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Advice for an overnight

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Advice for an overnight

We are flying thru Houston on our way to Central America. We arrive at 5p.m. on Saturday and depart Sunday at noon. On the way home, we arrive again at 5p.m. and depart Sunday at 10:30. I'd like to be able to experience some of Houston, rather than staying at an airport hotel and eating chain food. Is it feasible to stay somewhere downtown and have a nice, late dinner both times? Are there other areas that might be closer to IAH to experience some flavor of the city?

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1. Re: Advice for an overnight

I would tell you to head to The Woodlands, just north of the airport or to the Galleria area. Both have lots of dining/shopping options for you.

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2. Re: Advice for an overnight

If you decide to stay close to IAH, a handful of restaurants in the Humble area: Chez Nous (French - fine dining), Amedeous (Italian), Italiano's (Italian - duh) and I think add Chimuchuris (except this is out of the way between Kingwood and Atascocita but by the water. The old Sofitel, now a Crown Plaza, by the airport has a decent restaurant. DT, Galleria area will have much more of a variety. Of course several other 'chains'. As pointed out The Woodlands is another good option.

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I also suggest The Woodlands. Its easier getting to IAH than heading downtown imo and its a lovely area with some great restaurants.

Nicer hotels in The Woodlands:

-Marriott Woodlands Waterway

-The Woodlands Resort

-Hilton Garden Inn Woodlands

Places to eat a lovely dinner:

-Brio Tuscan Grille (Italian)

-Perry's

-Buca di Peppo

-Grotto Ristorante

-Jaspers

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I'd suggest booking a room at the Hotel Icon or another comparable higher end hotel in Center City Houston, and dining at the nearby Sambuca Jazz Café, 909 Texas Street, Houston, 77002, 713-224-5299, www.sambucarestaurant.com, or a comparable rated option.

Sambuca and a number of other higher end options in Center City usually serve a full menu until 10 (or 11) on Saturdays, plus a more limited menu including deserts for another hour or two for the party crowds.

If you are music fans, or like to bowl, during your meals, there is also (a short taxi ride away) a new "House of Blues", and a Lucky Strike Lanes adjacent to it (on Caroline Street).

For after the dinner hour, there is also some small Jazz and related music spots close by Center City, including Cezanne, 4100 Montrose Blvd, 2nd Floor, Black of Labrador Pub, 713-522-9621 and The Big Easy, 5731 Kirby Drive, 713-523-9999. Both are affordable taxi rides, if you're carless, but call ahead to confirm they are not sold out.

Traveling from IAH to Center City can be slow in the case of accidents, but a normal taxi ride is 40 - 50 minutes most days. Outbound in the morning is quicker, normally 30-40 minutes at the time of day you'll be traveling Sunday.

The Woodlands is a high quality suburban community with lots of fine hotels and restaurants serving the community, but a night for you there would be akin to a night at or around the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.

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5. Re: Advice for an overnight

Hi Sally,

If you arrive at 5pm on a Sunday, it can be very busy in CPB (Immigration and Customs) at IAH. In my opinion, you will not be able to get anywhere else in Houston until about 7:00 pm..possibly 7:30, depending on where you go.

Since this is the case, I would head for the Woodlands. There are lots of nice hotels in the area,and even a new hotel in the Woodlands Town Center. At the WTC you have so much at your fingertips, you can enjoy more, in the time you have.

Head right to The Woodlands Mall for a few hours of shopping, then walk over to Tommy Bahamas for a drink at the bar, enjoy the liev music, and later, get a table there for a great meal with wonderful service. It has a good, relaxing ambience, too. After your meal, you can walk to one of the bars in that area for anothe glass of wine,Berryhill Tamale Co. for a margarita, and maybe more music! There is a nice wine bar, Jaspers, and more.

Downtown does have nice restuarants, and some clubs at well. You could stay at the Hilton Americas and enjoy their Sky Bar with a great view, then head to House of Blues for some music.

It all depends on what you want your time to include, while here in Houston.

Here is a link for the new Woodlands hotel. You might call the hotel directly to see if there are any specials. It is very nice, and right in the center of everything there.

www.aviahotels.com/hotels/thewoodlands/…

Hope you enjoy H-Town!

cc,

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6. Re: Advice for an overnight

We have booked the Magnolia.....not wanting to replicate the "mall scene" at home. Stay tuned! I'll post when we return. Thank you for your advise and suggestions.

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7. Re: Advice for an overnight

Vic and Anthony's is a good steakhouse nearby.

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9. Re: Advice for an overnight

Go have a drink at La Carafe. One of the oldest bars in Houston. Very cool. Bring cash.

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10. Re: Advice for an overnight

Sure will, thanks so much, Carafe here we come....