Spring is in the air, a time of renewal, growth, and celebration.  This season, we’re highlighting everything from our favorite patios and hot brunch spots around town to spring fashions available from local retailers, that will get you rooftop ready in no time!  Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience Houston like a pro. 

Before you start preparing your itinerary, meet our cover guy, the incredibly talented Cody Johnson, up-and-coming country star and real-life cowboy.  In this issue, the singer-songwriter discusses his rise to fame and his amazing journey that started on the dirt of local rodeos.  He’s making a name for himself nationwide, but Texas will always be his home and you can hear it in his music. 

Cody isn’t the only guy we’re featuring in this issue.  We also sat down to chat with two influential men in Houston who have very different companies but one thing in common – a love of the arts.  Russell Gordy and Jay Landa are giving back to their communities and we’re proud to call them both Houstonians.  Learn more about each of their vastly distinct stories in “Hunter & Gatherer and “Culture & Color. 

Houston’s cultural community also shines in our thriving culinary scene.  For just a taste, explore our roundup of top patios, “Outdoor Spaces,” and dine al fresco this season, before the summer heat rolls in.  You’ll find options like a nursery that doubles as a restaurant and a steak house with breathtaking downtown views.  These spots don’t just offer stunning sights with your meal, they’re serving up refreshing spring cocktails that you’ll want to recreate at home.  Cue our “Spring Spirits” article, where a local bartender offers his expertise on how to do just that!  You’ll feel like a mixologist in no time with his guide to ordering and making drinks like a pro. 

Be sure to check out “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 savoring the local fare, and we know good steak! 

Now that you’ve made your reservations and know the dress code, it’s time to think about what you’re going to wear!  Discover our “Spring Gift and Style Guide,” a curated selection of seasonal items that are sure to help you stand out in style.  Whether you’re looking for a souvenir for a loved one or just want to treat yourself this season, we steer you in the right direction of some of Houston’s must-haves perfect for spring.   

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, Rockets!), 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 H-Town. We’re glad you’re here. 

Ryan Miller

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