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Ways to Show Your Appreciation for Earth Day

One of the things that makes Houston so awesome? How naturally beautiful the city is. And who do we have to thank for that? Plain and simple. Mother Nature. This coming up week on April 22nd is Earth Day and we’re rounding up our favorite ways to show our planet how much we care and appreciate the beauty it provides for us. Don’t stress about not having time to dedicate to a whole lot of Earth Day celebrations. Showing your appreciation can be simple and easy while still helping spread the word about our planet. Here are our favorite ways to show your appreciation for Earth Day.

Volunteer with Trees For Houston
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Trees for Houston is an organization whose goal is to preserve and grow the natural beauty in Houston by way of trees. Planting a tree is a beautiful way of giving back to Houston and maintaining our city. Photo from & volunteer opportunities here: treesforhouston.org.
Head out to the park
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By heading out to the park and sharing photos of your experience you’re brining awareness to the various outdoor parks that Houston has to offer. Photo of Memorial Park Houston.
Volunteer at Earth Day Houston
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Earth Day Houston brings together all of Houston to celebrate this holiday. We personally love it because we can’t think of a better thing to celebrate in one of Houston’s most beautiful parks. Volunteer at earthdayhouston.org.
One day a year we like to celebrate the natural beauty that we are so lucky to have here in Houston. We get beautiful views all year long and around this time every year we think it’s time to show appreciation for those views. Show your appreciation any way you want this year but make sure to show it!

Best Breakfast in Houston

Is there anything better than brunch on a weekend morning after you’ve been able to sleep in on your day off? We think not! Houston is the perfect city for weekends with everything we have going on around the city but most importantly because of the restaurants you can enjoy. More specifically the brunch. Htown is buzzing on weekend mornings with people heading out for eggs and bacon and we’ve rounded up the creme de la creme of breakfasts to be sure you’re chowing on the best most important meal of the day! Here you go Alta City West; this is the Best Breakfast in Houston.

Baby Barnaby’s Cafe
The thing about Baby Barnaby’s Cafe is they truly have everything. Between the amazing homestyle potatoes and the light fluffy waffles, Baby Barnaby’s can satisfy whatever breakfast craving you have. Photo via Yelp user E B.
The Breakfast Klub
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Sometimes you just need a heavy downright southern breakfast, no questions asked. Enter The Breakfast Klub. With favorites like eggs and grits and chicken and waffles you can’t go wrong with these beauties. Photo via Yelp user Jamie M.
Raise your mimosas, Houston! Cheers to the best breakfasts in town and we hope you enjoy a new breakfast every weekend morning because there’s so much HTown has to offer. There’s nothing a little sleep in, sunny Houston day, and the best breakfast ever can’t fix so don’t worry about those long work weeks. The eggs will fix it all!

Best Bars In West Houston

Around springtime every year we start getting antsy in anticipation for summer and the days get a little longer. To curb your excitement and to help you pass the time until the warm days of summer have arrived we’ve put together the Best Bars in West Houston so you can kick back and enjoy a drink right here close to home. Whether you’re looking to sit back with a nice book and enjoy some quiet time with your drink or you want to head out with a group of friends and have some fun on a Friday, we’ve got the best selection of areas close to Alta City West to enjoy.

Watson’s House of Ales
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Watson’s House of Ales is one of our top favorites because of its laid back vibes and you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy one of the widest selections of beer around. Photo via Yelp user April W.
Straits
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Straits not only has awesome patio views but they have fun music and really tasty cocktails. Bonus: it has the same name as George Strait. Best news ever? Yep. Photo via Yelp user Noreen R.
Ashford Pub
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Ashford combines the joys of drinking with pub games and honestly what could be better than that on a calm Thursday night? Photo via Yelp user Michael M.
Keep calm and patiently wait because Summer will be here soon enough and we have plenty of bars to keep you occupied until the Summer months are here and in come the Summer activities.

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.

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
Ice At The Galleria
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
The Ice At Discovery Green
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
Holiday Cards
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
Meals on Wheels
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.

The Best Houston Instagram Accounts to Follow

Houston is such a beautiful city with so much art, food and scenery. The only problem? There’s no way you can see and try it all in a quick amount of time. Well we’re here to save you the hassle. Social media is a wonderful tool and today Alta City West is going to tell you how to use social media to view all that Houston has to offer without even leaving the comfort of your home. We’ve put together our favorites and made The Best Houston Instagram Accounts to Follow so that you can see it all and then this weekend head to check out some of your favorites!

The Artsy Instagram Account

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One of the coolest things about Houston that we don’t get to see nearly enough of is its graffiti. So it’s a good thing that @houtxgrown is here to spotlight their favorite graffiti on their Instagram account for all to see. You get it all in one place without having to travel all the streets looking for your favorites. (Photo courtesy of @houtxgrown Instagram).

The Foodie Instagram Account

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We get it. There’s only room enough in your stomach for so much every day and there’s no way you can try all of Houston’s amazing food joints before a new one pops up. But don’t worry because @HungerHouston is here to try it all for you and show you their favorites. Next time you need some food inspiration head over to their page and decide your next meal (Photo courtesy of @HungerHouston).

The View Instagram Account

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Houston is notoriously known for having some of the most beautiful scenery and buildings in the nation. There’s always some new way to view the city and some cool shots of different areas of the city. @HoustonCity has a great way of catching the city in a new point of view and making you wish you could see the city every which way. (Photo courtesy of @HoustonCity).

With Houston being such a lively and fun city it’s hard to keep up with all that’s going on. The best way to control it all is give a few Instagram accounts a follow and keep up even when you’re busy. Then, when you’re not busy you know exactly what to go check out without having to do much research! Go ahead Houston, push follow. You won’t regret it!

Photo Blog: Best of The Texas State Fair

Well Texas, it’s come and gone yet again. The Texas State Fair marks such a happy point in summer. It’s still warm, yet starting to cool down a little and everyone starts getting in that fall mood. The Texas State Fair is always buzzing with fun and bringing new surprises to Texans far and wide. We at Alta City West thought we would end the summer with a Photo Blog: The Best Of The Texas State Fair just to remind us of the good times before winter comes along and we realize we won’t see the fair again for another year. Grab the tissues Houston, we’ll be sharing our favorite memories of Big Tex.

Chicken-Fried Lobster

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The Texas version of a surf and turf except it’s all mixed into one, deep fried and served with champagne gravy. YUM. (Photo from here).

Bacon Margarita

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Only Texans know the importance of serving meat with our alcohol. It’s just something that needs to be done. Kudos to whoever invented this beauty. (Photo from here).

The Livestock

It’s a well-known fact that livestock lives better in Texas and the State Fair shows this off perfectly. Every year we are more and more impressed with the livestock. This pig did such an excellent job, he deserved a nap. (Photo from here).

Sadly the fair is gone for the year but the memories will live on until next year and we’ll be sitting thinking about the foods for the next 6 months. If you didn’t get a chance to make it we hope next year you head over to experience it for yourself! Because we really do do it bigger in Texas.

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.