Angle for some fun in East Texas town.

By Travel & Leisure
April 15, 2014
Courtesy of the City of Conroe

This town in East Texas is best known for its 22,000-acre eponymous lake. It may be manmade—all but one lake in Texas—but it’s still attracted professional fishermen from all over the U.S. Not interested in angling? Conroe is located in Montgomery County, the third oldest in the Lone Star State (it came to be when it was still respectfully called the Republic of Texas), anchored by a courthouse, a heritage museum, and 19th-century homes stamped with historical markers.

La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

At this supersize resort just north of Houston, all 445 accommodation options, ranging from luxury suites to two-bedroom villas, have private balconies with lake or golf course views. Interiors are modern and refreshing, with plush king-size beds, his-and-her sinks, deep soaking tubs, and 42-inch plasma TVs. The resort takes advantage of its lakefront location with a 300-slip marina, jet-ski rentals, and fishing excursions (where anglers are likely to catch flathead catfish and largemouth bass). Children and teens love the miniature golf course and water park, as well as the Edge, a room with a Wii, video games, overstuffed furniture, and remote-control racing cars. And while kids stay distracted, parents dine at waterfront tables at Chez Roux, the first American restaurant by renowned French chef Albert Roux. The contemporary French cuisine is only matched by the restaurant’s wine selection.

Lake Conroe

You’re likely to see impressive catches at events like the Toyota Texas Bass Classic Fishing Tournament, held annually in May, but fishing novices should also try their lucky in this well-stocked lake. Rent a boat and supplies from outfitters such as Water Point Marina and drop a line for bluegill and bass.

Garden Café

Head to this quaint eatery for homemade lunch dishes such as the chicken salad made with apricots. Snag a patio table overlooking a lovely park.

W. Goodrich Jones State Forest

Head to this 1,700-acre park for hikes and horseback rides along trails flanked by native Texas plants. Pack your binoculars and look out for birds such as yellow hooded warblers and red woodpeckers.

North Lake Paddling Co.