I have been to Houston twice now. Both times I enjoyed spectacular weather and amazing sights. However, being a Michigander, it doesn't take too much to impress me weather-wise - anything above 60 degrees works for me!
Weekend #1: October, 2011
The first time I visited was in October of 2011. Coming from 40 degrees to 80+ degrees was a most welcome change. The hotel we stayed in, The Houstonian, was also where my cousins' wedding reception was held. Complete with restaurants, an award-winning spa, beautiful grounds, pools, extensive gyms and luxurious rooms, this was easily the most fantastic place I have ever stayed in my life. Being surrounded by gorgeous woods made it feel as though you were miles away from the city, not right in the heart of it.
This trip, although very brief, allowed me to experience some good ol' Texas BBQ. Goode Company BBQ on Katy Freeway was definitely Texan BBQ. Unfortunately for me, I'm not quite a fan, but ask my family and they'll tell you it was good! My family also took a trip to Cavender's Boot City in Houston. If you are looking for any type of western wear at all, this is your place. The huge store captivated us for two hours and we ended up walking out with new cowboy boots. You know your boots are the real deal when they come from Cavender's!
A final notable place to stop at in Houston is actually inside of the Houston Hobby Airport! Walking to our terminal, we noticed a sign outside of the Pappa's Burger storefront boasting that they had the best shakes in town. Being the sweet lover that I am, I knew that I couldn't let that go unchallenged. After ordering a chocolate shake, I decided that they knew what they were talking about! The shake was either the very best one I have had in my life, or I was just exceptionally hungry. Who knows? Either way, it's definitely worth a try!
|Pappa's Burger storefront.|
My second trip to Houston took place in March of 2013. A weekend trip down to visit family left me not wanting to leave. Spending a few days at RodeoHouston definitely gave me an insight into how completely different Texas was from Michigan. (Texan drawls and Southern manners, just to point out the major signs that we weren't "in Kansas anymore") The Rodeo took place in and on the grounds of the Houston Texan's Reliant Stadium. A fair, rodeo and big name concerts every night was a recipe for a massive crowd. People were absolutely everywhere!
|Houston Rodeo inside of Reliant Stadium.|
|A view of the Rodeo fair from the top of the Ferris Wheel!|
|Nearly front row!|
Although I have only spent two short weekends in Houston, I know that there is much more beyond what I have explored. Being the largest city in Texas, I could probably spend a few weeks there and not get far below the surface. I love Houston and can't wait to go back again!