Science has proven what’s long been suspected: Being near water increases creativity and decreases stress levels. The sound of rocking boats moored at a marina, the sparkle and glimmer as the sun hits the lake, the feel of the water as it tickles the toes: It’s the perfect way to relax, recharge and reconnect. So, what better way to engage with your meeting guests and get the creative juices flowing than at a waterside resort! 

Located just 30 miles south of Houston and 30 miles north of Galveston—on the shore of the 2,000-acre Clear Lake—South Shore Harbour Resort is the largest full-service waterside resort in Southeast Texas. The 230-room hotel is a tropically infused get-away that will inspire your colleagues and serve as a stunning backdrop for your conference, gala, corporate training or family celebration. 

South Shore Harbour’s 25,000 square feet of meeting space includes a ballroom with 9,000 square feet, as well as a 70-seat amphitheater. Some meeting rooms include dramatic water views—perfect for that aforementioned inspiration—and state-of-the-art technology is at your fingertips. Spaces can accommodate up to 600 people for holiday celebrations, conferences, or company-wide workshops or as few as 10 for a corporate board retreat. 

“South Shore Harbour’s conference center is the perfect combination of get-away and relaxation. The compelling backdrop allows your guests to forget the daily grind and get creative. It’s a destination conference venue that companies have returned to year after year,” says Roy Green, general manager, South Shore Harbour Resort  

In addition to the 230 luxuriously outfitted rooms, the resort offers two 1,200-square-foot multilevel penthouse suites, perfect for VIP receptions and accommodations. Select rooms have balconies with views of the lake or the adjacent 1,200-slip marina.

Your guests won’t have to travel far to find post-meeting attractions—it’s right outside their hotel doors. South Shore Harbour’s 185-foot Oasis Pool & Bar offers private cabanas, a covered lounge with TV, and a swim-up bar where they can enjoy laidback fare and cocktails without ever having to leave the refreshing water. The resort also offers two dining options, including the Lighthouse Bar & Bistro, and casual breakfast at Paradise Reef. For fine dining, visit the Opus Bistro & Steakhouse located adjacent to the hotel.  On-site is Houston Party Boats. Your group can charter one of the company’s vessels for up to 75 guests. The entertainment boats can cruise into Galveston Bay and include dance floors, sound systems, décor, bars and buffet stations. In addition, close-by businesses offer everything from sailing lessons and fishing charters to JetSurf board and kayak rentals. 

Clear Lake is the country’s third-largest boating destination. Moments away, your guests can take in the activity of Kemah Boardwalk, with its amusement park, restaurants and stores. League City’s historic district, just minutes away from the resort, features locally owned boutiques and shops. For an out-of-this-world experience, groups can take a side trip to Space Center Houston/NASA to discover the past, present and future of space travel. Other nearby attractions include the San Jacinto Museum, located on the site where the cry “Remember the Alamo” was first heard, and the Lone Star Flight Museum, which features two dozen historic aircraft, flight simulators and the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. 

“The beauty of meeting at South Shore Harbour Resort is that everything you could possibly want is self-contained. But if your guests do want to venture out a little further, there is plenty to do on land and on water within five to 15 minutes of the hotel,” says Bridget Bear, director of sales and marketing, South Shore Harbour Resort.  

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.

 

The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) named Paola Bowman, CMP, CMM, its new president at its 2022 annual conference held January 21–23 in Kansas City, Missouri. Bowman is destination services manager at the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau in Arlington, Texas. During her tenure, Bowman plans to focus her energy on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, as well as growing membership through outreach.

 

Explore new renovations and hotels for your group in Ventura County Coast. Mix business with sunshine! Host a safe, productive meeting at one of our hotels, then bond as a team relaxing at the beach or shopping, whale watching or exploring Channel Islands National Park (also known as “the Galapagos Islands of North America”).