In retrospect, the continuous two-year pandemic we’ve all experienced has progressively become mundane. And, unfortunately, with uncertainty in the air, weeklong tropical vacations are now determined by safety precautions, vaccine mandates and mask requirements. Not to mention, a new COVID-19 variant could cancel your trip entirely. But while we wait for a spotty sense of normality, Houston has become a utopia of its own, and a hot commodity for food, entertainment and self-care. If a traditional vacay isn’t in the cards, but you’re still looking to escape, there are plenty of local getaways that can make you quickly forget that you never left the city limits. Let the Bayou City be your home away from home: Houston is sprinkled with treasures; you’ll feel worlds away, without ever having to leave. A staycation is the ideal time to try new things, from eating at a new restaurant, booking a weekend hotel spa, or simply just getting out of the house to get some work done. Whether you’re bringing the family—or need some time away from them—Houston has everything you need to stay home and enjoy it.