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A January 2007 trip to Houston by zabelle

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Quote: Houston came as a total surprise to us. We didn't expect to fall in love with such a big city but we did.

Houston-Gone Hogg Wild

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Rienzi Photo, Houston, Texas
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We made our base in the Heights and I have to tell you this is the perfect place to get just about anywhere in the city. Our bed and Breakfast was on Heights Blvd and this is a neighborhood that is convenient to everything. There are so many fun and interesting things to do in Houston that even though we had three days we couldn’t do everything we would have liked to do. Keep in mind that on Mondays many of the museums will be closed.We began Monday morning by heading to LaPorte to see the San Jacinto Monument and Museum. This is an excellent place to get a good overview of the events that led to the independence of Texas from Mexico. The Alamo is perhaps the most famous...Read More

Sara's Bed & Breakfast Inn

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Hotel | "Sara's B&B"

Sara's Bed & Breakfast Inn Photo, Houston, Texas
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Sara’a Bed-and-Breakfast is located in the Heights section of Houston. This is a perfect location. We were able to drive from here to everywhere we went in Houston and for the most part we never had to take the freeway and never had any problem with traffic. I had a hard time deciding which bed-and-breakfast to pick in Houston, I so made the right choice. Sara’s is not only easy to find and in a lovely neighborhood it is just simply gorgeous. The exterior of the house is charming. Done in the Queen Anne style it is a 1890s Victorian Cottage that has been converted into a warm and welcoming B&B with 12 rooms and suites. Parking can be a little tight with a minivan but we always managed.Our ro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Sara's Bed & Breakfast Inn
941 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77008
(713) 868-1130

Pastrenella's

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Restaurant | "Patrenellas"

Pastrenella's Photo, Houston, Texas
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I went in search of an Italian Restaurant near our B&B that had reasonable prices and wasn’t part of a chain. Patrenellas fit the bill perfectly. It was less than 2 miles from Sara’s and the house which now is home to the restaurant was built by the grandfather of the current owner in 1938. He had emigrated from Sicily and opened a grocery in the front of the house. The current owner was raised in the house and has beautifully converted it into a restaurant which is still very much a family operation.There are four dining rooms across the front of the house and a small bar area. We were placed in the third dining room. There wasn't a hostess waiting as we entered so we had a momentary ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Pastrenella's
813 Jackson Hill
Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 863-8223

San Jacinto Monument and Museum

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Attraction | "San Jacinto Monument"

San Jacinto Monument and Museum Photo, Houston, Texas
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In April 1836, 900 Texans stood up against the Army of General Santa Anna and changed the course of history forever. The lives lost at the Alamo had not been in vain. Texas had gained its independence from Mexico. The San Jacinto Monument and Museum commemorate this historic battle and the men who made it possible. Located about twenty miles from downtown Houston in the city of Laporte it will remind you of the Washington Monument, right down to the reflecting pond. Of course the Washington Monument doesn’t have a 200 ton star on the top but you get the picture.Run by the Texas Park Department you pay $1 per person just to go onto the property. If you decide to visit the battleship which a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

San Jacinto Monument and Museum
La Porte
Houston, Texas 77571
(281) 479-2421

Glenwood Cemetery

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Glenwood Cemetery Photo, Houston, Texas
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Cemeteries hold a certain fascination for me and when I found out that Howard Hughes was buried in Glenwood Cemetery along with some of Houston’s other interesting historical figures I had to stop by for a visit. Founded in 1871 and landscaped by horticulturist Alfred Whitaker it has been compared to Laurel Hill in Philadelphia as one of the countries most Romantic Cemetery. There is something about all the Spanish Moss that also adds a touch of suspense. As you enter the cemetery follow the signs for the office. You will see a very pretty little shed that almost looks like a lighthouse. We also were distracted by a beautiful sculpture in a small grotto on the right hand side. So fascin...Read More

Glenwood Cemetery
2525 Washington Avenue
Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 864-7886