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New #TexasToDo’s Spring 2017

Newly opened hotels, highly anticipated restaurants, and perfect spring days. Here are just a few reasons why the Lone Star State is an exciting place to be this season. Add these activities to the top of your #TexasToDo list for the next few months.
New Hotels
Hotel Saint George of Marfa, TX is planning to open a pool and pool bar at the adjacent event space – Saint George Hall – this spring. A 224-room dual-branded Aloft and Element development in the fast-growing Love Field district in Dallas, TX opened in February 2017.  Hotel Cambria Southlake DFW North opened early March 2017 steps away from the Southlake Town Square, a unique shopping district with more than 120 shops and dozens of restaurants.
New Eats
Inspired by the most crucial ingredient to cooking (yes, salt) and deeply ingrained in Texas history, Salt Traders Coastal Cooking is a seafood-centric restaurant bringing the best of land and sea to Round Rock, TX, just north of Austin. All seafood is sourced sustainably from the best suppliers all along the U.S. Gulf Coast, with special attention on local Texas turf.
The Texas Hill Country is no stranger to traditional Italian eats, but Sorellina Pizzeria brings a fresh perspective in Spicewood, TX, an hour Northwest of Austin. The casual, counter restaurant offers quality ingredients in their Neapolitan style 12” pizzas, salads and desserts.
Hailing from the capital of the Hawaii, Agu opened its doors in Houston, TX – it’s first mainland location in January 2017. The ramen bistro has been welcomed whole-heartedly by Houston residents with features in Zagat, Houston Eater, Houston Chronicle, Houston Business Journal, Culture Map Houston, Houstonia and more!
Keeping with Dallas’ hottest food trend: fried chicken, Fat Chicken boasts a menu of unique fare alongside traditional fried chicken selections, including fried chicken, donuts and lobster corn dogs.
New Exhibitions
The newly reimagined Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX announced the opening of a comprehensively reinstalled permanent collection of galleries in early February. With nearly twice as many works of art as were previously on view, the reinstallation will launch three rotating galleries: the Paper Vault, Film & Video and the Contemporary Project in late March. Additionally, the museum opened Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser in March. The exhibition showcases the work of celebrated Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian, which includes video, photography, sculpture, sound art and a live performance, which will last until June 11.
The Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX will feature its first Fiesta exhibition in the New Witte (opened in May 2016) titled, “Natural Beauty: Fiesta of Land, Water and Sky.” The exhibition celebrates the unique land, water and sky of Texas and will open on April 20 in conjunction with Fiesta San Antonio, the city’s premiere cultural celebration that has been taking place for more than 125 years.
Spring Event Highlights

  • Fiesta De La Flor (March 24-25) – Corpus Christi
  • Old Settler’s Music Festival (April 20) – Driftwood
  • Texas SandFest (April 21-23) – Port Aransas
  • Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival (April 24-29) – Stephenville
  • Fiesta San Antonio (April 25-28) – San Antonio
  • Red Poppy Festival (April 28-30) – Georgetown
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5-7) – Goliad
  • Texas Crab Festival (May 12-14) – Cristal Beach

New Cruises
With a full #TexasToDo list for spring, why not start looking ahead to next year? In January, Carnival Cruise Line announced plans to move its newest ship to Galveston in September 2018. The Carnival Vista is Carnival’s newest and largest ship. It will operate year-round, seven-day western Caribbean trips out of Galveston with two different itineraries: one to Motego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico and another to Roatan, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel.
Visitors can share their experiences from across the Lone Star State with #TexasToDo for a chance to be featured in our gallery. And for additional inspiration, follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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