- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@Lily_of_the_valley: Houston bee here, transplanted from Seattle 3 years ago. There are a million and one things I miss about Seattle (vegetarianism being more normal haha, the mountains, the Pacific Ocean, the hippies, the weather, the public transportation) but I’ll be honest, Houston is really starting to grow on me. A lot of the pp’s touched on things like traffic, scenery (Houston does have a lot of concrete – although there are some beautiful day-trips you can take, and several pretty parks in the city, like Hermann Park), politics (suburbs seem to be mostly conservative, but our circle of friends who all live around downtown Houston are fairly liberal), the food (pretty much infinite restaurants and bars), cost of living (very cheap)… Houston has been in the news a lot lately because it’s booming economically – there is a very high employment rate here, real estate is doing well, the whole city is doing great.
It is very hot and humid here for about 4 months (June through September), May and October are hot but not unbearable, and the rest of the year is really comfortable and usually pretty sunny. It can get cold for awhile in the winter – I do break out my pea coat a few times – but it rarely snows, and really, we consider anything under 55 to be cold.
Just about everyone on the bee who’s mentioned disliking Houston lives in the suburbs. I work an hour south of Houston, and virtually all of my coworkers live in the suburbs. Things are totally different here where I work, and I’ve spent plenty of time in the burbs hanging out with coworkers – and honestly, it’s like two different worlds. You and your DH sound like you’re looking for an adventure, and I will tell you that there really is a lot of amazing stuff inside Houston. There are tons of concerts, sports games, festivals (we’ve been to a Greek festival and a Brazilian festival in the last month), art gallery events, quirky Texas things (like the annual Rodeo, the art car parade, Lights in the Heights, etc.), and at least inside the city there are plenty of health-conscious people. (There are lots of Whole Foods, there’s a local gourmet/organics grocery store called Central Market, there are several farmers’ markets, running and biking clubs, etc.). I had a really bad attitude when I first moved here, but DH and I make a big effort to try new things all the time and I’m starting to love this city. The cheap cost of living allows us to spend money on travel, etc., that we would’ve had to spend on housing if we lived in a more expensive city.
If you guys do move here I really recommend checking out the Heights – it’s a really hot neighborhood right now, and it’s full of historic bunaglows, running trails, and tons of 20- and 30-something couples and young families. We just moved here and I love the whole neighborhood, it reminds me of the East Coast, where I grew up.
I’ve only been to Dallas once, but all of the native Houstonians I know hate Dallas, it’s considered more high-class and snobby, whereas Houston is pretty laid-back and diverse.