round weather; the cozy stone fireplace always becomes a focal point.

Does your relationship revolve around golf? Wolfdancer Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 72-course with two great locations for ceremonies. A private ceremony space right outside Birdies Burger Bar can be customized just for your group. Enjoy lush surroundings and rolling hill country views as you say I do and dance the night away. A golfer’s dream location, Hole 12, is perfect for smaller ceremonies. The picturesque views of protected natural landscape, certified by Audubon International, will add an ultimate wow factor to your nuptials. Guests will enjoy the fun, riding golf carts up to the tee, and if you’re lucky, seeing a deer or two along the way.

For traditional country club style couples, the Lost Pines Ballroom can transform to any style. Planning an indoor event in Texas offers peace of mind and a retreat from the heat. The beautiful area just outside the ballroom is perfect for cocktail receptions.

The Pecan Terrance is an intimate setting nestled along the resort’s Hummingbird Garden. This is truly one of the most unique and Texas-centric venues you will find.

No matter which venue you choose, the resort’s mascots are available to make your wedding that much more memorable. By mascots we mean live animals: longhorn cattle, ponies, and alpaca are available to create a wedding photo opportunity your guests will not forget.  

A longhorn grazing in field.

Lost Pines is a full service resort and has something for every guest. The convenience of never having to leave the resort makes things easy for friends and family. Meet up at Shellers Barrelhouse Bar to sip Texas microbrews or moonshine margaritas, with moonshine distilled in nearby Smithville (Signature drink anyone?). Feast on pub food in the bar or outside on the spacious patio.

Spa Django is a full-service spa located right on property. Offering much more than hair and makeup services for the bridal party, spa packages are customizable combining music and nature to help guests relax and recharge. This is the perfect place for your bride tribe to unwind before the ceremony begins. With 18 treatment rooms including an assortment of hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, and an adults-only pool, this is one Texas-sized spa. The waiting area is large enough to hold all the important ladies in your life.

If children are on the guest list, they’ll find plenty to do. Camp Hyatt offers cultural art and crafts, games and more. Bikes are available at no charge, and families spend hours peddling around the grounds. They can fish, or float the 1000- foot-long lazy river, Crooked River Water Park. During summer, every evening ends with S’mores by the Riversong fire pit.

water park
kids play at Camp Hyatt

Book your wedding now!

Book before the end of the year to receive:

  • discounts on food and beverage
  • waived rental fees
  • a complimentary stay in a suite at the resort

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, FACS

Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery

With a focus on natural results, Dr. Paul Vitenas has spent the last three decades building his award-winning, Houston-area practice, based on the ‘Fine Art of Natural Cosmetic Surgery.’

One of the country’s most notable plastic surgeons, Dr. Vitenas is known for his meticulous attention to detail and his elegant, organic-looking results for the breast, body, and face. His goal to provide a superior level of surgical results, service, and care throughout each patient’s cosmetic surgery journey has made Dr. Vitenas one of the top trusted plastic surgeons. He creates a safe, welcoming space that ensures each client stepping into Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery will feel relaxed and comfortable in their decision to choose an aesthetic enhancement. For distinct, natural-looking proportion and contour, there is no substitute for Dr. Vitenas’ level of experience, understanding of human anatomy, and his artistic eye for beauty. With more than 2500 online reviews and testimonials, and one of the largest before and after portfolios in the world, Dr. Vitenas is sought out by patients not only from Texas but from around the globe.

Contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your own, complimentary consultation and to find out for yourself why so many patients choose Dr. Vitenas to achieve their desired aesthetic goals.

Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery
4208 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77027
281-484-0088 •

The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

WITH SEVEN PLASTIC SURGEONS HOLDING MORE THAN 300 AWARDS COLLECTIVELY, THE AESTHETIC CENTER FOR PLASTIC SURGERY (ACPS) IS ONE OF THE MOST AWARDED COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY GROUPS IN THE NATION. The practice was named the “Best Aesthetic Practice” in Texas and the nation’s five-state South Central region winner at the 2016 My Face My Body Awards in Beverly Hills, CA, based upon the evaluation of an elite international judging panel.

ACPS surgeons perform more than 6,000 face, breast and body cosmetic surgery procedures a year—a testament to the group’s finesse in blending artistry with surgical precision, advanced technology and research in a caring environment. They offer the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical procedures to improve all areas of the body and face.

Their work has been spotlighted in numerous plastic surgery journals and textbooks, and they have been invited to present their expertise at hundreds of plastic surgery conferences in more than 30 countries. Collectively, they are responsible for upwards of 332 medical presentations and published works.

ACPS’s newly expanded surgery center and spa features a state-of-the-art private surgery center and the upscale Spa and Rejuvenation Center. Here, you can bask in the ambience of the spa’s modern Italian decor, while relaxing and renewing in the Serenity Room before and after receiving one of the spa’s many doctor-approved nonsurgical treatments. This cozy oasis is the perfect spot to slow down, sip some herbal tea, put your feet up, or simply close your eyes and take in the peaceful scents and scenery. For more information or to book a service, visit

The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery
713-799-9999 •

Memorial/Town & Country
12727 Kimberley Ln., Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77024

Galleria/River Oaks
4400 Post Oak Parkway, Ste. 2260
Houston, TX 77027

Bill So DDS, PA

Bill So DDS, PA
Westway Park Dental

One of Houston’s top dentists, Bill So, DDS, PA, knows a little something about service. Dr. So proudly served his country for 12 years in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008 and 2010. Back in Houston now, Dr. So is dedicated to ensuring the best dental care for his patients. Having stepped away from his patients for long periods of time for army duty deployments, he felt leaving the army was necessary in order to make his patients top priority—what he strives for since he began his career—although he will always be honored to have served the country for the time he did.

By successfully completing continuing-education classes, Dr. So remains at the forefront of advancements in dental healthcare. He specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry, including Zoom Whitening, Invisible Braces, veneers, crowns, fillings and dental checkups. His office is equipped with the latest in dental technology, such as digital x-rays, which are beneficial in educating his patients. In addition, Dr. So is certified in intravenous sedation to allow patients further relaxation during procedures.

“My primary concern is for the health and well-being of my patients. I want them to feel relaxed and comfortable from the beginning of their treatment and into recovery,” says Dr. So. “Our team works hard to build relationships with our patients so that they feel comfortable, not only in the dental chair, but also with the decisions they make regarding their dental healthcare.”

Dr. So received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and his Doctorate of Dental Science from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He was a director on the Board of Houston Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of a number of national and local dental organizations.

Westway Park Dental
4410 Westway Park Blvd., Ste. 600
Houston, TX 77041
713-690-1900 •

TranscenDental Smiles of Memorial
13211 Memorial Dr., Ste. 200
Houston, TX 77079
281-909-4747 •

Wayde Fawcett, DDS

Wayde Fawcett, DDS
Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implants

Dr. Fawcett has been providing a wide range of services in general dentistry in his hometown for over 36 years, with a special focus on cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and full smile makeovers.

One of the most popular procedures he offers is Teeth-In-One-Day, a groundbreaking alternative that allows patients to receive dental implants and a full set of new teeth all in the same day. “We provide dentistry that changes people’s lives, and in doing so, we change our own,” says Dr. Fawcett. “Our commitment to quality governs every aspect of our work and ensures that we always exceed our clients’ expectations.”

In 2007, Dr. Fawcett was among 157 dentists to be honored with the title “Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD),” considered to be one of the most respected designations in the profession. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Fawcett received the prestigious Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a distinction held only by 274 of the ADG’s 39,000 members, recognizing his commitment to continuing education, community service and mentorship.

Clients of Dr. Fawcett appreciate the personal attention, warmth and genuine concern he shows each individual. His fun-loving personality and compassionate chairside manner have nurtured long-lasting relationships and loyal patients from all over the world.

SERVICES: Teeth-In-One-Day • Implants • Cosmetic Dentistry • Full Mouth Rejuvenation • Smile Makeovers • Porcelain Veneers & Crowns • Porcelain Bridges & Partials • Sleep Dentistry • Gum Disease & Hygiene Programs • TMJ /Neuromuscular Dentistry • Sleep Apnea

EDUCATION: University of Texas Dental School, Houston, TX

ACCREDITATIONS: Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI) • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)

Fawcett Center for Dentistry
13956 Cutten Road
Houston, TX 77069
281-440-6648 •

Guy M. Lewis, DDS, AAACD

Guy M. Lewis, DDS, AAACD
Cosmetic Dentistry

The Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry specializes in the artful restoration and re-creation of smiles. Our unique field of focus—a concentration in partial and full-mouth reconstruction through the use of finely-tailored crowns, veneers, and dental implants—has remained our passion and highest proficiency since we helped pioneer the industry three decades ago.

Recognized as one of the best cosmetic dentists in the world, founder Dr. Guy Lewis is among the originators of the long-standing American Association for Cosmetic Dentistry, the central education and propagation body for a field whose accredited members number only 300 globally—and for good reason. We excel at the advanced and often exacting task of building a beautiful, natural-looking smile: the remarkable dovetailing of art and science, ingenuity and experience, and intuition and skill that many attempt but few master.

Whether finessing a subtle shift in a smile’s aesthetic or addressing the most complex of reconstructions, TCCD’s meticulous diagnostic approach, compassionate service, elegant facilities and artisan-level quality continue to define the standard for excellence in this industry. We are rewarded in turn with a legacy of smiles from local and international clientele who expect nothing less than exceptional.

Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
4800 W Panther Creek Dr., Ste. 200
The Woodlands,  TX  77381
281-612-5224 •

David Dennison DDS, MS, PhD

David Dennison DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Dennison welcomes patients to a practice where caring and compassion combine with education and experience to provide the best in dental care. With the support of his hand–picked, knowledgeable team, Dr. Dennison creates excellence in both patient care and clinical results. Building a relationship of trust with each patient, he realizes that every individual has unique needs and concerns. If you are not happy with your smile, are missing teeth, or are concerned about health matters, Dr. Dennison will educate you so that you have a complete understanding of your condition and are informed about options for treatment.

Life Changing! Fifty percent of the adult population is missing at least one tooth. Dr. Dennison was one of the first to offer solutions for replacing missing teeth in hours. He says, “New implants therapies such as the All-On-4 technique can change your life.” This technique uses strategically placed implants to support a prosthesis which replaces your teeth. Dr. Dennison provides periodontal therapy to give you healthy teeth and gums and state-of-the-art implant therapies to restore your smile utilizing in-office sedation to control anxiety during treatment. Dr. Dennison’s treatment can help you change your life, rejuvenate your smile or just be healthy.

Dr. Dennison remains dedicated to advancing his own expertise as well as educating others about the latest technologies and techniques in order to provide optimal patient care. He works closely with dentists throughout the Houston area to provide the most comprehensive care possible. He is the founder of the University Dental Study Club of Houston, a branch of the nationally recognized Seattle Study Club. Dr. Dennison says, “The ultimate goal of University Dental Study Club is to provide an innovative venue for continued learning that will enhance the excellent care we currently provide our patients.”

Dr. Dennison is a Board Certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is a graduate and former faculty member of the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, and he received his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. David K. Dennison
3100 Richmond, Ste. 509
Houston, TX 77098
713-523-9040 •


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Barbara K. Runge

Barbara K. Runge
Family Law

Board certified in family law since 1981, Barbara handles divorce cases, complex property cases, custody cases, modifications and premarital and marital agreements. She is also a mediator and arbitrator. Additionally, Barbara represents clients using the collaborative method or litigation as determined by the case and the client’s desires. Her individual practice is only enhanced by her active participation in and dedication to many top legal organizations. Barbara has received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Tech School of Law, the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists’ David Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in Family Law and the Outstanding Service Award for Texas Tech School of Law.

Barbara Runge
5615 Kirby Drive Ste. 920
Houston, TX 77005
713-523-5363 •

Governor Abbott Expands Business Openings In Texas, Announces Surge Response Teams To Combat COVID-19

May 11, 2020 by  
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For Immediate Distribution  |  May 5, 2020 

Issues Guidance For Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies  

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where announced that he will be issuing an Executive Order to expand openings ofcertain businesses and activities. The Governor also announced new guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on graduation ceremonies and the creation of Surge Response Teams to combat any COVID-19 flare ups in Texas.  

“Texas is in a position to continue opening parts of our economy because of the efforts and determination of the people of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “Over the past month, Texans have worked together to contain the spread of COVID-19 by following social distancing practices and staying at home whenever possible. As we move forward, I urge all Texans to continue following these social distancing guidelines and the health standards we have provided. With every Texan doing their part, we will contain COVID-19, we will unleash our entrepreneurs, and we will make it through this challenge together.”

The Governor was joined for the press conference by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) Acting Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, and Adjutant General of Texas Maj. Gen. Tracey Norris.

Per the Governor’s announcement, wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings may immediately open. Weddings held indoors other than at a church, congregation, or house of worship must limit occupancy to 25%. Wedding reception services may also resume, but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25% of the total listed occupancy. These occupancy limits do not apply to the outdoor areas of a wedding reception or to outdoor wedding receptions.
The wedding industry was anxious to hear the news. For more information about the Houston wedding industry visit

Beginning May 8, cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, may open, but all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations. Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation. Also starting May 8, swimming pools may open subject to certain limitations, including on their occupancy or operating levels.

Beginning May 18, office buildings may open with the greater of five or less individuals or 25% of the total office workforce. These individuals must maintain appropriate social distancing. Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes may also open on May 18, but must operate at 25% occupancy. Locker rooms and shower facilities will remain closed, but restrooms may open. Non-essential manufacturing services may also open on May 18 but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25%.

These newly opened services are subject to recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS. These protocols will be available on the Open Texas webpage.  

During the press conference, Chief Kidd and Commissioner Wilson provided details on the newly formed Surge Response Teams. These teams are led by TDEM and HHSC and include representatives from the the Texas Military Department, DSHS, the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and BCFS Health and Human Services. Surge Response Teams will serve nursing homes, prisons, packing pants, and other facilities that experience flare ups of COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment, testing supplies, onsite staffing, and assessment assistance. These teams will also work with local officials to establish health and social distancing standards to contain these flare ups. Several Surge Response Teams have already been deployed to locations across the state. Chief Kidd and Commissioner Wilson’s presentation is available here.  

TEA Commissioner Morath also provided new guidance on class of 2020 graduation ceremonies for Texas school districts. The TEA is providing four different pathways for schools to celebrate their graduating seniors, and each district is at liberty to determine if any of these options best serve the needs and desires of their community:

Completely virtual ceremonies that take place entirely online, with the use of videoconference or other technologies.
Hybrid ceremonies, which consist of a compilation of videos of students being recognized in person as they celebrate graduation in small groups.Vehicle ceremonies, in which students and their families wait in their cars while other graduates are recognized one at time with their families alongside them.
Outdoor in-person ceremonies, which are currently permitted for counties as follows: Between May 15 and May 31, an outdoor ceremony may take place in a rural county that has an attestation as described in the Governor’s Report to Open Texas that remains in effect 7 days prior to the ceremony. An outdoor ceremony may take place in any Texas county on or after June 1.  Full details of the TEA’s graduation ceremony guidance can be found on the TEA website

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April 17, 2020 by  
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Working environments, routines and situations have changed for many as a result of COVID-19. Many are out of work, some are now working from home and some are juggling work with homeschooling children. We want to hear about people’s experiences and ease the burden for one lucky winner.

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Houston SPCA at the 2020 Bridal Extravaganza

December 31, 2019 by  
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Plan, shop, and adopt. The Houston SPCA will be bringing some puppy love to the Bridal Extravaganza Show at George R. Brown this weekend. Meet their adoptable rescues who are in need of a loving home. Discover why they are one of the leading animal rescue and protection organizations in the country & how you can join their team. If you’re ready for some cuteness overload, stop by the HSPCA at booth #4035.

Don’t miss the Houston SPCA’s adoptable rescues at the 2020 Bridal Extravaganza! 

Elf the Musical

December 20, 2019 by  
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This holiday season, the Broadway hit, Elf the Musical- from Theatre Under the Stars, will be at the Hobby Center from Dec. 7-22. Based on the classic 2003 movie, this musical tells the story of Buddy the elf, a human who accidentally ended up in the North Pole after sneaking into Santa’s bag when he was a baby. After realizing he’s a human, Buddy asks Santa’s permission to find his father who lives in New York City. The musical follows Buddy’s adventures as he reconnects with his father, finds true love, and brings Christmas spirit back to the city that never sleeps. 

The musical maintains all the heart and holiday joy of the original movie while throwing in newer cultural references for younger audiences, who will delight in getting to see Buddy the Elf dabbing and flossing. A fun and witty performance, parents will enjoy the humorous subtleties in this holiday musical as well. 

Tickets start at just $40 and run time for the musical is 2 hrs and 20  min with one intermission. The Hobby Center has an on-site parking garage for $15 per car. Valet parking is also available for $25. 

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