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Anniversary Celebration
Submitted by Claudia Mabesoone from Kingwood on 12-19-2014
Question:

looking for a nice restaurant and activity to celebrate our anniversary in downtown Houston.

Answer:
Hi,

First of all, happy anniversary! I have a lot of suggestions for a romantic date night. Check out this Romantic Itinerary for a few ideas! For dessert, head over to the newly opened Tout Suite Cafe. I also recommend checking out this list of Houston Signature Drinks if you both are looking to celebrate with a toast.

Have a great night!
Veronica
Wedding idea
Submitted by Michelle Snell from Beaumont on 12-18-2014
Question:

Hello! I need to know a "FREE" to very low cost location to have an elopement wedding in Houston in February. I don't know Houston very well, but it is the best locale for this wedding.- any ideas?? THANK YOU in advance for any suggestion you can make!

Answer:
Hi!

Technically, you can get married at the City of Houston Municipal Courthouse, but if you want something more private, it might be worth putting the city's standard $100 processing fee towards an officiant. (We have some listed here.)

Beyond the courthouse, the possibilities are pretty open and would depend on your style. The good news is that the weather is generally mild in February, ranging from 44 to 67 degrees, so it might be a good opportunity to exchange vows outdoors. If we were in your heels, I recommend you look to the Houston Arboretum, Sam Houston Park, the Water Wall (on a week day) and Discovery Green Park. Note: Hermann Park does not currently accommodate weddings, but will begin allowing them in the new Centennial Gardens in January 2015.

Keep in mind that every location will have different policies and pricing, but cost should be minimal, if not free, for a ceremony and small guest list.

We've provided email addresses to some of the locations that you will need authorization from:

Hermann Park: visitorservices@hermannpark.org
Houston Arboretum: cnicolaisen@houstonarboretum.org
Sam Houston Park: facilities@heritagesociety.org
The Water Wall: uptown@uptown-houston.com
Discovery Green: https://discoverygreen.wufoo.com/forms/s7p1q1/

I hope this help!
Veronica

Leaving Luggage
Submitted by Anna Paulino from Colorado on 12-17-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, Can travelers leave luggage at the Bayport terminal as they explore the Kemah Boardwalk? Any ideas where luggage can be stored for a few hours while the city is visited. Thanks - Anna

Answer:

Hi Anna,

Passengers arriving at the Bayport Cruise terminal may check their luggage at the terminal and go exploring before the cruise and their luggage will be delivered to their cabin, however there are no lockers or any place at the cruise terminal to stow luggage short term and be reclaimed by the passenger so if the passengers have carry-on luggage they will need to keep it with them. 

I hope that helps and have a great cruise!

Best,
Veronica

Kids' activities
Submitted by Bruce Parker from Houston on 12-13-2014
Question:

Are there any programs/ classes in athletics, art, etc. for a visiting 7 year old between Christmas a New Year's Day?

Answer:

Hi Bruce,

I recommend you check into The Mad Potter (a paint your own pottery type place) or even the Children's Museum of Houston.

If you're on the west side, check out Biron Youth Sports - they have a winter camp that might be more of what you're looking for. 

Hope this helps,

Veronica

Girls weekend in Houston
Submitted by Laquinta from Port Arthur Tx on 12-10-2014
Question:

I need help finding things to do at a affordable price. We will be in Houton Friday night til Sunday morning on 12/19 - 12/21. My Bday weekend. I have Sat night covered but need to do something Friday night and Saturday from 10A.M. - 5P.M. Please Help

Answer:

Hi Laquinta,

I think part of this is knowing what types of things you enjoy! But without knowing this, I would suggest you take a look at some of the things we offer in our Girlfriend Getaway itinerary. For instance, catch an exhibit at one of our great museums in the Museum District.

Or if you guys like to have fun and check out a different activity, check out TopGolf or maybe go bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes.

Those are a few ideas. But also check out our itinerary section which has great ideas depending on the type of experience you're looking for!

Veronica

Events Dec 24
Submitted by Marco from Houston on 12-09-2014
Question:

Hello So I hope you can help me, I’m new to Houston and I have family from Columbia coming to visit this holiday season and a birthday celebration too. Are there any events or exclusive parties going on December 24 Christmas eve? My guests enjoy the “nightlife” dressing up and dancing with fine cuisine, does Houston offer anything like that for this date? THANK YOU

Answer:

Hi Marco,

First off, check out our Holiday Round Up for things to do around town during the holidays. Some of these events are happening on Christmas Eve too. 

Here is our live music , nightlife and restaurant sections for additional ideas when you're family is here too.

Hope this helps,

Veronica

New Years Eve
Submitted by Lisa Hill from CT on 12-07-2014
Question:

My husband, 20 year old son and I will be in Houston on New Years Eve. Does Houston have a city wide First Night event like some cities here in New England-where there are numerous events set up and you can walk from event to event throughout the evening and night of Dec 31 and into the early morning hours of Jan 1? You buy a ticket that gets you into as many of the event in First Night as you like.

Answer:

Hi Lisa,

Unfortunately we do not have anything like what you're describing here in Houston. It's such a great idea though, maybe it's something we can look at for the future! There are a handful of events happening around Houston this New Years Eve, including a major celebration at the Hyatt Regency Houston Downtown, New Years Eve Ball at Silver Street Studios and others.

Veronica

Christmas Gifts for a Local
Submitted by Jenelle from Calgary on 12-06-2014
Question:

Hi there! I really like this CityPASS, but I noticed that all of the tickets need to be used within 9 days. Is there anything similar to this that doesn't expire so quickly? My brother just recently moved down there, but he is working, so the limitation of days doesn't work for him. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Answer:

Hi!

CityPASS is a great way to explore the city, and luckily most of the attractions are near each other with the exception of Space Center just 30 minutes south of downtown. That said, you are correct that the tickets must be used within 9 days from the first day of use. If this doesn't work, you can always take a look at our coupons & discounts section for other gift ideas.

I hope that helps,
Veronica

Question for upcoming trip
Submitted by Sylvain & Estelle Pesant from Montreal, Canada on 12-06-2014
Question:

Arriving in Houston on the December 10th and would like to khow: 1. how can we get (with our luggage)from Georges Bush Airport to the Best Western Plus Downton Inn and Suites? Other than cabs, are there shuttles, express busses, etc. we can take? 2. Will the Beer Can House be open at this thime of the year? 3. Does the transit system have a 3 day pass or something of the king? 4. What time do stores close? Thank you!

Answer:
Hello,

I recommend taking a look at Super Shuttle. This shared-ride service transports travelers to and from their private address, office or hotel. It takes longer than a taxi due to more frequent stops but may be more affordable, especially if travelling alone. Private limousines are also available. For fare quotes and reservations go to www.supershuttle.com.

For your next question, the Beer Can House is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The house is closed on most major holidays.

You can check here to get a Metro card, which you can continue to add value to.

As for store house, it varies depending on the store. In general, most retail stores close at 9 p.m., but I recommend checking online if you have a particular store in mind.

I hope that helps!
Veronica
Persian Grocery Store (middle eastern not indian)
Submitted by Shannon from Waco,TX on 12-06-2014
Question:

We are coming to Houston early this morning to shop on Harwin St and I would like to kno wif there is a persian grocery store (middle eastern not indian) we could shop at also need a hotel in a good neighborhood close to Harwin as possible but willing to drive to be in nice safe area. Thanks Shannon

Answer:

Hi Shannon,

Sorry, I think I just missed you!

Here is a link to our Harwin round up. I don't know if any of these stores specialize in middle eastern foods. However, definitely check out Phoenicia Specialty Foods next time you're in town. There's a location in Downtown and on the west side

Also, I'd recommend staying in Downtown next time you're here. You'll be about 15 minutes away from Harwin.

Hope this helps,

Veronica

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