Dallas’ Union Station has been the city’s major train stop since its construction in 1916. Now, after the completion of a $23 million renovation of the second-story meeting hall, Union Station has become a premier meeting and function space as well. The project restored the building’s original brick walls, cast-iron facades, and quarry-tile floors, while the second and third floors, along with the mezzanine, were reconfigured into 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including eight function rooms. Wolfgang Puck Catering is partnering with the Hyatt Regency Dallas to operate the station’s new event space. (214) 741-7825
The Old Chisholm Trail used to run through the Beaumont Ranch in Grandview, Texas. Today, it’s still a working cattle ranch and caters to individuals and groups. Located 30 minutes outside Dallas and Fort Worth, the ranch has 17 bed-and-breakfast rooms, a full-service spa, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, paintball courses, trail rides, an on-site café, and full-service catering. (888) 864-6935
Don’t miss Titan, the mechanical bull, at Gilley's Dallas, the renowned bar and special-event venue two blocks from the Dallas convention center, hosting groups of up to 5,000 guests. Wooden stars and rustic brick decorate Gilley’s 1,500-square-foot South Side Event Center, which includes the Lone Star, Brazos, and Pasadena rooms. Another option: the three-level Palladium Ballroom, with a 10,000-square-foot walnut hardwood dance floor.