Phyllis Browning Company agent Tiffany Stevens featured in REALTOR® Mag

Tiffany StevensTiffany Stevens, REALTOR® with Phyllis Browning Company, was recently featured in REALTOR®Mag, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS®.  In the publication’s article “Going it Alone” spotlighting single homebuyers, Stevens explained why the relationship between real estate professionals and their single clients can be especially strong: “Buying and selling real estate and moving is already a highly emotional process. If you’re doing it alone, it can be scary and stressful.  I keep that in mind when working with my single clientele, so that they never feel like they are completely alone in the process.”

Nearly a quarter of the country’s homeowners go through the house-hunting and -selling process alone.  With a lifestyle including frequent job and status changes, members of this segment are likely to encounter more frequent real estate needs throughout their lifetime—thus proving to be an important client base to REALTORS®, especially those who can connect to them on a personal level early in their homeowning phase.

Stevens also shared a key tip for reaching this demographic: a regular presence on Facebook, including her popular Friday local events posts.  Realizing that singles are likely social and looking to meet others, these particular posts make current and potential clients in this demographic feel she’s “more connected and really know[s] the community.”

Phyllis Browning_colorFor more than 25 years, Phyllis Browning Company has served buyers and sellers of high-quality real estate in the greater San Antonio area, the Hill Country, and throughout South Texas.  A key component of this dedication includes serving as a source of knowledge and information, whether specific to ranches, luxury high-rise condominiums, historic gems, or Hill Country properties—or to the market as a whole.  Stevens’s approach also aligns with the company’s belief in forming genuine relationships with clients and building on those over the years.  Phyllis Browning Company continues their commitment to being The Very Best in service, ethics, technology, information, and community.  Find a REALTOR® and view current listings at

Catch a wave – closer to home

HyattHCResort_logoLooking for the perfect vacation to relax and recharge, featuring activities to delight everyone in your family? Whether you have surfers, swimmers, golfers, stargazers or someone just looking to float their day away or enjoy a relaxing massage, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is the answer to spring break fun for the whole family.

And yes, we did say “surfers.” But you don’t have to hit the coast or brave a crowded water park to catch some waves. The Hyatt Hill Country is the first Texas resort—and one of only three hotels in the United States—to have a FlowRider® wave machine on its property, offering perfect waves every day of the year. Let the fun flow and make Hyatt Hill Country fill your spring break with fantastic memories, not crowds or traffic.

Hyatt Hill Country_A_903_retLocated just 16 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio and the San Antonio International Airport, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa offers a retreat that feels a world away, but the convenience and fun of San Antonio is just outside your door. Built in 1990, the AAA Four-Diamond resort features a 500-room luxury hotel, championship 27-hole golf course, a full-service state-of-the-art spa. The resort also boasts a tennis court, award-winning dining, walking/jogging path and nature trail, health club facility, five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, tower water slide, three swimming pools and cascading waterfalls, two outdoor whirlpools, Camp Hyatt children’s program and a 950-foot Ramblin’ River intertwined with lush gardens.

The resort’s traditional Hill Country architecture complements the site’s inherent beauty, highlighted by thousands of native Live Oak trees, limestone-banked creeks, mossy springs and rolling wildflower meadows. This natural, secluded, pastoral setting makes the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa an ideal location for relaxing family vacations, fun-filled weekend getaways and the perfect place for a spring break filled with fun for every member of the family, including Fido. That’s right—the resort offers a canine guest program with “barking lot” access, treats, bowls and doggie beds awaiting your pet upon check-in.

Hyatt Hill Country_A_1247Jump In, The Water is Fine:  Five Acres of Water Fun Awaits
Long known for its ever-popular water playground featuring three swimming pools, cascading waterfalls, a sandy beach, a tubing river and more, the Hyatt Hill Country’s new FlowRider® wave machine turns up the fun meter for anyone who enjoys riding the waves. The exciting new attraction simulates a “barrel-less” wave; complete with a sloped wave surface featuring 40,000 gallons of water being driven up at a rate of about 18,000 gallons per minute. What does that mean? Perfect waves, all year long, ready for guests to flowboard their day away.

Hyatt Hill Country_A_1126_retFlow boarding resembles surfing, but is a combination of skateboarding, wakeboarding, boogie boarding, snowboarding and surfing—a fantastic mix of fun for any board sport fan. The wave machine spans an impressive length of 54 feet and is 22 feet wide, with a water depth of between 3 to 4 inches, perfect for body boarding, knee boarding or stand-up boarding. The FlowRider® can be heated seasonally, meaning guests will be able to enjoy this adrenaline-packed thrill all year long, though guests must be at least 42 inches tall to boogie board and 52 inches tall to stand-up ride/surf.

In addition to the wave machine, the resort added a 22-foot-tall tower waterslide to its already amazing water park, which now offers five acres of hydrated fun and relaxation. Perfect for guests more than four feet tall, the slide is a great complement to the water park’s 950-foot Ramblin’ River and sandy beach. The park also features an activity pool equipped with water volleyball and basketball, an adults-only Texas-shaped pool, 2 hot tubs and a zero-entry kiddie wading pool, ensuring wet fun for everyone, no matter what their height.

Clubbing It:  The Hill Country Golf Club
If water sports leave you dripping, an afternoon on the links at the Hill Country Golf Club is sure to dry you off. In its first year of play, the 27-hole course was named one of the top 10 new public courses in the U.S. by Golf Magazine, and Golf for Women named the course Top Fairways list of most “women-friendly” golf courses. Today, the course continues to be honored with the awards from various golfing and travel publications. Most recently, Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club was selected among the world’s best golf venues in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Golf Poll and is consistently among the 100 favorite golf destinations worldwide.

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort’s championship golf course appeals to a broad spectrum of golf enthusiasts, with holes that demand strength and strategy, but with four sets of tees to accommodate players of every skill level. The greens vary in size, shape and slope, with the shortest game further challenged by strategically placed bunkers and grass hollows.

And if you’re looking for a round of family fun, the course offers The Hill Country Family Express Course, an innovative new golf program designed for families who want to experience the game of golf together. “Family Express” tees are located on the club’s three courses, albeit at a shorter distance. One of the nine-hole courses is designated for the Express Course each day so as not to impede play for more experienced golfers, yet still allowing the families to enjoy their time together.

Getting Rowdy: Camp Hyatt Fills Days and Nights with Fun
With 300-acres available to explore, the Hyatt Hill Country is a haven for kids to explore and learn, all while having fun. Rowdy’s Camp Hyatt, the resort’s award-winning children’s program designed for guests ages 3 to 12, offers planned, supervised activities sure to thrill your little ones. The supervised children’s program offers a variety of activities that teach native Texas customs and traditions, like hunting for arrowheads, stargazing, bird watching, learning how to recognize regional animal tracks and indoor crafts are just some of the activities that will delight and entertain your little spring breakers.

In addition to the themed activities, Camp Hyatt offers a special schedule of spring break activities and of course children can also participate in traditional resort activities such as swimming in the Ramblin’ River, making sandcastles at the manmade beach, taking walks on the mile-long nature trails and s’ mores by the campfire.

Flavors to Savor:  Onsite Dining
Wondering how to keep your crew energized for all of that fun. Hyatt Hill Country has you covered with a wide array of dining options sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. From the Springhouse Café, a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside terrific views of the resort’s garden and pool areas, to the fine dining of Antlers Lodge—so named for the magnificent handcrafted, naturally shed-antler chandelier that serves as the focal point for the room—featuring exquisitely prepared steaks, seafood and poultry complemented by seasonal harvests and regional flavors, you won’t have to wander far to enjoy a terrific meal.

The resort’s dining options also include Cactus Oak Tavern, located in the Hill Country Golf Club, featuring traditional 19th hole fare such as cheeseburgers and grilled chicken breast sandwiches, as well as poolside dining at Vince’s Watering Hole and Papa Ed’s Pool Bar & Grill, where plump hot dogs, Texas-sized nachos, chilled salads and cool refreshing smoothies, sodas and cocktails are offered. Additional dining choices onsite include Charlie’s Long Bar, a traditional Texas-style saloon with a masterfully crafted, 56-foot long copper-topped bar, the longest copper-topped bar in Texas; the General Store, combining convenience with the feel and ambiance of an old country store; The Porch brews super-premium fair-trade coffees, hand-dipped ice-cream treats, espresso drinks and fresh pastries; or if you’re just too tired from a great day, the hotel offers extensive hours of service through in-room dining.

Make Your Spring Break Award Winning!
Make sure your spring break takes the top prize—plan your trip to the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa. A few of the resort’s award and distinctions:

  • 2014 World’s Best Family Friendly Hotels, Travel+Leisure
  • 2013 Best Hotels in the USA, US News and World Report
  • 2013 Reader’s Poll: Top 270 Spas in North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and at Sea by Condé Nast Traveler
  • 2013 Reader’s Poll: Top 10 Family Resorts, Family Fun magazine
  • 2013 Top 10 Family Fun Resorts for Groups, Convention South
  • 2012 Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World, Readers’ Poll, Top 25 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts, Condé Nast Traveler
  • Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Audubon International
  • 2013 Best Hotels in the USA, US News and World Report
  • 2013 Four Diamond, American Automobile Association (AAA), Resort and Antlers Lodge
  • 2012 World’s Best Hotels for Families, Travel+Leisure magazine

Putting the “Relax” into Your Break:  Windflower-The Hill Country Spa
If hitting the links or riding the waves doesn’t make you relax, there’s no doubt that the perfect spa visit will do the trick. Recently named by Condé Nast Traveler readers as one of the top 100 resort spas in the United States, Windflower-The Hill Country Spa incorporates native stones, authentic wood beams, rough-hewn timber salvaged from abandoned structures and a standing-seam metal roof, all situated amid a secluded grove of native live oaks for a slice of modern country heaven. Customized 50- to 80-minute treatments are offered in 21 treatment rooms housed in the structure’s “renovated barn.” Sixteen of the rooms, including a couple’s room, are used for massage and the more conventional spa treatments, while five of the rooms are designed for “wet” treatments, such as therapeutic baths, body treatments, and Vichy showers. Seasonally, three outdoor cabanas, overlooking a majestic field of wildflowers, are available for massage.

A World Away, But Close to Everything: Nearby Attractions
The resort’s secluded, yet convenient location makes it an excellent point of departure for excursions to attractions for which San Antonio has become famous for, such as The Alamo, The River Walk, SeaWorld/Aquatica San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the Historic Mission Trails National Park, and rock climbing, horseback riding, sailing, fishing and tubing are available within an hour’s drive. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort is also conveniently located near charming and historic Hill Country towns popular for antique and crafts shopping, scenic state parks, and the state’s growing wine region, making it the perfect starting point for wherever you roam.

About the Hyatt Regency Hill Country
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is located on 300-scenic acres in the heart of San Antonio. The recently renovated 500-room resort features 53,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 165,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.

Resort amenities include the full-service Windflower-The Hill Country Spa featuring 21-treatment rooms with world-class services, a five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, 22’ tower waterslide, four swimming pools, Ramblin’ River and regulation sized sand volleyball court. With five restaurants, a lounge and tavern, guests can enjoy superb epicurean dining or cocktails with colleagues overlooking a lushly landscaped 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course. For reservations or information contact 210-647-1234 or visit us at

$35-million Expansion/Renovation Under Way at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

Project will double available function space, upgrade guestrooms and expand water park as part of 20th Anniversary Celebration in 2013

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Woodbine Development Corporation today announced details of a $35-million expansion and renovation of its Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. The project will essentially double the resort’s indoor function space, triple its pre-function space, add new outdoor function space, enhance and freshen guestrooms and landscaping, as well as expand the ever-popular water park to include a FlowRider®  wave machine and a tower slide. Woodbine is managing the project, with WATG and Wimberly Interiors providing interior design services; HKS Hill Glazier Studio as architect of record; Rialto Studio, Inc., managing landscape improvements; and Hardin Construction Company, L.L.C., as general contractor. The entire project will be completed by fall 2013, with portions of the project completed in the spring of 2013. The resort opened as Texas’ first true destination resort in February 1993 and will celebrate 20 years of successful operation in 2013.

“We’re elated that we can bring these new enhancements to this very special property,” said John Field Scovell, CEO and President of Woodbine. “While much of what this resort offers is about tradition, we want to reward our loyal guests with new experiences and capture group customers who needed more function space than we were able to provide in the past.”

The resort’s indoor function space is being increased from approximately 35,000 square feet to approximately 70,000 square feet, including the addition of a 20,000-square-foot ballroom. Guests will access the new state-of-the-art space either through the existing function space corridors or via a new motor court and separate entrance. The grand ballroom will be divisible into eight breakout rooms, each with its own entrance. Generous pre-function space will be added and connected to the existing Hill Country Ballroom space, as well.

“The space echoes the classic Hill Country design of the hotel with tall windows, forged iron light fixtures and natural stone details. The pre-function areas recall the look of Texas’ regional barns with timber trim and bead board ceilings,” said Susan Bruce, ASID, Senior Associate, WATG and Wimberly Interiors. “Guests can meet and mingle while relaxing in leather rocking chairs as they wait for their session to begin. The new carpeting reflects stylized wildflowers, and the lighting mimics country lanterns.”

Exterior function space added with the expansion includes a 7,260-square-foot landscaped courtyard, complete with a Texas-sized, stacked limestone working fireplace. The courtyard design was inspired by discussions with some of

the area’s top wedding planners and includes iron light fixtures and casual wicker seating. Additionally, a 5,000-square-foot event lawn will be connected to the new ballroom and promises to be a spectacular venue for such events as an outdoor awards dinner, upscale reception or afternoon team-building event.

The ballroom addition includes a motor court with separate entrance where guests will have the opportunity to be dropped off curbside. The meeting space will be completed in fall 2013.

All 500 guestrooms and suites will be transformed into classic modern accommodations, with a Texas Hill Country twist. The new décor will appeal to convention, leisure and business travelers alike. Wimberly Interiors’ design inspiration was the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, blending the charming rustic aesthetic with a tailored palette and refined details. The addition of new Hyatt Grand Bed mattresses, complete re-tiling of the tub surrounds, a decoratively framed and well-lit mirror with freestanding, oversized, granite-top vanity, are just a few of the features to be offered in every room.

The guestroom corridors will provide a journey for the guest along a trail that is inspired by natural elements, with textured wall coverings that give homage to the lasso – one of the rancher’s most important tools; bronzed metal wall sconces that reflect shadows similar to sunlight streaming through the native Live Oak trees; and carpeting that is evocative of a creek that is blanketed with freshly fallen leaves.

The guestrooms will embrace the concept of a sophisticated, stylish ranch embellished with Texan motifs. The concept of the lasso will be reinterpreted from the corridors with texturized wall covering in the guestrooms, complemented by linen draperies. The carpeting will feature a modern silhouette of a rustic diamond pattern. A luxurious chenille throw, made exclusively for the resort, will replicate the pattern of “Papa Ed” Wiseman’s favorite horse blanket. Papa Ed was the patriarch of the Rogers-Wiseman family that owned the resort site and thousands of acres of surrounding ranchland for more than 100 years. Guestroom art will continue to incorporate vintage family photos with hand-tinted backgrounds, as well as “ranch brand” art in suites.

An additional phase of the enhancement project will really make waves among the hotel’s leisure guests. A wave machine and tower slide will be added to the resort’s ever-popular water playground, which is being expanded from four acres to five acres.

Hill Country will become the first Texas hotel and only one of three hotels in the United States to have a FlowRider® wave machine on its property. The exciting new attraction simulates a “barrel-less” wave; complete with a sloped wave surface with 40,000 gallons of water being driven up at a rate of about 18,000 gallons per minute. “This will become yet another core benefit of vacationing at Hyatt Regency Hill Country and will solidify our resort as the premier destination for families looking to travel within and to Texas,” said Gino Caliendo, the resort’s general manager. “While regional water parks may offer kneeboarding, we are thrilled to be the only location in Texas with a stand-up boarding option.” 

The wave machine spans an impressive length of 54 feet and is 22 feet wide, with a water depth of between 3 to 4 inches. Hotel guests can choose bodyboarding, kneeboarding or stand-up boarding. The FlowRider® will be heated seasonally, meaning guests can enjoy this adrenaline-packed thrill ride all year long. Per the manufacturer’s suggestions, riders need to be at least 42 inches (3 feet, 5 inches) tall to boogie board and 52 inches (4 feet, 3 inches) to stand-up ride/surf.

“Flow boarding may resemble surfing, but it is really a combination of skateboarding, wakeboarding, boogie boarding, snowboarding and surfing, a perfect blend that will appeal to all board sport enthusiasts,” said Ray Lauenstein, business development manager at Aquatic Development Group, developer of FlowRider®.

In addition to the wave machine, the resort is adding a much-anticipated 22-foot-tall tower slide, perfect for guests ages 5 and up. The addition of these enhancements offers more exciting options and an additional acre to the hotel’s existing four-acre water park. Currently, the water park includes a 950-foot Ramblin’ River, an activity pool equipped with water volleyball and basketball, an adults-only Texas-shaped pool, 2 hot tubs and a zero-entry kiddie wading pool.

The wave pool and slide area will be surrounded by an extensive deck with seating and plenty of room for spectators, and an area for guests to pick up refreshments and snacks. The complex also will include a combination restroom and changing area.

“Families have consistently returned to Hyatt Regency Hill Country for almost 20 years because of our authentic hospitality, provided by an incredible staff, exciting activities and amazing water features. Our guests will be excited with these additions as they only add to memories created here,” Caliendo added. “All the water pumped through the wave pool and slide will be recirculated to align with the hotel’s resource conservation pledge.”

The final enhancements to the resort include extensive exterior landscaping and energy-efficient LED lighting. Lighting of the public walkways and the up-lighting of native Live Oak trees will give the resort additional illumination and a beautiful glow in the evening. Retaining walls are being added to reduce soil erosion in key areas, and throughout the resort a professional arborist is assisting with the replacement of invasive plant and tree species with native Texas plants that are heat tolerant and drought resistant.

“Returning guests will be amazed at the transformation being made in the resort’s landscape. We are consciously editing the grounds to retain the beauty of native Texas Hill Country while adding subtle touches of refinement to please the most discerning guest,” said Jim Gray, principal at Rialto Studio and original landscape architect for the resort. “I am honored to be involved in this renovation project that is refreshing original designs we implemented two decades ago and making them more sustainable.”

About Hyatt Hill Country
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is situated on 300-scenic acres in San Antonio, Texas, on the edge of Texas’ Hill Country. The 500-room resort currently features more than 35,000 square feet of indoor function space; at completion of the expansion, this will increase to more than 70,000 square feet. Resort amenities include Windflower – The Hill Country Spa, with 21-treatment rooms, secluded swimming pool and whirlpool, and world-class services; a __-acre water park with 950-foot flowing river pool, adult pool, active pool and kiddie pool; multiple food and beverage outlets, including Antlers fine-dining restaurant, Springhouse Cafe, Charlie’s Long Bar Saloon, Cactus Oak Tavern, the General Store and Papa Ed’s Pool Bar & Grill. Guests can enjoy superb epicurean dining or cocktails with colleagues overlooking a lushly landscaped 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course. For more information visit

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®,Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt HouseTM. Hyatt House is changing its brand identity from Hyatt Summerfield Suites®. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Vacation Club®, which is changing its name to Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of December 31, 2011, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 483 properties in 45 countries. For more information, please visit

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About Woodbine and Hunt Realty
Woodbine Development Corporation is a 39-year-old full-service real estate company focused on development, investment/acquisition and asset management opportunities across the United States. The company specializes in hotels, resorts and golf courses; multiuse land and mixed-use developments; and real estate services provided to corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals. Woodbine has been involved with more than $2 billion in commercial real estate projects, including development, ownership and/or asset management of more than 6,000 hotel rooms, 18,000 acres of land and 126 holes of championship golf. To learn more, visit

Woodbine Investment Corporation is an affiliate of Woodbine Development and was created to take advantage of displaced capital markets and to acquire distressed and under-capitalized assets in primary and select secondary markets. The company is seeking to acquire independently owned and operated assets that are unencumbered by management and have significant operational and property investment upside. The company recently acquired The Governor Hotel in Portland, OR, as a part of this effort.

Woodbine’s financial/investment partner is Hunt Realty Investments, Inc. (“HRI”). Hunt Realty serves as the centralized real estate investment management resource for Hunt Consolidated, Inc., which is part of the Hunt family of companies directed by Ray L. Hunt. For more information, visit

About HKS Hill Glazier Studio
HKS Hill Glazier Studio specializes in the design of hotels and resorts including sophisticated urban hotels, unique destination resorts, world-class golf clubhouses and luxurious spas. With hospitality construction under way on five continents, HKS’s hospitality practice is ranked as one of the top in the nation and the world, according to BD World Architecture, Hotel Business and Hospitality Architecture + Design. Over the past two decades, the firm has designed projects in 41 countries garnering numerous awards and coverage in national and international publications. For more information, visit

About WATG + Wimberly Interiors
WATG and Wimberly Interiors are the premier hospitality design consultancy in the world, according to surveys by Hotel Design and Hotel & Motel Management magazines. Hospitality Design magazine’s survey of companies ranked WATG’s corporate culture among the top in the world: best career advancement, best firm philosophy, best client list, best list of projects, and most innovative. By offering a full range of design services in the areas of strategy, planning, architecture, landscape, and interiors specific to the travel and tourism industry, WATG has become the world’s largest niche firm. Since its founding in 1945, WATG and Wimberly Interiors have designed destinations in 160 countries from its offices worldwide. For more information, visit

About Hardin Construction Company
Founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1946 Hardin Construction Company, LLC has been a leader in the industry for over 66 years, providing comprehensive construction services. Hardin’s projects span 29 states, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hardin currently maintains offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Hardin provides general contracting, program management, construction management and design/build services that are tailored to our customers’ needs and project requirements. Services included are estimating, value engineering, constructability review, scheduling, procurement strategy development, FF&E procurement, safety program, quality assurance and project control systems.

About Rialto Studio
Rialto’s founding partners and principals; James Gray, Kenneth Fowler, and Peter Hinton represent more than 80 years of combined professional experience. The three spent years working with renowned Texas architect O’Neil Ford, well-known for his belief that successful design was created with a team approach not based upon the single purview of one discipline. This experience forms the core of Rialto’s design philosophy. Founded in San Antonio in 1998, the firm has designed some of San Antonio’s most important and enduring places including Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, Hyatt River Walk Hotel, River Center Mall, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion. For additional information, please visit .