Sometimes It's Good to Take a Break

| 2/28/2017 9:25:00 AM

Marilyn JonesIt’s a three-hour drive from my home in Henderson, Texas to the north side of Houston where I had a meeting on a Friday afternoon. I knew I could drive back home on the same day, but I decided to spend the night at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center instead. I wasn’t disappointed with my decision.


The Woodlands (the city) is located about 15 minutes north of Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, just off I-45. It started as suburban development and bedroom community in the early 1970s, but soon attracted corporations. Today the population is more than 100,000.

The mastermind behind the community was American businessman George P. Mitchell. With the closest hotel located almost 45 minutes away, Mitchell’s first order of business was to build a local hotel where he could host investors and corporate partners. Here they could experience firsthand Mitchell’s concept of living and working in a natural environment. The Woodlands Inn opened down the street from the community’s first neighborhood, in the Village of Grogan’s Mill, in 1974.


For anyone looking for a weekend getaway, The Woodlands offers some 200 specialty and family restaurants and upscale shopping. There is—according to the city website—“7,790 acres of green space, 130 neighborhood parks, 205 miles of hike and bike trails, 200-acre Lake Woodlands, golf, tennis [and] kayaking.” 

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