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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.
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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.

Various Light Shows

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.

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.

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.

Pay It Forward in Houston

With International Peace Day quickly approaching on September 21st, Alta City West wants to spotlight a few really great volunteer opportunities right here in Houston. With a community as tight knit and wonderful as Houston, there’s sure to be an opportunity to give back that everyone will enjoy doing and feel good about. This year for International Peace Day we encourage you to go out and pay it forward in Houston!

Houston Food Bank

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Whether you’re putting together meals to be distributed at a later time or prepping meals in a cafeteria setting, every hour donated to this food bank is an incredible help to children, seniors and others in Houston. (Volunteer here).

Free Books for Houston’s Youth

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This upcoming event needs volunteers to help distribute 40,000 books to Houston youth. This is a great way to give back to children and since it’s only one weekend you don’t need to stress about a long-term time commitment. (Volunteer here).

Star of Hope Mission

If you have a passion for helping folks displaced from their home get back on their feet in Houston, this opportunity is perfect for you. Star of Hope Mission is constantly on the lookout for new volunteers. (Volunteer here).

If you didn’t see a volunteer opportunity that caught your eye here, don’t worry, http://www.volunteermatch.org/ can help you find the perfect match for your interests and availability. Volunteering in your community can be such a rewarding and wonderful occasion. International Peace Day may just be that push we all need to spend more time helping others. So go ahead Houston, pay it forward!

 

Favorite Houston Fall Traditions

Every year around September we start anxiously awaiting fall, which comes in full force in October. It’s not just the cooler weather, beautiful scenery and most importantly the football, there are a few events right here in Houston that we count down the days until. The absolute best part of these fall traditions is that they are all right here in our very own HTown and even a couple right around the corner in West Houston. Alta City West wants you to enjoy your fall as much as we do so we’ve put together our favorite Houston fall traditions. Whether you go to all of them or even only one of them, we guarantee you’ll have a blast because honestly anywhere you go in Houston is fun.

Texas Renaissance Festival

This one is just a little outside of Houston but worth every mile traveled. Between the food and the costumes and the live shows, there’s no shortage of entertainment here. (http://www.texrenfest.com/)

Wings Over Houston Airshow

This event is perfect for those few who are still clinging on to the absolute last little fragments of summer. The outdoor airshow is the perfect time to grab a few friends, a picnic and some drinks and sit out and watch the cool planes fly by and do aerial tricks. (http://www.wingsoverhouston.com/)

Day of the Dead

Sure, this event is celebrated all over the world but when Houston has a Dia de los Muertos event, we spare no expense. Learning the culture behind the event and seeing the beautiful creations behind it while ringing in Halloween makes for a spooky and fun filled night. ( More info here.)

Alta City West hopes you get out and take advantage of all our city has to offer this fall and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Grab your sugar skeletons and your renaissance outfits and let’s get started.

 

Planning Your Fourth of July in Houston

Here in West Houston we take The Fourth of July very seriously. Our plans need to be set in advance, our grocery lists must be written and our schedule needs to be set. With busy work schedules we understand that time can slip away from us. Don’t worry about the stress of planning, writing and scheduling this year, because Alta City West has it all figured out for you! We’ve got activities, recipes and parties all ready for you, so sit back and enjoy your Independence Day! You’ve earned it.

Fourth Festivities

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During the day you can grab some friends or family and head over to the 4th of July Celebration at Bayou Bend. It’s free entry, and not only is it jam packed with fun activities and a fair, but it’s also educational with readings of The Declaration of Independence starting at 3pm.

Food and Fun

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Next, you can head on home to the BBQ and create some festive Fourth of July recipes.  From fruits to cakes to drinks, it’s fun and easy to follow the red, white and blue theme.  Allrecipes.com has a bunch to choose from so pick one or pick ten; no one’s complaining about too much food! http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/4th-of-july/

Finally: Fireworks

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Lastly, how could we forget about fireworks? A long standing Independence Day tradition continues on in Houston with the Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas Fireworks Show. At $5 per person, it can’t be beat to watch the fireworks burst with the Houston skyline in the background.

Independence Day shouldn’t be a day filled with stress and over planning.  It should be a day spent celebrating the country we love. Alta City West is happy to do the planning and stressing for you so you can just sit back and enjoy the fireworks. Have a happy and stress-free Fourth of July, Houston.