Category : Holidays

The Best Places To Celebrate Valentine’s Day In Houston

The season of love is alive and kicking in Houston and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate this! If you’re like the majority of us and have put off making reservations for the big night, don’t sweat it. Whether you couldn’t think of a place romantic enough to spend the big night or you simply haven’t gotten around to it, Alta City West has got the full guide to the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Houston.

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You can celebrate the big night with crab cakes and delicious drinks. What more could you ask for on the special night? Photo via Yelp user Kara D.
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Interested in watching and critiquing a classic interpretation of Beauty and The Beast? The Houston is hooking it up this year! Sign up to watch it at Museum of Fine Arts.
Romantic Dinner at Home
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Sometimes simply really is better. Whip up your significant others favorite dish and watch it in front of the TV for a quiet night in.
Grab your chocolates and roses, Houston! We here at Alta City West want to make sure that you have the best food, drink and fun this weekend. Valentine’s Day is a big night and it only comes once a year so you’re going to celebrate it in style here in West Houston!

Staycation in Houston for MLK Weekend

Ah, the first three day weekend in the new year. Full of so much promise and excitement. If you’re like many Houstonians who will be sticking around this weekend since you’re still recovering from traveling for the holidays, don’t sweat it. There is plenty going on in West Houston this weekend to keep you entertained all three days. Can you blame us that Houston is our favorite place? Between the parades, relaxation, and celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. we know this weekend holds good things in store for us!

The Parade

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Holidays aren’t complete without a parade. The people, the music, the confetti, it all adds to the holiday atmosphere we all love. Houston is home to the third largest parade in the nation, the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade. The parade is on Monday at 10:00am and it starts at the corner of San Jacinto and Elgin streets in Midtown. More info here. Photo from here.

Celebratory Drinks

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One of the joys of three day weekends are the extra time you can use to catch up with friends! Head out on the town this weekend and try out some of your favorite local bar scenes. One of our local favorites is Next Door Bar and Lounge, which is just minutes from Alta City West. Photo from Next Door Bar and Lounge Google Page.

Relaxation

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Between running around to see parades and catch up with old friends don’t forget to take time to kick back and relax during your three day weekend! Lucky for us Houston is one of the easiest places to let your hair down and have a good time. Start out with a relaxing morning in bed here at Alta City West. A leisurely morning at home is exactly what the doctor ordered!

Don’t stress over your three day weekend, Alta City West! We want to be sure that you have the most fun, and relaxing weekend here in Houston. Take a trip to the parade, have a cocktail and stay in bed all day! You’ve worked hard in 2016 so far, you’ve earned the best staycation in Houston for MLK weekend ever.

Ringing In 2016 In Houston

A new year means a new start here in Houston and to have a successful 2016 you need to end 2015 and start 2016 in the best way possible! Houston is making sure to not drop the ball this year and has planned events to make sure this is your best New Year’s ever! You can head out for a night out on the town or you can kick it at home and pop champagne. The great thing about New Year’s is that it sets the tone for a whole year of fun in Houston and you get to decide exactly how you want to do that. Alta City West wants to loop you in on the fun and let you know some of the best ways you can spend ringing in 2016 in Houston and West Houston.

Magical Winter Lights

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When we think New Year’s we think lights and sparkle. That’s why the Magical Winter Lights at The Sam Houston Race Park is one of the perfect ways to start 2016 off with a bang. Walk around with friends and take in the beautiful light displays before you head out to watch the ball drop and countdown the end of 2015! Photo from MagicalWinterLights.com

Prohibition Supperclub & Bar

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If you’re looking to get transported back in time instead of moving forward into the new year then we recommend heading to the Prohibition Supperclub & Bar for a little speakeasy fun. Between the flappers and performances dating back to the 1930’s you won’t even remember that it’s about to be 2016! Photo from HoustonPress.com

Alta City West

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What better way to ring in the New Year than right here in the comfort of your own home. At Alta City West you can hang out in the clubhouse with some friends and watch the ball drop or you can just sit back and relax in your apartment, because no matter what you do it’s going to be a good time. After the ball drops you can head out in West Houston to meet up with some friends for a drink!

All in all we hope that you have the best New Year’s ever, no matter what you do. We here at Alta City West think that whatever you do on New Year’s is going to set the tone for your year which is why we want to provide you with the best options so you have an amazing 2016. Between heading out and seeing all that West Houston has to offer, or staying low-key and watching the ball drop at home we know you can always count on Houston to be the best city to start a new year in!

Ice Skating in Houston

We get it, living in Houston it’s easy to forget how cold states celebrate winter. Between missing out on snowfall, not having to bundle up and having no need to warm up by a fire sometimes we forget how festive winter activities make us feel. Luckily for us, Houston loves to ice skate. Ice skating is one of our all time favorite activities to get us in the holiday spirit and there’s plenty of places to choose from in West Houston and the Houston greater area. Alta City West wants to make sure you have a very merry holiday season despite living in a warmer climate. Lace up your skates and get ready to fly Houston, here are a few choices to go Ice Skating in Houston.

Ice at The Galleria
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Poor weather in Houston? No problem for Ice at The Galleria. Situated indoors and around a massive Christmas tree, this rink is there for you no matter what and will get you right into the holiday spirit! Photo from Yelp user Madryan A. 
The Ice at Discovery Green
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You can get your skate on outdoors in Houston too at Discovery Green with this Ice Rink situated right into a park setting. At night, all lit up with Christmas lights, you won’t even remember that you’re not in the heart of snow country soaking in the festive spirit! Photo from Yelp user Mike G.
Ice Skate USA
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Ice Skate USA is another indoor rink and luckily for us this one is open year round in Houston, so you don’t need to be rushed to get your skating in by the end of the holiday season! Photo from Ice Skate USA  Yelp.
Don’t catch the warm weather bug this year Houston! We encourage you to head out and try winter activities to get you into the holiday spirit and HTown just loves to feature Ice Skating. Grab a friend and drag out your old skates, the race is on!

Home In Houston For The Holidays

Houston is alive with the activity of the holidays! Whether you’re coming home to spend time with family or you’re a permanent HTown resident, there’s plenty to satisfy your holiday spirit. Houston carries the holiday spirit all through December with a wide variety of activities, shows, adventures and our favorite; good food. Alta City West encourages you to get out and enjoy all that there is to offer because really what fun is the holiday season if you’re not out gallivanting around and having fun? West Houston is a hub for a lot of these activities which is great for us here at Alta City West because we love local fun! Put on your holiday hats and pencil in this fun because you won’t want to miss out on these December gems in Houston.

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Houston loves to light it up and that’s clear by how many light shows are going on this month and into January in HTown. A local favorite is the Houston Zoo Light Show which you can find more info on here. For information on any other light shows you can check it out here (photo courtesy visithoustontexas.com). 

The Nutcracker

You can’t celebrate the holidays without one of the most traditional shows to take over the month of December! The Nutcracker is one of our most favorite things to do this month and Houston puts on a great show. See showtimes and get tickets here (photo courtesy visithoustontexas.com).

Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

Anytime you mingle ugly sweaters and a few drinks you know you’re in for a guaranteed good time. This weekend Houstonians are gathering in their ugliest sweaters and celebrating the holidays with a few rounds of brews and just all around having a good time in our favorite town. Photo and more information here

Whatever you decide to do in Houston this holiday season you’re guaranteed to have a good time because this is just a town of greatness. Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl anyone? Get ready for a month of festivities everyone because Houston follows the same rule as the rest of Texas; bigger is better.

Cover Photo from Flickr user Taryn.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means leftovers season is just about to begin and for some, this is the best time of year. We get it, what’s not to love about piling up a plate full of our favorite food, covering it in gravy, warming it up and enjoying it in front of the TV. While tradition is important and we always encourage gravy doused food, we think this year it might be time to spice up the Thanksgiving leftovers a little bit with some new recipes. Alta City West wants you to know you can have your food smothered in gravy and eat it too. Here in Houston, we do Thanksgiving just like everything else in Texas; BIG. Grab a snack and enjoy Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes because you’re going to get hungry just reading about these.

Thanksgiving Pizza

We know, we know. Why didn’t you already think of combining your all time favorite Italian meal with the best foodie event of the year?! It’s so simple and so delicious. Buy any store-bought pizza dough, use gravy as your sauce and top it with any Thanksgiving dish you deem necessary. Photo and recipes here.

Turkey Quesadilla

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Honestly, mixing anything with cheese and grilling it in a tortilla is an awesome idea and it pretty much can’t go wrong. So it makes sense that stuffing turkey, vegetables and all of our other favorite Thanksgiving dishes into one is basically genius. Photo and recipe here.

Leftovers Pie

Yes, when we hear the word pie we think of sugar thrown into a flaky crust and cooked until golden brown perfection and topped with whipped cream. It doesn’t need to be all about the sugar this year though, Houston. You can throw all of your leftovers into a pit crust, mix it with some gravy and bake it for the perfect afternoon slice of heaven. Photo and recipe from here.

Is it bad that we’re not sorry how hungry we probably just made you? It’s probably because we’re equally as hungry after writing about all these delicious Thanksgiving concoctions. You don’t need to continue on the same ol’ turkey sandwich and leftovers plate tradition. Well, if you have as many leftovers as we will you could probably have your leftovers plate, sandwich and one of each of these recipes to satisfy your turkey day desires. Go ahead and stuff yourself this year Houston, Thanksgiving is only once a year after all.

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Giving Thanks In Houston

For the month of November Alta City West and Wood Residential Services are focusing on the topic of giving thanks. With Thanksgiving coming up and having so much time to reflect on everything we are thankful for we think that it’s a great opportunity to share some ways you can volunteer and give back to your community. Houston is full of opportunities to help in anyway that interests you! Between seasonal volunteer opportunities and year long non-profits needing help you’ll easily be able to find something you’re passionate about and spend a little time this week giving thanks. There’s so much going on in Houston for Thanksgiving but we’ve gathered a few to start the search off for you!

Holiday Cards
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An easy way to give back without having to dedicate a whole lot of time is by writing a Holiday Card to someone who needs a few caring words during the holiday season. You can write one card, or many and drop them off at one of these locations to be delivered.
Pet Adoptions
The holiday season is full of families growing and expanding so with that comes a busy season for pet shelters. Adoption events are always looking for more volunteers to help get those furry friends a new family just in time for the holidays! More info here.
Meals on Wheels
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Meals on Wheels is a Thanksgiving tradition carried out across the US and it’s extremely popular in Houston. Meals on Wheels provides meals to homebound seniors and others who might not have the ability to make their own Thanksgiving meal. Sign up for Meals on Wheels here.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything that we are thankful for in our lives. It’s also a great time to give back in thanks for everything you are grateful for. Whether you volunteer with one of these three great places, or you find another opportunity, it’s an amazing thing to do this month and you’re going to make someones whole day.

Thanksgiving Essentials For A Perfect Holiday

Thanksgiving is such a great time of year because it kicks off the holiday season and gets everyone together to start celebrating a time of giving. For some, Thanksgiving is easy peasy because they’ve got the basics down to a science and they kick off Thanksgiving without a hitch every year. However, for some they need a few reminders and guidance on how to throw an amazing Turkey Day party. We here at Alta City West want to give you some Thanksgiving essentials to make sure your day is one of the best you’ve ever had. And even better news, Houston is one of the best places to throw a Thanksgiving day party. The weather isn’t too hot but you don’t need to be in jackets either. So just relax, you’ve got the base to an amazing holiday already going. Here are just a few Thanksgiving essentials to put the cherry on top of the sundae.

The Dessert

The one thing we know for sure is the necessity for sugar on Thanksgiving. We understand that having the same pie every year can become tiresome. These recipes are sure to pleasantly surprise everyone while still bringing a fall theme to your Turkey Day dinner. (Recipes and photos from here).

The Decorations

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It doesn’t take much to give your home a fall feeling when inviting a bunch of guests over. If you’re hosting the big dinner chances are people are going to be more focused on the food rather than the decorations anyways. However, it is still nice to welcome people in with small reminders of the season around us. Get a chalkboard going for people to write their favorite dishes, have small fall crafting tables for the kids, and put out some candles and pumpkins to get everyone in the spirit. (Decorations and photo from here).

The Basics

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The one thing everyone tends to forget about on Thanksgiving is to just have fun and relax with your closest friends and family. Plan ahead and just take the day as it comes and don’t worry about things going wrong. No matter what, if you spend the day with your nearest and dearest it’s going to be a great holiday. Follow some of these tips to plan ahead to have a less stressful holiday. (Tips and photo from here).

Thanksgiving is approaching quicker than you might think! Use our guide to create the perfect deserts, decorations and scheduling so that you can have the most relaxing and well put together dinner your friends and family have ever seen. Make it fun and festive but most importantly make it a memorable Turkey Day.

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

We get it that the pressure is on this Halloween to always show up in some incredibly funny and witty Halloween costume. But who really has time for all that? We’re here to tell you that your Halloween is not yet a complete failure. You can still put together a great last minute Halloween costume that is clever and funny that everyone will love. The best part about these costumes? You don’t even need to spend a lot of time on them before the big day. We here at Alta City West want you to head out into Houston and show everyone just how great your costume is so we’ve put together the best last minute Halloween costumes we can muster up just for you. Happy trick or treating, Houston!

The Stick Figure

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You might just want to be the most plain and simple thing you can think of this Halloween – no muss, no fuss. That’s why the stick figure is perfect. You need a grand total of three things to throw this costume together last minute and people will love it – guaranteed! (Photo from here).

The Fruit

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You can never go wrong with being fruit. It’s one of the easiest costumes to put together since all you really need are some balloons and construction paper and it’s always a crowd pleaser. (Photo from here).

The Latest Craze

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It seems that everyone caught onto the Snapchat filter fun this year and one of the most recognizable ones was the rainbow mouth. Paint some rainbow onto your face and do a little eye make up and you’re good to go. People will be trying to take Snapchats with you all night long. (Photo from here).

We get that work schedules are hectic and you don’t have time to sit around all day and think up some clever Halloween costume to impress your friends with. But that’s why we’re here, we want to help you put your best foot forward out there Houston! Go forth rainbow mouths, and show HTown what you’re made of. Grapes and all.

Easy Fall Decorations For Around The House

Fall is one of the most recognizable seasons and it’s easily one of our favorites. It comes up right behind Christmas in the list of holidays that it is absolutely okay to completely over decorate your home for. Between pumpkins, cobwebs, witches and ghouls, there is never a shortage on what you can decorate with during October! However, we recognize that the same old plain Jane decorations can get boring year after year. So we here at Alta City West are here to help with providing you with easy fall decorations for around the house! We’ve picked out perfect decorations to help accent West Houston style and comfort with October Halloween accents. The best part? All of these decorations are so simple and you can throw them in any room to add an autumn vibe to your place.

Burlap Candles

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Grab any old candle you have, put a little burlap around it and instantly transform it into a fun autumn decoration for your space. Put a few bigger and smaller candles together in a cluster with a miniature pumpkin and you have a whole festive presentation ready to go. (Tutorial and photo from here).

Paint on Your Pumpkins

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Painting on your pumpkins is a fun way to spice up an old tradition with some new charm. It also means that the pumpkin won’t rot or attract bugs into your home. Throw a little glitter on top of the paint and you’ve officially won Halloween. (Tutorial and photo from here).

Spooky Wreath

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The first thing people see when they walk into your home should be the most impressive decoration of them all! Good thing making something impressive doesn’t necessarily mean lots of time, effort and money. You can throw some fabric or Halloween decorations onto a wreath ring and hang it up on a ribbon to wow your guests. (Tutorial and photo from here).

Whether you’re looking to go all out and turn your home into the new Halloween party central or if you just want to add a few accents to give off the autumn feel, you can do it all quickly and with just a few supplies you have lying around the house. Don’t stress out about Halloween this year Alta City West, we’ve got you covered.

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