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The holidays are fast approaching and the stress of buying gifts, cooking the perfect dinner and catering to your in-laws is starting to kick in. So instead of putting up $400 or more for a quick getaway, you can wind down locally for less. Our recommendation: a downtown staycation.

Stay

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

400 Dallas St., (713) 759-0202, doubletree3.hilton.com

Kick back and relax at the DoubleTree by Hilton, with spacious room sizes and a variety of layouts to choose from. If you want to splurge a bit, pick a suite, or, for something modern and cozy, go with the guest room. One great feature you’ll get no matter what is floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of the city’s skyline. Amenities include a fitness room (if you want to relieve any worries in the weight room), an outdoor pool (it’s heated!) and Jacuzzi, and a lobby bar. The hotel also welcomes pets, so you can bring along your pup or furry feline.

Insider tips:

  • Ask for a warm chocolate chip cookie when you check in.
  • If you don’t want to drive or walk, get around with the hotel's free shuttle service.
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Get a view of the city at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Downtown Houston.

Eat

Trofi Restaurant & Bar

400 Dallas St., (713) 759-0202, doubletree3.hilton.com

If you don’t want to leave the confines of the DoubleTree, hit the hotel’s Trofi Restaurant & Bar. The menu specializes in American cuisine with a Southern flair with dishes such as chicken and sausage gumbo, chile-rubbed Hereford ribeye steak with Yukon gold potatoes, salmon with shiitake mushroom risotto cake and roasted red peppers, and pasta jambalaya.

Insider tip: Check out The Dinner Detective show hosted at the DoubleTree, which is an interactive murder mystery dinner show that hides the actors among the customers. Look online for scheduling and pricing. 

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Trofi Restaurant & Bar's special rib-eye steak served atop of Yukon gold potatoes. 

Blue By Massa’s

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If you want to get out, walk across the street to Blue By Massa’s, an upscale restaurant specializing in American cuisine and seafood. The family-owned business is known for its lobster bisque, but also has a tasty redfish, filet mignon and grilled mahi.

Play

The DoubleTree is conveniently located near the theater district. Head over to Jones Plaza, the which hosts activities, festivals and concerts, or catch a show at the Houston Symphony (stay tuned for Sinatra’s Centennial, which will run from October 30 through November 1) or the Alley (now featuring The Other Place).

Really, the options are endless. A weekend down really will feel like a vacation, and will leave you ready to tackle the holidays. 

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