Welcome to Houston. As you know, our city was devastated by Hurricane Harvey this summer, affecting everyone from our distribution partners to our team. As we all recuperated and rebuilt, we stepped out of our typical quarterly distribution cycle. We are proud to present our special Holiday / Winter 2018 issue, a testimony to teamwork that celebrates Houston as never before.

As a native Houstonian, I have seen firsthand how resilient this city can be, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey was no exception. This great community is well on its way to being better than it ever was before, and with the help of locals and visitors alike (the World Series win didn’t hurt, either), we can get there faster.

As we move forward and rebuild, we have the excitement of knowing the holidays and Rodeo are just around the corner, and there’s no better place to celebrate than hospitable Houston. In this issue, we spotlight the best of Bayou City, starting with our cover feature: 2017 James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega. Learn the story of how this inspired, local-loving chef brought the culinary Oscar to Houston, then make reservations to visit each of his restaurants — I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Join us for a look inside some of Houston’s most glamorous hotels, and get the scoop on one of the most unique cuisines in the city.

Discover our Gift Guide, filled to the brim with fantastic present ideas for everything from the winter holidays to Valentine’s Day.

Turn to our events calendar, “The Scene,” for an inclusive guide to over 300 of Houston’s best upcoming performances, festivals, and cultural happenings. Don’t miss our comprehensive listing of Houston’s sports schedules, and take a look at our recommendations on some of the best places to dine, shop, and relax here in town.

Thank you for choosing Houston Hotel Magazine as your companion for an exceptional visit to Houston. I’m glad you’re here.

Ryan Wieser
Publisher, Houston Hotel Magazine