3 top Texas hotels claim coveted spots on new Conde Nast Hot List

No doubt, Houston boasts world-class luxury hotels. But locals looking for weekend or extended Lone Star State getaways can look to three new shining stars.

Conde Nast Traveler has released its Hot List for 2021 and highlights a trio of Texas top stays. Thompson Dallas was the city’s only hotel to make the prestigious list of 69 best new hotels from around the world. Two Austin properties round out a Texas trio: Commodore Perry Estate and Hotel Magdalena.

Part of the lifestyle hospitality brand Thompson Hotels, the Dallas hotel opened in November 2020 in the historic George

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Texas’ challenge to California travel ban tossed by U.S. Supreme Court

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Texas Tech elevating top assistant Mark Adams to head coach after Chris Beard’s departure


Texas Tech is elevating assistant coach Mark Adams to the top job to replace Chris Beard after Beard left to take the Texas job earlier this month, the school announced. Adams, the top assistant on Beard’s Red Raiders staff, has been with the program since Beard took over the gig in 2016. He was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2019-20 season.

A Texas Tech alumnus, Adams, who graduated from the school in 1979, is a long-time understudy of Beard. He served on Beard’s staff at Little Rock as an assistant in 2015-16 after a two-season stint

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Texas hires Chris Beard from Texas Tech as next coach following Shaka Smart’s departure

Texas is hiring Texas Tech coach Chris Beard to the same position for the Longhorns, the school announced on Thursday. Beard will succeed Shaka Smart as the Texas coach after Smart left to take the Marquette job last month.

Beard is a University of Texas alumnus who has long been linked to the Longhorns as his star steadily brightened in recent years first with Little Rock and most recently with Texas Tech. The news of Beard’s move across the state comes on the same day his contractual buyout for another Big 12 program dropped from $5 million to $4 million.

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Here are the top Texas vacation destinations in 2021

Vacation rental company Vacasa recently shared its top destinations in Texas in the first quarter of this year and Austin leads the state.

AUSTIN, Texas — Vacations are being planned across Texas.

Vacation rental company Vacasa recently shared its top vacation destinations in Texas for the first quarter of 2021.

To determine the rankings, the company calculated occupancy rates based on the percentage of available unit nights booked. Austin ranked No. 1, meaning it had the fewest number of units available to book and therefore was the most in-demand market.

“Consumer preference for professionally managed vacation rentals remains high and

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Texas’ 10 best candidates to replace Shaka Smart after his departure for Marquette

Texas basketball always has seemed like an ideal job for someone seeking to coach Division I men’s basketball. There are high-major prospects in seemingly every neighborhood. There appears to be more money than contained in Citibank.

The pressure to win exists, it just does not overwhelm, because football still commands most of the fans’ attention. Oh, and Austin is such a lovely town.

It hasn’t ever really worked all the way, though. Rick Barnes reached 16 NCAA Tournaments in 17 years, but only a single Final Four. Tom Penders reached eight NCAA Tournaments in 10 years, but never advanced beyond

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