Long known for its highways and high-rises, in recent years Houston has gotten back to its urban roots, restoring its historic, mid-century modern buildings and encouraging the movement of art galleries into neighborhoods in need of revitalization. These days, there’s so much to do, see and shop in a single weekend.
4 p.m. | Meander by the Menil Neighborhood
This charming cultural destination is home to a 30-acre “neighborhood of art.” Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the impressive museum boasts two satellite galleries — one dedicated to the work of Cy Twombly and the other to Dan Flavin—and the neighborhood is worth a stroll to peruse the early 20th-century craftsman bungalows, live oak trees and sumptuous green spaces.
6:30 p.m. | Enjoy Dinner at B&B Butchers
Although the owner is from New York, this steakhouse — which also houses a butcher shop — serves Texas Wagyu and is quintessentially Texan. The old school, old-fashioned eatery has contemporary offerings, too, including appetizer meatballs and carpetbagger oysters on the side.
9 p.m. | See the Skyline on a Rooftop Pool*
After you check into The Westin Houston, Memorial City, head up to the 18th floor for one of the best views of the city, while you lounge in an infinity pool flanked with waterfalls. It’s a perfect end to your evening.
7 a.m. | Run the Greenway*
Grab some gear from WestinWORKOUT® and wind through The Woodland’s seemingly never-ending greenway system that lines Spring Creek. You’re bound to see some unexpected friends like river otters and deer along the lush green paths.
10 a.m. | Shop at Longoria Collection
A Houston staple, this luxury home store carries some of the city’s best linens, décor and antiques. Pop in to outfit your home, or just to admire the beauty, then walk through the Uptown/Galleria neighborhood’s wealth of shops — mere steps away from the Westin Galleria Houston.
Noon | Meet with the Mods
Houston boasts several mid-century modern marvels — office buildings, private homes and even a college campus, the University of St. Thomas, which was designed by Philip Johnson. Check out the preservation group, Houston Mod’s website and create your own architectural walking or driving tour.
3:30 p.m. | Treat Yourself at the River Oaks Spa*
Take this time to recharge and enjoy the St. Regis’ River Oaks Spa’s unique massage and therapy offerings. Also on premises are a pool, sauna and full-service fitness facility.
7 p.m. | Dine with James Beard award-winning chef
Chef Justin Yu of Oxheart is only the third Houston-based chef to earn Best Chef: Southwest, an honor that he won in 2015. Serving two nightly menus, Yu’s offerings include intriguing regional dishes and flavors.
8 a.m. | Early Morning at Discovery Green
A 12-acre park in the heart of downtown, Discovery Green redefined the city while creating a fountain, green space, playground, performance venues and more. This is now one of the city’s most vital areas, and home to countless special concerts, activities and events.
11 a.m. | Brunch at Tiny Boxwoods
Visitors and residents alike say Tiny Boxwoods has the best brunch in town. With classic dishes and house drinks galore, the breakfast pizzas are to die for, particularly the chorizo and egg pie.
1:30 p.m. | Take off at the Space Center
The Space Center Houston features more than 400 things to see and do, from simulating living in space to seeing a full-scale replica of the shuttle to meeting an astronaut and more. It’s the perfect last stop before heading back home.
Have more than 48 Hours? Don’t miss Edison offering Houstonians and guests alike comfort food and out of this world cocktails. Named one of The 10 Best Food Cities in America according to The Washington Post, the dining options are endless in Houston.