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Romantic Weekend in Houston

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON, TX - Houston is just the right place for romance. The city offers many attractions for those who want to have the perfect romantic weekend getaway.

Day 1: Friday

You can start your itinerary by getting lunch at Teotihuacan to meet your Tex-Mex quota. When you are full, you can a cup of coffee or tea at Blacksmith, an artisan coffee business that roasts its own beans.

Next, head straight for the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see dinosaur fossils and Egyptian mummies before finishing at The Cockrell Butterfly Center for the big finale. This three-story glass tower packed with tropical plants seems like a Discovery Channel-level mating ritual in the making. Instead of doing a beautiful dance with brilliant feathers to captivate your sweetheart, the exotic butterflies flying around and settling on your hands and on top of your head put on quite a show.

Mala Sichuan on Westheimer displays a cherished bit of Houston's Chinatown in a low-lit Montrose bistro atmosphere, replete with sensory-stimulating dishes like whole-roasted fish dripping with peppercorns served communally, great for sharing. Friday nights are always a little wilder than others because the workweek is finally over. At Barbarella, you can burn off the day's calories while listening to the 80s and 90s hits.

Day 2: Saturday

Start your Saturday at Common Bond for breakfast and ready yourself to visit some of Houston's unusual museums, such as the quirky, hands-on Health Museum or the National Museum of Funeral History, for a touch of the eerie and macabre with your sweetheart.

Mercantile and Melange Creperie, this unique cafe provides sweet and savory crepes with locally sourced sides just the place for lunch. Practice your catwalk swagger with antique thrift duds from El Bambi's dressing room. Attend a performance at MATCH in Midtown, the city's most enjoyable district to walk.

Take the train to Xochi, the crown jewel of award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega (2017 Best Chef: Southwest category at the prestigious 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards, albeit he was a finalist for the honor for six straight years), which serves his distinctive central Mexican cuisine. Wind down rather than up at the gloomy and secretive Tongue-Cut Sparrow, which has a snug, speakeasy feel as well as a good selection of classic drinks.

Day 3: Sunday

On Sunday, The Cistern might be the choice after breakfast at The Kitchen at The Dunlavy. You can see an underground piece of Houston History displaying art installations by local artists.

After exploring their outstanding collections, relax on The Menil's grounds before looping around to the world-renowned Rothko Chapel for some thought-provoking observation. In the tranquil reflecting pool outside, look for the Broken Obelisk sculpture, which is dedicated to Martin Luther King.

James Beard-winning restaurant, Theodore Rex, provides ala carte selections designed for sharing. Dining at this award-winning restaurant is the perfect ending to your romantic itinerary in Houston.

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