Summer is here, a time for fun in the sun and a chance to escape from the real world and take some much-needed vacation! This season, we’re highlighting some of our favorite local hotspots to shop and dine in our Summer Issue. Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience Houston like a local.

Gracing our cover is the gorgeous Daniella Rodriguez, the glam and giving beauty queen who stole our hearts during the Astros’ World Series Championship win with her engagement to shortstop Carlos Correa. She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’s our (former) Miss Texas USA and we couldn’t be happier that she calls Houston home. She’s a regular at Minute Maid Park, cheering on the home team, and we’re pretty sure she’s a good luck charm, too! Catch up with her and sneak a peek into their whirlwind romance that captured the hearts of Houstonians and baseball fans across the world.

While you’re out exploring the town, you always want to look your best. We’ve put together a list of some our favorite Summer items that will elevate your wardrobe and enhance your home. Whether you’re looking for a souvenir for a loved one or just want to treat yourself on your “staycation,” we’ve got you covered with some of Houston’s must-haves; they’re way better than a lousy token t-shirt from your typical souvenir shop. After some much-deserved retail therapy, you’re sure to build up an appetite. What pairs perfectly with shopping? Eating! Check out our Brunches, Bars and Snappy Hours for the best deals and newest eateries Houston has to offer. Looking for something a little heartier? We’ve rounded up the best chophouses in town in our Steak Section. You can’t come to Texas without indulging in local fare, and we know good steak!

Time to unwind back in your hotel — Have you ever wondered about the perfectly curated art in your room and the lobby? In an interview with a New York City gallery owner, Stefania Panepinto explains how local hotels assemble their art to build a connection with their guests. Lucky for you, Houston’s art scene extends outside of the Museum District and into your home away from home. Next up, get to know Bob Livingston, the trailblazing musician who’s been delighting Texas dance halls for 50 years. Then, step into the desert for a summer getaway and experience the beauty and wonderment of Sedona, Arizona — We know Houston’s not the only stop you’ll be making this summer, so we’ll guide you through your next sun-drenched vacay!

Before you go, consult our entertainment calendar, “The Scene,” for an insider’s look at over 300 of Houston’s best upcoming performances, festivals and can’t-miss events. Tune in to our comprehensive listing of Houston sporting events (go, ‘Stros!), and browse through some of our favorite places to dine, shop and relax around town.

Thank you for choosing Houston Hotel Magazine as your guide to the best of Clutch City. We’re glad you’re here.

Ryan Miller

Keep up with Ryan’s latest adventures in H-Town and beyond on Instagram, @rywieser.