- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@Haleyrruiz: Hotel Zsa Zsa is my favorite hotel in Houston, it’s pretty fancy and very romantic, and in the very best location – right across the street from Hermann Park, in the heart of the Museum District. From there you can walk to the museums and the zoo – you don’t need to drive at all. Here’s their website, it looks like their cheapest rooms are $289/night – http://www.hotelzaza.com/#index.
Two other great hotels in Houston that I’d recommend are The Houstonian (here’s the website – http://www.expedia.com/Houston-Hotels-The-Houstonian-Hotel.h22016.Hotel-Information) which is $233/night and has a well-known spa. SInce that hotel is below your budget you could maybe splurge on a massage for you and your husband. And I’ve heard that Hotel Granduca is really, really nice, but I’ve never been there. It’s $255/night and here’s their website – http://www.expedia.com/Houston-Hotels-Hotel-Granduca.h1503827.Hotel-Information .
I definitely recommend getting steak for dinner one night at the Taste of Texas – it’s a really fun place for out-of-towners, I always take friends there when they’re visiting.
Some other things you can do here:
-Go to the top of Chase Tower to get really amazing views of the city (for free!)
–Cypress Trails Equestrian Center for horseback riding
-Go to a Houston Rockets basketball game downtown if they’re playing while you’re here
-Go see a play in the theater district (This website has a list of all the theaters you can check out to see if you’re interested in anything that’s showing)
-Go to the movies – you can have dinner and drinks served to you while you watch a movie at Sundance Cinema downtown or at Studio Movie Grill in CityCenter
-Go shopping at the Galleria – it’s a huge, very upscale mall, definitely worth checking out. You can also go ice-skating there.
-The Houston Museum of Natural Science (in the Museum District, close to downtown) has a butterfly pavillion where you can walk around thousands of butterflies – it’s really fun.
-If you like beer, go for a brewery tour at St. Arnold’s Brewery
-If you like art, you can take a painting class together where you bring your own bottle of wine and learn how to paint a famous painting. I’ve been to Pinot’s Palette and Painting with a Twist and recommend both.
-About an hour from Houston is Bluebell Ice Cream factory, you can go on a factory tour Monday through Friday. It’s really fun, I just did that last summer.
-Go rock climbing at the Texas Rock Gym
-Go for a walk along the Woodlands Waterway (it’s similar to the waterway in San Antonio but smaller) and have dinner along the water.
-Shoot some golf balls while having dinner or a drink at TopGolf
-Have a picnic at the WaterWall (right next to the Galleria – you could go shopping afterwards)
-Rent bikes and ride around the city. The Houston BCycle program has bike stations all over, and it’s pretty cheap to rent a bike – plus there are tons of bike trails now.