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Day Trip From Houston

Hi, I live in Houston, but I'm looking to get out for a day with my wife outside of Houston. I'm hoping to drive not more than 1.5hours each way.

I was thinking of Brenham, but I cannot find anything good to do there at this time of the year (Blue Bell is closed on weekends).

We've already been to Galveston/Kemah- so we are looking for something other than those places this time. Any advice will be helpful; thanks!

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1. Re: Day Trip From Houston

How about Brazos Bend State Park and the George Observatory? Or perhaps Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park and perhaps Chapell Hill?

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Thanks for the suggestions- Do you know if Chappell Hill is going to be any good at this time of the year, considering its not blooming season for lavenders this time of the year?

I also came across Old Town Spring- any thoughts on that? We are not big shoppers, so I don't know if theres anything else to do. Is there anything fun to visit (museums/art galleries) in Brenham or just outside of Houston?

Thanks!

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Do you know about the nonstop Megabus from downtown Houston to either Austin or San Antonio? You get dropped off in downtown at both cities. Leave the driving to them.

www.megabus.com

You mentioned Spring which is old homes converted into shops. What about The Woodlands for mall, shops, great restaurants, boat ride, beautiful scenery and sidewalk cafes here and there. If the weather is good the day you pick, this would be a good choice. Down the highway is Sam Moon (google it) and it is in a nice strip center of more shops and neighboring small malls all along the highway.

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I love your Woodlands idea! Not too far out, and its a place we've never been to before. Can you tell me more about this boat ride- is it the 1.5mi ride that circles around the Woodlands with various stops? Any particular places in Woodlands that you would recommend we check out for scenery and food?

Thanks!

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5. Re: Day Trip From Houston

Schulenberg area..the painted churches

restored http://sengelmannhall.com/

a drive for the home cooking at the Blessing Hotel, Blessing TX

www.texasbob.com/eats/tbe_blessing.html

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I did the boat ride about 3 years ago and yes, it's just the 1.5 mile circle trip out into the lake and back to the dock which is stones throw from their big Mall and additional surrounding restaurants. I don't remember stops being offered.

There are many fine dining restaurants and some with outdoor seating. However, if you are on a budget, like many of us are, I highly recommend Cafe Express. Great food, order at counter, great ambience!

www.cafe-express.com/locations/woodlands

http://www.thewoodlandstx.com/restaurants/

Just saw a trolley in one of the videos below and remembered I noticed it made several stops in Market Street shopping area. Do some homework on The Woodlands site and see where it goes.

http://www.thewoodlandstx.com

If you want to "picnic" there is a Central Market there too.

http://www.thewoodlandstx.com/photos/tags.php?tag=central+market

Sam Moons address:

17943 I-45 South, Shenandoah, TX

http://sammoon.com/index.asp

Market Street is another area inside the Woodlands with shops/food. I walked over there from Mall.

www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/default

Just make sure you don't pick a date when Pavillion is having a huge concert. That would be to crowded.

http://www.woodlandscenter.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fwnQU1iNIs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSQXfLF28DI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg6vwCZdYQk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE0NchOCnU4

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Hi Waco,

There is a winery in Bryan,Texas, and you can take a tour, and they have dinners, as well. This is a quick drive, and very relaxing:

We enjoy the Messina Hof wines, and my girl pals and I always share the Texas Blush. Here is the website; they have 2 locations, one more Hill Country, but this one is the Bryan location; you can easily access both:

http://www.messinahof.com/index_main.php

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

cc,

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Hi,

Re the Woodlands "boat ride', it is just a short ride,and not much to see and to be honest, we had more fun just walking along the boat's route,on the walkways created there, after dinner.

cc,

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9. Re: Day Trip From Houston

Old Town Spring is just shopping and dining. Many people enjoy the burgers at the Wunsche Brothers Café.

Chappell Hill will be lovely in the spring during bluebonnet time--it does get crowded, so watch out for parked cars and pedestrians.

The boat ride on the waterway in The Woodlands isn't worth the time or money, IMO. Walk along the waterway instead, and you will get a nice view of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Check out Hubbell and Hudson for interesting foods; they have a nice little restaurant there too.

Another idea would be the George H.W Bush Presidential Library in College Station at Texas A&M.

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You didn't mention when you wanted to go. Here is a nice blog regarding Christmas Holidays at The Woodlands:

http://tinyurl.com/n2scrf9