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Ima Believer in Houston

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A January 2007 trip to Houston by zabelle

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Quote: Houston has some of the most amazing art we have ever encountered. Ima Hogg has left her mark on the city she loved.

Holiday Inn Hobby Airport

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Hotel

Holiday Inn Hobby Airport Photo, Houston, Texas
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Usually I look for charm or something special in an accommodation. In this case the something special was a hotel shuttle and free breakfast. The low price was certainly a huge incentive. The hotel was a Ramada Inn when I made the booking, within a couple of months it had become a Holiday Inn. After getting our luggage a simple call to the hotel had the shuttle there to pick us up within a few minutes. It is only five minutes away and we passed our car rental location getting there. We had gotten a very good rate of $69 when I originally booked and with Ramada it included free breakfast. Holiday Inn, however, did not honor that part though they did honor our rate. We got two co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Holiday Inn Hobby Airport
8611 Airport Blvd
Houston, Texas 77061
(713) 947-0000

Backstreet Cafe

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Restaurant | "Back Street Cafe"

Backstreet Cafe Photo, Houston, Texas
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Located in the very trendy Montrose section of Houston Backstreet Café is definitely one of the top twenty places I have ever eaten. Not only was the food exquisite the service was stellar. I called from our B&B to see if I needed reservations and was told that at this time of year, mid week it would not be necessary, and when we arrived it only took a couple of minutes to be seated, however, by the time we left, the place was packed.Tony our waiter was absolutely perfect. He was funny, attentive and was able to answer any question that we posed to him. He made our dining experience even more perfect.The menu is eclectic. There really is something for everyone. I started wi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Backstreet Cafe
1103 South Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77019
(713) 521-2239

Bayou Bend Garden

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Attraction | "Bayou Bend"

Bayou Bend Garden Photo, Houston, Texas
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After taking the time to visit their web site I noticed that they recommend have a booking before arriving. We decided that we wanted to visit on Tuesday January 9 so on Friday December 15 I called and made a reservation for three for the 10am tour. At that time I was told to wear flat shoes and that cameras, bottled water, purses and backpacks would not be allowed inside the house. Lockers, however, are provided to hold your items while you tour. Bayou Bend was the brain child of the three Hoggs, Will, Mike and their sister Ima. Yes all of us ask why anyone would name their child Ima Hogg. As it turns out her father named her for the heroine in his brother's poem that was named Ima which ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Bayou Bend Garden
1 Westcott St.
Houston 77007
(713) 639-7750

Rienzi Mansion

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Attraction

Rienzi Mansion Photo, Houston, Texas
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Harris and Carroll Masterson were great collectors of European decorative arts. After the death of Mr. Masterson in 1997 the collection came into the possession of The Museum of Fine Arts. It is the perfect foil to the American Decorative Arts Collection of Bayou Bend. The house was designed by John F. Staub, who was also the architect of Bayou Bend. Mr. Masterson named the house Rienzi after his grandfather Rienzi Johnston. The house is designed to resemble an English country home done in the Palladian style. Harris Masterson bought this piece of land from his good friend Ima Hogg because he liked the magnolia tree that was on the property, it is still here today though not looking quite as magnifice...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Rienzi Mansion
1406 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77019
(713) 639 7800

Heritage Society Museum & Tour

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Attraction | "The Heritage Society"

Heritage Society Museum & Tour Photo, Houston, Texas
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Located in Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston The Heritage Society offers what they call "A Walk into Houston’s Past." Eight Houses from different periods or from different social classes have been brought together here in Sam Houston Park. Only one, the Kellum-Noble House is actually at its original location. The other seven have been brought here from other locations. If you are satisfied with just seeing the exteriors of the houses you can wander around the park on your own for free and just look at all of them. We, however, wanted to take one of the guided tours. We arrived at 12:15 to find out that the next tour was 1pm and that there wasn’t any food to be had onsite. We walked across the st...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Heritage Society Museum & Tour
1100 Bagby St
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 655-1912

The Museum of Fine Arts

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Attraction | "Art in Houston"

The Museum of Fine Arts Photo, Houston, Texas
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Museum of Fine Arts Houston1001 Bissonette StHoustonTracing its beginnings to an Art League to encourage art history and appreciation in the public school system in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston opened its door in 1924 becoming the first art museum in Texas. The core collection at that time was 25 paintings than had been donated along with several other pieces. In the 1930's Ima Hogg made significant donations to the collection and today it consists of more than 50,000 pieces, covering six continents and dating from antiquities to present. The Museum of Fine Art includes Bayou Bend and Rienzi both of which display their works in a house setting. The...Read More

The Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet St
Houston, Texas 77005
(713) 639-7300