February in Houston brings with it lovely, mild temperatures, making it a great place to escape winter and enjoy a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day. Set the scene for love on your vacation – or staycation – with these top romantic things to do in Houston.

A Romantic Stroll
What could be more romantic than a picnic along the banks of McGovern Lake at Hermann Park? Bring a blanket to spend the afternoon on the grass next to the eight-acre lake, or stroll to the north shore, and enjoy the interactive fountains and picnic areas at Lake Overlook and Molly Ann Smith Plaza.

After lunch, stop by one of the 19 nearby museums located in the Museum District. The Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are both within walking distance from Hermann Park, so you can spend the weekend exploring art and nature with your sweetheart without having to drive around town.

Dinner for Two
Houston consistently ranks highly in top food lists, and six Houston chefs were awarded coveted James Beard Awards in 2017. With so many excellent restaurants, it’s no surprise Houston has so many romantic dining options for couples.

Located in the Sam Houston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton downtown, The Pearl Restaurant is known for signature cocktails and some of the best seasonal menus in the city. Sharing space with a luxe boutique hotel built in 1924 definitely ups the romance factor. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and stepping into the Pearl is like stepping back in time.

Not far from the Museum District, Pax Americana combines locally sourced food and beverages with a modern bistro ambiance. The menu is short and it changes frequently to accommodate fresh meats and produce that are in season. Wherever you might be staying, a romantic lunch or dinner at this Montrose restaurant is worth the trip.

Chef Kiran Verma opened her namesake Kiran’s restaurant in 2006 and has since received multiple awards for the innovative Indian fare. Kiran’s Afternoon Tea, from 2-4 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, has become a popular destination for couples and friends looking for a high tea experience, so plan to make reservations.

Romance, the Texan Way
Finally, what would a Houston trip be without a little barbecue? The Pit Room in Montrose is one of the top 50 barbecue restaurants in Texas (as rated by Texas Monthly). Treat your sweetheart to a hearty meal of barbecue, tacos, and chili, along with a host of tasty sides – and top it off with cherry pie for dessert. Make your date night extra romantic and take a seat on the patio.

Romance is easy to create in Houston, especially if good food and wine are on the agenda. To book a romantic getaway or staycation, check out our hotels at travel.hilton.com/houston.

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