Planning the Perfect Mini-Vacation
Weekend Getaway

Weekends and three-day vacations can provide a much-needed break from the everyday for a busy family. These short outings can provide the excitement of a longer trip without requiring the budget or planning that a weeklong trip requires. For such a weekend getaway, destination is the key. Ideally, you want to go someplace within a reasonable drive from your home that provides the entertainment and respite you need. Every region of the country has a few: In Wisconsin, there’s the Dells, in New England, there’s Salem/Plymouth, the New York and New Jersey crowd flocks to Atlantic City. In Texas, we have The Woodlands. Each of these locations has something in common, namely the variety of options each possesses. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway destination, you have a set of priorities in mind and each of these fulfill the priorities.

For those of you in Texas, let’s focus on the Woodlands. The Woodlands is about a 30-minute drive from Central Houston. If you’re in Texas, The Woodlands makes an excellent choice for a weekend getaway destination as it’s an easy drive not only from Houston, but also from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and throughout the state. For those of you in Dallas, it’s still only three hours away. Three hours is about the perfect drive time for a weekend vacation: It’s enough distance to give you a break from home, but close enough that you’re not going to spend a fortune at the gas pump, and it won’t stretch the patience of the kids too terribly much. With a three-hour (or less) trip, you only have to take a half day off from work on Friday and can head back Sunday afternoon or evening. If you live in Houston, you can have a full day of work and head over for a late dinner. The Woodlands offers lots of options for a weekend getaway destination, including multiple hotels, so if you make a habit of going, you can stay at different places each time, or if you find a favorite hotel, you can enjoy going somewhere with which you are familiar.

At a good weekend getaway destination, you may not be overly focused on the amenities of the hotel; ideally, you’ll be too busy to spend more than a few hours every night at the hotel, especially if you’re only there for a few days. The Woodlands provides a variety of places to shop, outdoor activities, shows, and planned events, so you should have a busy enough schedule to not notice your hotel room. But if the goal is to find a weekend getaway destination with a hotel so cozy that you just want to shut the door and not leave until the weekend is over, The Woodlands has ideal accommodations for you, too.

Just north of Houston, The Woodlands, TX is a first-class weekend getaway destination for travelers and residents alike in a green environment with over 8 million square feet of shopping, dining, hospitality and entertainment, including more than 460 world-class shops, premiere department stores, and unique boutiques. Entertainment in The Woodlands includes concerts at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and the community is a robust center for culture and entertainment. For more information, contact The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, TX 77381. Phone: 877-963-2447 or 281-363-2447 Email: or visit online at

Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway

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