four decades ON, The Woodlands, that foresty enclave north of Houston, isn’t just any old master-planned community. It’s a master-planned community with a bullet, with one of the highest rates of home sales in the country. Why? Maybe it’s the walkable downtown, or the restaurants galore (not just chains, anymore), the shops, the recreation. Or maybe it’s just the trees.

Learn more about the past, present, and future of George Mitchell’s brainchild in this guide to our neighbors to the north, and find out what Woodlands types think about their neighbors to the south.

In This Feature:

The Woodlands Grows and Grows—and Maybe Gets Real

At 40 years old, The Woodlands has made great strides in livability—and broken out of its ‘cookie-cutter’ reputation.

02/02/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

Visit a New Side of Houston: The Woodlands

You can go gourmet or play all day in The Woodlands—or all of the above, if you make a weekend out of it.

07/27/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Best of the Burbs: Explore The Woodlands

Where a very different kind of big game hunting awaits...

05/31/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Where to Drink Right Now in The Woodlands and Spring

Beginning with the best bar for brunching.

02/01/2016 By Nick Esquer

First Bite: Broken Barrel

A young chef's Woodlands restaurant is an early contender for one of the best of the year.

02/23/2017 By Alice Levitt

Notes on Arcade Fire from a Native Son

"I decided this band must be the coolest thing ever to emerge from the bougie patch of reclaimed swamp I called home—a belief I more or less hold to this day."

08/10/2017 By Morgan Kinney

The Woodlands Is Getting Texas's First Full Psycle

The indoor spin studio plans to stand out with rhythm workouts, strength training and race-style performance goals.

08/04/2017 By Brittanie Shey

At Fielding's, Boozy Flights Are No Longer Limited to Wine and Beer

Add a little (or a lot) of Bloody Mary to your next brunch in The Woodlands.

04/14/2017 By Brooke Viggiano

The Westin, the Waterway and The Woodlands

The artful new hotel doesn't feel like The Woodlands—until it does.

08/11/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Arts in The Woodlands: Beyond the Pavilion

In The Woodlands, cultural offerings begin and end with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Is the public hungry for more?

02/02/2014 By Michael Hardy

Survey: What the Woodlanders Said

We polled scores of Woodlandians to find out exactly how they feel about the town they call home.

02/02/2014 Illustrations by Alese Pickering By Katharine Shilcutt

What To Do in the Woodlands

When in The Woodlands, do as the Woodlanders do.

02/02/2014 By Peter Holley