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Houston & Beyond Blog

The Best BBQ Around Houston

Killen's Texas Barbecue It’s no secret that the south has the world’s best barbecue (duh!) and the greater Houston area is not an exception. Hop in your car and take your taste buds on a trip to flavor town with these drool-worthy, food coma inducing restaurants, where the brisket is just as important as the service, and the dessert is just as sweet as the southern hospitality. Killen’s Texas Barbecue Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is a must-eat staple in the greater Houston area. Chef Ronnie…

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Catch Live Music All Summer Long Outside of Houston

Summer presents the perfect opportunity to kick back on a patio with a nice craft brew and listen to some local music. No offense to big concert venues, but sometimes it's better to just be in your own chair with no worries about the cost for parking. A food truck nearby doesn't hurt either. Thursday Nights Conroe's First Thursday Free Concert Series Heritage Place 500 Metcalf Street, Conroe, TX First Thursday of the month April - September 7:00 p.m. More information Enjoy Conroe, one of…

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Must-Eat Burgers For Your Next Road Trip

Beware: if you read this post you will walk away wanting a burger. As long as you know that then you're in for a treat. We love a good burger, and while there are plenty of options in Houston, some of these delicious, meaty creations are the perfect way to start or end your road trip. Trust us. They're worth the stop. Killen’s Burgers – Pearland Located at the original Killen’s Steakhouse location and revamped with a 1950s diner feel, this local spot showcases the local food celebrity Ronnie…

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Where to go to Enjoy the Bird Migration

Avid birders can rejoice that spring comes early in Southeast Texas. Some spring migrants can be expected to move through our region in early March with the season hitting its stride in mid-April. While there are some places to experience urban birding inside Houston’s limits, the species and birding potentials abound just outside of town. Beaumont’s legendary status among birders is thanks to its position on not one but two migratory flyways: the Central and Mississippi. This fortuitous…

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Delicious Crawfish Outside City Limits

It’s finally crawfish season and the best mudbugs in Texas are just a short drive from Houston. You can’t call yourself a true crawfish enthusiast if these places aren’t on your bucket (get it?) list. Conroe Mmm crawfish gets us through the cold months, and there are plenty of places to get your fill of it in Conroe. Sam's Boat is located on Lake Conroe and has a deck perfect for sitting and enjoying the scenery while Wolfies is more of a party atmosphere, with great music and friendly chatter…

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Winter Activities for Kids

The holiday season is a magical time for little kids and the big ones too. From ice skating to magical winter lights and gator encounters, there is plenty of fun activities for kids this holiday season. The Ice Rink in The Woodlands Open through January 21, 2019 Hot cocoa, Christmas lights and ice skating all go hand in hand in The Woodlands. The Woodlands Ice Rink on Lake Robbins Drive is even open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Lace up your skates and bring the family to make memories on…

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Surprising Art Finds Outside of Houston

It’s often those small town stops where you will uncover the best hidden gems, especially when it comes to the arts scene. So branch out of the Houston Museum District and take a drive! Inspired arts and culture may be right under your nose. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas offers artwork, interactive features and family friendly experiences in the Beaumont area. Family Arts Day events are offered four times a year including the popular “Eat-A-Bug” day. This fall, the exhibit “Deborah Luster -…

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Day Trip to a Nearby Brewery or Winery

Ahh, summer. In Houston it symbolizes the time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to spend all day doing nothing at all - preferably in front of a fan with a beer in hand. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places outside of Houston to do just that. So kick back, relax, and enjoy some ice cold suds or a chilly glass of refreshing wine at some of our favorite day trip destinations. Breweries BAKFISH Brewing Company BAKFISH is Pearland’s first microbrewery and is a popular family-friendly…

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Spring Shopping Daytrips

Spring cleaning can make you realize it’s time to throw the old out and bring the new in. We’re here to make that a little easier! With unique home furnishings, boutique clothing and beautiful plants for your garden, the Houston region tempts shoppers with can’t miss deals on one-of-a-kind finds. You’ll love vintage treasures, repurposed pieces and a plenty of options for a wardrobe remix at a variety of great locally owned boutique and antique shops in Pearland. In addition to top-shelf…

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St. Patrick's Day around Houston

This year, Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, so there’s no excuse not to get out, dance an Irish jig and have some fun with your family and friends. There’s plenty to do around Houston, but we’ve rounded up some can’t-miss activities in the surrounding areas. The doors of Goose’s Acre in The Woodlands will open at 8 a.m. for a fun-filled day featuring bagpipes, Irish dancers, green beer and more. Stop in for breakfast from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m…

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