Have a question about what to do, where to eat or anything else pertaining to your visit to Houston? Just Ask Veronica. She has the answers to your queries about H-Town.
Hi Veronica, My colleague and I are staying in The Woodlands for a wedding, but we're flying early into Houston and plan on spending the day there before driving up. What can we reasonably pack into a day in downtown Houston taking taxis (and having luggage on us?) Thanks so much, we're both SO excited to visit Texas and especially Houston. Anna
I have a few suggestions for you.
Head downtown and visit Discovery Green park. The Grove is a lovely restaurant inside the park that would be a good lunch spot. You could also explore downtown by downloading audio walking tours--it's a really cool way to learn about the city. From downtown, you can also take the light rail and visit the Museum District and Hermann Park. There are so many lovely places there, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Menil Collection and more.
Or if you like to shop, take a cab (about $35) to The Galleria.You'll find 375 shops, an ice rink and an entire wing of great restaurants. Less than a mile away are two more shopping centers, Uptown Park and Highland Village.
Let me know if you need more suggestions!
by: Hope from The Woodlands
If you do an online search of The Woodlands you will see that there are a lot of things to do there as well as in Houston, and all right within a small area. The Woodlands is an upscale community with nationally known shopping, restaurants and entertainment. My suggestion for your travel experience is to stay at the Waterway Marriott which is at the heart of the Waterway, Woodlands Mall, and Market Street. (Not to say that there aren't many other fine hotels in the area.) Don't miss the fantastic walking and biking trails throughout for your daily workout in a natural environment. We have so much to offer right where you will be enjoying the wedding! I hope your visit is great!!
My wife and I are driving down from San Antonio to Houston this Saturday (08.25) to see the Texans play the Saints at Reliant Stadium. We figured we do the park and ride on the Metro Rail. Easier and cheaper than parking at Reliant Stadium istelf. Where would you recommend we park so that we can catch the metro rail ? We're coming down I10 so parking with easy access back to I10 coming back would be good. What would you recommend ? Steve and Norma D.
Click here for a map of suggested parking along the METRORail. And, yes, taking the train is a great idea. I hope this helps!
by: Sally from Louisiana
I'm going to the texans vs New England game Sunday I will park at the metro rail thanks to this information hope everything works for me
Is there anything special going on in Houston over the Labor Day weekend?
Click here for a roundup of sports-related events happening over Labor Day. Also Houston Restaurant Weeks continues through Labor Day. There's a craft beer festival down in Galveston. Click here for more events happening that weekend!
Hi Veronica I hope you can help me. We are fans of Joel Osteen and would like to travel to Houston next year to see him live. Could you please give me the names of a few nice clean reasonable hotels to stay in somewhere close to the compaq centre. Also we would like to do some shopping while we are there. Is it very hard to get around transport wise. Is the bus service reliable and also the names of a few nice places to eat. Thank you for your help Zella Moxham Sydney Australia
The Doubletree by Hilton Houston Greenway Plaza is within walking distance of Lakewood Church. It's a great place to stay. The Galleria, which has 375 shops, is less than three miles from the hotel. The hotel offers complimentary transportation to any destination within three miles, so you can easily get to and from the Galleria. Click here to see our list of 15 iconic Houston meals--you can't go wrong with any restaurant on this list. Bus service is reliable, and if you plan to venture further, I suggest downloading Yellow Cab's Hail A Cab app. It's the quickest and easiest way to get picked up.
If you have additional questions, please let me know.
Hey Veronica, My friend and I are planning a weekend trip at the end of the summer to Houston to visit our good friend that attends UH. I'm sure since she has her schoolwork to do she hasn't had the opportunity to explore the city. We'd like to know what fun things young adults (ages 19-20) can do in Houston during the day and possibly enjoying the nightlife Houston has to offer. What suggestions do you have for 3 college students, on a budget that what to have good clean fun? (Shopping, restaurants, site-seeing, etc.)
I would definitely buy CityPASSes. A CityPASS is a discounted ticket booklet to the top attractions in the city. For shopping, The Galleria is ground zero, but we've also put together a list of independent boutiques we like.
You can't go wrong eating in Houston--we have some of the best restaurants in the country. We've put together a list of Houston's 15 iconic meals, which is a good place to start! For nightlife, I'd check out the historic part of downtown. A slew of cool new bars have just opened, and they're all walkable!
Let me know if you need more ideas. Have fun!
While having our family reunion in Houston this year. We are planning a day trip from Houston to Galveston in mid October. In order to get everyone there and back I thought we might use a bus service. However, I am not familiar with any charter bus services. Is there one that goes to pleasure pier on a day trip? We are open for suggestions.
Hi Veronica. Every year for my birthday, my best friend always makes such a big deal. We go to some really neat place Ive never been. Ive tried this a few times with her, but both times it turns out she has already been there. Ugh! So frustrating. Do you have any ideas or something really unique we can do for her birthday? We are in our late 30s? I saw an ad for Bath Junkies. That looks kind of fun. We can create our own fragrant bath products etc. We have also done the spa thing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Have you been to Pinot's Palette? You can paint a picture, and it's BYOB! You could also sign up for one of these great cooking classes. You could sign her up for photography classes at the Houston Center for Photography--there are more than 250 options. If she likes animals, you could take her on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Houston Zoo. Let me know if I'm on the right track with ideas!
I am looking to book a venue lose to the Hyatt for a private reception on Tuesday, October 8 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with approximately 150-200 attendees on a flow. We typically offer several appetizers and a cash bar. I am looking for recommendations. Thus far, I have contacted: Vic & Anothony's Flying Saucer Hub Cap Grill Hard Rock Café Morton's Steakhouse Coaches Pub Mongoose vs. Cobra Sambuca Jazz Café Thank you. I look forward to your response. Dina Kartch Meetings and Conference Director Illinois Park and Recreation Association
Have you checked out our Find a Venue section of our website? There, you can select the area of town you want to stay in (Downtown) as well as narrow down your selections based on size, facility type, etc. Here is a list of all Downtown Venues for you to choose from. You can also use the expandable map to help understand the distance between the Hyatt and each venue.
Hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions.
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Thanks for getting in touch! I'll check it out soon!
Hi, My daughter and I are coming to Houston for a back-to-school shopping trip very soon, and I'm spending too much time trying to find just the right hotel! My question for you is: If I want a nice view from our hotel room of the Downtown skyline, would it be best to stay in Uptown, City Centre, or somewhere else? Or would right in Downtown provide prettier city views? We usually stay out of the city but want to get right in there this time. Thanks! Becky
There are quite a few choices! In some of the rooms at Hotel ZaZa, you can see the downtown skyline, the Galleria skyline, Hermann Park and the Texas Medical Center. I would just ask the booking agent which room has the best views. Otherwise, I'd choose a downtown hotel. I'd look into the Hilton Americas or Hotel Icon. They are located at different edges of downtown, so they provide different views. Again, I'd ask the booking agent which rooms have the best views.