Top Texas beach getaway plans billion-dollar expansion


A premier Texas Gulf Coast getaway is growing by leaps and bounds. Cinnamon Shore, the popular master-planned community in Port Aransas, has unveiled plans for its next phase: a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion project that will take 15 to 20 years to complete. Sea Oats Group, developer of Cinnamon Shore, says the expansion will quadruple the size of the existing beach community, which is best described as a Texas version of celebrated coastal urban developments…

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Read these timely 4th of July travel tips from the experts


A record-breaking 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles over the Fourth of July weekend, with the majority of them getting from here to there by car. You may well be among them. Whether you’re headed to Big Bend, Beaumont, or Boston, you’ll need to be careful on the roads, especially since the Fourth is the deadliest holiday weekend for car crashes. You definitely don’t want to encounter any unexpected fireworks…

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New nonstop flight takes off from Austin to Caribbean hot spot


Dreaming of a tropical vacation? This new nonstop flight from Austin to the Dominican Republic is for you. Vacation Express will introduce direct service from Austin to Punta Cana in summer 2018. The Austin-Punta Cana flight takes off May 28, 2018, and will be operated by Swift Air. The seasonal service runs through August 6. Flights depart Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 7 am on Mondays, arriving at Punta Cana International Airport at 12:20 pm. Return…

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New hotel from mega brand opens doors at Austin airport


New accommodations for travelers are available right on the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport campus. After a soft opening in May, Hyatt Place Austin Airport held a grand opening celebration June 21. The hotel, located at 9532 Spirit of Austin Ln., features 139 guestrooms, a restaurant space, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, and 1,937 square feet of flexible event space. Hyatt Place also offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. Hyatt Place joins…

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10 reasons you should get on ‘Island Time’ in Galveston


There’s nothing quite like visiting Galveston at this time of year. Feeling the sand beneath your feet, welcoming the sun as it shines above, and exhaling with a sense of instant calm — this is what being on “Island Time” is all about. But if you step away from Galveston’s 32 miles of sun-soaked shores, you’ll discover a place that balances the old and the new with captivating ease. With more than its fair share…

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Texas declared one of the 10 best states for summer road trips


You want to hit the open road? You’re in the right place. According to a new report from WalletHub, Texas is one of the 10 best states for a roaming vacation. For its list of the best and worst states for summer road trips, the financial website ranked the 50 states on 22 factors in three main categories — cost, activities, and safety. Texas comes in at No. 6 overall. The Lone Star State is…

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A 5-star escape awaits at this new vineyard B&B near Austin


If you drive 45 minutes west of Austin, past sparkling lakes to Sunrise Beach Village on the southeastern edge of Llano, you’ll approach a gorgeous vineyard beside an enchanting, two-story home: The Vineyard B&B at Lost Creek Ranch. Vines crawl up the iron railing of a staircase that leads to an elegant, wrap- around balcony and five, well-appointed rooms — each with vineyard views. Beneath the stairs, vines and a rose bush climb stakes to…

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New luxury hotel will transform this landmark Central Austin estate


The Commodore Perry Estate, a historic landmark in the heart of Central Austin, will enter a new phase with the development of a small luxury hotel, opening mid-2019 and operated by the high-end Auberge Resorts Collection. The 10-acre property, tucked away at Red River and 41st streets, is the former home Edgar and Lutie Perry. It features a 10,800-square-foot Italian Renaissance-style home, crafted by architect H.B. Thomson in 1927, as well as beautiful formal gardens….

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Upscale hotel chain targets downtown Austin as part of major expansion


One of the world’s largest hotel chains is eyeing a location in downtown Austin for an upscale property. Choice Hotels International Inc. says Austin is among the markets it’s targeting for its boutique-style Cambria brand. Cambria currently has 30 hotels in the U.S., with more than 70 others in the development pipeline. “The pipeline is the largest that it ever has been, and we will continue to grow the brand in key U.S. markets through…

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