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Pre-Cruise Hotel
Submitted by Mary Kay from Sedona on 08-21-2014
Question:

Hey Veronica, We're cruising on NCL out of the Bayport Cruise Terminal, which per the map is in Seabrook, in October. (Looks awfully close to Galveston but itinerary states Houston). We plan to fly into Hobby and then cab (I guess?) to a hotel near the port. Looks like those hotels in proximity to Johnson/NASA will be our best option? Are there shuttles that go to/from Hobby to that area? Thanks

Answer:

Hi,

The Bayport Cruise Terminal is approximately 30 minutes / 20-25 miles from Hobby airport. Here is a map to help get yourself oriented. Your best bet is to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel. A taxi from Hobby to the area will cost you roughly $55.

If you want to stay near the cruise terminal, here is a hotel list of convenient lodging. Check with your hotel to see if they offer any shuttle services to port. You can also check with Super Shuttle, a shared-ride service that 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.

I hope that helps and have a great cruise!
Veronica

Anniversary
Submitted by Chris Martinez from NW Houston on 08-21-2014
Question:

This weekend is my wife's and I first year anniversary. She has always been into music, dance, art and different cultures. I took her recently as well to go see Shen Yu. My question is where can I take her to experience the city of Houston and all it's culture like she has never experienced before?

Answer:
First of all, Happy Anniversary!

Houston is the most diverse city in the country, which means tons of cultural sites to explore. Spend the day exploring some the areas religious/cultural sites. If she's interested in the more quirky side of Houston, check out this insider's guide.

The more obvious ideas would be to head to the Museum District to take in the arts, or snag tickets to a show in Houston's downtown Theater District, which spans 17 blocks. Scroll down on this link to click on a venue and check out the schedule of performances. There should be more than enough to choose from!

I've taken the liberty of doing a search on our calendar of events for this weekend, and here is a list of things going on around town.

Finally, since its your anniversary, here is a Romantic Weekend Itinerary to help give you a few ideas for how else you can celebrate.

Best,
Veronica
Downtown Houston
Submitted by Jerry Beamer from North Carolina on 08-19-2014
Question:

Hi, I will be attending a conference in Houston---staying Downtown at the Hyatt Regency. Just wondering if you have a suggestion on a night out for Saturday, October 11th? It has been a while, but we have enjoyed some shows a few years back. Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:

Hi Jerry,

Here is list of events happening on October 11th in downtown. The list is small now, but check back often as new events are always added. 

It looks like most of the theaters aren't showing anything that Saturday, unfortunately. 

If you are interested in staying in Downtown, you can catch a movie at Sundance Cinemas.  Or, grab a bite to eat at Spindletop or The Grove.  Head over to Market Square Park to do a little bar hopping - I suggest OKRA, La Carafe or Bad News Bar.

Hope this helps!

Veronica

 

Business Meeting in November
Submitted by Jill from Tampa on 08-18-2014
Question:

We are having our Board of Directors meeting in Houston on Nov. 3&4 this year for our company. We were thinking that it might be nice to either play golf or perhaps find a local rodeo show as a nice break from the meetings. Can you recommend any golf courses in the Houston area? Do you know if there are any rodeos on those dates? Thank you.

Answer:

Hi,

Thanks for your question! Houston has many golf courses to choose from. First, I recommend checking out our page dedicated to golfing. With more than 165 golf courses-many designed by leading architects-and a mild winter climate make Houston a prime destination for golfers.While there aren't any major rodeo events taking place, you can take a look at our events calendar for a list of fun thingsgoing on around town. In particular, the Wings Over Houston Airshow is an impressive display of civilian, modern military and vintage warbird demos. In fact, it is one of the top five airshows in the U.S.

If you're looking for additional assistance planning your meetings, please visit our meetings page for information on venues, maps and transportation and contact information.

I hope that helps!
Veronica

Accommodation...
Submitted by Heather from Canada on 08-16-2014
Question:

For our first visit to Houston can you recommend a specific area to stay? I read that the downtown core pretty much closes up after normal office hours... We will be flying onto George Bush. We like: movie theatres, casual restaurants/pubs, walking trails, views from our hotel, and exploring on foot. Any suggestions will be much appreciated. Thank you... :o))

Answer:

Hi Heather,

Downtown is a great place to stay - I'd recommend Hotel Icon bc it's right next to Market Square Park, which has great restaurants and bars.  Treebeards, Batanga and Barnaby's are good casual dining spots, and OKRA, La Carafe and Bad News Bar are fun nightlife options.  Hotel Icon is also right on the Light Rail, which you can take down to Midtown, the Museum District and Zoo.  There is also a movie theater in downtown called Sundance Cinema - great place for a flick.

If you like walking trails, check out the Buffalo Bayou Walking Trails, or jump in the car for a quick drive over the Arboretum and Memorial Park.

Hope this helps,

Veronica

Toyota Center Hotels
Submitted by Cherry from Tx on 08-13-2014
Question:

Attending an event at Toyota Center What hotels connect to Toyota Center so you stay inside and walk is reasonable?

Answer:

Hi Cherry,

No hotels actually connect to Toyota Center, but there are several hotels within a few blocks.  I'd recommend you check out the Four Seasons Hotel, Hilton Americas, and Embassy Suites Houston Downtown.  The HIlton Americas connects to the George R. Brown Convention Center, maybe that's what you're thinking of?

Best,

Veronica

Upcoming trip to Houston
Submitted by Sylvain Pesant from Montreal, Canada on 08-13-2014
Question:

Thank you for your prompt reply to our previous message... but your outdoor ice rink skares us a little. What kind of temperature whould we expect in Houston from the 10th to the 13th of December? What kind of clothing should we bring for general outdoor activities? Thank you!

Answer:

Hi Sylvain,

Here is the average temperature for Houston throughout the year - December's high is a balmy 65 degrees fahrenheit.  So, not to worry about the temps being too cold while you're here, Discovery Green just has to artifically freezes the ice rink.

For outdoor activities, I'd wear layers of clothes so you can add layers if you're cold or remove layers when you get warm.  

Hope this helps!

Veronica

relaint stadium
Submitted by bryan from new jersey on 08-13-2014
Question:

going to Houston in November for a football game. wanted to know which hotels are convienient to the stadium and whats the best way to get there.

Answer:

Hi Bryan,

There aren't several hotels relatively close to NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium). Here is a list of properties in near proximity in the NRG Park/Medical Center area.

Veronica

Upcoming trip
Submitted by Sylvain Pesant from Montreal, Canada on 08-11-2014
Question:

We will be in Houston from the 10th to the 13th of December and we are wondering if any special activities fell in this time frame. We also plan to see the night show at the James Turrel Twilight Epiphany Skyspace and we are wondering when it plays, when and where to reserve. Thank you.

Answer:

Hi Sylvain,

Here is our Calendar of Events from 12/10 - 12/13. Be sure to check back often as new events are added everyday.  I'd also suggest Zoo Lights and the ice rink at Discovery Green while you're in town.  The Galleria Shopping Mall also has a 3 story tall Chritmas Tree that makes a fun background to a photo op.  Here is the recap of events during 2013 - we'll create a 2014 round up in the Fall. 

Regarding the James Turrell exhibit, you can make reservations here. However, the reservations only go a few weeks out from the current date, so I'd give the exhibit a call to see if you can reserve of the phone: Emily Stein, (713) 348-4758, or by email: ems12@rice.edu.

Hope this helps,

Veronica 

attire
Submitted by Tamara from Jacksonville, FL on 08-11-2014
Question:

Hi. I will be in Houston from 8/21-8/24 and need to know what to wear. I'm a Florida girl and live in sundresses and flip flops. Is that too casual for Houston? I don't want to be such an obvious tourist! Thank you.

Answer:

Hi Tamara,

For walking around and doing some site seeing, that sounds like you're wearing the right thing! If you're going to any fancy restaurants or the theatre, be sure to dress appropriately. 

Have fun!

Veronica

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