The Corinthian is a dramatic special-event venue on the first floor and mezzanine level of one of Houston’s architectural jewels. In a magnificent 1905 neoclassical building near the city’s theater district, the Corinthian can seat 1,000 for dinner and host as many as 2,000 for receptions. (713) 222-2002

George Ranch Historical Park near Houston offers a truly Texas experience. The ranch has hosted great gatherings for more than a century. When the ranch was settled in the 1820s, the buzz was about independence from Mexico, cotton prices and cattle drives. The meetings it hosts today are just as lively with groups of 15 or 4,000 enjoying anything from a barbecue and fiddler to a fandango. (281) 343-0218