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The Guide to an Unforgettable Night in Houston

Published Feb 05, 2024 by Keila Rodriguez

Valentine's Day in Houston

Houston is a vibrant metropolis that thrives in the arts and curates a plethora of cuisines. Whether you are planning a Galentine's Day or the perfect night out with your significant other, its historical landmarks and award-winning menus will earn a special place in your heart this Valentine’s Day. 

Candlelit Dinner 

A satiable bite is never too far. With diverse culinary offerings, Houston allows you to enjoy a tasty lamb curry and sticky toffee pudding from the 2024 James Beard Award semifinalist Jun after a candlelight concert. Explore other acclaimed restaurants in Houston here

Enjoy the View 

On a budget? Stargazing under James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany is never amiss. Don’t skip the Rothko Chapel, one of Houston’s most historical landmarks, followed by a wood-fired slice from Nonno’s Family Pizza Taven just around the corner. 

Restore Yourself 

Go for a scenic walk at Hermann Park, a sprawling 717-acre landscape, or an afternoon stroll at the Houston Botanic Garden. Shop a variety of wellness items for your cupid after a yoga class and sound bath at the Wellness Market on Feb. 11. 

Create Your Own 

Many small businesses host remarkable guided workshops that gratify your senses. From cake decorating to perfume mixology creating your own treasure and cherished memories with loved ones is a classic night in The Bayou City. 

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