The Woodlands, Texas is a successful planned community just north of Houston where every feature, from the traffic lights down to the street signs, have all been carefully thought out. The incredible attention to detail makes The Woodlands a remarkable luxury getaway in the Lone Star State.
See if you would enjoy a retreat to The Woodlands, Texas as my daughter, Taylor, and I did.
History of The Woodlands
Being that The Woodlands is one of the top master-planned communities in the country, it is home to over 100 corporate headquarters. This could possibly be due to the natural setting and availability of world-class entertainment, shopping, and dining options.
The setting of The Woodlands is comprised of over 100 parks, so the amount of green space for getting outdoors, hiking, running, biking, and choosing a healthy lifestyle are abundant. These are majorly attractive offerings for professionals, millennial couples, and retired folks.
Where To Stay in The Woodlands, Texas
The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center is one of the finest hotels you could imagine, featuring 402 rooms. The grounds (28,000 acres) are pristine and bursting with pretty trees and colorful flowers. After an easy check-in process, explore your room where you will find your oasis for your stay.
If you wish, you won’t even have to leave the Woodlands Resort during your trip; you can find plenty to do and have meals at one of the restaurants (Woodlands Dining Room, Cool Water Cafe, The Bistro, and Robard’s Steakhouse) or room service. I recommend the Hatch Green Chile Macaroni & Cheese (with chicken) if you opt for lunch or dinner room service. It is fantastic, with the right amount of spice and creaminess.
The Forest Oasis 1,005 foot-long lazy river and water park were the highlights of our stay at The Woodlands Resort. Who doesn’t love a good lazy river, especially when it is nestled in what looks like an enchanted forest? You can also enjoy a seasonally heated lagoon-style relaxation pool at another part of the resort. Kids will go crazy when they see the double-helix water slide and waterfall at The Woodlands. Adults equally partake in the fun. Younger children will gravitate to Puffy’s Sprayground for a water experience that includes fountains and waterspouts.
Watersport rentals are available on property for kayaking, stand-up-paddleboarding, and paddle boating. The Woodlands Resort offers classes daily, like zumba, as well as other activiites such as face painting, fun-in-the-sun games, and dive-in movies.
If pampering is what you crave, make an appointment at the Woodlands Resort Spa, open Wednesday through Sunday. A high-end gym is available during your stay with Precor cardiovascular machines, free weights, and strength conditioning equipment. Enjoy the views of the resort’s natural setting as you burn your vacation calories.
Golfers will appreciate The Oaks, the 36-hole championship golf course on property. It borders Lake Harrison and affords incredible views. Panther Trail, the resort’s premier golf course, is nestled around tall Carolina pines and rolling fairways. Golf Digest magazine named The Woodlands one of the Top 75 Best Golf Resorts in America.
Our Woodlands, Texas Resort Room
Our room at The Woodlands Resort was spacious, with two queen beds topped with high-thread count sheets and lovely linens. Following a monochromatic color scheme, I loved the simple black framed nature prints that easily fit with the casual feel of the decor. A gorgeous marble bathroom held a large tub and light-up mirror, our favorite features. Other noteworthy furniture pieces were the chair with ottoman that was great for stretching out.
An in-room tablet is available for guests needs and/or questions. Other features were a mini-fridge, single-serve coffee maker, and huge closet. A nice desk area with an ergomatic chair provided a great place to work but more light would have been appreciated. Ceiling to floor sliding glass doors allowed for balcony views and to sit outdoors and enjoy the peace and quiet. Our room overlooked the golf course and a lovely water fountain.
What To Do in The Woodlands
While in The Woodlands, my favorite thing to do was shop. With a plethora of high-end and beautiful shopping areas, the shopping is utterly fantastic. The Woodlands Mall was our favorite indoor attraction, with around 200 stores including Nordstrom, Williams Sonoma, Lego, and Pottery Barn. It had a beautiful carousel and kids play area that were both big attractions. Since we were expecting a new addition to the family during our trip, we helped abercrombie kids, Janie and Jack, Gymboree, and hanna Anderson with their sales for the day. It was only fitting to bring home some sweets from Carlo’s Bake Shop, too.
Market Street was the most photogenic shopping complex and had a great selection of restaurants. The shopping center was built around the Hyatt Centric Hotel and boasted a Cinemark Theater. Market Street’s flower scene was impressive, as well as the wide array of businesses including a cosmetic dentist, financial planners, spas, exercise classes, and a music school.
Shopping was a big draw, with store such as Tiffany & Co, Z Gallerie, Tesla, and Orvis beckoned to visitors, while Popbar offered 26 flavors of interesting sorbet/yogurt/gelato ice pops in flavors such as Green Tea Crunch and Chocolate Covered Pistachio. Everywhere we went, we noticed how incredibly neat and pristine the properties were.
Enjoying A Local Attraction
Another option is to enjoy the spacious urban areas and parks in The Woodlands. Having seen the mystical sea-serpent on the Woodlands’ Instagram page, we had to go chasing it. Along the way, we admired attractive houses and condos, all spruced up nicely on the outside with decorative flags, flowers, and much attention to detail. This piece of art is officially titled “The Rise of the Midgard Serpent” by Marc Rosenthal.
Attend a Concert
Taylor and I lucked out while we were in town as there was a concert to attend. We got to see Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The outdoor amphitheater venue is super easy to maneuver, with paid parking only steps away.
There is a nice restaurant (Wood Forest Bank Club) available for certain level ticket holders, in addition to many food stands and booths serving alcohol in the pavilion. We enjoyed an appetizer sampler platter with chicken tenders, buffalo chicken tater tots, and bacon jalapeño poppers before the show and didn’t have to fight the crowds.
Where To Eat in The Woodlands
The Woodlands has plenty of unique eateries, so narrowing down the choices is quite hard.
Taylor and I planned our Sunday brunch at Fielding’s, an industrial chic restaurant you won’t want to miss. Our brunch started with a mimosa and Bloody Mary flight that were not only beautiful, but Instagram-worthy. Little did we know that these flights would be the talk of our trip for days.
To eat, we chose the Frittata and French Toast, both of which were delicious. I loved Fielding’s stylish decor and colorful dishes that we were served on.
Another tasty breakfast option is The Egg and I, a casual eatery with amazing Benedicts, pancakes, omelet creations, and other morning favorites. I chose the Cambridge Skillet, covered with zesty hollandaise, with buttered English muffins, while Taylor had a chocolate chip pancake as big as her head, eggs, and bacon.
The restaurant had impressive service and really delicious food. With affordable prices, The Egg and I was a great value for the amount of food we were served.
At Jasper’s The Woodlands (Market Street), Taylor and I had a light dinner consisting of Wood-Grilled Pork Tenderloin (with jalapeño charred corn) and a Hickory Grilled Chicken Sandwich. I would recommend sitting on the patio as the restaurant is pretty quiet inside.
At Bazille, in the Nordstrom Department Store, we had a quick bite between vigorous shopping. The Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata blew me away! It was absolutely perfect; I easily give it a ten out of ten ranking. Taylor had Bazille’s Margherita Pizza which she bragged on, too.
The Woodlands, Texas: A Luxury Destination, Satisfaction Guaranteed
The Woodlands, Texas provided a fantastic luxury getaway, with an emphasis on rest and relaxation, for my daughter and I. It isn’t often that you will see such an attractive city as The Woodlands, free from any form of interruptions. Taylor and I enjoyed a break from our usual hustle and bustle by taking in The Woodlands’ shopping malls, green spaces, and beautifully planned community.
I hope you will consider our guide for what to see and do in The Woodlands when you are traveling in the area.
Thanks to The Woodlands CVB for hosting our stay. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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