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Touring Houston's World-Class Art and Culture

Deborah Jaffe Houston's Mix boutique

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Once known as the land of big oil fortunes, Houston has emerged as the Gulf Coast’s cultural capital, with a world-class art scene—and a slew of hotels, restaurants, and shops to match.For a true Texas experience, go between February and March for the Houston Rodeo, the world’s largest.

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Destinations: Houston · Museum District

Inspired by: Houston, Refined — by Mario R. Mercado, Published Nov. 2006

Hotels (4)

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    Hotel ZaZa, Houston

    It may be impossible to say the name with a straight face, but the Hotel ZaZa’s location is seriously good. It lies close to the Museum of Fine Art

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    Hotel Derek

    Just down the street from the world-renowned Galleria shopping mall, this boutique hotel offers 314 guestrooms, including spacious suites, business

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    Hotel Indigo, Houston

    Spacious rooms at this Uptown district hotel are reminiscent of small beach cottage-style appointments, decorated in shades of blues and violets, w

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    Hotel Icon

    In their ambitious 2002 top-to-bottom redo, the owners of the Hotel Icon went for a dramatic baroque look, with velvety, tasseled interiors swirlin

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Restaurants (6)

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    Longhorn Cafe

    This venue has closed.

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    Cafe Annie

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    Hugo's, Houston

    Housed in a 1925 structure built by well-known Houston architect Joseph Finger, Hugo's brings regional Mexican cuisine to the Montrose area. As a M

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    Gravitas

    This venue has closed.

    Exposed brick walls and concrete floors create a warehouse feel inside this Midtown restaurant. From the open kitchen, exec

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    Bistro Moderne

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    Bank

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Activities (7)

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    The Menil Collection

    In a city whose pleasures and treasures are not always evident, the internationally renowned Menil Collection is perhaps the ultimate hidden jewel,

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    Houston Grand Opera

    Nationally and internationally recognized, the Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company in the world to win a Tony, two Grammy and two Emmy Aw

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Built in 1958, Mies van der Rohe's glass-and-steel pavilion, a renowned example of the International Style pioneered by the architect, changed the

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    Peel Gallery Shop

    Located just beyond Houston's Museum District on Montrose, the Peel Gallery Shop is both an exhibition space and retail store. Established in 2005,

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    Moody Gallery

    Opened in 1975, Moody Gallery displays work by contemporary American artists with an emphasis on artists living and working in Texas, as well as th

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    Mix

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    The women's boutique has an edgy and eclectic mix of clothing, shoes, and accessories.

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    Galleria

    Following its 2003 expansion, The Galleria became the fourth largest mall in the nation with 2.4 million square feet of retail space. Beneath the u

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    The interconnected origins of world music—from flamenco to the blues—are alive in India, in the Gypsy music of Rajasthan.

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    Houston, Downtown, Museum District, River Oaks, Post Oak/Galleria

    The nation's fourth-largest metropolis is many things all at once: energy capital, rodeo town, biotech and medical research center, aerospace innovator, and international arts destination. Its mult

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