Wine & Food Week

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Houston’s Wine & Food Week will be hosted in The Woodlands for the 12th year, this June 6-12.  With varied events for wine enthusiasts, there is sure to be something interesting for everyone.  In total, the events will tout over 500 wines, 75 restaurants, wine producers and renowned culinary personalities. Each event does require a ticket, which can be purchased directly from the event website,  Prices vary by event.  Below is a summary of the events, as presented by The Woodlands Villager published on May 12, 2016 (Vol.38, No.52).

It’s a Guy Thing
Tuesday, June 7, 7-10pm
Hosted by Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands (16917 Interstate 45S, 77385) Enjoy bold wines, craft beer, good food and cigars while enjoying a shoe shine, chair massage, poker and live music and surrounded by luxury vehicles.

Women, Wine & All Things Fashionable
Wednesday, June 8, 6-9pm
Hosted by The Woodlands Country Club (100 Grand Fairway, 77381) It’s a girl’s paradise for a mid-week night out.  Enjoy a live fashion show, fortune telling and music while sipping on wine and nibbling on wonderful treats.

The H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street (A Big 3 Event)
Thursday, June 8, 5:30-8:30pm
The Woodlands Market Street (9595 Six Pines Drive, 77380) Enjoy the shops at Market Street while you sip and stroll through the 40 tasting stations which feature wines from around the world, 80 craft beers and 20 restaurants.  Live music will only enhance this event. Wine industry representatives will also be on hand with their own stations, including the always popular Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chill Zone & Sangria Station.

Ladies of the Vine Tasting, Luncheon & Panel Discussion
Friday, June 10, 12-3pm
The Club at Carlton Woods (One Carlton Woods Drive, 77382) This luncheon features the female winemakers, owners and experts in the industry.  The elegant event will transport you to Italy, as the villa will be full of tasting stations followed by an Italian inspired meal presented by The Extraordinary Italian Taste.

Sips, Suds & Tacos Presented by Mexico (A Big 3 Event)
Friday, June 10, 6-9pm
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott (1601 Lake Robbins Drive, 77380) This event will feature wine tasting, craft beers and the “Taco Takedown” competition to find the best taco around!  Reigning Taco Takedown Champion Chef Scott Varnedoe of IPO will defend his title against many newcomers to the area.  Enjoy a night of fun, music and tasty bites.

Northwestern Mutual Platinum Wine Vault
Saturday, June 11, 4:30-6:30pm
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott (1601 Lake Robbins Drive, 77380) This exclusive tasting event is held just prior to The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase.  This luxurious affair with highly acclaimed wines is for the discriminating collector & enthusiast.

Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase (A Big 3 Event)
Saturday, June 11, 7-10pm
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott (1601 Lake Robbins Drive, 77380) It’s the ultimate adult evening which culminates in crowing the Wine & Food Week’s Waterford Crystal Chef of Chef’s Award.  Guests will sample delectable cuisine and hundreds of wines from chefs representing more than 60 of the nation’s top restaurants.  There is also a “Just Desserts” contest, the Champagne Cove, Art of Wine Competition and the Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands VIP Premium Lounge.  The evening benefits New Danville, a self-sustaining, master-integrated community for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Pools and Memorial Day

WRG would like to say “Thank You” to all of our military service men & women who lost their lives in service to our country and also extend our appreciation to our current and retired military service men & women.  The Woodlands has a wonderful 2-evening event to celebrate Memorial Day (May 28 & 29) that features live music, children’s activities, strolling entertainers and capped off with a wonderful fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music. Just follow the music all the way to Town Green Park on Lake Robbins to partake in all the festival has to offer.

While there is always a sale, here are some other activities you might enjoy during your extended weekend!

May 28th:

PathMother Daughter Tea @ Rob Fleming Park, 11am-12pm. Reserve your spot by calling 281-210-3950.

20th Century Glenwood Walking Tour (Houston) from 10am-12pm.

Falconwing PoolMay 29th:

Paint your Patriotic Pride at Pinot’s Palette on College Park Drive (2-4pm). Space is limited so make sure you register on their website,

May 30th:

Harpers Landing PoolAll of The Woodlands Township’s 14 pools will be open from 10am-6pm, free of charge. Use the opportunity to explore a pool near you.  For information on The Woodlands Pools, visit The Woodlands Township page.  You can get a glimpse of The Woodlands Pools from our OnLocation video seen here: The Woodlands Pools

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Community Theaters

There is something about seeing a live theater performance that can be very nostalgic.  In our modern day, hustle and bustle, download everything in a moment, there is something to be said for planning your day to see a live event.  And then we even get dressed up for it, when we don’t seem to get dressed up for anything.  Being at the theater conjures up memories of going with your grandparents when you were younger, maybe just once a year.  There are some wonderful local theaters that run shows throughout the year and ReviewIt, The Woodlands, did a wonderful article in May 2016 (Issue 141) ( to highlight these venues. All have current productions running, but make sure to check back with them in a few months to see what new productions they may have in store!

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New Voices – May 12th-21st
In the Heights – June 10th-25th


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Hay Fever – May 5th-29th
Chicago– June 7th-31st
NW Houston


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Crazy For You – July 9th, 10th, 15th-17th
The Woodlands


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Romeo & Harriet – May 20th-21st
Legally Blonde – July 9th-24th


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Chicago – May 13th- 24th
Moustrap– July 7th-31st


Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Only in Texas

One of the coolest things about Texas is how diverse we are.  From ethnicities to topography, there is so much to explore.  In doing research for this newsletter, I came across a Facebook page, “Only in Texas,” that had recently published some great articles  There’s a wealth of Information from great road trips and beautiful lakes to some of the Texas oddities that only Texans will “get” and enjoy.

I’ve included some of my favorites from their page, below, but I encourage you to “like” their Facebook page, and ours, for suggestions of how you can continue to enjoy Texas and get the complete experience.

3752370666_3016507183_zHere Are 12 Awesome Road Trips In Texas That Are An Absolute Must-Take
We have done the drives through Texas Hill Country.  We have also driven to San Antonio and Austin.  The Cascade Caverns are on our list for this summer.

3806027675_39fbd5a549_z14 Gorgeous Lakes to Visit in Texas This Summer
If you are an avid outdoors person, some of these lakes have amazing vistas.

1795063708_4325468396_z15 Bizarre Roadside Attractions in Texas That Will Make You Look Twice
We have seen the giant cowboy boots and the leaning water tower.  You have to love a place that embraces the bizarre!

horse-at-whataburger-700x39415 Awesome (And Sometimes Strange) Things You Can Only Find In Texas
While many of the items on this list make me happy (#1, 6, 8 & 10 to name a few), numbers 4 and 11 are my favorite.  If you haven’t found your Saturday morning kolache spot yet, let me know.  I have a few suggestions!

871452621_88eb69d8a0_zThese 13 Haunted Places In Texas Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
I am a big scaredy cat, so I will not be frequenting any of these spots, but scary is very popular.  Just make sure to let someone know where you are heading before you leave for any of these spots!!

I hope you enjoy these lists.  There are so many great websites and Facebook pages like “Only in Texas” that give you some great information on places you just ‘have’ to see when you are here in Texas.  Enjoy!  Let us know where your favorite places are and how we can continue to be of service to you here in The Woodlands.

Have a great week!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor