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12 Days of Driskill

AUSTIN, Texas – Nov. 24, 2009 – The historic Driskill Hotel provides the perfect setting to celebrate the holidays and during the 12 Days of Driskill guests and local visitors can experience the excitement of the season with a calendar full of special events and activities Dec. 2-13.


The celebration begins with The Driskill Tree Lighting on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Lobby. More than 10,000 lights will illuminate a 16-foot tree in the heart of the hotel. Live music will entertain guests and the hotel will serve complimentary holiday cookies, apple cider, hot chocolate and coffee.


Beginning Dec. 3 a Victorian Holiday Tea will be offered daily from 3-5 p.m. The tea includes a four-course tea service with a glass of sparkling wine. The menu includes assorted tea sandwiches, fruit tartlettes, petit fours, truffles and freshly bakes scones with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and fruit preserves. Custom-blended teas will be provided by The Tea Embassy. Cost for the daily Victorian Holiday Tea is $38 for adults and $18 for children three to 12 years old.


In addition to the popular Victorian Holiday Tea, the Driskill will offer a Mother & Daughter Tea Dec. 5 and 12 from 3-5 p.m. Exclusive to the ladies in the family, this special tea features the same food and beverage selections as the Victorian Tea, however prices begin at $38 for adults, $20 for children ages six to 12 years old and kids two to six years old can participate for $10. In addition, all children will receive a feather boa to heighten the sophistication of the event. Reservations are recommended for both teas and may be made by calling (512) 391-7121.


On Dec. 9, guests can get a photographer’s view of The Driskill during a special tour with noted author and photographer Trey Ratcliff. The Photographers Tour, Book Signing & Contest begins at 6 p.m. and includes a tour of the property with Ratcliff to see how he views and captures the historic hotel through his lens. During the tour, photographers are urged to capture their own images of the Driskill and then submit their favorites for a special holiday photo contest. The winning photographer will be awarded a $500 gift card and will have their photo published as the official photo of the 2010 12 Days of Driskill celebration. For information on Ratcliff, please visit www.StuckInCustoms.com. For official rules of the Driskill photo contest, please visit www.driskillhotel.com.


Breakfast with Santa is offered on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9-11 a.m. at the Driskill.  Santa will arrive at the hotel in a vintage fire truck and then join youngsters and their parents for a special breakfast in the elegant Victorian Room. In addition to sharing their wish lists with Santa, kids can build gingerbread houses, make a holiday ornament or join in story telling sessions during this special event. Cost for Breakfast with Santa is $15 per person.


The 12 Days of Driskill wind down with the Annual Driskill Pie Baking Contest and the Annual Pawliday Party on Sunday, Dec. 13. The winner of the Pie Baking Contest will be featured on the 1886 Café & Bakery’s menu as the restaurant’s signature pie for the next year. Finalists will be presented to a panel of judges during 12 Days of Driskill festivities at 1 p.m. in 1886 Café & Bakery. In addition to being featured on the dessert menu, the winner also receives a $500 gift certificate from the Driskill, monogrammed 1886 Café & Bakery chef’s apron, and other personalized mementoes. The contest is open to any non-food professional (chef, food writer or anyone who creates recipes for pay), who is 18 years or older. Culinary students are encouraged to enter the contest. For contest rules, please visit www.driskillhotel.com.


The Annual Pawliday Party takes place on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1-3 p.m. and allows four-legged friends to enjoy the holiday spirit. As an award-winning, pet-friendly property, the Driskill has partnered with the Austin Dog Rescue for this annual fundraising event that’s produced in conjunction with Austin’s favorite pet store- Lofty Dog. Event activities include the Dog Walk fashion show, photos with Santa, Blessing of the Pets and special dog treats. Doggie-themed drinks such as Salty Dogs, Pink Poodles, Poinsetters and Greyhounds will be served at the cash bar located on the Sixth Street balcony. The Pawliday Party is $10 per pet. For rules of entry visit www.driskillhotel.com.


In addition, the hotel will feature complimentary Holiday Sweet Treats nightly beginning Dec. 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Lobby with cookies and hot cider from the award-winning 1886 Café & Bakers. Carolers from local schools also will entertain with holiday favorites each night.


For a complete list of Driskill Hotel holiday activities and more information on the 12 Days of Driskill, please visit www.driskillhotel.com or call (512) 391-7121. Locals and visitors alike also can enjoy the holiday season by booking a room at the Driskill during the holiday celebration. Special nightly rates start at $119 beginning Dec. 3. For reservations call (800) 252-9367 or visit the hotel’s Web site.


The 189-room Driskill Hotel was built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jessie Driskill. One of the oldest historic buildings in the state, The Driskill stands as a landmark of Texas hospitality. Over the years, The Driskill has hosted inaugural balls for many Texas Governors and lavish events for international dignitaries. It was a favorite of President Lyndon Johnson who held many election night events at The Driskill and where he took the future Lady Bird Johnson on their first date.


The hotel features a Historic Wing with soaring ceilings, elaborate woodwork and balconies and a Traditional Wing that was built in 1929 featuring art deco design elements that capture the vibrant colors of the Texas Hill Country. Guests can dine at the five-star Driskill Grill that is consistently rated among the best restaurants in the state or choose from 1886 Café and Bakery featuring all day dining and savory pastries. The hotel also offers more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness studio and massage treatments rooms. The legendary hotel is situated at the epicenter of Austin’s business and entertainment districts at the corner of 6th and Brazos Street and is conveniently located near the capitol building and convention center.


The Driskill Hotel is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California, which opened to the public in June. The 102-acre ocean front resort features a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three ocean view restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join the company’s loyalty program for the best offers available, visit www.destinationdelivers.com





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