Galveston Island Visitors Center
Galveston, TX 77550
When you want a fun beach vacation close to home, Galveston Island is your best bet. Roughly a 90-minute drive from downtown Houston, Galveston Island offers 32 miles of beaches and tons of events and activities. Whether you want a romantic getaway for two or fun for the whole family, Galveston Island has something for you. Kids will enjoy Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens, and you’ll enjoy all the shopping, dining and entertainment options. Or just grab a beach chair, kick back, and relax.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77204
When you want to get away from it all, but don’t have the time for an out-of-town trip, the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is a great way to escape your hectic life without traveling far from home. This luxury hotel and urban resort is arguably the best in the city, and the club offers tons of activities, from golf, to racquet sports, to fitness classes, to aquatics. In fact, Travel and Leisure ranked The Houstonian 11th among the best resorts in the world. If relaxing in the spa is more of your idea of a retreat, you won’t ever want to leave Trellis, the hotel’s spa that offers massage services, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures, and other beauty treatments. Of course, a hotel this nice wouldn’t be complete without some four-star dining options. You can have breakfast in the gazebo, lunch at the Manor House and enjoy a formal dinner at Olivette.
For many people, escaping the city means reconnecting with nature. At Lake Conroe, you can do just that. Just over an hour north of downtown Houston, this popular retreat destination offers opportunities for fishing, camping, boating, golfing and much more. RV parks are available if you have your own rig; if not, there are also plenty of lodging accommodations surrounding the lake, including resorts, cabin rentals, condo rentals and hotels. If you love the outdoors, but hate to be too far away from the comforts of civilization, Lake Conroe is the perfect city escape from Houston. Here, you can easily roast a hot dog over a campfire one night and eat at an upscale restaurant the next.