Top Reasons Meet In The Woodlands
With its idyllic vistas, lively restaurant scene and convenient location in southeast Texas, The Woodlands is the perfect place to host your next meeting, incentive trip, conference or event. But it’s not just the scenery and food that make The Woodlands such a refreshing getaway for companies and teams. It’s also known for its friendly event and hospitality staff and its dedication to treating every visitor like family. Ready to host an event that’s as exciting as it is motivational? Here are the top six reasons to meet in The Woodlands.
No matter where your guests are coming from, getting to The Woodlands is easy — located less than a half-hour north of George Bush Intercontinental Airport. William P. Hobby Airport is also just 45 minutes away. Getting from the airports to The Woodlands is a breeze, with both airports offering ground transportation as well as shuttle and taxi services. (Of course, the Visit The Woodlands team is also more than happy to arrange transportation for your group.) Once your guests arrive, they’ll have no trouble navigating. The Woodlands is designed to be walkable, with more than 200 miles of hike and bike trails and sidewalks connecting different areas. Guests can also hop aboard the free Woodlands Trolley, which connects The Woodlands Mall, Market Street, Hughes Landing and all the businesses and residences around The Woodlands Waterway.
VARIETY OF VENUES AND MEETING SPACES
Whether your group is planning a large trade show, an elegant gala or an inspiring seminar, The Woodlands has the spaces and services to make it a success. The community is home to 14 full-service properties featuring more than 2,200 guest rooms and 160,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
One of the most popular venues include The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, which offers more than 66,000 square feet that can be customized to accommodate groups of all sizes. Known for its unbeatable location, the convention center is steps away from the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment venues. When it’s time to unwind, your guests can relax with a massage or facial at the Spa at The Waterway or enjoy the view from the large windows in the guest rooms that overlook the entertainment district and Waterway.
Anotehr great option is the Glade Cultural Center & Gallery which features more than 6,000 square feet of event space and the art gallery setting overlooking the lake. They offer full-service food and beverage catering as well as valet service and high-tech audiovisual technology.
Finally, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center offers best-in-class amenities in a beautiful setting. You’ll love the 60,000 square feet of event space, while your attendees will love the luxury pool, voted one of the best in the country. Featuring a two-story waterslide and 1,005-foot lazy river ride, the pool is the perfect place to relax after a busy day.
THE CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION
Perhaps the most popular venue in The Woodlands, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion offers more than 21,000 square feet of event space, perfect for concerts, festivals and other large-scale events. Two flexible air walls allow the multipurpose facility to be easily divided into three separate areas, each equipped with the latest multimedia equipment. Catering services can be arranged and managed by The Pavilion’s experienced event and hospitality staff.
Throughout the year, The Pavilion hosts an array of acts and performers, from world-class operas and country music festivals to heavy metal concerts and symphony performances. Treat your guests to an evening they’ll never forget by renting either The Ovation or Encore Suites private event spaces.
SHOPPING, FOOD AND FUN
In between events, your guests can meet, mingle and unwind at The Woodlands’ wide variety of entertainment and retail venues. With more than 11 million square feet of retail space, The Woodlands was named “One of the Best Shopping Destinations” by Southern Living magazine. Here, guests can reward themselves for their hard work at The Woodlands Mall, one of the premier malls in the Houston region. Shop for unique handmade items, vintage clothing and high-end jewelry at any of the many shops in Market Street, an outdoor main street-style shopping center. After their retail therapy session, treat your guests to an exciting evening at one of the more than 150 restaurants and bars. Enjoy an alfresco dinner along The Waterway, an all-you-can-eat Brazilian feast at Hughes Landing or a fine French meal in Creekside Park. There are also plenty of bars and lounges along The Waterway.
When it’s time to recharge, The Woodlands offers plenty of green spaces where you can get back to nature. Within the community, you can find more than 130 parks for an energetic morning jog or a relaxing sunset stroll. After a productive day of meetings and seminars, your guests can join a pickup football game at Town Green Park or shop for local produce at The Woodlands Farmers Market. For a picturesque paddle, go kayaking with your group on Lake Woodlands. Hop in a single or tandem kayak or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding with rentals from Riva Row Boathouse. Encourage your guests to disconnect with an excursion to the nearby George Mitchell Nature Preserve, which offers 1,700 acres of pristine forest and miles of shaded hiking and bike trails.
VISIT THE WOODLANDS TEAM
The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Visit The Woodlands are here to help you plan an inspiring event. They offer help with every aspect of hosting a successful meeting, from coordinating site visits to planning itineraries to developing brochures, visitor guides and more. They want your event to be as impactful as it is valuable. That’s why they’re happy to help with bidding for hotels, arranging advertising partnerships and coordinating packages with local retailers, restaurants and tour operators. Contact them today to set up a site tour so you can experience all The Woodlands has to offer.