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Last Saturday we drove up to The Woodlands to spend the day exploring! We have a good friend from college that grew up there, and she's always telling us to make the drive. To be completely honest, we don't enjoy driving anywhere outside the loop, so we always use the excuse that the inner loop has everything we want to see and eat.

Little did we know... The Woodlands is absolutely gorgeous, especially right now with the perfect weather and colorful leaves, and they have great walk-able hubs with all the shopping, restaurants, and bars you could ever need. (Something you don't really find in the loop.)

Unfortunately we didn't get to hit all of the recommendations given to us by our friend, but we got a great feel for The Woodlands and can confidently say that it is the perfect "daycation" destination. So if you have an open day in one of the upcoming weekends or need to plan for when family comes into town, make sure to hit up these spots.

1. Start with brunch at Fielding's Local Kitchen & Bar.

Located in Creekside Park Village Green, Fielding's is a casual and upscale restaurant, where fresh is everything. Try their chicken and waffles and enjoy a nice bloody mary or mimosa flight to get the day started right.

B, 26400 Kuykendahl Rd

Tomball, TX 77375

CHICKEN AND WAFFLE || Fried egg, ivory bbq sauce, maple syrup

PASTRAMI PORK BELLY || Blue cheese, grapes, calabrese pesto

BLOODY MARY FLIGHT || 4 different bloody mary's with 4 different liquors

2. Walk around Hughes Landing.

Hughes Landing is a 66 acre development that features not only a handful of restaurants and shops, but also incredible views of Lake Woodlands. Water sport rentals, a dog park, and connections to hike and bike trails are also available.

Hughes Landing Blvd.

The Woodlands, TX

3. Stop by Blue Door Coffee for a mid-day caffeine fix.

Make your way to The Waterway, where you'll find Blue Door Coffee. Stop by for a coffee and a quick photo-op at this super Instagrammable coffee shop before continuing on.

21 Waterway Ave Suite 110

The Woodlands, TX 77380

4. Stroll along The Waterway as you sip on your coffee.

The Waterway is the heart of Downtown The Woodlands. It connects The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands Marriott Hotel, Waterway Square, and The Woodlands Mall, and is SO vibrant right now.

5. Make your way towards Market Street for more shopping.

If it's a nice day, you can make your way to Market Street that's a beautiful outdoor shopping center.

6. Circle back around to The Waterway for dinner and drinks with a view.

Unfortunately we didn't make it to dinner in The Woodlands, but there are plenty of options along the Waterway. Here are some great options:

  • Crush Wine Lounge *has a rooftop bar
  • Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen
  • Nick's Fish Dive & Oyster Bar
  • True Food Kitchen
  • Cureight

Hope y'all find this useful in planning your next trip to The Woodlands! We had such a wonderful experience, I'm already hoping to make another day trip soon!

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