This Valentine’s Day make plans for a Romantic Vacation in Houston. If you need some quality time with your mate you can find it in the 4th largest city. Below is a get away plan for the weekend:
2 P.M.: Check into your luxurious hotel and then venture outside for a scenic stroll through one of Houston’s parks and green spaces. Near the Galleria, the Williams Water Wall remains a popular destination for couples. Get your picture taken in front of the fountain or bring a blanket for a picnic. If you have time, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is nearby and worth exploring.
7 P.M.: Housed in a 100-year-old log cabin, just minutes from Downtown, Rainbow Lodge is considered one of the city’s most romantic dining destinations. It is charming and intimate, with cozy fireplaces and a deck that looks out on a nearby creek. But the food is the main attraction—simple yet deliciously prepared, from cast iron-seared red snapper to braised buffalo short ribs.
10 P.M.: The nightlife begins. Share some bubbly at River Oaks’ Cha Champagne & Wine Bar on the rooftop. Cha is also just around the corner from H-Town’s most infamous make-out bar, Marfreless.
Midnight: Back to the hotel for some Rest and Relaxation…
10 A.M.: Visit H-Town’s Museum District. There’s no way you’ll have time to visit all 19 institutions, but the area is still worth a visit. Find glittering gems and jewels on display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, new works at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and more than 63,000 pieces at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
NOON: Grab a bite on the patio of Tiny Boxwood’s. The beautiful café—set in a once-empty metal warehouse—sits adjacent to Thompson & Hanson nursery, giving patrons the feeling of dining in a secret garden. The grilled cheese and pesto sandwich is a fan favorite, as is the buffalo burger, though neither can hold a candle to Tiny’s signature chocolate chip cookies.
2 P.M.: Trellis Spa is a tranquil retreat, located in Houston’s Uptown Galleria area, and is known for its expansive Mediterranean-style space, luxury treatments and four-star level of service. Pack a swimsuit and unwind in the float pool or steam room, post body wrap. Yeah baby!
6 P.M.: Don’t miss a sunset dinner at Downtown’s Spindletop Restaurant located on the 34th floor of the Hyatt Regency. It offers an amazing 360-degree, revolving view of the city. Fresh seafood is on the menu. Save room for their signature soufflé. Brennan’s of Houston and Patrenella’s are also great favorites.
9 P.M.: Go for post-dinner drinks at La Carafe or take a stroll through Discovery Green Park. For something more lively, dance the night away at Sambuca or join in for live music at the Continental Club.
9 A.M.: Start the day right with a wonderful breakfast in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood. Named one of America’s Most Beautiful Neighborhoods in a 2011 Travel & Leisure roundup, the area offers endless appeal in the form of quaint cafes, boutique shopping and top-notch restaurants. Boheme, Empire Café and Hugo’s are all solid options for breakfast or brunch.
10 A.M.: At Westheimer’s Revolution E bike store you can rent electric bikes. (The store also offers tours, if you and your beloved would prefer a guided adventure.) Spend the morning exploring the shady, tree-lined Montrose neighborhood, checking out all of the bungalows, cottages and mansions that line the historic ‘hood. If you have time, pop into Lower Westheimer shops like Domy Books, Mortar and Couture Blowout.
1 P.M.: Wrap up your weekend visit with coffee or a glass of wine.
Visit H-Town’s 5 must-see attractions in Houston by using a Houston Citypass. Using this pass can save you about 41% off the regular admission prices. Booklets are $39 for adults and $29 for kids 3-11. Attractions include Space Center Houston, the Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, The Health Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Children’s Museum of Houston. You can go to VisitHouston.com for more information on Houston’s Citypass. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day in one of the most romantic cities in the country!