It's rodeo time, folks. Whether you're part of all the ropin' and ridin' festivities, or merely want to visit when the city's decked to its finest, Houston makes a fun three-day getaway. The best part: You don't have to sell the ranch to pay for the weekend. Pack your cowboy boots and the biggest hat that will squeeze through the door. This is one vacation that'll have you boot scootin'.
First things first. You'll need a rental car when you visit Houston. It's a big city with lots to see and do. Come prepared with a local map or directions. The maze of highways can be overwhelming if you aren't equipped.
Once transportation is settled, you'll want to trek to your hotel to unload all of your belongings. We recommend the InterContinental Houston any month, but especially in February and March when the property offers a fabulous rodeo package. This special, based on first-come availability, includes an overnight weekend stay with a welcome treat of Shiner Bock beer, tortilla chips, and spicy salsas. The deal carries a $119 price tag for a Friday or Saturday night stay. You can check in at 3 p.m.; (713) 627-7600 or http://houston.intercontinental.com.
Kick off the grand weekend with a celebratory meal of Mexico City classics at Hugo's on Westheimer. You'll have to pay a bit more for the authentic dishes, but it's worth it. Try the Camarones al Mojo de Ajo, shrimp cooked in lime-garlic oil, for $17.95.
After dinner, get ready to join the party downtown. Main Street is blocked off Friday and Saturday nights so folks can dance in the streets--literally. You'll find bars and restaurants with drink specials and live music every few paces from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.