Located just 28 miles north of Houston, The Woodlands is a beautiful, planned city with luxuries that keep Luxe TravelingMoms going back. An easy transfer from the Houston airport with hotels to fit any budget, including a full resort right near the hub of The Woodlands. For those traveling to Houston during the Superbowl or famlies searching for an escape, The Woodlands offers an array of hotels, restaurants, shopping and plenty of outdoor activities to please all ages. Besides, the water taxi makes getting around fun and easy.

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Escape Houston to The Woodlands

If you’re traveling to Houston for the Super Bowl, you may want to escape some of the crowds while you’re there.  We can’t think of a better place to plan your escape to then The Woodlands. Here are the top four reasons we keep going back and why you need to visit and/or stay at The Woodlands.


The Woodlands has a perfect mix of local, specialty, and high-end shops. There are shopping areas right in the heart of The Woodlands, plus shops in the town center. The Market Place has smaller boutiques, and The Woodlands Mall has department stores like Nordstroms and a huge Anthropologie.Pack an exra bag to take everything purchased back with you, or request shipping from the stores. We take our shopping very seriously.

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My husband taking a shopping break. Photo credit Dana Zucker, Luxe Traveling Mom.


We count on The Woodlands to have our favorite brands, and the shopping areas to have offerings like Calypso and Lululemon.


You’ve hit the restaurant jackpot with endless dining choices in The Woodlands with something for everyone and then some. Here are 5 of our top picks for chowing down in the Woodlands:

1. Americas Restaurant

This Pan-Latin menu has something for everyone to dine on and something that meets their needs. The Four Course Dinner has a sampling of their best options. What’s really nice is the menu can be light fare to a full meal.

2. The Crush Wine Lounge

The Crush Wine Lounge is a bar with great food. It does not open until 4 PM, so it’s the perfect place to hang out at in the late afternoon and stay for dinner. The outdoor seating area is the best. Located on the Waterway makes it a great spot to have fun, hang out, and people watch. The wine selection is stellar, and the menu has everything from light bites to cowboy ribeyes, and great veggie options.

3. BRIO Tuscan Grille

When looking for Italian, BRIO should satisfy, as they believe that “to eat well is to live well.” This restaurant does offer an outside seating area beside the waterway, a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine. It is reasonably priced and always consistent with service and food.

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A delicious lobster entree at BRIO Tuscan Grille. Photo credit BRIO.

4. The Counter

Located right across the street from the Hyatt in the Market Place, The Counter has some of the best burgers and french fries we have ever had. The sweet potato fries are a must. The Counter is a chain restaurant, so you may have tried it elsewhere. We especially love that the all-natural and 100% Angus meat. For vegetarian or those looking to for a lighter bite, choose from veggie and bowl options, including a really delicious veggie burger.

5. Hubbell and Hudson

This is our favorite restaurant in The Woodlands! Hubbell and Hudson offer two dining options, the Bistro and the Kitchen. The menu changes based on the season and product availability, as the chef uses as much local product as available.Lunch menu items include their Signature Ramen and a great Maine Lobster Sandwich. Dinner is a culinary experience paired with craft cocktails that are oh, so good. We can spend hours at Hubbell and Hudson and do!


The Woodlands is a perfect place for the entire family. Choose from great activities and hotels or resorts . Enjoy tons of water activities, like renting kayaks at Riva Row Boat House on The Woodlands Waterway. The Woodlands also has its own Children’s Museum with hands-on learning experiences. We feel the area is very safe and allow our older kids to wander and meet us at a designated spot. The Market Place has one of many open areas where you can picnic, hear music, enjoy yoga, and let the kids just play. Bu,t there are also so many open areas that you can enjoy.

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Enjoying The Woodlands with my daughter, Syd. Phot credit Dana Zucker, Luxe Traveling Mom.


The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is located in the heart of The Woodlands. We have enjoyed everyone from the Dave Matthews Band to Hall & Oates to Florence and the Machine. This outdoor pavilion is a great place to relax and enjoy the music. Food and drinks are served inside the pavilion as well. Make sure to check the schedule and pre-book your tickets. But, if you were unable to get tickets don’t worry. We have found many great locations to sit and enjoy the music from outside and you will not be the only ones. People set up in the afternoon and make a day of it.

What is your favorite place to visit outside of Houston?