Category : Texas

Photo Blog: Houston in The Fall

Most people when they think of fall approaching get excited for football, changing colors, cooler weather, Halloween, and winter outfits. But us at Alta City West? We’re excited for how gorgeous Houston is in the fall. While fall football is definitely at the top of our list (we’re Texans, what do you expect?) there are some other fall beauties that we feel like go unrecognized here in Houston. To show you what we’re talking about we’ve put together Photo Blog: Houston in The Fall.

Football

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We know we said most other people are excited for football and we’re only excited for fall, but fall brings football and we love football. And there’s nothing like watching the sun set early while your favorite team wins a game.

Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest is an awesome tradition that started in Germany that is the celebration of beer. It’s great time to hang out with friends and try some local brews.

RunRock Music Festival

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To top off all the greatness of Houston in the fall? Run around with some friends taking in all the scenery. (Photo from Thrillist.com)

Sure, maybe we’ll miss summer just a little bit but all of the greatness that comes with fall in Houston is making up for that pain. Changing leaves and cooler weather and all of that is great but football, Oktoberfest and music festivals are some of our personal favorites. Throw on your warm weather sweater and get to it Houston!

Why You Should Go To The Texas State Fair

It’s one of the biggest and definitely one of the best. The Texas State Fair is known across the country as one of the most notoriously large and fun fairs. People come from far and wide to eat the Texas shaped fried foods and see Big Tex leading the way into the tents filled with all the food, games and rides you could imagine. Sure, the fair might be in Dallas and quite a bit of a trek from home in Houston, but are you really going to pass up the opportunity to eat a deep-fried bacon cinnamon roll? We think not. Alta City West knows how important Texas pride is and going to the Texas State Fair, even if it is a whole weekend trip, is definitely one of the most important summer activities in a Texans life. If you need a little more convincing here is why you should go to the Texas state fair.

Food

The Food

This is the main event of the Texas state fair. The vendors at this fair will fry just about anything and everything and news flash: it’s all absolutely delicious. (Photo from BigTex.com)

The Livestock

It may sound a little boring to look at all of the livestock that you can just drive by and see on the side of the road, but there’s a lot more to learn here. There are educational shows and petting zoo’s for the younger ones.

The Rides

Even if you’re not a thrill-seeking adventurer, there are still rides for you. One of the most important ones being the Texas Star, which just so happens to be the tallest Ferris wheel in North America clocking in at 212 feet tall.

If you weren’t fully convinced to go to the fair before, you must be now because who could pass up the nations largest Ferris wheel, fried bacon cinnamon rolls and learning how to properly farm livestock? The fair is from September 25th– October 18th and you can get your tickets here http://bigtex.com/.

The Best of Houston Coffee Shops

If there’s one thing Houstonians love more than football, it’s coffee. Houston is a hub for some of the best coffee shops in the nation and there is definitely no shortage on our favorite beans here. Houston is a big town so it’s no surprise that you can get some of the best coffee anywhere whether you’re in West Houston or East Houston. So wake up, grab your favorite mug, and find out where you’ll be sipping on your new favorite cup of Joe this morning because Alta City West has the hookup on the best of Houston coffee shops.

Blacksmith

Blacksmith

Blacksmith is one of those great coffee shops because not only does it have absolutely amazing cane sugar lattes, but they also have seriously delicious food. (Photo by Kathy W.)

Boomtown

Boomtown Coffee

On top of being just absolute happiness in a cup, they have latte art. Need we say more? (Photo by Tam N.)

Agora

Agora

Any coffee topped with whipped cream, sugar, and cinnamon is okay by us. (Photo by Richey D.)

Catalina

Catalina Coffee

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary Catalina Coffee has drinks inspired from around the world, including a Cortado, which is in close relation to an Italian Macchiato. (Photo by Bobby G.)

Moral of the Houston coffee story: it’s all good in the hood. We think no matter where you go in HTown for coffee, you’re going to have a delicious experience. Mainly because Houston coffee is just great, maybe it’s something in the water. So go forth with your travel mugs, Houston and bottoms up!

Everything You Need To Do In Texas Before Summer Is Over

We know that a Texas summer can be one of the most difficult things to get through in terms of heat, but a Texas summer can also be one of the greatest things you’ve ever experienced. From special events, such as The Texas State fair, all the way to cruising up the river in a kayak with your best friends, there’s no better place to spend a summer. You can even find some of these fun activities right here in West Houston and Alta City West has the scoop on the best adventures you and your friends can get into before the summer is over.

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The Texas State Fair

Possibly the most well known and most anticipated event of the summer, The Texas State fair is everything a Texan could want for. Big Tex, America’s tallest ferris wheel, and every food ever made being deep-fried, The Texas State Fair is easily the greatest state fair in the nation.

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Go To a Rodeo

Rodeos are all over the state, and chances are if you live in Texas, you’ve already seen a rodeo or two before. But going to a rodeo in the summer, hanging with a few friends, and cheering on the riders on is an unparalleled experience.

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Go to Padre Island

Sure Padre Island is a tropical paradise and that’s great and all during the summer, but the real cherry on top of this ice cream sundae is the SEA TURTLES. Yes. Sea turtles hanging out on the beach on this Texas island.

All in all, no matter what you do in Texas this summer you will most likely have a great time because, well, it’s Texas. But there are certain things everyone who lives in Texas must do this summer to celebrate the greatness that is Texas. Alta City West knows you’re all itching to get out and have a real country summer so we’ve lined up everything you need to do in Texas before summer is over, grab a few friends and enjoy it while you can.

Photo Blog: Back to School in Texas

As much as we like to deny it; fall is right around the corner, which means school is quickly approaching here in Texas. West Houston is home to beautiful University of Houston, but the beauty doesn’t stop there. Texas has some of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation and Alta City West has put together a compilation of photos to prove that. Whether you’re looking for a university to attend or simply wanting to see some of the beauty that Texas holds Photo Blog: Back to School in Texas shows you all of our favorites.

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The University of Texas at Austin

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Baylor University, Waco (Photo courtesy of Baylor University)

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University of Houston

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University of Texas at Arlington

We know back to school isn’t everyone’s favorite time of year but with these Texas colleges, we can get on board with the school thing. Whether you’re waiting in anticipation or hoping the day will never come, Fall 2015 on Texas University campuses are sure to be gorgeous days!

 

Everything is Bigger in Texas

Many people probably hear the old saying “Everything Is Bigger in Texas” and think of it as a joke since we’re the second largest state. But the truth is that within Texas, we have some of the biggest and best of a wide range of novelties. This saying can range from food to clothing to animals to attractions across the state. Alta City West has searched high and low to bring you some of the funniest and best “Bigger” items in Texas. Most of them can be seen right here in our very own West Houston but to see some of these you’ll have to travel just a little further. Just remind your out of state friends if they want to come visit that they should be in for a Big adventure.

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Fair Food is notoriously known to be over the top and crazy, but this Texas Fair Food has snagged the title of The World’s Largest. The Texas State fair is home to The World’s Largest Frito Pie. Get tickets to the Texas State Fair here: http://bigtex.com/

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We Texans take our Country Music very seriously and have the evidence to prove it. In 2014 George Strait snagged the title of the largest ever indoor concert at AT&T stadium in Arlington, TX. It brought in a total of 104,793 fans, which is over 15,000 more people than the second largest indoor concert ever to be held.

Lastly, one of the biggest phenomenon’s in Texas is the big love we have for sports. Texas is home to one of the largest football stadiums in the world and has one of the biggest followings of high school football in the nation (Friday Night Lights anyone?). Yes, the above photo is a high school football stadium.

People look at Texas and think we only have square footage to lay our claim of being the biggest and best. But Texas is so much more than land space. We’re home to large foods, large events, and large pride. Alta City West encourages you to get out and support your Texas pride and show off just how big Texas can throw down.

Texas Summer Trips

We Texans take great pride in our state and try to get out and see as much of it as possible. But with Texas coming in as the second largest state in The United States, many Texans don’t realize just how little of The Lone Star State they’ve seen. Alta City West has planned out the perfect Texas summer trips for you so you can see some of the greatest hidden secrets in Texas. All within just a few hours of West Houston, you can see landmarks you didn’t even know Texas had all in the course of one weekend. So grab a few friends, hop in the car and get out to see our state. You won’t regret it.

Gorman Falls

Gorman Falls is a 4 hour drive and 1.5 mile hike outside of Houston and well worth every foot traveled.

Medina River

This one is just 3 hours outside of Houston and is perfect for swimmers and kayakers. The gently flowing river is free of rapids and will gently lead you down a wooded area that will show you some of the most gorgeous Texas landscape this state has to offer.

Big Texan Steak Ranch

This one is a little bit further from Houston, about 9 hours away, but worth it. Big Texan Steak Ranch is one of the most famous Texas eateries in the state. Home to the 72-ounce steak, this is one unique restaurant every Texan must venture to.

Cascade Caverns

4 hours outside of Houston lays some of the coolest caves in the South West. You can go through walks in these caverns and explore the underground world of Texas.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all here in Texas, there comes along a new suggested adventure that you simply need to go on. West Houston is an amazing place to live in but sometimes these weekend adventures are necessary to see all the beauty Texas has to offer. Get out and explore Texas this summer and appreciate that you live in such a nature rich state.

Favorites: Texas Ranches

Everyone knows if you want to see beautiful ranches, you should head to Texas. We Texans take pride in maintaining a gorgeous and well-upheld ranch, which leaves us with some of the most notoriously beautiful ranches in the nation. Since you won’t see any of the most well-known ones here in West Houston, Alta City West has put together a photo blog of some of the most memorable ranches in Texas. Whether you’re a city slicker or a country lover, you’ll appreciate the beauty in all of these Texas ranches.

Boot Ranch, Fredericksburg, Texas

Shonto Ranch, Kerrville, TX

Bridlegate Ranch, Bandera, TX

Rio Ancho Ranch, Liberty Hill, TX

Los Papalotes Rodeo Ranch. Edinburg, Texas

While we love living in West Houston and being surrounded by a city at all times, we do love to take a break and see some of the beautiful country views our state has to offer. West Houston will always be home, but we could stare at these ranch views for days.

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.

Cooling Down in West Houston this Summer

As Texans, we all know how hot it gets in Houston during the summer. With summer upon us we find ourselves hiding indoors all day to avoid melting outside. However, summer doesn’t need to be spent in the confines of an air-conditioned room. Alta City West has searched high and low to tell you about some of Houston’s best places to cool down this summer.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Splash Town is just a short 30 minute drive outside of Houston and can provide hours of splash filled fun. If you buy your tickets online ahead of time it’s only $35 for an all day pass that gets you on every ride. It’s fun for all ages, so you can grab some friends and go, or even bring kids to let them run around and cool off all day.

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If you’re looking for more of a nature day trip, Quintana Beach County Park is one of the best-kept secrets around Houston. There’s a parking lot and lots of beach for everyone. Only an hour outside of us in West Houston–and boasting free entry–this is the perfect way to cool off while enjoying some Texas nature.

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And lastly, one of closest to home and best ways you could spend your day is staying home and lounging by the pool here at Alta City West all day. Free entry and you don’t have to drive anywhere in the hot sun. Can’t beat that!

Whether you’re looking to spend the day outside or inside, at man-made water parks or at natural cool down spots, Alta City West has the guide to all of the perfect places to cool down this summer in Houston. A quick 30-minute drive from West Houston can bring you to a whole new area of adventure and cool water. So don’t worry folks, we won’t let you melt.