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A Houstonian’s Day at the Beach

You know the drill by this point: another hot day leading into another smoldering weekend, and you just NEED to cool off STAT! Thankfully, we at Alta City West have you covered: we’re talking all things beach-related, since we’re just a short drive away from the Gulf and some of the best beaching the summer around Houston can offer!   Did you know that you don’t have to go all the way to Galveston for the beach? Houstonians, that’s too far for a day trip – spend some time around the Trinity Bay area, and you’ve got beach fun galore. Here are just a few of our favorite spots:   4. Sylvan Beach Park. Starting with the beach spot furthest north and working our way down, this one’s a real keeper. Not only will you love Sea Breeze Park for a picnic between swims, but the Sylvan Beach Pavilion is perfect later in the evening for a leisurely stroll or a romantic walk with that special someone.   3. El Jardin Beach. The views of Red Bluff and the open bay ahead make this spot a real winner. Bonus, Pine Gully Park nearby offers some quaint walks and beautiful gardens, so you’re getting a treat for all your senses.   2. Clear Lake Park. In the mood for a little less ocean, but still want the water? This spot, located right off the E NASA Parkway, offers the trifecta of a beautiful lake view, Armand Bayou wildlife, and the Bay Area Museum… so, fun AND educational day for everyone!   1. Kemah Boardwalk. As you drive further south on TX-146, enjoy the City of Seabrook and end your beach day with an evening at the boardwalk. This place boasts one of our favorite spots to view the bay (especially if you stay over and glimpse the morning sunrise over the water), not to mention some great restaurants in walking distance.   This summer, you can’t afford to not have a beach day or two. Pack up the car and the cooler, and take a mini-road trip with friends and family to one of these great beach spots. You’ll be glad you did… just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Photo Blog: Brunch in Southwest Houston

We here in Houston sure do love our breakfasts and our lunches… but most of all, we love brunch! From pancakes to fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict to mimosas (of the bottomless variety, of course), there’s just no end to the amount of goodies a good old-fashioned brunch menu can hold. Southwest Houston has so many options when it comes to brunch. Whether you want it homemade-style with love, or you just want the largest quantity possible with plates of food coming off the griddle like hotcakes, there’s something for everyone. For our photo blog this week, we’re looking at a few of our favorite brunches around Houston. Got any to share? Let us know! Not that we love the thought of sharing these plates, since we want them all to ourselves! 😉

Do Sunday Funday right and “Brunch With A Purpose” at Maggiano’s Little Italy®! From June 1 to August 2, Maggiano’s Little Italy® guests can choose any item from the brunch menu and $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish®. 🎈 For the past fourteen years, Make-A-Wish® has raised more than $7 million and granted more than 900 wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This year is special because with the help of their Teammates and Guests, Make-A-Wish® will raise another $1 million and grant their 1,000th wish! 🎈 To learn more, visit #eatadish4maw #maggianoslittleitaly #maggbrunch #makeawish #sundayfunday #brunchwithapurpose #brunchinhouston #lemonricottapancakes #brunch

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A Night Out in Southwest Houston

Craving a night out? Summer’s been long, the days have been hot, and work has probably been rough, too…. you deserve a night out on the town! Houston is a huge city, and there are so many things to do all around the different parts of town. Here at Alta City West, though, one of our favorite things to do is stay local to the west side of our city – you know, get out and explore!   We’ve got just a few suggestions for an ideal night out before summer ends. Here’s your ready-made agenda, no planning needed on your part. Go ahead, what are you waiting for?   Part 1: dinner time! In the mood for a western-themed dinner? Come on down to the ranch for some barbecue (and delicious sides, of course). BBQ has never been this fun and fancy – from the vibe of the place to the flavors of the menu, we can’t get enough of stepping into a cowboy’s world. We love the menu at Rio Ranch Restaurant, and you will, too! Part 2: catch a movie! In the mood for a flick? There are so many options at AMC Studio 30 – you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps a western to go with the cowboy theme from dinner? Be sure to check the showtimes ahead of time! Part 3: late-night dessert… Craving some “Fashionably Sweet Treats” afterwards? Then this place has it right in their name – and the good news is they’re open til 11:30pm! See you there for a sweet treat or two… or ten, let’s be honest. #WhatDiet? Part 3-and-a-half: or drinks instead! Why not take a short drive over to Jack’s For Cocktails, one of our favorite spots for eclectic drinks? Whether beer, wine, or mixed drinks are your flavor, you’ll find what you’re looking for to get your buzz on – just be sure to have a driver to get back home! It’s summer time – so get out there and start enjoying the evening. You deserve it!

Photo Blog: July 4th in Houston

Independence Day in Texas is its own holiday, don’t you think? Whether you caught the parade, saw some fireworks, barbecued with friends, or lit some sparklers of your own, we at Alta City West hope you got to celebrate in style! In this week’s photo blog, we’re sharing some of our favorite #HoustonFireworks pictures we’ve found from all over the city. From the west side to uptown to downtown, there were no shortages of celebratory colors lighting up the Houston night sky – if you’ve got some, share them with us, too! And a very happy 4th of July to you – any excuse to celebrate and party, right?! 🙂

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Photo Blog: Houston Spots for Water Fun

Boy oh boy, is it hot around here! West Houston doesn’t even have the worst of it in the state of Texas, but we at Alta City West sure do want to cool down. Yes, we’ve got a pool… but what about a drive to a lake or over to the ocean? Or even just a waterpark day? There are so many ways to cool off here in Houston, and we’re counting them down in our photo blog this week – some of our favorite spots aren’t too far from here. Don’t worry, relief from the sun is on its way! If you’ve found some ways to beat the heat, too, will you share them with us? We’d love to spotlight them on our social media. Peace out, and stay cool, everyone!

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#GetOutHereHouston to the The world championship of bass fishing! The 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro — will be held in Houston for the first time in the event’s 47-year history. The event will be hosted by B.A.S.S. and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority #ThisWeekend.  The fishing competition will take place March 24-26, 2017 on Lake Conroe, a 21,000-acre impoundment of the San Jacinto River in Montgomery and Walker counties noted for producing big largemouth bass. The 52 of the world’s best bass anglers will weigh their fish in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. #BassmasterClassic #GeicoBassmasterClassic #BassmasterClassic2017 #Houston #Fishing #Bassfishing #Bass #nature #ladyangler #angler #fish #HoustonOutdoors #HoustonLakes #LakeConroe #ConroeTX #Wildlife #Letsgofiishing #Flyfishing A post shared by Get Out Here! Houston (@getoutherehouston) on


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Photo Blog: Houston Golfing and Outdoor Adventures

Fore! That’s what we love to hear out and about as we enjoy the outdoors, especially now that summer’s begun. Of course, golfing is just one of many options for how to enjoy time outside in Houston this summer… but you’ve also got park days, picnics, hikes, and trips to the beach. Here in this week’s photo blog, we at Alta City West are pinpointing a few of our favorite outdoor activities (yes, golf is included) around Houston. Go on out there and soak up some sun!

Missing this unbelievable view today… The par 4 6th at @fourseasons golf Peninsula Papagayo is a world class hole

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This is a start of a great weekend! ⭐️

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Our day finished with a beautiful sunset… more adventures are coming soon 🏝

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Staying Cool in Houston This Summer

“Beat the Heat!” You hear it every year, and you often only realize it when it’s too late: when you’re sunburned, sleepy, and sick of the sun. Before the temperature gets too hot, we at Alta City West want to help you plan ahead! Yes, it’s fun to enjoy the summer, but staying cool should be at the top of your priority list once those temperatures rise.   Below, we’re detailing a few of our favorite ways to stay cool and beat the heat in Houston this summer: there are water activities and indoor spots, family fun and nights out with friends… and all of them will keep you cool without so much as breaking a sweat. Well, ok, maybe just a little sweat…   Option 1: The Pool. Ok, maybe we’re cheating by saying this one – but you can’t beat the pool here at Alta City West. There’s a reason we love to call this place home, and the pool is the at the top of that list. Come on out to barbecue, enjoy the cabana areas, and throw your own pool party! 🙂 Option 2: The Water Park. Been to Typhoon Texas Waterpark yet? Located in Katy, TX (only a short way west of us here in Houston), this water park has got it all! Fun for the whole family with pools, slides, and a whole lot more. Go ahead, and make a day of it. Option 3: The Outdoors. Cooling off is also a lot of fun when you’re outdoors! Whether you like lake swimming or beach days, Houston has got options for you. We recommend a weekend drive out to Galveston, where the beachs are beautiful, and the bay is calling your name! However you choose to stay cool, just be sure to lather up with sunscreen, and stay hydrated. It’s hot out there – but enjoying the heat can be fun, especially afterwards, when cooling off is the refreshment you need!

Mother’s Day Fun Around Houston

There’s nobody quite like Mom, is there? With all the hustle and bustle of spring time and summer preparation, it can be easy to take mothers for granted… but this Mother’s Day, we at Alta City West want to encourage you to show Mom the best day ever by celebrating here with a fantastic day. There’s lots to do around us and all over Houston, so here are just a few of our ideas: Take her to brunch at The Egg & I What better way to tell Mom you love her than treating her to brunch at The Egg & I? With healthy options, as well as tried-and-true favorites from pancakes to eggs benedict, you surely won’t find a place around here better equipped for a Mother’s Day morning. And it’s a short walking distance away from us – need we say more? Oh, and don’t forget the mimosas – it is a celebration, after all! Surprise her with flowers from Classy Design We all know that nothing says, “I love you, Mom” better than a bouquet of flowers. This sweet spot just down a few blocks from us on Westheimer Road has many different arrangement options (some with little surprise gifts) that you can choose from. Just be sure to order online from Classy Design Florist’s website, or call ahead to be prepared! Enjoy a fancy dinner together at Joyce’s One of the best spots in Houston (since 1997) is Joyce’s Seafood & Steaks. A nice surf-and-turf dinner out will not only be a treat for Mom, but you’ll have just as good of a time indulging your palate. Don’t believe us? Take a look at Joyce’s menu, and try to tell us your mouth isn’t watering already! Remember, this weekend is all about Mom, so be sure to put her first this Mother’s Day – she’s done so much for you, and we’re glad we can give you some tips to help say Thank You to her!

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo in Houston

Everybody loves May 5th! What better way to make an excuse to celebrate than indulging in a happy hour, a great meal, and some live music (mariachi, of course)? This Cinco De Mayo, we’re counting down the ways you can celebrate – with margaritas, tequila, and Mexican food galore! Here are just a few of our favorite Tex-Mex spots, all within walking distance of us here at Alta City West! Number 1: Chuy’s! Why we love it: the variety of the food and the friendly staff, hands down! Not to mention, it’s right across the street from us! Number 2: El Tiempo Cantina Why we love it: the vibe is fun – every time we walk in, it feels like a party! Number 3: Los Tios Mexican Restaurant Why we love it: what’s not to love about an authentic spot with deep, delicious flavors? Number 4: Fajita Flats Why we love it: the blend of food (not feeling Tex-Mex, and want burgers instead? You’ve got it!) – and we love the drinks, too. #Margaritas Number 5: Mila’s Taqueria Mexico Why we love it: sometimes it’s the smallest, most unexpected placed to get the most bang for your buck. Number 6: Taco Cabana Why we love it: “taco” is in the name – this place knows tacos! Need we say more? Wherever you decide to celebrate, be sure to have fun and take precautions in your partying!

Don’t Miss These Spring Events in Houston

Spring has sprung and Houston is alive with a ton of great local events. Mark these upcoming happenings on your calendar and get right to the pulse of Houston’s vibrant culture.

Houston Children’s Festival

Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Take the kids on down to the Children’s Festival from April 1-2. Held downtown, this event benefits Child Advocates, Inc., and includes multiple entertainment stages, hundreds of games and ten different family adventure areas. Admission is from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

And tickets can be bought for $10 online or $12 at the gate.

Art Car Parade

Join car and art lovers for a vibrant parade from 2-4 pm April 8th in downtown Houston. Over 250 mechanical works of art will be taking to the streets in an event for art lovers of all ages. Bring some lawn chairs, food and drinks and watch the parade go by. Get more information about this well-loved Houston event here.

Houston Barbecue Festival

Don’t miss the Houston Barbecue Festival on April 9th at NRG Park. Rain or shine, for the past 5 years, the best BBQers in Texas have come out for this showstopping event. General admission is $50-$60, but well worth the investment in smoked, sauced, and grilled BBQ goodness. Get all the details at

WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival

From April 21st- April 30th, Houston will play host to international filmmakers of features, short films, music videos and documentaries. With admission starting at $8 a day, this festival is open to the public to browse and explore whatever films catch your eye. Go their website here to explore the films that will be coming to Houston.

Japan Festival Houston

This festival on May 6-7 draws over 20,000 people every year and is free to the public. With cultural displays and celebrations including martial arts demonstrations, music, dance, food, and more, this festival marks the beginning of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.