It’s Valentine’s Week…what are you doing?
Fancy dinner reservations? Flowers? Weekend get-away? Perhaps, a little blue box purchase? Or, are you more of a box of chocolates and funny card from Walgreens kind of person?
We wanted to give you a few ideas on how to make this “Hallmark Holiday” – I mean Valentine’s Day – special for you and your loved ones. Single or married, children or no children – there is definitely something fun to do for Valentine’s in The Woodlands!
Feb 7 – 16th Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance – a great and memorable event! http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1613
Feb 10 – Kids Night Out – a fun night for children ages 4 – 10 at Bear Branch Park http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=3577&day=13&month=2&year=2015&calType=0
Feb 13 – Show Your Love for CASA of Montgomery County – Cru Wine Bar Wine Tasting http://casaspeaks4kids.com/?s=wine+tasting
Feb 13 – Love is in the Air – Valentine’s Date Night at Pinot’s Palette http://www.pinotspalette.com/Woodlands/Class/41292
Feb 13 – 15 – Horse and Carriage Rides at Market Street https://www.facebook.com/platinumcarriage
VALENTINE’S WEEKEND CARRIAGE RIDE SCHEDULE
~Friday Feb. 13th 6:30pm-9pm
*All rides w/ package options require a deposit & must be reserved by Thursday Feb. 12th @ noon
~Saturday Feb. 14th 5pm-9pm
*All rides w/ package options require a deposit & must be reserved by Thursday Feb. 12th @ noon
~Sunday Feb. 15th RESERVATION ONLY
*reservations for Sunday must be made by Friday the 13th @ noon.
*if we do not receive any reservations for Sunday within the posted time frame we will not have a carriage operating that night.
~PRICES & PACKAGES~
*Short rides- $25 couple includes a single rose
*15min. ride- $35 couple includes single rose
*Sweet Treat package- (15min)$50 couple includes 3 chocolate covered strawberries,3 roses all festively packaged.
*Gold package-(15min)$65 couple includes 1 mini bottle of chilled sparkling cider,2 flutes,3 roses,5 chocolate covered strawberries, all festively packaged.
*Platinum package-(30min)$200 couple on large carriage only. Includes a chilled bottle of sparkling cider in a clear ice bucket w/ floating lights,2 flutes,3 chocolate covered strawberries,2 gourmet cupcakes,a special surprise &
**Please email to make a Reservation firstname.lastname@example.org** email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 13 – Can Buy Me Love – Dinner Theater at Stonebridge Church with comedian, Rich Praytor http://gostonebridge.com/vdt
Feb 14 Love and Wine for Valentine’s – Genuwine Tasting Room http://www.mygenuwine.com/love-wine-valentines/
Feb 14 Painting with a Twist – 2 Events – http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/woodlands/calendar/
Fine Dining Venues: Make reservations!!!
Hubble & Hudson – 281- 203-5641, Special Valentine’s Day Menu – http://hubbellandhudson.com/wp-content/uploads/2015_VDayMenuHandout.pdf
Kirby’s – 281-362-1121, Valentine’s Special – http://kirbyssteakhouse.com/celebrate-valentines-kirbys-steakhouse/
Flemings – 281-362-0103, Menu – https://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/menus/
Perry’s – 281-362-0569, Menu & Other Info http://www.perryssteakhouse.com/menu-locations/houston/the-woodlands/#bar79-entertainment
Amerigo’s – 281 362-0808, Valentine’s Day Special – http://www.amerigos.com/valentines
Robard’s Steakhouse – 281-364-6400, Menu – http://www.robardssteakhouse.com/the_menu/
Florists in the Area:
The Blooming Idea
The Woodlands Flowers
***Several grocery stores in the area have great flower arrangements as well***
Market Street HEB – http://www.heb.com/index.jsp
Kroger – (Kuykendahl south of Creekside Park) http://grocery.kroger.com/pd/stores/TX/Tomball/KROGER-117/7B44126067
Kroger – (Cochran’s Crossing) – https://www.kroger.com/
Walgreens Locations: (Yes, this meant tongue in cheek but HOPE IT HELPS!)
10 Locations in in and around The Woodlands! https://email@example.com,-95.4612625,13z/data=!3m1!4b1
Special Gifts (Jewelry):
Tiffany & Co – Located on Market Street, this timeless “little blue box” of a store is a great way to either get out of trouble or stay out of trouble! J http://www.tiffany.com/Locations/Store.aspx?StoreId=1038
James Avery – Located in The Woodlands Mall, you can find special, meaningful jewelry and gifts that she will love. Order early though – they don’t keep a lot of stock! http://www.jamesavery.com/
Donoho’s Jewellers – Located on the perimeter of the mall across from Market Street, you will find high quality gifts for both men and women. http://www.donohos.com/
Fun Day Trips or Weekend Get-Aways:
Here is a duplicate newsletter we sent a few months ago highlighting some great day trips around the area, some of which could turn into fun get-away weekends.
BEAUMONT (111 miles, 1 hr. 42 min.)
Fire Museum of Texas – (409) 880-3927
400 Walnut Street; www.firemuseumoftexas.org
This free museum houses a large collection of old fire engines, fire bells, buckets, badges and photographs from 1856 to present. Also includes is a puppet theater and safety house. Toys in the Fire Safety Activity Center teach visitors how to prevent and fight fires.
Gator Country Wildlife Adventure Park – (409) 794-WILD
21159 FM 365; www.gatorrescue.com
Visit Big Al, the largest alligator in captivity in the Lone Star State. Other residents are 130 alligators, turtles, crocodiles, snakes, and lizards. Feed the gators and hold the babies.
BELLVILLE (59 miles, 1 hr. 21 min.)
Lavande – (713) 715-8392
9665 Loop Road; www.lavandetexas.com
Walk through fields of lavender, cut your own bundle, purchase lavender made products
Newman’s Castle and Bakery – (979) 865-9804
504 E. Main Street; www.newmanscastle.com
Visit a real castle with its own drawbridge. Tours and parties are available.
BRENHAM (67 miles, 1 hr. 22 min.)
Blue Bell Creameries – (800) 327-8135
1101 S. Blue Bell Road; www.bluebell.com
Weekday tours of the creameries with free samples of ice cream.
Historic Home Tours – (979) 836-1690
The Heritage Society of Washington County offers tours of 2 historic homes in the area; the Giddings Stone Mansion and the Giddings-Wilkin House Museum. Built in 1843 and 1869 these homes have been restored and include original family heirlooms.
Horseshoe Junction – (979) 251-8701
2080 US 290 West; www.horseshoejunction.com
This is a great place for a carload of kids to work off some excess energy. Park attractions include bumper boats, miniature golf, go-karts, laser tag, a 3-story climbing wall, and a video arcade.
BROOKSHIRE (59 miles, 56 min.)
Dewberry Farm – (281) 934-3276
7705 FM 362; www.dewberryfarm.com
Kids will especially enjoy this fun-packed farm. Climb a 12 foot hay mountain, ride the longest barrel train in Texas, pan for gems, shoot corn from cannons, rope a runaway calf, take a hayride, get lost in a maze, and feed some farm animals. In the fall, enjoy a lighted pumpkin patch.
BRYAN COLLEGE STATION (79 miles, 1 hr. 23 min.)
The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley – (979) 779-KIDS
111 E. 27th Street; www.cmbv.org
Interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. For toddlers, Mrs. Giggly’s Garden and for older children, Build Your World with plastic pipes and other construction materials.
Gendron Homegrown – (979) 775-9500
6150 Zweifel Road, Bryan; www.eatwellguide.org
This farm offers a u-pick in the summer season for tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum – (979) 691-4000
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas A&M campus; www.bushlibrary.tamu.edu
The Library contains memorabilia from the Bush presidency and replicas of former president’s offices on Air Force One and Camp David. Special exhibits are hosted throughout the year.
CHAPPELL HILL (55 miles, 1 hr. 11 min.)
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm – (979) 251-8114
2250 Dillard Road, Brenham; www.chappellhilllavender.com
Cut your own Lavender, collect recipes utilizing lavender, picnic in the gazebo and shop at the gift shop where lavender products abound. In August, attend the annual Lavender and Wine Fest.
COLUMBUS (95 miles, 1½ hr.)
Columbus Paddling Trail – (979) 732-3816 (local canoe rental) www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland/columbus/
Paddle or go tubing down the 6.5 mile inland trail on the Colorado River.
CONROE (9.6 miles, 12 min.)
Heritage Museum of Montgomery County – (936) 539-6873
1506 I-45 North (located in Candy Cane Park); www.heritagemuseum.us
The museum features the history of Charles B. Stewart, first Secretary of State for the Republic of Texas, who designed the present-day Texas Lone star flag and the state seal of Texas. Learn about his life and work and examine exhibits about the area’s history.
Conroe Aquatic Center Water Park – (936) 522-3930
1205 Callahan Avenue; www.cityofconroe.org/parks-and-recreation
The Aquatic Center includes a zero-depth, seasonal leisure pool featuring a graduated beach entry, an interactive play structure with water blasters, mini slides, a water curtain, and giant tipping bucket spilling 400 gallons of water periodically. The older recreational swimmer can enjoy two 22-foot slides enclosed for a speedy drop into a 4-foot pool of water.
Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm – (281) 572-1265
19531 Moorhead Road; www.moorheadsblueberryfarm.com
20 acre blueberry farm, pick your own at $2 a pound. (Late May through mid-July)
Southern Empress Paddle Wheeler (Riverboat) – (936) 588-3000
7041 Kingston Cove Lane, (Sunset Harbor Resort at Seven Coves, Willis); www.southernempress.com
Boat is docked 8 mi. north of Conroe in Willis. The Southern Empress is a replica of 19th century stern-wheeler riverboat. Enjoy a relaxing ride, lunch/dinner, dancing. Reservations required.
7-Acre Wood – (936) 890-2326
4401 N. Frazier Street; www.7acrewood.org
Visit the petting zoo, mini golf course, western play town, play fort, huge playground, gigantic sandbox, zip line, sand volleyball, horseshoes, kid sized rock wall and much more. The Concession serves the finest coffee, espresso coffee, and specialty drinks, goodies, and lunch. There is a French country style coffee lounge and courtyard with seating. Birthday party packages are available.
GALVESTON (80 miles, 1 hr. 11 min.)
Beach at Moody Gardens – (800) 582-4673
1 Hope Boulevard; www.moodygardens.com
Features white sand, blue lagoons, spas, a waterfall, and a children’s area.
Stewart Beach – (409) 765-5023
6th Street and Seawall Boulevard; www.galveston.com/stewartbeach/
Considered the best beach for families. Special events include sand castle contests, volleyball tournaments, and other family friendly events. Location includes a children’s play area, souvenir shop, snack bar, restrooms and showers. Admission is $8 per car.
Galveston Island State Park – (409) 737-1222
14901 FM 3005; www.tpwd.state.tx.us
See wildlife, including birds, ducks, raccoons, marsh rabbits and armadillo. Admission is $5 per person.
Bishop’s Palace – (409) 762-2475
1402 Broadway; www.galveston.com/bishopspalace
This ornate castle was built between 1886 and 1892. Tour the castle museum and learn about the unique design and magnificent furnishings and décor, including a fireplace lined with pure silver.
Bolivar Ferry – (409) 795-2230
Galveston Ferry Landing; www.galveston.com/galvestonferry/
Ride one of the free diesel ferries from the east end of Galveston to the Bolivar Peninsula and back.
Galveston Railroad Museum – (409) 765-5700
2602 Santa Fe Place; www.galvestonrrmuseum.com
Exhibits include the restored Santa Fe Depot and multimedia presentations on Galveston’s role in the railroad and shipping industries. Nearly 3 dozen vintage railroad cars and steam engines sit on old tracks. Walk through the People’s Gallery where models re-create the hustle and bustle of the old depots.
Lone Star Flight Museum – (409) 740-7722
2002 Terminal Drive (at Galveston’s Scholes International Airport); www.isfm.org
Learn about aviation’s glory days and view displays of restored vintage aircraft such as bombers, wartime (executive) aircraft and a Grumman Bearcat.
Moody Gardens – (800) 582-4673
1 Hope Boulevard; www.moodygardens.com
Moody Gardens is part hotel, part spa, and part convention center. Find restaurants, an aquarium housed in a pyramid, IMAX 3-D and 4-D, golf course, a fun filled science Discovery Museum, Rain Forest Pyramid, Colonel Paddlewheel boat tours, special events, and festivals.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Water Park – (409) 770-9283
2109 Lockheed Road; www.schlitterbahn.com/gal
This water park has zones for every age and activities designed specifically for children. To save money, you can bring your own cooler filled with drinks and snacks, but can also purchase food there.
Treasure Isle Tour Train – (409) 221-0282 (1.5 hour of new and old Galveston)
Galveston Island Duck Tours (409) 621-4771 (tour of town by both land and water)
Galveston Historical Foundation Harbor Tours – (409) 765-1700 (tour the Texas Seaport Museum)
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat – (800) 582-4673 (triple-decker boat, narrated 45 min. tour around bay)
HEMPSTEAD (44 miles, 1 hr.)
Liendo (Cotton) Plantation – (979) 826-3126
38653 Wyatt Chapel Road; www.liendo.org
Built in 1853 this is one of the state’s first cotton plantations. Facing destruction after the civil War, General George A. Custer saved Liendo Plantation because he was impressed by its beauty. It is now deemed a Texas Historic Landmark. Open for tours on the first Saturdays of most months.
HOUSTON (30 miles, 31 min.)
Children’s Museum of Houston – (713) 552-1138
1500 Binz; www.cmhouston.org
Houston Museum of Natural Science – (713) 639-4629
5555 Hermann Park Drive; www.hmns.org
The Health Museum – (713) 942-7054
1515 Hermann Drive; www.thehealthmuseum.org
Museum of Fine Arts Houston – (713) 639-7300
1001 Bissonnet Street; www.mfah.org
Space Center Houston – (281) 244-2100
1601 NASA Parkway; www.spacecenter.org
Downtown Aquarium – (713) 223-3474
410 Bagby Street; www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston
Houston Zoo – (713) 533-6500
6200 Hermann Park Drive; www.houstonzoo.org