One of the benefits of working at Plan Your Meetings is that we get to travel and experience what different cities have to offer meetings and events and meet the fabulous people representing those cities.
Recently we had the pleasure of exploring New Braunfels, Texas. So we created this video postcard from a planner (let’s call him Ted) about all the cool venues and options we found there. Enjoy!
Here’s a transcript of the video:
I love hearing about the meeting destinations you’ve found. Now I have one to share with you!
For years, I’ve been bringing my family to New Braunfels, Texas, and thinking about how much my association groups would love it. In fact, I have a friend who’s a pilot; he can fly anywhere in the world for free, but when he vacations, he doesn’t go to London or Paris, he comes to New Braunfels!
The crystal-clear waters, year-round tubing, historic small-town shopping and dining, live music venues and gorgeous Hill Country setting are just some of the things I’ve enjoyed over the years. And now that the New Braunfels Civic Center has expanded its meeting space, my groups can enjoy this fabulous town, too.
And this destination offers exceptional value. For example, I’m able to book the civic center’s ballroom for three full days and it’s costing me less than what I’ve paid to reserve a room for four hours in the big city. Plus, here, the customer service is exceptional. That’s hard to beat, no matter where you plan.
I’ve got one Texas-based educational association that will be meeting here next fall, and another thinking about coming here in the spring. As long as the group is 250 people or fewer you can house everyone at one property, but the city can accommodate up to 1,600 attendees, so it could work for the annual corporate event you have coming up, too.
New Braunfels is located half-way between Austin and San Antonio, so my attendees from either city can be here in 30 minutes. There are more than 20 hotels and 25 bed-and-breakfast inns to choose from, including recently opened properties like Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn. There also are some unusual options like the T-Bar M Resort, which offers team-building programs and counts a spacious log cabin-style pavilion among its meeting facilities.
Another team-building option is the Texas Ski Ranch, where you ski on water, not snow. They also have white-sand beaches and corporate wellness programs. I’m thinking of using the venue to create some experiential learning opportunities, because the association is interested in innovative ways to approach adult education. Plus it’d be a shame to bring them here and keep them indoors the whole time.
The New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau has been fantastic to work with. My contact at the civic center has helped produce some amazing events there and given me great ideas for our event decor and design. And the CVB has really helped me coordinate our off-site transportation, venues and activities.
Just down the road, there’s a little town called Gruene that has riverside dining, cute shops and outdoor venues. Plus, they have the oldest dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall, where we’re going kick off our opening night reception. George Strait used to play here all the time. And — little known fact — before he became a famous country musician, he was a local teacher — I thought my educators would get a kick out of that.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Sammy, there’s also Schlitterbahn Water Park, the Natural Bridge Caverns and Wildlife Ranch, German food and festivals, and the Wurstfest Grounds, which has a riverview venue overlooking a waterfall. New Braunfels also was founded by European royalty, so there are interesting stories about that, too.
So much to do and see and plan! I’m having a great time in New Braunfels.
I wish you were here,