Best of Houstonia

On the Road Again: 53 Weekend Getaways for 2016

We’ve got a road trip for every weekend of the year, and every occasion you can imagine.

01/05/2016 By Layne Lynch, Marianella Orlando, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, and Brittanie Shey

Top Stories

Beauty

The Coaching King of Pageant Queens

Meet J.J. Smith, Houston's pageant starmaker.

01/05/2016 By Steven Devadanam

Books & Talks

Storied City: A Guide to Literary Houston

Who knew Houston was a literary mecca? We did.

01/05/2016 By Gwendolyn Zepeda and Nick Esquer

H-Town Diary

Perpetually a Pukie, Thanks to CrossFit

Too much of a workout fad can do more harm than good.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Sunday Funday

The Rise and Rise of Brunch

There's never been a better time for a weekend-morning repast in the Bayou City.

01/05/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Bayougraphy

Skirting Rags to Fashion Line Riches

For designer Onyii Brown, it all started with a wrap skirt.

01/05/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Table of Contents

Arts & Culture

Lit Inspiration

From Libraries to Lit Fests

As local libraries tout something for everyone and festivals and book fairs are growing off trees, Houston's bevy of book resources continues to blossom.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Arts & Drafts

Want to Write? These Classes and Workshops Will Help You Get Started

Find inspiration and instruction, whether in an online seminar or a hands-on workshop.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Books & Talks

Storied City: A Guide to Literary Houston

Who knew Houston was a literary mecca? We did.

01/05/2016 By Gwendolyn Zepeda and Nick Esquer

Get Lit

Houston's Surprising Connection to the Billion-Dollar Romance Novel Industry

Romance Writers of America is headquartered in Houston. Ready to have your love conquer all?

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Reading Galore

The Indie Bookselling Darlings of the City

Inside Houston's thriving independent bookstore scene.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Writing

How UH's Creative Writing Program Went to the Head of the Class

Here's to the risk takers.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Writers Galore

Live Readings and Lectures Fill Houston's Concert Halls

Live readings from authors and aspiring poets? The city is full of them.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Lit Inspiration

Houston-Set Novels: A Sampling

Looking for some books to put on your Need-To-Read list? Here's a place to get started.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Reading

Now Reading: Houston Edition

We asked Houston-based and -born authors: What's on your nightstand?

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer Photography by Audra Oden

Lit Inspiration

Happy Endings for a Starving Writer

One writer's journey through Houston's literary landscape.

01/05/2016 By Gwendolyn Zepeda

Culture

Culture Club: The New Museum District

Where is Houston's new museum district? All over the city.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Eat & Drink

Editor's Picks

12 Westchase Restaurants to Try Right Now

From Persian to ramen to Tex-Mex, this incredibly international part of town has you covered.

01/12/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Editor's Picks

Raw Deals: Houston's 9 Best Oyster Bars

Tis the season to indulge in oysters.

01/12/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Sunday Funday

The Rise and Rise of Brunch

There's never been a better time for a weekend-morning repast in the Bayou City.

01/05/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Cocktails

A Toast to the Nifty Fifty

At Midtown bar Spare Key, there’s a drink—and a story—for every state.

01/05/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Breweries

A Six-Pack of Brand New Breweries to Try

Craft beer enthusiast? It's never been a better time to indulge.

01/05/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Editor’s Note

Editor's Note

Lost Highway

"A road trip is a way to get to know someone–for good or ill."

01/05/2016 By Catherine Matusow

Health & Wellness

H-Town Diary

Perpetually a Pukie, Thanks to CrossFit

Too much of a workout fad can do more harm than good.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

Home & Real Estate

Space City

East Meets Garden Oaks

Incorporating traditional Japanese architectural elements, one couple builds a house that stands out, but still fits in.

01/05/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen Photography by Divya Pande

News & City Life

Ice House Interview

Lou Weaver: A Hero for HERO

A local man is fighting for everyone's rights, including his own.

01/05/2016 By Catherine Matusow

Radio

Prairie Home Will No Longer Have Its Companion

After more than 40 years, Garrison Keillor is bowing out.

01/05/2016 By Nick Esquer

History

The Forgotten Gravestones of Houston’s History

Restoring the city’s oldest African-American cemetery, one headstone at a time.

01/05/2016 By Brittanie Shey

Beauty

The Coaching King of Pageant Queens

Meet J.J. Smith, Houston's pageant starmaker.

01/05/2016 By Steven Devadanam

Bayougraphy

Skirting Rags to Fashion Line Riches

For designer Onyii Brown, it all started with a wrap skirt.

01/05/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Ice House

Perfect Party: The Intriguing Eight

As the new year begins, we look to eight inspiring individuals for fresh ideas.

01/05/2016 By Catherine Matusow

Science

The Human Genome Gets Sliced and Diced at the Texas Med Center

Meanwhile at Baylor, the world's first "surgery" on the human genome.

01/05/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weather

For the Chron’s Sci Guy, the Sun is Here to Stay

Loyal followers of Eric Berger's weather chats are in luck.

01/05/2016 By Steven Devadanam

Tattoos

Prison Break Tattoos: Perfect for Those in Uniform

An HPD sergeant dons a different hat to ink public officials.

01/05/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Traffic

The End of the Road for 290 Traffic?

Commuters may not have to cringe at the sight of US 290 anymore.

01/05/2016 By Jeff Balke

Intersections

Intersections: Canal & Navigation

Diving into the East End neighborhood that’s a hub for tamales, tree-shaded parks and viral t-shirts.

01/05/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Travel & Outdoors

Best of Houstonia

On the Road Again: 53 Weekend Getaways for 2016

We’ve got a road trip for every weekend of the year, and every occasion you can imagine.

01/05/2016 By Layne Lynch, Marianella Orlando, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, and Brittanie Shey