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Out and about in Houston

Bayou City residents enjoy the city’s cultural and culinary scene

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June 25th, 2013

When Houston took the number seven spot on The New York Times list of 46 places to go in 2013, it left many readers scratching their heads. Energy capital of Texas? Yes. But Houston as an international destination sharing the top ten with hot spots like Rio de Janeiro, Marseille, and Amsterdam had to be a misnomer. People who aren t immersed in the city s cultural and culinary scene may not realize all that Houston has to offer, says Lindsey Brown, director of marketing and public relations for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. But that perception is changing.

It s all here

Tom Snodgrass moved toEagle s Trace, an Erickson Living community in West Houston, from the Katy area in April 2012. A retired geologist for Exxon Mobil, Tom says he isn t surprisedThe New York Timesdubbed Houston the cultural and culinary capital of Texas. Houston s been neglected for far too long, says Tom. When you consider the number of companies with a major presence in Houston and the volume of the workforce, it s easy to see why there is an increasing demand for cultural and recreational opportunities. Tom is a season ticket holder for the Houston Symphony. He s a biking enthusiast, hitting the trails in nearby Bear Creek Park several times a week. And he appreciates Houston s eclectic dining scene. Perbacco is a favorite restaurant of mine, he says. It s right around the corner from Jones Hall, so I like to have dinner there before the symphony.

No shortage of activities

Tina Felps, community resources coordinator at Eagle s Trace, coordinates several excursions to area museums, restaurants, and concerts each month for residents at the West Houston community. People who have lived in Houston for a number of years already know how much the city has to offer, says Felps, who previously coordinated excursions for the Harris County Senior Adult Program. And those who have moved to the area to be closer to family are discovering there s no shortage of activities. Patsy Anderson moved to Houston 40 years ago from New Mexico. She immersed herself in the city s vibrant art scene, volunteering her time as an usher for the Hobby Center. I enjoyed working at the Hobby Center because I was able to see the performances, says Patsy. So many talented artists showcase their work in Houston. Now that she s moved to Eagle s Trace, Patsy continues to frequent her favorite Houston venues. I enjoy going to the symphony and to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, says Patsy, who has also taken up golf and joined the ladies group at the nearby Bear Creek Golf World. You never run out of things to do. If you go The New York Timespraised these standouts from the city s museum district. Rothko Chapel rothkochapel.org 713-524-9839 Houston Museum of African American Culture hmaac.org 713-526-1015 Asia Society Texas Center asiasociety.org/texas 713-496-9901 Also on The New York Times list were three of Houston s newest restaurants. Oxheart oxhearthouston.com 832-830-8592 Underbelly underbellyhouston.com 713-528-9800 Uchi uchirestaurants.com/houston 713-522-4808

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