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Fascinating Houston Museums

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Menil Collection

The Menil Collection

Houston is a large city with many museums. All are worth a visit. Some are quite extraordinary.

Tutahnkhamun, The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (through April 15, 2012). This is just one of the reasons to visit this impressive museum.

The Menil Collection is housed in a modern space that highlights the art and encourages viewers to have a personal experience with each piece. John and Dominique de Menil had a vast and varied collection of art. For years, they loaned many of their pieces to museums. Eventually, they decided to build their own.

Delving into the history of funerals may not be the first thing that leaps to mind, but it makes the short list of things to do when in Houston. The National Museum of Funeral History explores one of the most ancient customs known to humankind. Learn about ancient mourning rituals and the history of embalming. See a wide array of hearses, coffins, and caskets. Learn what happens to popes and presidents after death. This museum is utterly fascinating.

What would happen if your eccentric uncle could share his eclectic collection of found objects with the world? It would look something like The Orange Show. Jeff McKissack spent 25 years creating an architectural collage from just such materials. It is definitely worth a look.

People from all over the world travel to Houston to see the Houston Museum of Natural Science. They are not wrong to do so. Upcoming and current exhibits include Discovering the Civil War, and Warriors, Tombs, and Temples,newly discovered artifacts from China’s First Emperor.

Houston is filled with fascinating museums. It’s worth making time to visit at least one of them while in Houston.

Looking for a good lodging option? Try a Texas Bed and Breakfast. Several good Texas B&Bs are located on the outskirts of Houston.


Go Outside When In Seabrook, Texas

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Seabrook is a charming seacoast community on Trinity Bay, about midway between Galveston and Houston. It is close to major attractions like the Houston Space Center and the Kemah Boardwalk, but it is also surprisingly connected to nature.

Open spaces and 18 parks are connected by nearly ten miles of crushed rock trails, which invite exploration on foot and by bike. Bottlenose dolphins in the bay, Texas armadillos in the underbrush, and American alligators at a safe distance can all be viewed while out and about in Seabrook.

Seabrook is also part of the Clear Lake Loop section of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and it has four designated bird watching sites. It’s worth taking time to stop and stare at birds while in Texas, since more bird species pass through here than any other state in the country.

Seabrook is certainly worth a look and Seabrook Texas Bed and Breakfasts are ready to welcome guests.

Pelicans in morning light- Seabrook

Pelicans grace the waters off Seabrook.

Galveston’s Moody Gardens

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Galveston is home to something truly spectacular: a trio of pyramids called Moody Gardens. One houses a rainforest, one an aquarium, and one is dedicated to scientific discoveries and activities. They line the waterfront and make for a truly spectacular skyline. All are worth a look when next you find yourself visiting Galveston, Texas.

Moody Gardens

The Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens.

The Rainforest Pyramid recently underwent extensive renovations and now offers an even greater experience than before. Ten stories house more than 1,000 species of exotic animals and plants, in an environment that has to be seen to be believed. Walkways lead visitors into the forest canopy, through cloud forests, and alongside enormous waterfalls. Visitors may also walk along the forest floor, moving from an Asian rainforest to a Central and South American rainforest to a African rainforest. There is really nothing like the Rainforest Pyramid anywhere else in the world.

The Aquarium Pyramid is, simply put, enormous. It has sections devoted to the North and South Pacific, the Caribbean, and the South Atlantic. It has tide pools, touch tanks, underwater classrooms, and more. The building is an impressive on the inside at its exterior, which is no mean feat.

The Discovery Pyramid features traveling exhibits from all across the United States. Bones: An Exhibit Inside You is currently on view; visitors learn all about bones, including how to keep our own bones healthy. Animal skeletons are also on exhibit.

Guests of Galveston Texas Bed and Breakfasts would do well to visit Moody Gardens, if for no other reason than to get close to these three large, beautiful, pyramids. Moody Gardens is open year round; for more information, please see Moody Gardens.

Port Aransas Festivals

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Port Aransas, on the Texas Gulf Coast, hosts one incredible festival each April and two fabulous festivals each May. During these times, Port Aransas Texas Bed and Breakfasts fill with artists, songwriters, and fans. Spring is a festive time to visit Port A.

Coming up is the 6th Annual Port Aransas Artfest, on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2011. Artists and crafts people will display their work between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Courtyard of the Historic Tarpon Inn. In addition to a wide variety of art and crafts, there will be food and great live music.

May 23rd is the 28th Annual Songwriter’s Showcase at Robert’s Point Park in Port Aransas. All are invited to stretch out, picnic, and and listen to a variety of original music. The setting couldn’t be nicer, with the Gulf of Mexico lapping at your feet and the stars twinkling overhead.

Turning Over a New Leaf

The incomparable Sandfest, each April in Port Aransas, Texas.

If it’s too late to plan a trip to Port Aransas this month, think ahead to 2012. Plan an extended vacation in Port Aransas, and take part in the amazing Sandfest in April as well as the Art Festival and Songwriter Festival. Or plan to stay in a Port Aransas Texas Bed and Breakfast this summer, when the best activity will be lounging on the beach, swimming in the Gulf, fishing, and eating your catch.

For additional information about the Port Aransas Art Festival and Songwriter Festival, please visit the Port Aransas Art Center.

Great Texas Birding Classic

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Look for graceful egrets during the 2011 Great Texas Birding Classic.

The 15th Annual Great Texas Birding Classic takes place April 9 – 15, 2011. Birders will be flocking to the Gulf Coast of Texas with binoculars in hand to view the spring bird migration. Many of them will be staying in Gulf Coast Texas Bed and Breakfasts.

The Great Texas Birding Classic is intended to be both a fun event and a serious “birding for conservation tournament”. Each year, teams compete to see who can spot and record the most bird species in a given period of time. The winning teams will choose the conservation projects to be awarded Conservation Grant Grand Prizes.

More than 400 bird species have been spotted along the Texas Gulf Coast during the spring migration. Many bird species are strongly impacted by the loss or alteration of their temporary habitat. The Great Texas Birding Classic helps raise awareness about the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and contributes funds towards conservation.

Enjoy a good night’s sleep and a breakfast that will fuel you through hours of scanning the skies at Texas Gulf Coast Bed and Breakfasts.

Visit the Great Texas Birding Classic for additional information.

Space Center Houston

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

See a Space Shuttle Engine at Space Center Houston.

No trip to a Houston area Bed and Breakfast would be complete without a visit to Space Center Houston. Created by NASA and Disney Imagineering, it is a fascinating visitor center that brings what takes place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to life.

Space Center Houston offers many interactive displays and hands-on exhibits. Experience a frictionless environment in the Freel of Space Gallery; launch into space in the Blast Off Theatre. Visitors may walk through Astronaut Galley, which features the best collection of spacesuits in the world and portraits of every American astronaut; visit the Starship Gallery and see how space exploration has progressed since its beginnings. (more…)

Kemah Boardwalk

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Kemah Texas Boardwalk originally uploaded by mrchriscornwell.

October is a good time to bring out your inner child – not with tantrums, but with enthusiasm and a deep sense of wonder. Few places embrace the inner child like Kemah Texas. This Texas Gulf Coast town features a lively boardwalk, complete with ferris wheel (pictured above), roller coaster, and cotton candy.

While Kemah is a great destination for families looking for diversion, it is also a fine place for romantic getaways. Kemah Texas is nestled between the Gulf Coast and Clear Lake. There are miles of waterfront where couples may stroll hand and hand, numerous eateries, and nightly entertainment. Enjoy big views and a cuddle at the top of the ferris wheel, and clutch one another while rushing along in the roller coaster.

The boardwalk area of Kemah is lively, but steps away from it is a quiet, coastal town. Less than an hour from Houston (even in traffic) Kemah Texas bed and breakfasts are the perfect place for city dwellers to find rest and relaxation.

Heritage Park in Corpus Christi

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Heritage House II, originally uploaded by cool4380.

Heritage Park in Corpus Christi is home to twelve lovely Historic Homes. When next you travel to the Gulf Coast of Texas and stay in a Corpus Christi bed and breakfast, you’ll find it enjoyable to spend a few hours visiting Heritage Park.

The Cultural Center is a good place to start your visit. Located in the 100-year old Galvan House (pictured above), it showcases interesting exhibits on the history, culture and art of Corpus Christi.

The twelve Victorian Homes of Heritage Park have all been lovingly restored and are beautifully maintained. Many are Texas Historical Landmarks. The oldest – Centennial House – dates from 1851 and has been a private residence, a Confederate Hospital, and an officer’s Mess Hall for the Federal Army in 1866.

The Lichtenstein House is a beautiful, simple, Colonial Revival Home. Long a private residence, it now houses the Creative Arts Center, which offers classes and produces shows in performing and visual arts.

The spectacular Grande-Grossman House incorporates elements of Victorian, Craftsman and Prairie architecture, and is a site to behold.

Architecture buffs will be delighted by a tour of Heritage Park. It’s a delightful addition to a vacation in a bed and breakfast Corpus Christi. Self-guided tours of Heritage Park are available year-round. The Cultural Center at The Galvan House is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tours of other homes may be arranged.

Houston Business Travel

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Houston is an epicenter of business, and Houston bed and breakfasts are an excellent choice for business travelers.

Dead tired

You need a good night sleep after long hours of travel. You'll be comfortable at a Houston bed and breakfast.

When people think about bed and breakfasts, they tend to think about leisure vacations: honeymoons, romantic getaways, that sort of thing. There is truth to this, to be sure. Texas bed and breakfasts excel at creating special moods for special times.


The Great Pier in Fulton

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Fulton, TX 1033, originally uploaded by kathyv.

The great pier in Fulton, Texas, juts far out into the Gulf of Mexico. The temptation to walk out to the end is difficult to resist, and fisherman find it almost impossible not to stop and cast a line or two. Fortunately the pier is open year round for our enjoyment. It is free to walkers, and fisherman need only pay a $2.00 per pole fee. It is a lovely place to pass a few hours on a nice day, so long as you have snacks and a good friend for company. (more…)