March 15, 2018
The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, already is one of the largest resorts in Texas and the Southwest. It's about to get even larger, however, thanks to a sprawling new expansion that is scheduled to be unveiled in May.

The Gaylord Texan occupies 4.5 acres on Lake Grapevine, just outside of Dallas. It stands now with 1,511 guest rooms and more than 400,000 square feet of meeting space across 62 venues, not to mention a seasonal water park, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, and 10 restaurants, bars, and cafes.

The new expansion, known as the Vineyard Tower, will add 303 guest rooms and 86,000 square feet of meeting space to the property, bringing the total accommodations and meeting space to 1,814 rooms and 490,000 square feet, respectively.

The new meeting space will occupy Vineyard Tower's first two floors. The first floor will include an outdoor garden terrace, 30,000 square feet of breakout space, prefunction space that is open to the second floor and a corridor that connects to the rest of the resort. The second floor will include more prefunction space, another outdoor terrace, and a 30,000-square-foot ballroom whose centerpiece will be a chandelier comprised of glass-blown horns in a tribute to Texas Longhorn steer.

"This expansion illustrates Ryman Hospitality Properties' confidence in group-business demand within our brand," said Gaylord senior vice president Mike Stengel. "In addition to enhancing our Grapevine destination, the expansion has provided 450 construction jobs and several hundred permanent jobs for the local community."

When Vineyard Tower is complete, Gaylord Texan will be the third largest nongaming meetings hotel in the United States, as measured by total self-contained exhibit and meeting space.