Annual Arbor Day Celebration

While most of the country celebrates Arbor day at the end of April, The Woodlands likes to start the green party a little earlier. The Woodlands will host its 40th Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Rob Fleming Park. January is a great time to plant trees and The Woodlands Township has given away over 1 million tree seedlings over the years. This celebration is in keeping with the Master Plan of The Woodlands and the Township has created a fun, family-friendly event to encourage residents to keep the tradition alive.

For more information on this event, please visit http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.go /civicalerts.aspx?AID=1914.

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Must-Do’s This Winter

One of my favorite finds when I moved to The Woodlands was the local publication, Houstonia Magazine.  They have great articles and wonderful local content, written in an interesting manner, which makes you want to come back for more.  In reading the December 2015 issue, I came across an article titled “65 Must-Do’s This Winter in Houston.”  What a great read – I highly encourage you to grab the issue yourself.  But if you are not inclined, I’ve pulled out some of my favorite items from their list:

 Gobble Up Galveston

Did you know that Galveston has an annual Restaurant Week?  The event actually runs from Jan 9-23.  Foodies can enjoy special prix fixe menus at most of the best restaurants on the island.  Check out for more info!

Warm Beverages

I like to tell my friends and family from outside of Texas that we have three seasons: Hot, Hotter and Rainy.  However, we do get a small window where it is Chilly.  During those few sweet weeks, finding the best spot for hot cocoa or a hot toddy can be a welcome outing:

Hot Chocolate:
original_chocolatebarmontrose0Frozen hot
Hot masala chocolateKiran’s, 4100 Westheimer Road;
Hot chocolate made from house-ground cocoa beansHugo’s, 1600 Westheimer Road;

new-homepage-bgHot Toddies:
The Double Barrel ToddyArnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby Drive,
Mom’s Spiced TeaStone’s Throw, 1417 Westheimer Road;
Graverobber’s GrogVoodoo Queen, 322 Milby Street

Enjoy being mosquito free

Even if only for a month or two!!

Get outside

To piggy back on the outdoors being less buggy (Houston ranks right up there at #4 for “buggiest” city), the winter climate in Houston begs for you to come outside, as long as there isn’t any rain.  There are beautiful parks that offer riding trails, kayaking and star-gazing, if you are into night exploring!

91e0d530-a2dd-44dd-a964-b78ce91cd1e6– Buffalo Bayou Park1800 Allen Parkway;
Bayou City Adventures1520 Silver Street;
Discovery Green1500 McKinney Street;
Brazos Bend State Park21901 FM 762, Needville;
– Terry Hershey Park15200 Memorial Drive;
– Rob Fleming Nature Preserve 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands;
– Riva Row

Ice Skating

Yes, I said it!  Texans love to ice skate.  The Woodlands is currently in the planning stages of a permanent ice skating structure, near the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.  Here are some other “cool” spots to get your skate on!

Galleria-Dallas_Ice-Rink_ppl– Ice at the Galleria5015 Westheimer Road;
– Memorial City Mall303 Memorial City Way;
– Aerodrome8220 Willow Place Drive N;
– Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center16225 Lexington Boulevard;
– The Ice at Discovery Green1500 McKinney Street;
– The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center9606B Six Pines Drive;


Now is a great time to plant onions, lettuces, radishes, turnips, English peas, snap peas, beets, carrots & kale.  Gardeners can rejoice knowing the likelihood of freezes have passed.  Enjoy more temperate weather, with no fear of heat stroke!  Find a local nursery, like Cornelius Nursery in Houston ( or The Arbor Gate in Tomball (

Cheer on the runners of the Chevron Houston Marathon

January 17 – visit for more details.

There is lots to love in Houston in the winter, and it sure beats shoveling snow!  Enjoy your around-the-town adventures!!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor