Houston, Texas


With more than 2.2 million residents, the city attracts people with a wonderful mix of world-class arts, booming business, pro sports, top of the line medical care, and award-winning cuisine.

Numerous cutting-edge chefs have made a home in Houston, where residents eat out more than residents of any other city.  Here, you’ll find James Beard Award winners and internationally renowned chefs serving up innovative cuisine.

But the stylish dining scene is only a slice of Houston’s epicurean offerings—a fact that Houston’s culinary masterminds intend to prove with the recently launched Houston Culinary Tours.  Each of the, 16-person, chef-led tours aim at showing the underbelly of the city’s food scene—one taco truck and ethnic market at a time.

Venture downtown during your stay and discover a thriving professional arts scene, with professional resident companies in ballet, opera, symphony and theater.  And the nearby Museum District stakes its claim as the country’s fourth largest, with 18 cultural powerhouses set within walking distance of one another.

Houston has its own version of Central Park, offering nearly 1,500 acres of green land in the heart of the city.  Just inside the loop, Memorial Park is home to a public golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, walking trails and more.  Downtown, Discovery Green park is outfitted with Wi-Fi, a farmers market, dog runs, fine dining and ice-skating during the winter—just one more of the 650-plus urban green spaces filling the city.

Not surprisingly, businesses also recognize the allure of Houston’s offerings. Twenty-four companies on the Fortune 500 list call the Energy Capital of the World home.  Aeronautic research is unsurpassed at NASA headquarters, the facility responsible for putting the first man on the moon.


The Texas Medical Center contains 54 medicine-related institutions, with 21 hospitals and eight specialty institutions, eight academic and research institutions, four medical schools, seven nursing schools, three public health organizations, two pharmacy schools and a dental school. Among the affiliated medical schools is the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Texas A&M College of Medicine. The Texas Medical Center houses the world's largest children's hospital (Texas Children's Hospital), as well as the world's largest cancer hospital (MD Anderson Cancer Center).

Come. Live like a local for a few days and discover why Houston’s mix of international appeal and Southern charm have captured the imagination of taste makers the world over.

Jan Gillespie
Jan Gillespie