Houston, the largest city in Texas, has a population of more than 2 million residents. In 2008, the region drew approximately 31 million visitors. Like most bustling cosmopolitan cities, Houston offers its fair share of romantic spots, such as luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants.
Star Fleet Marina
Star Fleet Marina operates romantic dinner cruises out of Kemah, Texas, 30 miles southeast of Houston. Passengers travel aboard a luxury yacht across the waters of Galveston Bay and Clear Lake. The tour lasts two hours and features a buffet style gourmet meal, complete with salad, entree and dessert. The price of your ticket includes such drinks as coffee, soft drinks and juice, and a cash bar with cocktails, beer and wine is also available. Depending on the time of year, the cruise also offers excellent views of the evening’s sunset.
Star Fleet Marina 280 Grove Rd.
Kemah, TX 77565
The Tasting Room
Couples may wish to spend their evening tasting wine at Houston’s own Tasting Room. The combined restaurant and wine bar has two Houston locations, River Oaks and Uptown Park, the latter of which has outdoor patio and garden dining along with its selection of more than 200 fine wines. The Tasting Room’s food menu includes such gourmet specialties as pizzas, pastas and tapas. The Tasting Room offers live music daily, including acoustic, country, rock and jazz.
The Tasting Room at Uptown Park 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd. Houston, TX 77056 713-993-9800 tastingroomwines.com
The luxurious Houstonian Hotel is just west of downtown Houston. Inside the hotel, guests will find the sprawling Trellis the Spa, a high-end Mediterranean-themed facility featuring 21 treatment rooms. Visitors may book a couples spa package, which includes stone therapy massages, a waterfall shower, facials and a romantic meal for two. Guests visiting together may also wish to take advantage of such perks as the indoor floating pool, the whirlpool, the steam room and the peaceful lounge equipped with a fireplace.
Trellis the Spa 111 North Post Oak Lane Houston, TX 77024 713-685-6790 houstonian.com/TheSpa.aspx