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  • March 15, 2012
    One of region's largest resort properties is getting a facelift. Work will begin this summer on $20 million in upgrades at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center on Galveston Island . The 428-room property completed in 1998 will see improvements in both guest rooms and common areas. Officials with the hotel say the renovation is necessary to maintain the AAA Four-Diamond rating. The hotel and attached convention center are on the property of Moody Gardens , the 156-acre family
  • March 14, 2012
    Some of the city's best restaurants are competing in a March Madness bracket-style challenge to determine a top people's choice winner. CultureMap is producing the Last Chef Standing challenge which will culminate in a live tasting event on April 9. The goal of the contest is to increase local awareness for Houston's internationally-recognized culinary scene. Participating restaurants include Samba Grille, Blu Lounge and Restaurant, Ava Kitchen and Whiskey Bar, Alto, Max's...
  • Food Trucks Meet Fine Art in Museum District
    March 13, 2012
    The Houston Museum District is certainly one of the city's most visited neighborhoods. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of people make their way through the museums and cultural institutions that comprise the district each day. But unlike other Houston neighborhoods where great eateries are on every corner, the dining options inside the district are far from plentiful. A new program at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston aims to change that. MFAH is partnering with local food trucks to bring...
  • March 13, 2012
    The Houston Museum District is certainly one of the most visited places in the city. Each day, thousands of people go through at least one of the 18 museums and cultural institutions that comprise the walkable district. But unlike other local neighborhoods that have restaurants on almost every corner, the options for dining inside the Museum District are few. A new program from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston aims to change that. Starting this week, MFAH is working with local food trucks to
  • February 27, 2012
    More than 255,000 people turned out for barbecue, music and good times at Reliant Park this past weekend for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. It was a new attendance record for the annual event, up 4.5% from last year's total of 244,000 participants. The contest, sometimes called Cookoff, marks the traditional start of the Rodeo season each year. This year it was held February 23-25. A total of 431 barbecue entries from 263 teams spanning the
  • February 10, 2012
    Yesterday, the Houston Museum of Natural Science gave media a sneak peek at its massive new Paleontology Hall set to open this summer. Stretching the length of a football field with four gigantic levels, the Hall will double the museum's total space and add roughly 60,000 square feet of exhibit area. HMNS is already one of the most visited museum's in the Southwest. The expansion is expected to only add to that figure. The new Paleo Hall will be packed with prehistoric dinosaurs and...
  • February 9, 2012
    We are proud to launch the new and improved VisitHouston.com! For the past several months we've been hard at work completely restructuring and redesigning our site. We hope that you'll find the new site interesting, visually compelling and user-friendly. But most of all, we hope it helps provide you the information you need to make your trip to Houston more enjoyable. If you have a moment, please let us know what you think of the new site – we’re always looking for ways...
  • January 9, 2012
    It's going to be a star-studded lineup this year at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Reba McEntire, ZZ Top, John Legend, Alabama, Lady Antebellum and many more are headed to H-Town for three weeks of concerts during the rodeo, which kicks off on February 28. Here's the full line-up released this morning by the Rodeo. Tuesday, Feb. 28: Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 29* – Armed Forces Appreciation Day: Kid Rock Thursday, March 1: Lady Antebellum Friday, March 2 – Black...
  • January 3, 2012
    Houstonians are heading to the city's restaurants in droves. And they're loving what they find there. So says a new survey from the folks at LivingSocial that names Houston the fourth best dining city in the nation. The survey polled 4,000 residents nationwide. Houston ranked just behind No. 1 New York, No. 2 Chicago and No. 3 San Francisco. In state, the Bayou City edged out No. 5 Dallas. And while the average American eats out 4.8 times a week, or about 249 restaurant meals a year,...
  • January 3, 2012
    TravelClick recently released its November 2011 North American Hospitality Review and it’s looking like H-Town is in for a bright 2012. All travel segments—business, leisure and group business travel—are seeing gains in demand and increased room rates all over the U.S. in the next 12 months, though a handful of U.S. destinations (including our beloved Houston) are coming out on top. As one of the “Top Five Strongest U.S. Travel Markets,” H-Town will see 9.7%...
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