Houston: This Ain’t My First Rodeo
This usually surprises most people that don’t know me well, I’m a HUGE professional bull riding fan. It’s the truth. Okay fan really doesn’t describe how into it I am. I’m slightly obsessed. There I said it. I watch it just about every time it’s broadcast on television and I do my best to get to at least one live event every year. If you haven’t you really should. Good times people. Really good times. Not kidding. Whenever I get a chance to see bull riding I’m in. Period.
Last month’s bull riding fix came in the form of the Houston Rodeo. I found out about this gem of an event through our PR Maven friend Kim who lives in Houston. I convinced Susan a girl’s weekend at the rodeo would be a good time so we booked our flights put on our cowboy boots and off we went. The Posh Woodlands Resort and Conference Center hosted us and was our home away from home for the weekend. The resort has more to offer than we could possibly see/do in one weekend. We’re already looking forward to returning so we can kick up our heels by their amazing pools, take a slide down the water slides, a trip around the lazy river (currently under construction and scheduled to open later this summer) and maybe even take on a game of golf.
The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center is just a mere thirty minutes from downtown Houston, Texas. A world of natural beauty meets high-tech convenience – and welcoming smiles are ready to grant even the most challenging of requests. It’s an ideal destination for families and couples to relax and refresh, it’s also a world-class venue for conferences (yep, we liked it so much we’re considering taking our food conference MIXED on the road to Texas next year. Boots are optional but encouraged.)
It was hard to leave our posh accommodations to head off to the rodeo. They spoiled us with a suite that had an amazing entry way (that yes I had to slide on with my socks, like you wouldn’t) and large living area that separated not one but two master suites. Their attention to detail was outstanding. Being a detail person myself I always notice when someone goes above and beyond. They had music going upon our arrival and the table was set up with Texas sized snacks and drinks. We were happy campers. Alas the rodeo beckoned and the bulls were too hard to ignore.
This is no ordinary rodeo friends. It’s a MONTH long event that has the biggest purses in the country up for grabs. Yes, everything is bigger in Texas. It also boasts some of the best names in yes Country Music. We were lucky enough to be there the night The Band Perry was performing. This is the third time I’ve seen them in concert and I’m always amazed at how Kimberly jumps and runs across the stage in what looked like 6 inch (red bottom) boots. Go ahead girl. I sung along to every. single. song. Sorry Susan I’m sure you would have preferred to have heard Kimberly sing.
There was roping, riding (bronc and bull), mutton busting (the cutest thing imaginable – kids holding on for dear life (don’t worry Mom they wore helmets and vests) while a sheep runs full speed) and chuck wagon racing! CHUCK WAGON RACING. How have I missed this all my life. This might be my new favorite thing. And you can’t have a festival without rides and fried food. We walked, ate, walked, ate, walked and ate and then sat down. The rodeo didn’t disappoint. It did however wear us out.
Thank goodness there was a nice cushy bed (complete with turn down service and chocolates) and whirlpool tub to return to at The Woodlands that evening. We slept likes babies and then we were treated to the spa the next day. Facials are my weakness and that one was amazing. Not going to lie, they pretty much had to make us leave the spa. They have the most gorgeous fireplace and sitting area that I wanted to move into. So we moved to the restaurant where we also didn’t want to leave.
Beautiful rooms, attentive staff, relaxing spa, exercise room, multiple pools, golf course, conference center and fine food all in a gorgeous Texas sized setting. It’s a good thing.
Disclaimer: The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center hosted us during our stay. Opinions are our own. Always have been. Always will be.