Wedding Talk – Hotel room blocks and reservations

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Houston festival celebrates 6th largest country — Australia

This year’s Houston International Festival spotlights Australia

Join us April 26 through May 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Tranquility Park. The streets, plazas and parks of downtown Houston are your family and friends festival destination with

  • Six stages of music and dance
  • Educational and cultural exhibits in the Chevron Living Museum
  • Children’s activities in the Green Mountain Energy Kids World
  • International arts and crafts markets
  • International cuisine vendors
  • Street performances, and much moreAustrialia-HIF-2014-Pavlova_cake_2

Musical legends and global hit artists include The Legendary Family Stone, Asleep at the Wheel, Laura Mvula and Los Malditos Cocodrilos.

A bit of Australia’s rich history! The first running of the Melbourne Cup was in 1861. Australia 150th-Melb-Cup-400x

Today, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race held in Australia, and the prize money and trophies make it among the richest horse races in the world.

 

 

“Nowhere in the world have I encountered a festival of people that has such a magnificent appeal to the whole nation. The Cup astonishes me.”
                         – Mark Twain, 1895

As you would expect, Flemington was not much in the way of a thoroughbred running track in the beginning with no running rails or stands. Australia’s Flemington Fashion 1962

Australia flemingtonHowever, the Melbourne Cup quickly became popular as a carnival with picnic parties, sideshows, celebrations and people showing off their latest fashions. Socialites, politicians and Australia’s rich and famous attended the Cup right from the earliest days, as they still do today. Since 1877, the Melbourne Cup horse race has been celebrated as a public holiday in the state of Victoria.

Call our Hotels.tv Houston office at +1.888.972.7533 extension 700 or message us for the best hotel for you and your group!  With the METRO, getting around Houston is a breeze.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and the festival ends at 8 p.m. Buy your advance tickets here for $12 adults, $4 children 3-12. Tickets at the gate are $18 for adults, $5 for children 3-12.

Living the Houston Way – Saturday, March 29

Looking for a way to spice up your weekends? You’re at the right place! There are so many fantastic Houston happenings approaching this Saturday (March 29) that we couldn’t help but share them with you.

adulteducationTai Chi at Hermann Park. Join instructor Henderson J. Smith at Hermann Park this upcoming Saturday (March 29) for a free stress-relieving session of Tai Chi overlooking McGovern Lake. The session will start at 9am which is perfect time to enjoy the cool weather and the last bit of the sunrise. Why not check it out!

kid_kite_-_lo_rezHermann Park Kite Festival.  After you finish your Tai Chi session, head on over to the Kite Festival that will start at 10am! This is an event geared towards the entire family and offers kite-making, music, food, and all around FUN and more! Admission is free and a great day out with family and friends is guaranteed! 

8_EtsyHouston_shopwittyEtsy Pop-Up at West Elm Houston with Sugar & Cloth. If you haven’t ever been on Etsy.com, you’re missing out. This Saturday from 1pm-6pm, head over to West Elm Houston to peruse through the aisles as popular Etsy owners pop-up their online shops! You’ll find one-of-a-kind items that your girlfriends with drool over, including jewelry, leather accessories, stationary, skin care products, and more! Trust me, you ladies don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.

onyekaibethornwood_categoryThornwood Gallery opening reception: Memento by Michael Levin. Beginning at 5pm, Thornwood Gallery will open the new exhibition, Memento, by renowned photographer, Michael Levin. Just like the other events, admission is free and it will be located at 2643 Colquitt St. in the heart of Houston. This is a fantastic opportunity for art-loving Houstonians to satisfy their taste with the gallery, but also a chance for newbies to gain some knowledge about the industry.

 

So what are your thoughts? Are you interested in checking out any of these Houston events? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or by adding a comment below.

 

 

 

Go Healthy Houston – Houston, TX

Now that the weather is gorgeous, it’s time to head outside – on Sunday! Go Healthy Houston has launched Sunday Streets HTX, “a pilot initiative to promote and improve the health of Houstonians.” They open stretches of roads to cyclers, runners, walkers, and dancers for a family-friendly opportunity to by physically active. Sunday Streets will be open the following dates:

SundayStreetsHTXLogoDates:  April 6, 2014
Times:  11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: White Oak/ Quitman Route (Heights Blvd. to Fulton)

Dates:  May 4, 2014
Times:  11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Westheimer Route ( Hazard to Yoakum)

Dates:  June 1, 2014
Times:  11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Washington/ Market Sq (Studemont to Milam)

So what’s your excuse? Go out and get healthy! Share your experience with us through comments, on our Facebook page (Hotels.tv Houston), or our Instagram account (@hotelstvhouston) – we can’t wait to hear about it!

 

 

Pageant Wednesday: A Good Laugh

ToddlersTiarasPageant Wednesday has returned! Because the Miss Houston and Miss Houston Teen Pageant are only one month away (eek!), I wanted to share some of the best quotes from every woman’s favorite show to laugh along with, Toddlers and Tiaras. If you’ve ever watched the hit show on TLC you know that it’s filled with ridiculousness in the form of pixie sticks, big hair, and a handful of kids who want nothing more than a nap and not have to “practice.” Though sometimes controversial for going “too far” at times, this show is always filled with hilarious moments that leave viewers rolling on the floor laughing. Haven’t watched it before? I highly recommend it.

“It makes me happy when my mommy cries.”

anigif_enhanced-buzz-26215-1326298770-6“Bein’ a diva’s exhausting!”

“When Claudia grows up she wants to own a lot of Taco Bells.”

“A dolla make me holla honey boo-boo!” – Alana from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

tumblr_lvjscqGS0D1r0hti6“It was funny but I don’t like you so I’m not going to laugh.”

“Emerald’s ambition is to become an octopus or a photographer.”

“I could care less about beauty. I just want pizza.”

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“My dream would be to own a whale and have 10 kids.”

“When I’m not doing pageants, I sit at home and act like a cat.”

 

“When Alanna grows up she wants to reunite Destiny’s child and find a cure for cancer.”

Do you have more hilarious quotes from this hit TV show? Share them with us – we’d love to laugh along with you :)

Hotel Spotlight: Hotel Granduca – Houston, TX

005764-01-exterior-nightWhether you’re a native Houstonian or new to the area, you’re probably fairly unfamiliar with some of the biggest hotels in the area. After all, Houston is huge! I wanted to spend today’s blog post highlighting of one of Houston’s five-star, luxury hotels: Hotel Granduca.

1503827_175_zWhile in close proximity to the Galleria, Hotel Graduca is only minutes from Uptown Park, Houston’s only European style shopping experience, with nearby boutiques, wine bars, and restaurants. Fully embellished with 122 individually decorated rooms, plasma televisions, complimentary wifi, a spa tub, and a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, this hotel is one of a kind. So what makes Hotel Granduca better than the rest? To start, the entrance exudes luxury and class. Though in the heart of uptown, their lobby makes you feel like you’re in another world. Their staff is trained to be extremely attentive and to not forget about the “little details” that makes trip special, hence their extraordinary packages that range from spa & romance to business traveler and culinary packages.

1503827_181_zWhether you’re looking for a hotel to celebrate an anniversary or spend the weekend with friend, don’t count this luxury landmark out. Though prices vary depending on room size and date, they have a wide variety to fit everyone’s needs. Click here for more details and accommodations. And, as always, we guarantee the online lowest rate!

Memorial Park & Bike Trails – Houston, TX

Don’t let yourself be intimidated for one second! This is the ideal adult (or family) outing that is FREE and totally spring break worthy. Break out of the house and breathe some fresh air…at Memorial Park!

Drought-Memorial-Park-Houston-TX-Jan-2012Located off Memorial Drive and Loop 610, Memorial Park is the perfect (free) outing for all ages. Whether your little ones need to get out their energy or you need a break from the office, dub this your spring break sanctuary. Spread over 1,503 acres, this park offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including Seymour Lieberman Trail, a state-of-the-art fitness center, the Memorial Park Conservatory, and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center (HANC). Not only is there something for everyone, but there is something for everyone!

Picture016Feeling gutsy? Why not give mountain biking a try! There are trails for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Heck, you don’t even need a pricey mountain bike – just grab yours out of the garage! They trails are located directly across the Memorial Park Running Loop and are a great way to introduce exercise back into your daily activity. Plus, with all of this beautiful weather, we can’t resist.

Here’s a fun tidbit: pack a little picnic to-go and make an afternoon out of it! It’ll be a great change of scenery from your home or office.

What are your spring break plans? We’d love to hear!

Pedal Party – Houston, TX

1623524_10153848897690591_554774688_nLooking for a little something to spice up your spring break in Houston? Look no further! A Pedal Party is the next best alternate to not being able to take a week off of work for the beach. This is a great opportunity to gather your fifteen closest friends and family and have a blast channeling your inner youth.

 

pedalparty_groupSo, what exactly is a Pedal Party? It is a group-oriented rental amusement activity that allows 16 party-goers to pedal and party, all at the same time. It’s perfect for birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, team-building events, parade and just havin’ down right fun.

This eco-friendly machine is steered by the group’s elected “captain,” that sits in the middle while the other pedal along. Although you must provide your own snacks and beverages (unless you decide to make stops along the way), the memories and music are free. You’ll be guaranteed a few stares as your pedal through one of the several available routes in the Midtown & Washington areas of Houston – just smile and wave!

photoRentals start at two hours, depending on the route, and vary between $380 to $570. The ride is extremely safe, as it averages about 5-8 mph in speed, and has experienced no injuries in the Houston area. To learn more, check out Pedal Party’s website or to look for a discount, check out GroupOn and other online promo codes to save a little bit of cash!

Let us know how it goes – cheers!

 

Tips & Tricks for Traveling Across Texas

Howdy spring breakers! It’s almost that time! I’ve compiled 5 easy steps to having the BEST road trip to your special destination. Let’s see ‘em!

automobile1. Clean out your car. Think it won’t be a big deal to keep your gum wrapper and old soda cans in the car? Think again. In just a few short days, they’ll be joined with fast food trash, suvineres, and some grumpy attitudes that are sick of driving! Do yourself a favor and clean the car out before the drive. It’ll save you a headache – trust me.

2. Get comfy. Don’t forget to bring a pillow or two to get comfortable with. If you’re prone to getting cold, grab a light fleece blanket and turn down the AC a tad. Or if you’re likely to be on the warm side, dress in layers to have the option of taking off a sweater or socks. Oh, and don’t forget to recline that seat!

1_1735174643. Don’t forget the snacks! You may reach a point on your drive where restaurants and gas stations are scarce, so don’t get caught hungry. Prepare some little goodies beforehand! It’s super easy and can make traveling with kids less of a headache. My favorites include fresh & dried fruit, string cheese, almonds, sealed sandwiches, and pretzels. All I do is grab a handful, seal it into a Ziploc bag, and viola!

4. Keep yourself occupied. Whether you like to customize your own playlist, listen to the radio, or turn on Pandora, don’t forget the beats! Be sure to fully charge your device and let the tunes roll! This’ll spice up any road trip and help kill the time for all you cross-country folks!

road-trip-ftr5. Keep the necessities nearby. Although many wouldn’t think of this, I’ve found it very handy to keep my necessities within arms-length. After all, we’ve all had a moment where we’re climbing over the back seat trying to reach something we need. Well, here’s the solution! Just keep it close to you, perhaps in a smaller bag. This tip will be extremely handy for those of you who will be stopping at a hotel for the night. Rather than dig through your luggage in those wee hours of the morning, back a smaller bag with your toiletries and an extra set of clothes for easy access.

Pageant Wednesday: Be Brave

Pageant Wednesday is back! And this week, I want to dare all of our readers to be brave. Now what does that mean exactly? Well, let me tell you.

2012_missbayarea_JHA_7687Ever since Pageant Wednesday started, I’ve been sharing about all different aspects of pageant life. We’ve shattered the beauty queen stereotype, discussed their philanthropic foundations, and dug deep into Miss Houston’s history. So what now? I’m challenging YOU to enter the Pageant.

Taking place on April 18-19th, the Pageant is a little over one month away - plenty of time for you to get prepared and whipped into pageant shape. The entry form is still available and is quick and easy to complete. (Click here to apply.) There is no “experience” requirements for entry and this is truly a great starting point to enter the pageant world. What do you have to lose?

hilton3Not convinced to enter the pageant quite yet? I have a baby step solution! Book a luxury room at the hosting hotel (Hilton Houston – Post Oak), experience the pageant first-hand, and apply for another upcoming pageant in the area. Don’t qualify for the age gap? Encourage a sister, friend, niece, or stranger – you might just be the extra push they need to tap into the pageant world!

Want to make a reservation at the four star Hilton Houston Post Oak hotel? Start here with us!