If you go

Where to stay

Sara's Inn: Choose from 11 rooms, each themed after a Texas city, at this Victorian inn. Enjoy wine in the evening and a buffet and/or made-to-order breakfast in the morning (from $120; 1-713-868-1130; saras.com).

Where to eat

Brennan's of Houston: Be adventurous and order the chicken-fried country rabbit or stick with a classic such as seafood gumbo at this Texas-Creole mashup. Reserve a table for lunch and enjoy 25-cent martinis. Lunch entrees start at about $24 (1-713-522-9711; brennanshouston.com).

Eight Row Flint: Strong cocktails with a whiskey focus, solid local beer selection, stellar tacos (order the Brussels sprouts) and an awesome patio make this bar a favorite new hangout in the Heights neighborhood. Tacos start at $4 (1-832-767-4002; eightrowflint.com).

What to do

Beer Can House: It took nearly 50,000 beer cans and one inspired beer lover to complete this Houston landmark ($5; 1-713-926-6368;


Art Car Museum: Known as the "Garage Mahal," the Art Car Museum peers into the world of art cars, i.e., vehicles turned into moving sculpture. Houston says it has more art cars than any other place in the world (free, donations accepted; 1-713-861-5526; artcarmuseum.com).

Hello-Lucky: Take a piece of Texas home with you at this fun boutique, which specializes in jewelry, T-shirts and accessories, many of which are made in Houston (1-713-864-3556; hello-lucky.com).