April 19, 2021 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

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  
Filed under Uncategorized

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  
Filed under Uncategorized

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  
Filed under Uncategorized

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  
Filed under Uncategorized

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  
Filed under Uncategorized

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.

Side Bar
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  
Filed under Uncategorized

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  
Filed under Uncategorized

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

The Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa

August 3, 2020 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

Destination weddings, honeymoons, bachelorette parties and more converge in Jamaica for a good time, mon!

story and photos by Laurette Veres

Honeymoon at the Jewel Grand

Brides love Jamaica. Great ceremony locations with excellent and service and beautiful weather are just four hours away.

In Grand Style

The Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa is the newest luxury property in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Each of the 229 units is a two room suite, perfect for families and bridal parties when some want to sleep and others want to socialize. Inside the suites are refrigerators, microwaves and stovetops. Outdoors you’ll find a private beach, poolside bars, splash pad, kids club and spectacular views. Lush green golf courses, blue-ocean, tropical resort pool and white sugary beaches with yellow parasails floating in the distance are some of the things guests see. The boardwalk has two sundecks jetting out over the ocean, creating perfect bridal portrait locations. This resort has little “nooks” of various sizes to host weddings and receptions; one perfect for any group.

All the action happens at the main pool

Island Paradise: Aruba

May 23, 2020 by  
Filed under Travel Blog, Uncategorized

Sunset from Pincho’s Grill & Bar


Island Paradise

Plan your next getaway on Aruba

Story and Photography by Laurette Veres


The wildly popular tropical island of Aruba is part of what’s known as the ABC islands (Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire). Sunny and sultry Aruba is just outside the line of fire for hurricane season, making it an ideal location for a tropical vacation. It’s also the Caribbean’s hottest spot for adventure and fun!


Have fun poolside at the Aruba Marriott

The incomparable Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is tailor-made to host your once-in-a-lifetime event. With 411 stylish guestrooms and 23 lavish suites, this hotel has room for everyone. Each room features a 100-square foot balcony with a breath-taking view of the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea. There is something for everyone at this resort, from the party pool with cascading waterfall to the adults-only H2Oasis pool. Where else can you see a Zumba class break out in the middle of the day? The party is always hopping at Stellaris Casino. Family and friends of all ages will be happy on this happy island.

The real fun in Aruba takes place in the ocean. The currents are calm in these waters…lake calm. Your drinks can actually float, undisturbed, alongside you in a fabulous, inflatable flamingo (if you were brilliant enough to bring one). Aruba is the perfect island to push your limits and try some new water sports. Stand-up paddle boarding is very popular. Stretch yourself even further and try a paddleboard yoga class by Vela Aruba. There’s nothing more “zenful” than the peaceful Caribbean Sea swaying beneath you as you find your center. Looking for something more exhilarating? Book a kayaking tour, take a ½ day snorkel sail, parasail above it all or bounce to heart to your heart’s content on floating inflatable trampolines!


Looking for a group activity that’s fun for all ages? Beach tennis is big here! It’s the official sport of the isle. In fact, the sport is so popular here, Aruba hosts international beach tennis tournaments. We signed up for private lessons with Aksel Samardzic, currently ranked #9 in the world. It’s like playing tennis on a beach volleyball court, the racket is similar and the ball is a bit smaller. Scoring is identical to tennis and your group will be ready to play a match after only a thirty-minute lesson. It can really be a great team building activity for family and friends who might not know each other well.

What better way to get a real taste of authentic cuisine than spending one-on-one time with the chef. Learn from Chef Ever as he expertly seasons the catch-of-the-day. Watch his demonstration, or don an apron and join him at the stove. Compare your finished plate to his, then take a seat and enjoy the bountiful results.

Walkways connect the beaches together in Aruba

One of my favorite things about the Aruba coastline is the walkway that connects the beaches, creating miles of scenic beachside boardwalk. This family friendly, “walkable” esplanade is great for baby strollers and wheel chairs, speed walkers or casual promenades. Guests with young children will appreciate the multiple play areas right on the beach.

After an evening stroll along the Marriott boardwalk, dinner literally “pops up” at Atardi beachfront restaurant- just in time for sunset. Enjoy a toes-in-sand sunset supper starting with sashimi snapper, tomato caprese, or crab salad. Popular main course items are fresh blackened mahi mahi, grilled sea bass, tropical red snapper and more.


Healthy brunch items at Aruba Marriott Governor’s Suite.

The Marriott’s Governor suite is the perfect brunch spot. Your guests won’t be able to get enough of the expansive Palm Beach views. Think mimosa bar and hot and cold brunch buffet on the balcony. Enjoy mini-quiche, pancakes, and pastries or get your granola on. Your guests will be impressed with the food and the views.

In Aruba, almost every location is picture-perfect and Pincho’s Grill and Bar is no exception. Arrive at the Aruba Surfside Marina in time for sunset and don’t miss the “Love Potion” premium margarita. Absorb the soothing sound of whispering waves as you enjoy a meal of luscious crab cakes, crispy coconut shrimp, dark rum-infused blue cheese tenderloin and pan- seared Caribbean grouper. As the sun sets over the water and the moon rises over the palm trees, you’ll understand why you came to this special island for an unforgettable trip.









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

May 11, 2020 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

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

2020 Wedding Predictions

December 29, 2019 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

As the U.S. experiences a decline in the marriage among Millennials due to factors like, exposure to divorce and success in the workplace, couples are waiting longer to marry in order to increase life experiences rather than just one evening.

Trends from Texas brides include:

Gift Registries Re-boot: Gift registries are changing and evolving. Gone is the focus on china, entertaining, and homemaking. Today’s couples can register for their honeymoons, massages, after dinner drinks and lifestyle gifts like camping gear, exercise equipment, and cooking classes.

Must add meaning: Couples look for meaning in personal items, menus and more. One couple attended a jewelry class and made their wedding bands.Another couple added tamales to their menu as a nod to a “tamale incident” that occurred early in their dating life.

Focus on sustainability: The sustainability trend continues. From reducing the wedding footprint by accepting digital RSVPs and carrying florals and décor from the ceremony site to the reception to reduce the event’s footprint is popular.

Food becomes interactive: Today’s food presentation is all about showmanship. Say goodbye to plated chicken dinners and hello to interactive stations. A build your own ramen bar served in recycled bamboo bowls offers the perfect opportunity for  guests to mix and mingle. Instead of pulled pork on a plate, imagine a whole roasted pig arriving on the table aka Hawaiian luau.

New twists on bar service: Brides don’t want guests to stand in line and bartenders have been known to create bottlenecks. Help yourself! Self-serve bars contain signature drinks, fully decorated margaritas and more. Bars also come to life with specialty drinks being served by a model who is literally “wearing the table.”

Lights. Wedding. Action: Bold lighting helps create an energetic wedding vibe. Vows can be projected onto a ceremony floor. Neon signs boldly proclaim the couple’s last name. Marquee letters spell dance, or smores.

Alternative locations: Get married in a tee pee? Why not? Semi-permanent structures are popping up as new nuptial options.

Balloons are making bold statements: Not just for children’s parties anymore, balloon artists are making their mark on weddings. As a backdrop for a dessert table, or a grand entrance, unique balloon displays bring a new level of fun to receptions.

Unplugged Ceremonies and Honeymoons invite couples to “be present”: Even millennials want to unplug! Not only do the couples want guests to be present with them, they want to control the images posted to social media.  Couples are now opting to follow their own rules,  unplugging for their entire wedding day, as well as their honeymoon. Unplugged honeymoons give couples the chance to celebrate their newlywed status without distraction, simply enjoying each other’s company as they start their marriage journey together.

by Laurette Veres, Bridal Extravaganza Show Producer. Since 1983, catering exclusively to brides, grooms, and their families, The Bridal Extravaganza Show has been bringing brides and bridal businesses together bi-annually to help thousands of to-be-weds plan the wedding of their dreams.

Elf the Musical

December 20, 2019 by  
Filed under Events, Uncategorized

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. 

Gift Guide Holiday 2019

December 8, 2019 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

For the pet lover

Pink Papyrus

Treat yo’ pup with Pink Papyrus! They started with tees and have expanded to sturdy, fashion forward gear. Long walks on all terrains just got upgraded with hand spun, cotton, weather proof, hypoallergenic, naturally elastic, sustainable leashes. Protect your pup from bugs and sun with a classic, tie-on bandana. Created to minimize stiffness, these beauts allow for flexibility in size. When nature calls, be prepared with a durable waste bag holder crafted from heavy-duty fabric and solid brass hardware. A little extra wiggle room offers space for a few personal items. Price: $20.00+

For the Fashionista

Kissing Glitter

Take your lips to a new level with this yummy Kissing Glitter! Simply roll on this shimmery gloss for a sweet pout that looks and tastes amazing!

For the Ultimate Texan

Art of Twisted Nail

Popular at farmers markets and festivals around the state, and the “Outstanding New Vendor” at the State Fair of Texas, Art of the Twisted Nail is offering unique art with a Texas flair. Pieces are ideal for outdoor spaces and can be customized for ranches and party barns. Most popular pieces include the Bluebonnet Texas, Rivers of Texas, and the nativity scene.

For the Hostess with the Mostess


When money is no object,splurge on LOUIS XIII Cognac and the limited-edition world famous LOUIS XIII Black Pearlin a new size: LOUIS XIII Black Pearl AHD. Part of the exclusive Black Pearl Collection, the unprecedented 350 ml crystal decanter contains a rare blend of LOUIS XIII Cognac, drawn from a single tiercon hidden in the family reserve cellar. In a numbered and exclusive amount of only 1498, the bespoke Baccarat decanter comes in Black Pearl’s iconic limited-edition steel color and is an exquisite work of art. This is the first time a decanter part of the Black Pearl Collection has been available since 2014.

$13,000 USD.

For the new baby

Clappy the Animated Monkey (Baby GUND)

It’s never too early (an age) to hop on the GUND craze. Clappy is an enthusiastic, animated plush monkey who is always ready to keep your baby engaged and entertained. This washable, huggable toy helps baby develop and learn through two different play modes. Touch his left foot to play an interactive clapping game, and the right to hear the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It” in a cute child’s voice. When playtime is over, this adorable 12” monkey doubles as perfect room décor to enhance your room or nursery.


For the Homemaker

Drinkmate Countertop and Spritzer

Now you can carbonate anything in the fridge with this patented detachable Fizz Infuser. This small device doesn’t use much counter space, is easy to operate and easy to clean. 


For the Naturalist

Parry Botanicals

This local cosmetic company features all natural ingredients. More than a stocking stuffer, this 3-piece gift set is perfect for any of your gifting needs. It includes full size 3-piece set of Parry Botanical’s best-selling lotions –Restorative Cream, Body Cream and Pure Botanical Lotion all in a stylish bag. 


For the Entertainer


Everyone is shaking with excitement over the latest innovation in Cocktail Shakers – Shaker33. The large format enables large batches to be mixed at one time. It’s BPA-Free, features stainless steel design and is shatterproof.  Shaker33 is revolutionizing the art of mixing drinks. You can even mix one handed!


For the Art Lover (who love their pets)

Crown and Paw

Is your pet your baby? This holiday season turn a favorite picture of your pet into a one of a kind renaissance masterpiece with Crown and Paw pet portraits. What a unique way to express your love, adoration, and even obsessiveness, with beloved pets. Crown and Paw curates authentic 19th century portraits and rare Renaissance era oil paintings and digitally combines them with your pet photo, creating an incredibly life like work of art.

from $49.99

For the Home Brewer

The Noelle™ Ceramic Electric Tea Kettle

Fashion meets function with this stylish tea kettle by Pinky Up®! The Noelle™ Ceramic Electric Tea Kettle features glossy mint ceramic glazing and a trendy rose gold metallic base. Includes 1.5L capacity with easy on/off switch. Boiling water has never been this chic! 

$59.99 available at most online retailers

For the Fitness Junkie

Downward Dog

 Built for your mother or brother, sister or mister, Corc Yoga’s line of 100% sustainable and renewable yoga mats and accessories are the perfect holiday gifts. Sustainable, 100% chemical free, and anti-microbial, Corc Yoga makes products entirelywithcork harvested in Portugal, simultaneously revitalizing the practice and supporting a sustainably viable future. Built by removing harsh metals from production and using plant-based color dyes, Corc mats are completely natural and biodegradable.

from $21.99 to $205

For the Wanderlust Family

Elsewhere USA Scratch Off Map Poster

Whether your children are active wanderlusts or travelers in training, let them scratch, write on and explore in ways most maps won’t let them. The Elsewhere USA Scratch Off Map Poster provides an interactive way kids can learn about the places they’ve gone, locations they can visit and other facts, figures, and notes that makes them.

For the Home Décor Junkie

Coffee table book by local author

Author and photographer, Margaret Wilson Reckling released her new book of images, prose and historical research, Woody Creek: Views from a Homestead. Reckling brilliantly captures Woody Creek Canyon’s intimate allure and panoramic vistas through her photographic study and written words. The author has spent much of the past five years restoring and maintaining the original Colorado homestead ranch which was built in the 1800’s by the area’s early settlers. Her oversight of this historic property was the inspiration for the book and resulted in thousands of images of local wildlife, the changing seasons, night sky astronomy and more.

Available for purchase by emailing

For the Foodie

Home cutlery at its finest- F.N. Sharp

Differentiated by striking designs, superior Damascus steel and a hassle-free sharpening subscription model, F.N. Sharp brings a whole new edge to the home cutlery industry. The exceptionally sharp blades crafted from 67 layers of high-quality Japanese VG-10 steel;are available in 3-knife (Chef, Santoku, Paring) or 6-knife (Chef, Santoku, Paring, Boning, Bread and Utility) sets and steak knives in sets of four.


September 24, 2019 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

Mexico’s number one resort, previously known as The Resort at Pedregal, debuts as a Waldorf Astoria to expand the brand’s global portfolio in the Caribbean and Latin America
LOS CABOS, MexicoWaldorf Astoria Hotels & ResortsHilton’s (NYSE: HLT) iconic luxury hotel brand, today announced the debut of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal  transforming The Resort at Pedregal as the brand´s first property in Mexico. The award-winning Forbes Five Star Resort and Spa, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, was acquired by affiliates of Walton Street Capital Mexico and now invites guests to enjoy Mexican-inspired, unforgettable experiences through the brand’s True Waldorf Service.

The new Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is situated on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. This exclusive haven, accessible solely by Mexico’s only privately owned Dos Mares tunnel, creates a strong sense of arrival and is just minutes from bustling downtown Cabo San Lucas yet seemingly worlds apart.

“The Waldorf Astoria brand has been setting the standard for luxury and personalized service across the globe for more than 100 years,” said Dino Michael, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “The conversion of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal reflects this commitment to expand our luxury portfolio and bring our True Waldorf Service to the world’s most sought-after and inspiring destinations.”

The resort boasts 119 guest rooms and residential-style suites including the one-bedroom Dos Mares suites, two-bedroom beachfront suites, and the presidential beachfront suite, all featuring their own private plunge pools. Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service provided by a team of Personal Concierges who are available around the clock to assist guests with their requests.

“We are excited for the next chapter of this landmark resort. Having been with the property since its opening ten years ago, the team’s dedication to providing everlasting experiences to our guests and commitment to preserving the area’s rich history and culture have been of upmost importance,” said Fernando Flores, general manager of the property. “Combined with Waldorf Astoria’s unparalleled, intuitive service, unwavering attention to detail and culinary excellence, this new Waldorf Astoria property will undoubtedly bring Los Cabos to the next level of unforgettable luxury.”

Following Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal features an extensive and unique dining program with culinary offerings including:

  • El Farallon: In an alfresco setting suspended over the ocean, El Farallon features an “ocean-to-table” menu enabling guests to choose from a variety of fresh fish from the surrounding waters.
  • Don Manuel’s: The resort’s signature restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, using cuisine made from local, organic ingredients and prepared using modern interpretations of old-world techniques.
  • Crudo Bar: Meaning “raw bar” in Spanish, Crudo Bar is uniquely situated in the center of the main pool, offering a wide selection of freshly prepared tiraditos, ceviche and Mexican inspired rolls.
  • Beach Club: A casual poolside dining venue, it serves coastal favorites such as Hummus, Baja Wraps, Fresh Grilled Seafood, Grilled Panini Sandwiches and Classic Caesar Salads. 

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal debuts as the premier offering in the region, with an array of best-in-class facilities and immersive experiences such as concierge services, a private chef upon request, transportation via the resort valet, and customized daytime itineraries. In addition, guests will continuously feel welcomed through an array of complimentary amenities including locally inspired drinks, daily afternoon surprises featuring regional cuisine, and a welcome bottle of Clase Azul Tequila in guests’ rooms.

Additional programming provided by Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal includes:

CURATED EXPLORATION: The new Beyond the Beach adventures include a culinary and art excursion with Savoring Todos Santos and Give-Back Tourism at La Candelaria where volunteer groups visit La Candelaria, aiding in the upkeep of the Agustin Melgar Primary School, followed by lunch with the school children. Additional adventures include Panga reef cruises, sunny yacht breakfasts, farm-to-table lunches and more in bountiful Baja. Each experience provides guests the chance to meet and interact with seasoned locals to give an authentic and personalized exploration.

WALDORF ASTORIA SPA: The new Waldorf Astoria Spa features 12,000 square-feet of space, providing a tranquil environment for reflection amongst pristine ocean views. This year, the spa is diving deeper into the healing elements with the launch of standalone 50 or 80 minute moon phase treatments — The Awakening Moon, The Nourishing Moon, The Calming Moon and The Resorting Moon — featuring natural ingredients and techniques that enhance the energy and healing influence each phase has on the body. Waldorf Astoria Spa also offers The Intention, a new Mexican folk healing treatment developed with local “sanadores” and shamans, that is composed of an energy cleansing ritual, craniosacral therapy and a Mexican folk massage; and new mindfulness and advance skin care treatments with tridimensional experiences: The Cure (detoxifying), Inhibit Face Lift (reforming), and 3D Collagen Shock (redefining).

VA Y VIENE BEACH BAR: New to the resort this year is the Va y Viene Beach Bar.  Inspired by the ocean that ebbs and flows, the new mobile beach bar features a variety of champagnes for guests to taste and sip on while taking in the ocean views from swinging chairs with the sand between their toes. 

“It is a privilege to have such a distinguished resort join our growing portfolio as we continue our rapid expansion, set to celebrate 100 hotels in Mexico by 2022,” said Jorge Giannattasio, senior vice president and head of operations, Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton. “Recognized as one of Mexico’s most renowned resorts, the property provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to once again partner with Walton Street Capital Mexico to further support the country’s growing tourism sector. Travelers have come to expect the best of luxury at this idyllic oasis and we look forward to further enhancing the resort experience with our unique standards of luxury service.”

Hilton currently has a portfolio of approximately 150 hotels and resorts across 23 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, including nearly 70 hotels open and welcoming travelers in Mexico.  The company is actively pursuing additional growth opportunities in the Caribbean and Latin America, and has a robust pipeline of more than 90 hotels throughout the region, including 30 projects in Mexico.

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is also a part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, and free standard Wi-Fi. For more information about Hilton, please visit

Rates at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal start at $750, and the resort is offering its exclusive Unforgettable Pedregal Offer where guests can receive roundtrip transfers to and from San Jose de Cabo Airport, complimentary Spa access and amenities, a $50 beverage credit per room, special nightly VIP amenities, and one complimentary night for a future stay.  For more information on the resort and special offer, please visit

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. In addition to the brand’s renowned hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a best-in-class residential portfolio, including 15 properties either open or in development, that provide the comfort of a private home combined with the unsurpassed amenities and legendary service of Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting, and follow Waldorf Astoria on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,700 properties with more than 923,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 89 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram, and YouTube.

Houston Weird Homes Tour

September 23, 2019 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

The Houston Weird Homes Tour will take place on Saturday, September 28. The event has 7 homes confirmed and, this year, one ticket gets visitors into every home. See details below and a release (in-progress) attached. Thank you!

WHAT: 4th annual Weird Homes Tour – Houston

WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10am to 5pm

WHO: Weird Homes Tour (hosts); New Hope Housing (event beneficiary); 7 creative and extraordinary Houston residents and their uniquely Weird Homes!

WHERE: Several neighborhoods throughout Houston are featured on the tour. The tour is self-driven and self-paced.

WHY: This one-of-a-kind home tour takes attendees on a journey across Houston and into some of the area’s most imaginative and wonderful homes, where visitors can see and explore some truly unique designs and meet the minds that created them! Check out the home and collection of well-known art collector, Lester Marks; see Houston-based, internationally-known glass artist, Kim Clark Renteria, and her House of Luminosity; walk through the Instagram House (a.k.a. Montrose Studios out), and many more! (for details on each stop, see the attached release)


Leka Gajula, MD

Leka Gajula, MD

Dr. Leka Gajula is a board-certified Gastroenterologist (Diplomate) specializing in the treatment of digestive diseases like indigestion, heartburn, gas/bloating, irritable bowel disease, constipation, diarrhea, anemia, rectal bleeding, stomach, intestine and colon problems, swallowing disorders, hepatitis, pancreatic problems and more. She performs gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy and other procedures at several Houston area hospitals. Dr. Gajula completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago and her Fellowship in Gastroenterology from the University of Texas in Galveston. Dr. Gajula has published several articles in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals.

At Colon Liver Gastro Consultants, Dr. Leka Gajula’s practice offers comprehensive treatment options relating to all aspects of gastroenterology such as reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, ulcer disease, diarrhea, abdominal pain, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, constipation and cancer screening. She has two offices, one located at Methodist Hospital Sugar Land and another in West Houston/Katy, Texas. The staff is highly competent, considerate, bilingual and ready to assist patients with all of their gastroenterology needs. Dr. Gajula can perform in-house hemorrhoid banding procedures to treat hemorrhoids; she also has an infusion suite in each office.

281-565-1009 •

16651 Southwest Fwy., Ste. 370
Sugar Land, TX 77479

2222 Greenhouse Rd., Ste. 900
Houston, TX 77084

Adventure Kids Playcare to Offer “Playcare to Go” at the Bridal Extravaganza Show

June 25, 2019 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14, 2019 at the George R. Brown Convention Center

HOUSTON, (June 25, 2019) – Adventure Kids Playcare Memorial City, Houston’s only drop-in childcare center featuring an indoor playground and entertainment center, has partnered with the Bridal Extravaganza Show to offer Playcare to Go on-site at the George R. Brown Convention Center during the bridal show on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 2019. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Adventure Kids Playcare will provide staff to entertain and supervise children while guests enjoy wedding planning at the show. Offering a safe and fun place for children ages 18 months to 12 years old, brides-to-be and the wedding party can feel comfortable while their children are on-site.
Additionally, Adventure Kids Playcare will have a booth at Bridal Extravaganza informing brides about Playcare to Go and how they can include childcare at their wedding and special events. Adventure Kids Playcare offers Playcare to Go for weddings and receptions, office parties, and corporate events and provides toys, games, snacks, arts and crafts activities, as well as experienced staff.

Bridal Extravaganza, America’s largest wedding planning event, features fashion shows, wedding seminars and over 350 vendors. Guests have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Houston’s top wedding vendors including displays of the latest trends for photography, caterers, wedding cakes, flowers and more. To reserve childcare at Bridal Extravaganza, visit for $15 per hour, per child.

Adventure Kids Playcare fills the need for flexible, hourly childcare that is necessary as families become busier. Childcare for children ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years old is available Monday through Thursday, until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until midnight at their facility near Memorial City Mall.  Children can play, explore and learn in a safe, secure environment allowing parent’s time to work, enjoy shopping, dining, running errands or relaxing.
To schedule a tour, register your child, or to learn more about Adventure Kids Playcare, visit the website here or call 713-838-1414 and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

About Adventure Kids Playcare Adventure Kids Playcare is a unique drop-in childcare center featuring an indoor playground along with multiple activities for children of all ages. The childcare center provides a safe and engaging environment for children while conveniently providing parents the ability to have a productive guilt-free day. Adventure Kids Playcare accepts children ranging from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. Children interact with one another while enjoying the many imagination stations, arts and crafts, playground, video games and more. Parents may drop off their children anytime with no reservation required following an initial, on-site registration, Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – midnight. The facility is open for private birthday parties every Sunday. 
To learn more about Adventure Kids Playcare, visit the website here or call 713-838-1414 and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


June 15, 2019 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

Candy Creations, Flying Unicorn Pigs and Marshmallow Tsunamis Have Invaded Space City

Candytopia, the candy-coated experiential adventure that has delighted over half a million guests across the country, has officially opened the doors of its newest location in Houston (MARQ*E Entertainment Center, 7620 Katy Fwy, Suite 360) for a limited-run.

Candytopia features over a dozen rooms and environments with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. The marshmallowy mini-theme park launched in 2018 in Santa Monica and has toured in San Francisco near Union Square, New York in Midtown Manhattan, Minneapolis-St. Paul at Mall of America, and is currently operating locations in Atlanta and Dallas. The new location in Houston marks Candytopia’s continued success in attracting guests of all ages to top retail centers. Candytopia locations have attracted long lines with tickets selling out quickly.


For anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling their way through Candyland, Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionery wonderland with a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. It has amassed a huge following among guests of all ages and A-list celebrities alike including: Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff and Alessandra Ambrosio. Guests are treated to candy samples throughout the entire experience including sours and gummies, chocolate treats, nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises.

Candytopia Houston features the most popular attractions from its previous locations along with new H-Town-inspired elements unique to this location that will thrill locals and visitors alike. Candytopia Houston features a marshmallow pit; an underwater-themed wonderland filled with fantastical candy covered sea creatures; a rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs, confetti explosions galore, Trolli Twisted Sour Brite gummy samples and sweets from Black Forest. New to this location, unique Houston elements include a Houston Astros hat, Apollo 11 astronauts (in celebration of the 50th anniversary), a Beyonce mural and many more sweet surprises.


Candytopia Houston is now open at MARQ*E Entertainment Center (7620 Katy Fwy, Suite 360) Tickets must be purchased in advance and are expected to sell out quickly. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


Candytopia is a peek inside the sweet and twisted world of famed global candy artist, Jackie Sorkin, and it was created in partnership with her co-founders, events and production design expert Zac Hartog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.


Adults: $28

Kids (4-12): $20

Kids (3 and under): Free

Monday-Saturday:  10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM

For more information, visit or follow along on social media:

Instagram: @TheCandytopia


Twitter: @TheCandytopia

Snapchat: TheCandytopia

Official hashtag: #Candytopia


For anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling their way through Candyland, Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionary wonderland with a one-of-a-kind full sensory experience and welcomes people of all ages to explore their sweet tooth like never before. Candytopia was created by global candy artist Jackie Sorkin (star of TLC’s “Candy Queen”), events and production design expert Zac Hartog, and retail veteran John Goodman. Candytopia has drawn long lines and sold-out crowds during its limited run engagements in Santa Monica, New York and San Francisco. In 2019, it has opened in Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul at Mall of America, Dallas and Houston, with additional cities to be announced soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit



Women in Wine at Del Friscos

March 17, 2019 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Hosts

Women in Wine Dinner with Pride Mountain Vineyards

Special Event to Take Place on Thursday, March 21 to Celebrate International Women’s Month

HOUSTON – (March 15, 2019) – In recognition of International Women’s Month, award-winning Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in the Galleria (5061 Westheimer Road, Suite 8060) will host a “Women in Wine” dinner on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. The event – which is open to the public with a reservation – will feature an exclusive, five-course menu to complement an impressive selection of wines from one of the most noteworthy female winemakers, Sally Johnson from Pride Mountain Vineyards.

The evening’s fare will feature such dishes as Day Boat Sea Scallop Crudo, Black Truffle Gnocchi,  Rosewood (Texas) Wagyu Striploin and more. Guests can also expect a collection of perfectly paired wine varietals from Viognier to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

“We are thrilled to welcome our guests for a fine dining experience unlike any other, indulging in top-rated wines presented by one of the most influential winemakers in the county,” said Patrick Crow, general manager of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Houston. “The evening promises to be an unforgettable celebration filled with expertly paired flavors – a toast to women in wine with our partners at Pride Mountain Vineyards!”

Founded by Jim and Carolyn Pride in 1990, Pride Mountain Vineyards remains family owned and run with the couples’ two children, Suzanne and Steve, as co-owners. The vineyard is located on 235 acres in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, high on the spine of the Mayacamas mountains near the town of St. Helena, Calif. It is recognized as one of the “world’s greatest wine estates,” with only 22 other California wineries earning this distinction. Pride wines have appeared numerous times on Wine Spectator’s “Top 100 Wine of the World” list and have been served at the White House more than 30 times over the past 20 years.

Space is limited for this special event, to reserve your place today, visit or call 713-355-2600.

Five Course Wine Dinner Menu:

Passed Appetizers

Fontina Arancini

Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise

Prosciutto & Black Mission Fig Crostini

2016 Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley

            First Course

Day Boat Sea Scallop Crudo

2017 Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier Sonoma County

Second Course

Black Truffle Gnocchi

2016 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Valleys

Third Course

Rosewood Wagyu Striploin

2015 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa/Sonoma County

2015 Pride Mountain Vineyards “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa/Sonoma Country

Fourth Course

Grilled Pineapple and Flambe Banana

Pride Mountain Vineyards Mistelle De Viognier Sonoma County NV

WHEN:             Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

5061 Westheimer

            Houston, TX 77027

                                      Reservations are required: 713-355-2600

COST:               $195 per person + tax and gratuity

Next Page »