The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Romantic Spots


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3. James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

Ah, the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace structure on the campus of Rice University - what a wonder. It should appeal to art lovers and lovers who want a magnificent, constantly changing backdrop to a kiss. Expect a crowd during the scheduled "performances" (check the schedule), but you'll quickly have it to yourself once the show's over.

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2. Houstonian Hotel
111 N. Post Oak Ln.

Houston has plenty of high-end hotels, but our favorite by far is the Houstonian. With a first class spa, fitness center and luxury accommodations, it draws plenty of locals looking for some privacy or pampering. The grounds are lush and while there's lots to the hotel (bars, restaurants, rooms, etc.) it manages to feel very, very private even in the public spaces.

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1. The Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella Boulevard

It's no surprise that the Rainbow Lodge takes our No. 1 spot. The place is pure class, with great food and impeccable service (including waitstaff that know when to make themselves scarce so as not to ruin the mood). Generations of Houstonians have fallen in love while sitting in the Lodge's dining rooms, some going on to get married there. If you're thinking about Valentine's Day dinner at the Lodge, be ready to reserve your table a full year in advance. The secret's out - the Rainbow Lodge is the place for grown-ups to celebrate.


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Rice University

6100 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

Sambuca

909 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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15 comments
Wesley Burnham
Wesley Burnham

No mention of Applebee's on a Friday night? What says romance better than the thriftiness of two for $20?

Daddy Tang
Daddy Tang

The entire list is bogus with no mention of MARFRELESS!!!

Tofu Alienn
Tofu Alienn

oh yea Flora & muse my new fav spot in Houston.

Tofu Alienn
Tofu Alienn

One more thing, the roof top Downtown Houston on the fourth of July singing the national anthem with complete strangers, and people of different backgrounds and friends and family. Now that is romantic at its best and it's completely free.

Tofu Alienn
Tofu Alienn

I would recommend a stroll through Glenwood Cemetery, to read the romantic poetry and see the divine sculptures and then have tea for 2 at The Path of Tea, also maybe have an enchanting hike at Brazos Bend State Park with butterflies and lovely terrain & bodies of water to view. Then venture to Bistro Le Cep and there is always staying over night at the Houston Museum of Natural Science with the bugs & rainforest when the corpse flower comes around and finding your inner nerd.

Houston Press
Houston Press

Which spots would you suggest? We're always looking for more recommendations.

BLemire
BLemire

It seems a bit odd for a list of romantic spots but I'd highly suggest Glenwood Cemetery on Washington Ave. It's very quiet, has the same "secret garden" feel you mentioned and lots of places to walk around and get lost.

Danielle Stephens
Danielle Stephens

Kemah Boardwalk is the last place I'd go. Screaming kids and carnival rides? Not my idea of romantic.

Tofu Alienn
Tofu Alienn

Now you know this is how these places sell themselves because I highly disagree with this post. I've been all over Houston and these are not all the most romantic places. boo Houston press

RayHadfield
RayHadfield

@Houston Press Greyhound Bus Station?????

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

@BLemire and all the goose bumps you can stand....

RayHadfield
RayHadfield

@Danielle Stephens Wait until a little later in the evening.Go when a Band is playing for a free concert,then a slow walk along the boardwalk around 10:00pm.....

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@Jean Genie   And yet you recommend a cemetery...  kinda lose all credibility when you do that.  Of course, I'm not emo or goth.  

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