WHAT'S NEW IN TEXAS

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#TexasToDo’s Spring 2018
Newly opened hotels, highly anticipated restaurants and cooler weather make the perfect combination to visit the Lone Star State this season! Here are a handful of new places to add to your #TexasToDo list.

New Flights
 
Did you know Texas’ varied terrain is similar to that of Australia? Good news for those down under! United Airlines now offers a direct Sydney-Houston flight. Domestically, Southwest will begin seasonal, nonstop flights to Austin from Indianapolis on April 8 and a new nonstop flight out of Louisville to Austin starting October 3. Additionally, Frontier Airlines will offer more flights from Tampa to Austin beginning April 8 and American Airlines launched a daily non-stop service from Philadelphia to San Antonio.
 
New Hotels
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is the essence of luxury with its impressive décor and over the top amenities. Starting with a two-level Rolls Royce dealership, this 38-story tower boasts iconic art from American artist Frank Stella in the lobby and a 16,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom.
 
Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas’ famous Uptown district is undergoing a $33 million renovation, the first since its completion in 1985. This overhaul includes its rooms, lobby, spa and fitness center.
 
In Austin, Fairmont Hotels has cut the ribbon on a new property, and it’s huge. Standing 37 stories high with 1,048 rooms, the Fairmont Austin is the city’s largest hotel located in the heart of downtown, with direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk. The hotel also offers five restaurants and bars, a full spa, fitness center and downtown Austin’s largest outdoor pool.
 
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, just outside of Dallas, announced an expansion to be unveiled in May. The Vineyard Tower will add 303 guest rooms and 86,000 square feet of meeting space to the 4.5-acre property on Lake Grapevine.

New Eats
 
Future downtown Austin hotel, The Line, and onsite restaurant P6, is set to open this spring. The restaurant will feature StarChefs’ Rising Star award recipient Damien Brockway’s Texas inspired foods and views of Lady Bird Lake.
 
Fixer Upper fans can get a taste of the Waco action with Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new restaurant Magnolia Table. A breakfast-focused restaurant featuring classic comfort food, an outdoor coffee bar and a take-away market-style shop.
 
Downtown Dallas welcomed a new dining spot with the opening of Petro Tower Grill. Located within the Cambria Dallas Downtown hotel, the diner is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring Southern-styled cuisine.

New Exhibitions
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, from the world-renowned and most prestigious photography event of its kind, is on loan in Lubbock from the Natural History Museum in London. It will run at the Museum of Texas Tech University through January 2019.
 
Austin's Blanton Museum of Art will feature late American painter Ellsworth Kelly's final work, "Austin," a 2,715-square-foot pavilion named after the state capital of Texas from February 18 to April 29.
 
The Asia Society Texas Center in Houston will exhibit Zheng Chongbin’s fusion of western abstraction with the Chinese calligraphic tradition in works of ink and acrylic on paper. The exhibit runs through July 8.
 
Spring Event Highlights  
Looking for even more fun spring inspiration? Check out www.TravelTexas.com and find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Visitors can share their experiences from across the Lone Star State with #TexasToDo for a chance to be featured in our gallery.
 
  
 
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