by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 07, 2020

Facilities and attractions around the Lone Star State have been reopening steadily, now that hotels and indoor meeting venues can operate at up to 50 percent capacity. Check with each municipality for guidelines on the specific number of people allowed in its city-owned venues.

The Palmer Events Center has earned LEED Silver certification for existing buildings. All of the electrical power for the facility, as well as the Gold-certified Austin Convention Center, is supplied by Austin Energy's GreenChoice program, which is generated by wind turbines. The Palmer features 120,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

The expansion of the Austin Convention Center currently is being designed, and once it's approved, the city will acquire land to the west of the facility for the work. Debuting on the venue's west side in September is the 613-room Austin Marriott Downtown, with more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space and an event terrace by the rooftop pool.

The 54-room Commodore Perry Estate, a member of the Auberge Resorts Collection, will be unveiled in July. Jazz Age buildings and English-style gardens make up the 10-acre compound, which features the 1,600-square-foot chapel for events.

Two more boutique properties will open their doors soon: The 140-room Canopy by Hilton Austin Downtown comes online in July with a 657-square-foot poolside pavilion, and the 80-room Colton House Hotel opens in September with a 5,000-square-foot event lawn. 

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