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Brazos Valley Worldfest: An International Celebration

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Brazos Valley WorldfestDid you know that the population of the United States last year was almost 319,000,00? That number encompasses people from all different ethnic backgrounds—creating a true multicultural community that we should be proud of. The Brazos Valley Worldfest is a community-wide international festival designed to promote and celebrate international diversity. If you will be traveling near College Station, TX this fall we encourage you to attend this fantastic and really fun event.

The Brazos Valley Worldfest is a festival where you can truly experience all different kinds of cultures in one two-day party. You can eat some Mexican food, try beers from around the world, listen to West African drummers, watch Irish clogging, and enjoy some toe-tapping Afro-Caribbean music. At what other festival can you get all of that in one place? It is truly a remarkable festival. It will all take place November 20-21, 2015 at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater in College Station, TX.

The festival, which is totally free for every attender, kicks off with a Friday night dance from 7-10pm. There will be free Salsa lessonsBrazos Valley Worldfest provided by Salsa Fusion Latin Dance Company so get ready to light up the dance floor! La Orquesta Salmerum, a nationally recognized salsa band will provide music for the evening.

Throughout the two days there will be around 20 performances on three different stages, cultural displays and demonstrations, cooking demos, vendors with wares from around the world, an international food court, and a fun kids village for the younger ones. It is a festival the whole family will enjoy!

College Station is also home to the 7F Lodge & Spa, a place that offers private, charming cabin suites—perfect for visitors looking for special accommodations while traveling through central Texas!

 

 

2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival, TX

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Austin City Limits Music FestivalSince 2002 the Austin City Limits Music Festival has been bringing in music groups from all different genres for a multi-day music extravaganza. What started as just one festival weekend has now become two in a row as huge crowds from all over the country converge for this incredible event. This year the ACL festival will take place October 2-4 and 9-11, 2015. To give you an idea of the popularity of this festival, around 75,000 people attend each day of the festival so hold on to your hats because it is going to be awesome!

Zilker Park, a 350-acre recreational area in the heart of south Austin is the venue for this festival. There is a diverse lineup of acts every year that perform on 8 different stages. This year you will be able to watch more than 130 bands from genres including rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and hip hop. To give you a sneak peak at the lineup here are a few fan favorites that will be making an appearance: Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Billy Idol, Nero, and Dwight Yoakam.

The hours each day will be 11am – 10pm and tickets are going fast and some are selling out so you need to act now if you want to be there. Prices and types of tickets vary so check here for updated information. The ACL Festival Box Office is located at Zilker Park and you can find out their hours of operation here. In addition to all of the incredible music, there will be a creative and fun kids area, an art market with goods made by dozens of local artisans, and no shortage of delicious food and drinks at the Austin Eats Food Court, Barton Springs Beer Hall, and Hope Farmers Market. At the Chef Showcase event goers can experience the best that Austin has to offer by gourmet Austin Food and Wine Festival chefs and menus that change daily.

As you can see this is a music festival like none other so get your tickets quick and book a stay at one of the several fantastic bed and breakfast properties around Austin that are part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association.

Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival – Bryan, TX

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Texas Reds Steak and Grape FestivalEven though summer is still in full swing it is not too early to start making fall plans especially when there is a great event coming up such as the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival in Bryan, TX. Steak and red wine make a great pair and this festival pays special tribute to this pairing with a huge party that happens every fall.

The Steak & Grape Festival will be taking place September 26-27, 2015 in historic downtown Bryan. With no admission charged this is one of Texas’ best free festivals and crowds pour in from all over Texas and states from across the country. This year’s event organizers promise that it will be bigger and better than ever so mark off your calendars and plan to attend if you live nearby or are up for a fun road trip.

Throughout the two-day festival you will be able to peruse a myriad of arts and crafts vendors including those selling pottery, clothing, wine accessories, and more. The popular Artist’s Showcase will be back with incredible artists from all over the country selling their artwork. Hotspots will be the Texas Winery & Craft Beer Tents, Grape Stomp, live music stages, and of course the mouth-watering food vendors. A highlight for many is the Steak Cook Off—if you have an award winning secret recipe, grab a team and try for the top honors! While the festival is free, tickets are required for wine tastings, the Saturday Night Steak Dinner, and the Kid Zone. All tickets will go on sale August 1st and will be cheaper if you buy them in advance.

We have you covered when it comes to the perfect place to stay. Skip the crowds in Bryan and drive a short ten minutes to College Station where you can enjoy a peaceful luxurious stay at the 7F Lodge & Spa—the ultimate home away from home while in central Texas.

 

 

12th Annual Colorado River 100 – Bastrop, TX

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Colorado River 100 canoe race in Bastrop, TXOne of the most relaxing and enjoyable summertime activities is canoeing. A day out on the water with a gentle breeze, the warm sunshine, and a picnic lunch or perhaps a fishing pole is a day well spent. If you love to canoe, have a competitive side, and will be near Bastrop, TX this fall, you need to check out the Colorado River 100.

The Colorado River 100 is a race that has been going strong for twelve years now. This year it will be taking place September 5, 2015 and it will start in Bastrop, TX, which is about 40 minutes outside of Austin. Registration is now open for this mighty race that takes participants 100km down the Colorado River. It is a true adventure challenge that will test the endurance, strength and true will power of each racer. The portion of the river between Bastrop and the ending point, La Grange, is free flowing, hazard-free, and offers some of the best views of the river.

Whether you are an experienced paddler or a beginner with an adventurous spirit, this race is for anyone. While you won’t have scary rapids to navigate, there are cut off times and you will have to bear with whatever weather comes your way, the heat, fatigue, and night travel. There are three mandatory checkpoints and a 17-hour time limit. This is one of the most difficult endurance races that Texas has to offer so if you are up for a challenge, make sure to register before all spots are taken. You can also find a helpful training guide online to help you prepare.

Our association has some fantastic properties in Bastrop and in nearby Austin so whether you are planning on being in town for a race like this or are just road-tripping this summer, enjoy a truly relaxing stay at a bed and breakfast where you can kick your feet up and be treated like family.

Margarita & Salsa Festival in Waco, TX

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Margarita and Salsa Festival in Waco, TXIf you are in favor of a fantastic festival that mixes delicious margaritas with superb country music then you need to make your way to Waco, TX for the Margarita and Salsa Festival! Since 1996 this amazing event has been drawing crowds for the biggest party of the summer and this year you won’t want to be left out.

It will all take place on August 29, 2015 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. There is an average of 10,000 people who come out for this summer bash so get prepared for an exciting and enjoyable jam-packed day full of fun and entertainment. The entertainment line-up for this year’s 20th festival includes William Clark Green, Randy Rogers Band, and Ryan Bingham. One of the great things about this event is that it gives back—all proceeds benefit the Scholarship Program at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo.

Margarita and Salsa Festival live entertainmentAside from the live music, the main attraction is of course going to be margaritas and the Margarita Making Contest is back! If you think you have a winning secret recipe and the skills to take the crown, sign up with your team. There are only 15 spots open so you will want to join in before it’s too late. Top honors will get a trophy, ultimate bragging rights, and free entry for next year.

Right in Waco we have an amazing bed and breakfast property that is part of our association. Experience Southern charm and true hospitality at its finest and enjoy luxurious amenities and a relaxing getaway during your time in central Texas.

2015 SUP CUP Down the Colorado River – Bastrop, TX

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Sup Cup Paddleboarding FestivalIf you are one who loves being on the water you may know exactly what “SUP” stands for but for those new to the game we can tell you that it stands for Stand Up Paddle boarding. It originated in Hawaii from those with a love for surfing and it did not take long to gain in popularity. In fact, in 2013 it took the crown in the United States for being the outdoor activity with the most first-time participants. It is fun and anyone at any age can give it a try. If you have a love for this activity or are looking to try we have a great event coming up called the SUP CUP happening in Bastrop, TX.

The SUP CUP is a river festival that is being hosted for the third time this year. This 2-day festive weekend takes place on the Colorado River and includes a variety of fun activities the whole family will enjoy. This year it will be taking place August 14-15, 2015 and the weekend will be filled with live music, great entertainment, and of course some fantastic Texas-style food. There is a 6-mile river race, sprint races, an obstacle course, SUP games for all skill levels, a youth race, and demonstrations. You can compete in all three events to try and claim the SUP CUP title and there is a whopping $2,500 in prize money so get ready for some stiff but friendly competition!

You can find a detailed schedule, registration, and more information on the event website. In the quaint town of Bastrop, TX you can also find two incredible bed and breakfast properties part of our association. Skip the cramped hotels and uncomfortable tents and stay in a private oasis during your time travelling the area. It will be a summer escape for the books!

 

 

 

Diving in to the History of Cinco de Mayo

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Mexican sombrero with text The history of Cinco de MayoThe state of Texas has a rich Mexican heritage and with Cinco de Mayo coming up May 5, 2015 we thought we would share some insight on the history of celebration and highlight some areas around Texas where you can find some great festivities going on.

To begin we need to go back to the years between 1861-1867. This period of history is when the Franco-Mexican War took place. The year 1861 was not a great time for Mexico as the country was in financial ruins and had to default on debts owed to European governments. Forces from France, Britain, and Spain came to demand payment and while the latter two were able to make peaceable negotiations with Mexico, the well-armed fleet from France stormed in and took over.

The small town of Puebla de Los Angeles takes center stage in this historic story. On May 5, 1862, French troops 6000 strong set out to attack what they were expecting to be a less than impressive Mexican army of men. They were right, as there were only 2000 men gathered to fight the French but in the end, they were able to force the French to retreat after losing 500 men. The Mexicans had only lost 100. It is a true underdog story if you will and solidified a reason to celebrate this day year after year. Within Mexico, the most prominent celebrations take place around the area of Puebla and are marked by military parades, music, and street festivals. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican culture and heritage in the same way. You will find celebrations to attend in many cities such as Austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio.

There are festivals, events, fairs, and more going on all over Texas this spring and summer. During your travels, whether you are alone or with your whole family, or out for one night or a weeklong vacation, spend your time at a relaxing, private bed and breakfast. You won’t regret skipping the standard cramped hotel room! The Texas Bed and Breakfast Association is proud to have numerous bed and breakfasts in all corners of Texas—use our map to find one close by.

Smooth Sounds at The Jazz Festival in Katy, TX

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Guitar and saxophone to promote Katy Jazz FestivalGeorge Gershwin was an incredible musical composer and pianist and while he left us in 1937, his influence in the world of music continues to this day. In speaking of jazz music he once said, “Life is a lot like jazz, it’s best when you improvise.” Jazz is a genre that speaks to the soul—a kind of music that exposes the raw talent of the singer or musician and is often best when the artist is allowed to creatively improvise.

It is to celebrate the jazz music medium that the Jazz Festival in Katy, TX is all about. Taking place April 24-25, 2015, this will be a weekend of incredible live jazz performances along with the ARTkaty visual arts exhibit.

Event Highlights

  • Big Band ensembles performances
  • Friday Feature Concert featuring Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra and Brad Leali Jazz Orchestra.
  • Vocal jazz ensembles performances
  • Professional jazz combos/ensembles performances in the Black Box Theatre
  • Master Class instruction and discussion with the Professional Jazz Artists
  • Saturday Feature Concert featuring the Katy ISD All-Star Jazz Band and the Shelley Carrol Quartet

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear some fantastic music. Visit the event website for more information on performances and how you can purchase tickets. Katy, TX is a quaint and charming city with plenty to see and do outside of the festival events. It is also only a 40-minute scenic drive from Bellville, TX, where you can choose to stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast. The Lazy A Ranch and Somewhere in Time B&B are two properties part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association that are private, peaceful, and perfect for a spring getaway. Whether you would prefer an elegant 1900’s house or a sprawling working farm ranch, these bed and breakfasts will make your time in Texas one you won’t forget.

 

 

Austin & Hill Country Tour in 90 Minutes – TX

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

In today’s day and age things seem to be going at the speed of light. Every year there is a new invention that does a job faster and more efficient and most people are looking for ways to complete tasks in less time. When you are traveling, it is important to take time to stop and smell the roses. If you don’t, you may miss some really special moments along the way. When you only have a certain period of time to dedicate to a city that you are visiting, seeing the highlights top the list and the AO Tours is the way to go when visiting Austin, TX.

AO Tours Austin offers a fantastic 90-minute tour that will showcase the best that Austin and The Hill Country has to offer. There are two departure locations and multiple times a day to choose from. Ticket prices range from $17-$25 and you simply need to arrive 20 minutes prior to departure for check-in.

You will get to enjoy this awesome city tour in a comfortable Mercedes-Benz custom tour van. In addition to seeing the historic and trendy parts of Austin, you will also be taken to the most scenic spots in the nearby Hill Country—a tour that is truly combines the best of two worlds. The State Capitol complex, shopping, 6th Street, Downtown, South Shore, Market District, Historic Austin, and University of Texas At Austin highlights are just a few of the stops on this jam-packed tour. Find more information or reserve your spot on the business website.

For the most relaxing and comfortable place to stay during your time in Austin, look no further than one of the incredible bed and breakfast properties of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association. Whether you would like a historic house, elegant suite, ranch retreat, or deluxe cabin, there is a perfect home away from home to make your time in Austin truly memorable.

 

Texas Renaissance Festival 2014 – Todd Mission, TX

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

When a 55-acre village comes to life for eight weekends with hundreds of performers in over 200 incredible daily performances, you have The Texas Renaissance Festival, which happens to be the Nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park.

This incredible festival was started in 1974 on only 15 acres with three stages. Local improve groups provided the entertainment and different merchants sold goods on blankets laid on the ground. An impressive 33,000 visitors came out that first year but as this event planted some roots and grew it now brings in around a half a million guests each and every year. There are now performances happening on 17 different stages throughout the grounds, almost 400 shops, human-powered rides, and the Queen’s Royal Finale fireworks.

On a visit to this 16th Century British village, you can explore the many unique crafts and wares at the shops, pick from a vast variety of different types of performances, talk to the merchants involved in pottery, glasswork, weaponry, sculpting, leatherwork, candle making, and more. It is not even possible to avoid the incredible aromas coming from the wide variety of food vendors. Visit Achilles Greek Foods, Decadent Delights, Admiral’s Bread Bowls, Bifteck de Charles, Dragon Wings, Fat Friars Eats, and Don Felipe’s Fruiteria to name a few.

The themed weekends coming up that you won’t want to miss are:

Pirate Adventure – November 1-2, 2014

Roman Bacchanal – November 8-9, 2014

Barbarian Invasion – November 15-16, 2014

Highland Fling – November 22-23, 2014

Celtic Christmas – November 28-30, 2014.

Close to this Renaissance Festival you will find some fantastic bed and breakfasts to stay in that will make your time in Central Texas that much more memorable. The 7F Lodge & Spa, House of Atreus, Ant Street Inn, and Hodge Podge Lodge are just a few of the incredible properties part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association that you can choose from. Make a plan to visit this festival and enjoy the beauty that this area of Texas has to offer during this wonderful season.

 

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