It’s not the things you take with you that define your journey; it’s the experiences you have and the memories you bring home. Hotel Manager and downtown Houston resident Ronny Fernandez of Four Seasons Hotel Houston takes you through the experiences he has loved the most since moving to H-Town in 2018.
- The Diverse Flavours of International Cuisine
Exploring the city through food is one of my favourite things to do, and plenty of options are within 10 miles of the Hotel. Over a weekend, I like to head to The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation (the birthplace of fajitas), please my taste buds with Indian and Pakistani food at Himalaya and go to James Beard Award–winning Chef Chris Shepherd’s UB Preserv. I recommend ordering the Cha Cha Style Kampachi, an aromatic fish dish served with turmeric and sesame tortillas, peanuts, and nuom mam slaw. The Vietnamese Style Short Rib Fajitas are also a unique blend of flavours and ingredients that can only be found in Houston. I promise that you will not leave hungry!
- Eye-Catching Street Art
One of the best ways to feel the “Houston love” and fill your Instagram feed is by visiting the many colourful street art murals located around the city. I have two favourites: “Houston Is Inspired” in downtown, a representation of the city’s diverse people and cultures, and “Greetings from Houston” in the Heights neighbourhood, a compilation of iconic Houston symbols.
- The Spirit of the Annual Livestock Show and Rodeo
This is the event of the year in Houston. People from around the globe come to experience the largest rodeo in the world and get a taste of Western heritage. Besides watching the rodeo, you can enjoy carnival rides, go to concerts featuring some of the best Texas country artists and sample amazing BBQ. You definitely don’t want to miss the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, showcasing friendly competition among more than 250 teams.The rodeo has something for everyone, but the best part is that the event raises millions of dollars to support education in the community.
- The Energy of a Kickin’ Workout
Because of the seemingly endless food and beverage options in town, sometimes you need to work it off! The best workout actually takes place on-site at the Hotel. Sign up for a class with Michael Chabala, a former Houston professional soccer player, who will get your heart racing with his signature strength training and cardio workout inspired by the game.
- The Rumble of the Art Car Parade
Who doesn’t love a parade! Art cars are something of a tradition in Houston, and the city is considered the “Art Car Capital.” Once a year, an elaborate parade of over-the-top decorated vehicles – from classic cars to motorcycles – make their way through downtown. It is quite the scene and conversation starter. If you miss the parade, I suggest heading to the quirky art car gallery in the Heights to check out some of the entries.