We Houstonians tend to keep quiet about how great Houston is or why you should visit. Well, let this article be our stake in the ground: Houston is incredible and below are the top four reasons why Houston should be on your ‘must-visit city’ bucket list! Book your stay with us now.
Reason #1: Shopping in Houston
Malls, Outlet Malls, craft shows, holiday markets, antique boutiques…if it’s for sale, we will shop for it. And, as a bonus, residents from outside of the United States do not pay sales tax at our malls. That’s right, when you visit our malls (regular or Outlet) we offer certain tax refunds on items bought. Just visit the “Texas Tax Back” office while you’re shopping to learn more and claim your refund. Here are the can’t miss shopping opportunities in Houston:
The Galleria: Known as Texas’ largest and most luxurious shopping destination with more than 400 stores, The Galleria is the mall to visit with four floors of high-end shopping. Start your morning at Nieman Marcus, visit Bulgari before lunch, and wrap up your afternoon at Chanel. Your favorite designer is bound to be here. Also, make sure to visit Houston Waterwall park just outside of the mall for an incredible photo op!
Outlet Malls: If you’re a bargain shopper, Houston’s Outlet Malls are your paradise. Just a quick car ride out to Katy or Cypress will have you swimming in Kate Spade, Michael Kohrs, Coach, and more at up to 80% off.
Nutcracker Market: There’s no better time to shop than the holidays! Houston’s ultimate holiday and Christmas shopping destination each year is the Nutcracker Market with over 250 vendors and thousands of square feet of shopping over four jam-packed days.
Reason #2: Art & Culture in Houston
Believe it or not, Houston has actually surpassed New York as the most culturally diverse city in the United States. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that we have some of the best theaters, museums, and music venues that you’ve got to see to believe.
Theaters: With an entire Theater District Downtown, you can see a traveling Broadway show or a smaller production year-round at venues like the Alley Theatre, the Hobby Center, or the Wortham Theater Center.
Museums: Houston’s Museum District is nothing to sneeze at, either, boasting award-winning venues like the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), the largest dinosaur exhibit in North America at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), and the Children’s Museum of Houston. Another fun fact is that most museums are free during certain hours on Thursdays, so go enjoy dozens of Museums all day! If you’re looking to soar into space or dive under the sea, make sure to visit Space Center Houston (aka NASA) or the Houston Aquarium.
Music Venues: If it’s music that you’re craving, we’ve got it in venues all over the city. For Classical music, head over to see the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall, or grab a ticket to the Houston Opera. NRG, the Toyota Center, and Cynthia Woods Mitchell are where the biggest stars in the world (like Shakira and Enrique Iglesias) perform on a weekly basis.
Reason #3: Houston Restaurants
Houston hasn’t just been named the most culturally diverse, it’s also home to the largest array of award-winning restaurants in the country. Each area of town has its own flavor and unique set of culinary delights. Make sure you check out each one below:
Heights: Quirky, approachable restaurants are what the Heights is all about. Amidst the charming homes and 50’s architecture are great cocktails and inspired food at Field & Tides, Rainbow Lodge, and Coltivare Pizza & Garden.
Bellaire: If it’s Asian cuisine that you’re craving, then Bellaire (AKA Houston’s Chinatown) is where you’re headed. Dim sum, dumplings, bubble tea, and more await you at restaurants like Kim Son, Red Circle Ice Cream, and Tiger Den.
River Oaks: Upscale date night favorites live in the posh River Oaks area. A great meal and glass of wine in a comfortable, romantic setting are waiting for you at Ouisie’s Table, Kiran’s Restaurant, or Frank’s Americana Revival.
Montrose: Fun, local, tried and true restaurants are what Montrose is serving. A cultural melting pot of Houston, Montrose is the home to treasured restaurants like Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine, Baby Barnaby’s Café, and Katz’s Deli & Bar.
Reason #4: Houston Sports
Last, but certainly not least, Houston has five major league sports. No matter which sport you’re into, or what time of year that you visit, we’ve got a sports game and a cold beer waiting for you.
Soccer: Houston Dynamo (male), Houston Dash (female)
Baseball: Houston Astros
Basketball: Houston Rockets
Football: Houston Texans
Rugby: Houston Sabercats
With all this excitement and activity in Houston, you’ve got to book your stay with us! We’d love to show you what real ‘Southern Hospitality’ is all about.