Special events in one’s life should warrant special treatment. So when a special event in my life was approaching I needed to come up with a plan that was fun, special, different and do-able (time and money).
I was looking for a luxury hotel that was affordable and somewhere I could build 24 hours of fun around. This was more difficult than I thought as there are so many choices in and around Houston that fit the bill.
- Should it be a major luxury chain?
- Should it be a resort within a few hours of Houston?
- Or, should it be a B&B to escape to?
After going on the internet (obviously I went to TourTexas.com first), I decided that The Woodlands would be the destination and The AVIA in Market Street would be the hotel.
The AVIA opened in Dec 2009 and in a short period of time they have managed to figure out that if you treat the customer special, give them a great hotel room or suite and price it right, they will come back for more. This 70 rooms/suites little gem has the best all around staff I have seen in any of the hotels I’ve stayed.
We stayed in a Grand Suite which has a seating area before you get to the king bedroom. Everything about the suite says welcome and relax. They have a restaurant and lounge as well as an infinity pool and fitness room.
So how did we spend our 24 hours?
We started out at Hubbell & Hudson Market & Bistro where we just strolled around and marveled at the selection and quality of everything. They also have so many items I grew up with and haven’t seen for years. With quality and items you don’t see every day comes higher prices. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s a great place to just walk around (but I’ll bet you buy something. We did).
We then went to Market Street to window shop. And yes, we bought several little things that we probably could have done without, but that’s what you do when you get away. Plenty of unique shops, and plenty of places to have a light meal or something more special.
It was time for some pampering. A body massage and reflexology. There are plenty of spas in The Woodlands to choose from, and after doing some homework I narrowed it down to two and finally chose the Spa at the Waterway inside the Marriott Hotel. It’s a very welcoming relaxing spa, with prices and facilities that are comparable to the others. According to Mrs. The Texas Travelin’ Man, it was the perfect spot. The treatments, the masseuse and the complimentary glass of wine was the perfect recipe for an afternoon of pampering.
So after the pampering, it was back to the AVIA to relax for an hour and then get ready for dinner.
This may not sound like the place to choose for a special dinner when you have so many great restaurants to choose from, but we both like the concept of the Brazilian Steakhouses and Mrs. The Texas Travelin’ Man loves the Gauchos. As Brazilian Steakhouses go in the Houston area, this ranks toward the top of the list. They are not as good as Fogo de Chao, but no one in the area is. They have a good variety of salads and cold vegetables to choose from and the usual cuts of meat that you would expect, but they also have a grilled shrimp that you just can’t get enough of. Let them know it’s your birthday or anniversary and they may surprise you with something special.
After all that food and a special dessert, which was fantastic, we wound up back at Hubbell & Hudson for a night cap. Homemade gelato.
Before we knew it the morning came and it was time to go back to reality, but the memories will last forever.
Who is that mapped man? It’s the Texas Travelin’ Man.