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Vacay Not So Far Away

This glorious weekend getaway is closer than you'd think

This glorious weekend getaway is closer than you'd think

The Woodlands Resort, Lazy River
The Lazy River winding through The Woodlands Resort. Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Resort
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Concerts at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion run all summer long.
The Woodlands, Robard's Steakhouse
Robard's Steakhouse is a place for wining and dining. Photo courtesy of Robard's Steakhouse
The Woodlands Resort hike and bike
Miles of hike and bike trails wander through The Woodlands. Photo by Stewart Cohen, The Woodlands Resort
The Westin at The Woodlands, guest room
A room at the new Westin at The Woodlands. Photo courtesy of The Westin at The Woodlands
The Woodlands Resort, Lazy River
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The Woodlands, Robard's Steakhouse
The Woodlands Resort hike and bike
The Westin at The Woodlands, guest room

You don't have to leave the Lone Star State for quality R&R. In fact, there's a great getaway practically in your backyard. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or an action-packed weekend, The Woodlands — just outside of Houston — offers one of the area's best getaways. 

Stay
The Woodlands Resort
For a family-friendly getaway (or for golf lovers), book a stay at The Woodlands Resort. Tucked away a few turns off Interstate 45, the resort completed a $75 million expansion and renovation at the end of 2014. It's also one of Golf Digest's top 75 golf resorts in America, with access to two 18-hole championship golf courses, Panther Trail and The Oaks

A lazy river winds through the resort, and the Forest Oasis Waterscape — the perfect place for kids — features two-story spiraling double water slides, lagoon-style pools, 10-foot waterfall, underwater music, and more. Parents, you can order drinks and food from the poolside grill so you too can relax while keeping an eye on the family. Alternatively, take a few hours and escape to the full-service spa.

The amazing pool and Robard’s Steakhouse are probably tied for the best features of the resort. The high-end restaurant and lounge might serve the best steak in and around Houston — we'll let you be the judge. 

Summer activities include nightly dive-in movies by the pool, s’mores, and more, and there are more than 194 miles of hike and bike trails along with bike rentals on property. 

The Westin at The Woodlands
This brand-new, 302-room hotel is situated in the heart of Town Center, walking distance to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands Mall, and upscale Market Street. Many of the modern rooms of The Westin at The Woodlands overlook popular Waterway Plaza and its synchronized fountains.

Be sure to try the onsite signature restaurant, Current, a concept by the Howard Hughes Corporation, with seasonal and regional menus from rising star Nathan Friend. The sleek, second-level lounge, SideBar, is a great place to start the night with a happy hour of unique cocktails and appetizers. Sidebar’s pineapple margarita is a must-try.

The Westin is within walking distance of pretty much everything there is to do in The Woodlands, so you'll be in on all the action this community offers. 

Eat
After you’ve checked out Robard's and Current, there are still plenty of exceptional options for food. In fact, you might even want to implement a four-meals-a-day rule for your stay.

A foodie favorite (especially for brunch) is Hubbell & Hudson, featuring some of the most creative and delicious dishes around. If you’re a pizza lover, don’t miss out on world-famous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Bonus: If you’re feeling super lazy and relaxed, order online and pick it up to eat in your hotel room.

Play
We’ve got the championship golf and lazy river covered, but there’s much more to do in the area. Check out the luxury shops of Market Street, or take the kids to discover unique fun at The Woodlands Children’s Museum

Into good beer? Head over to Local Pour in Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands for hundreds of craft beers to choose from. And don’t forget all the activities you can do on the lake!

If you’re ready to plan a getaway to The Woodlands and need that extra push, check out the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion concert calendar and plan around your favorite show. This summer alone, the pavilion is featuring concerts from Jimmy Buffett, Dixie Chicks, Blink 182, and many more.