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					                                                                                                                       Fall 2010

Looking for something unique and
exciting to do in Texas this fall?          Super Bowl XLV
There are so many events, the action        Kicks Off In
                                            Dallas
never stops…and some of them are
right on our doorstep!
                                            With only a few months until the
                                            big game, it’s time to finalize travel
                                            plans! Super Bowl XLV takes place
                                            February 6, 2011 at the spectacular        ACL taping while staying in a stylish
                                            new Cowboys Stadium, the largest           hotel? Conveniently located next door
                                            NFL venue ever built. Pre-game action      to Block 21 is the new W Austin, set
                                                                 and festivities       to open in early December. Guests
                                                                 get underway          are invited to stay in and rock out as
                                                                 February 3, so        the hotel offers 251 guestrooms and
                                                                 making a long         nearly 4,000 square feet of meeting
                                                                 weekend sports        space. Offering four different ‘living
                                                                 getaway is a          rooms’ – one decked out in vintage
Texas Takes Center                                               great idea. Fan       Mac equipment which boasts a

Stage At The
                                                                 Experiences,          collection of vinyl for DJ’ing purposes.
                                                                 official partner of   Visit www.austincitylimits.org and

Gourmet Food &                              the NFL and the North Texas Super
                                            Bowl XLV Host Committee, offers a
                                                                                       www.starwoodhotels.com for more
                                                                                       information.
Wine Show                                   handy web site that locates and books
Representatives from popular Texas          available hotel accommodation. With
                                            both online and toll-free booking,         Texas Hill Country
                                                                                       Named Fastest
cities and the state’ s hottest celebrity
chefs from Austin, Dallas, Houston          visitors have access to a wide range of

                                                                                       Growing Wine
and San Antonio will be showcasing          hotel choices throughout the region.
their destinations and culinary             Visit www.fanexperiences.com/
talents at the Gourmet Food and
Wine Expo in Toronto. Experience
                                            Superbowl.html for more information.
                                                                                       Destination
                                            Stay & Groove In
                                                                                       The Texas Hill Country was ranked
Texas’ varied cuisine scene, learn                                                     the top ‘hidden-gem’ among U.S

                                            Austin
about exciting vacation options and                                                    wine regions, according to travel
discover incredible culinary schools                                                   planning site Away.com. The Texas
and wineries. The Gourmet Food and          Austin City Limits, the longest-           Hill Country, north of San Antonio
Wine Expo, Canada’s largest consumer        running music series in American           and west of Austin, has become one
wine and culinary show, runs from           television history has a new home.         of the country’s fastest growing wine
November 18th through 21st at the           Block 21 is set to open January 2011       destinations. The topography which
Metro Toronto Convention Center.            with a 2,500-seat state-of-the-art         includes lush rolling hills stands out
For more information, visit www.            venue which will host tapings of the       from the rest of the state and in the
TravelTex.com/gourmet and www.              show, produced by KLRU-TV, the             spring is known for its impressive
foodandwineexpo.ca.                         Austin PBS affiliate. Why not catch an     wildflowers. There are approximately
                                                                                       24 wineries alone on the Texas Hill
                                                                                       Country Trail which is the largest
                                                                                       wine trail in the state. Texas is the fifth

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largest wine producing state in the       lights create a magical canopy over
U.S. and visiting some of the state’s     the River Walk. The lights will
nearly 180 wineries is a must. Sip        shine brightly every evening through
and swirl your way along the state’s      January 1. The lighting ceremony is
self drive wine trails. Visit www.        the official kick off to the Paseo Del
gotexanwine.org and www.away.com          Rio Holiday Festivities; a Texas-size
for more details.                         celebration that’s Pure San Antonio!
                                          An hour long parade follows with
                                          decorated, illuminated floats cruising
                                          along the River Walk in one of the
                                          country’s only nighttime river parades.
                                          Celebrities, bands and lavishly-
                                          costumed participants entertain the
                                          crowd. More than 150,000 people will      non-stop entertainment on the
                                          gather along the River Walk to watch      festival’s stages, strolling carolers,
                                                                                    roving street musicians, bagpipers and
Shop Til You Drop                                                                   entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle

In Houston
                                                                                    their wares from street stalls and
                                                                                    rolling carts laden with tasty culinary
Houston is a shopping mecca with                                                    delights and Victorian-inspired crafts,
deluxe malls, classic European-style                                                clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations
shopping centers, eclectic districts in                                             and gift items. Cheer on the newest
historic neighborhoods and bargain                                                  attraction of the Dickens Festival,
filled outlets. The upscale Houston                                                 Victorian Bed Races down Mechanic
Premium Outlets will expand to 145                                                  Street! Enjoy the amusement as
stores just in time for the holiday                                                 spectators line the race route to cheer
shopping season! More than 25 new         the spectacle along the parade route.     on the participants. Patrons to the
stores will be added, including Saks      To find out more information on how       festival may cast their vote for their
Fifth Avenue Off 5th which will           San Antonio shines during the holiday     favorite bed. For more information,
become the center’s largest store, A/X    season, visit www.visitsanantonio.com     visit www.galvestonhistory.org.
Armani Exchange, Esprit, J.Crew,                                                    Note: Remember to check out

                                          Celebrate Dickens
Lacoste and Talbots. In addition                                                    texastraveltrade.ca for more exciting
to new stores, Canadian shoppers                                                    updates from the great state of Texas.
can take advantage of TAX FREE
SHOPPING in Texas! Tax Free               on The Strand in                          Click on the Texas Travel Pro link
                                                                                    and test your Texas knowledge. www.
Shopping, Ltd. will refund the Texas
State Sales Tax to international
                                          Galveston                                 texastraveltrade.ca
                                          Dickens on The Strand is Galveston’s
                                                                                     Let’s Talk ‘Texas’
shoppers. For more information, visit     37th annual Victorian-style street
www.taxfreetexas.com and www.             festival filled costumes, music, food
premiumoutlets.com                        and wares straight from the streets        Nancy Abbott, Account Director
                                          of 19th-century London returns the         Texas Tourism
Holiday                                   weekend of December 4th and 5th            Tel: 416-935-1896 ext. 229
                                                                                     Toll-free: 1-888-297-9472
Happenings In
                                          with hundreds of costumed vendors
                                          and performers that will provide           Email: nancy@voxtm.ca
Texas                                     a look at the pomp and pageantry
                                          of the British Empire. Centered in
                                                                                     Represented in Canada by
                                                                                     VoX International
San Antonio River Walk Sparkles           Galveston’s The Strand National
On November 26th, San Antonio                                                        www.traveltex.com
                                          Historic Landmark District, located        Twitter: twitter.com/texastourism
lights up for the holiday season as       approximately one hour south of
approximately 122,000 twinkling           Houston, the festival includes parades,
                                                                                     Editor’s Note: Photos of Texas destinations and attractions are
                                                                                     available to easily download at www.picturetrax.com



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