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Houston is an eclectic city that is home to an innovative food scene, an entire district of museums, historic areas, art galleries, shopping, and landmarks such as NASA Space Center Houston.
Houston is also where you’ll find the world’s largest medical center and the beautiful campus of Rice University. It’s a diverse place to explore, with plenty to see and do.
That said, if you only have a weekend to scratch the surface of what Houston has to offer, this mini-guide will help you navigate the nation’s fourth-largest city.
The Blossom Hotel Houston is Houston’s newest luxury property. With deluxe amenities including a state-of-the-art gym and rooftop pool and lounge, The Blossom Hotel offers guests a pampered stay.
The 16-story hotel offers 267 upscale rooms and suites and more than 9,000 square feet of meeting space, some of which feature large lazy susan tables ideal for large groups.
Additionally, it stands apart from other luxury properties in that it recently received the Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce’s COVID Hero Award for helping the local community during the pandemic and winter storm of 2021.
The property itself is sophisticated, with a sleek minimalist design and moon-inspired color scheme. Luxurious touches include dramatic light fixtures, marble, and a chic cocktail bar anchoring its main lobby.
Later this year, the Blossom Hotel plans to open two distinct dining concepts in partnership with star chefs Ho Chee Boon and Akira Back. Chef Boon will lead Duck House by Boon, a Cantonese-inspired dining experience focusing on duck dishes, while Chef Back will launch a Japanese restaurant called AB Sushi.
Post Market is Houston’s newest food hall with over 20 delicious Texas food and drink vendors and international vendors. It is also home to an extensive park and rooftop farm; performance space; art installations; and a concert hall with a capacity of 5,000 people.
Popular restaurants include Golfstrommen, by chef Christopher Haatuft of Lysverket restaurant in Bergen, Norway. Its menu includes a selection of the freshest seafood from the Gulf and beyond, prepared using neo-fjord cooking techniques.
Standout items on the Golfstrommen’s current menu include neo-fjord-inspired dishes like gulf-caught goldfish ceviche; and the grilled skate chop with beef fat chimichurri. The restaurant’s raw bar menu includes dishes such as Gulf and Maine oysters, salmon tartare, golden kaluga caviar, red drum fish ceviche, Gulf crab claws and sashimi offerings including red tuna toro, Spanish mackerel, salmon toro and scallop.
Another unique spot is Soy Pinoy, a Filipino spot run by Filipino award-winning chefs James Beard, Paul Qui, also a Top Chef winner, and Tom Cunanan. This authentic Filipino restaurant offers revisited traditional dishes. On the menu, tasty dishes like kinilawin, Vegan Kare Kare, Fried Chicken Adobo, Chicken Inasal, Lechon and Lumpia. The new menu also features two family-style “Fiesta dishes”. An example is Kamayan, which includes fried chicken, chicken insalal, lechon, sisig, oxtail, lumpia, achara, and mango pico tomato salad.
The INFINITE experience
The INFINITE experience is an amazing 60-minute immersive virtual reality adventure. It is the first-ever multi-sensory and interactive virtual reality experience that transports visitors aboard the International Space Station.
The INFINITE Experience allows visitors to freely explore the interior of a life-size replica of the International Space Station as a continuation of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning immersive series – Space Explorers: The ISS Experience. Filmed over nearly three years, it is the largest production ever filmed in space, producing over 200 hours of high-end VR footage.
The immersive series documents the lives of eight international astronauts inside and outside the International Space Station. Guests of THE INFINITE have the chance to experience it for themselves.
The Museum District offers visitors 19 museums, including the Houston Museum of Natural Science; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Houston Museum of Contemporary Art and the Houston Zoo. Art installations can be found in this area, which also offers visitors four distinct walking and cycling zones. It is an ideal place for those who love culture, art and history.
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