Fall has arrived — a time for family, friends, fresh fashion and flavorful food! This holiday season, we’re highlighting some of our favorite local designers and hotspots to shop and dine. Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience Houston like a local.

Gracing our cover is the ever-so-chic Caroline (Harper) Knapp, the creative mind behind House of Harper.  This local fashionista and lifestyle guru helps you navigate through our Extended Holiday Gift Guide, a curated selection of trending and seasonal items, by highlighting her top picks.  In it you’ll find some our favorite Texas-inspired gifts that will elevate any wardrobe and enhance every home. We have something for everyone on your holiday list, including the little ones!  Whether you’re looking for a souvenir for a loved one or just want to treat yourself this season, we’ve got you covered with some of Houston’s must-haves.  ‘Tis the season to shop!  

Love the dress our cover girl is wearing? Then you will love our fashion-forward article highlighting three local designers who are making their mark across the country, based right here in Houston. You’ll fall for the unique designs of Hunter Bell NYC, Hamilton Shirts and Mirth Caftans.  Then, we’ll take you straight to the holy grail of Houston shopping destinations by giving you an in-depth look into the fabulous River Oaks District and Uptown Park — both of which offer elevated shopping and dining experiences unmatched by anywhere else in the city (or state, for that matter).

After indulging in some retail therapy, you’re sure to build up an appetite. 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!

As you may know, fall in Texas is synonymous with football, but we also have an incredible brewery scene that pairs perfectly with our favorite pastime. Discover a few of our top destinations to watch the game and enjoy a crisp IPA with our map of Bayou City’s buzz-worthy breweries.  Then, step into the Pacific Northwest for a holiday getaway and experience the beauty and wonder of the Oregon wine country. We know Houston’s not the only stop you’ll be making this fall, so we’ll guide you through your next vineyard 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 into 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.