Houston

Must See
Rienzi Mansion

What used to be a 1950s mansion is now a museum that features antiques from the 17th to 19th century. Located in the beautiful River Oaks area of the city, the Rienzi Mansion is perfect for home decor enthusiasts. Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) house museum for European decorative arts, is situated on four acres of wooded gardens in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, about five miles from the main MFAH campus and about two miles from Bayou Bend, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings.

Formerly the home of philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi was designed by prominent Houston architect John Staub in 1952. Opened to the public in 1999, Rienzi houses a substantial collection of European decorative arts, paintings, furnishings, porcelain, and miniatures. Rienzi welcomes visitors for tours, family programs, lectures, music performances, and a variety of special events.

The Galleria

Situated in Houston’s Uptown District, this upscale shopping mall houses just under 400 stores, making it the biggest in Texas and the seventh-biggest in the US.

Waterwall Park

Here is where countless Christmas cards, engagement moments, and selfies have been taken. Marvel at the three-story wall of water after doing some shopping at the Galleria.

Must Stay
Hotel Sorella

A Houston luxury hotel with the incredible details you deserve. Elegant, rich design aesthetics and intimate décor define Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE. Unique European Murano glass chandeliers and custom graphite-colored ceramic floors are the sophisticated touches you’ll experience in this premier luxury hotel in Houston-Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE.

Hotel Icon Houston

Authentic Texas charm meets contemporary luxury in the heart of downtown Houston. At the award-winning Hotel Icon, the storied past and glamorous present brilliantly blend into one uniquely unforgettable guest experience. Individualists, business travelers, and locals alike will appreciate how Hotel Icon thoughtfully balances irreplaceable period detail, grand neoclassical architecture with dynamic and contemporary hotel rooms.

Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District

Situated in the heart of the vibrant Museum District, world-renowned Texas Medical Center and thriving downtown central business district, Hotel ZaZa Houston is an unexpected feast for the senses. Introducing business and leisure travelers to a larger than life experience, this unique choice in Houston boutique hotels boasts a collection of exquisite guestrooms and suites, including Pool Villas, Concept Suites and The Magnificent Seven Suites, award-wining dining at Monarch Bistro and a relaxing day spa onsite.

The Inn at Dos Brisas

What began as a family-owned ranch retreat in 2000, has evolved into a Relais & Chateaux luxury inn, brimming with character and charm afforded by this sumptuous yet rustic locale. Serene Spanish Colonial-style hotel on a 313-acre ranch estate on the outskirts of the rolling Texas Hill Country, more than an hour outside Houston. 

Must Savor
Da Marco Houston

This is an unpretentious but sophisticated Italian restaurant. Chef Marco Wiles comes from Friuli in Italy and spent many hours with his aunt learning the regional cuisine. Look for antipasti such as shaved celery salad with beets and Pecorino. Among the primi courses, you might find a single raviolo filled with ricotta, egg and truffles. Secondi might include Chianti-braised short ribs with a burrata risotto. The wine list is full of intriguing Italian regional bottles. (Jackets recommended.) Closed Sunday and Monday.

Brennan’s of Houston

The owners here are the same Brennans of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, so, under the watchful eye of Alex Brennan-Martin, you will find culinary reminders of the Creole tradition. Look for starters such as a Texas wild shrimp remoulade with shrimp-boil vegetables, new potatoes, butter lettuce and preserved lemon. Main courses might include the Brennan classic pecan-crusted Gulf fish with crushed corn maque choux, French beans, spiced pecans and a Creole meunière. 

Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

Nestled in a speakeasy that’s disguised as a law office, Bad News Bar is at the top of a steep flight of stairs, which takes you to a dark, old-school bar, complete with an outdoor patio. They have a classic cocktail list, as well as more adventurous drinks to try.

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