BMW i
Forum for the BMW i3, i4 and i8
BMW i3 BMW i8
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

  BMW i Forums > BIMMERPOST Universal Forums > Off-Topic Discussions Board

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      09-07-2019, 01:23 AM   #1
ezaircon4jc
Colonel
United_States
790
Rep
2,737
Posts

Drives: 2014 535i M Sport
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: San Diego

iTrader: (0)

Texas trip

I have a question for Houston/Galveston members. We'll be there the end of October and I wonder if any of you could recommend a place to stay in either city. Additionally, places/areas to avoid.

TIA!!!
Appreciate 0
      09-07-2019, 02:48 AM   #2
flgfish
Private First Class
flgfish's Avatar
75
Rep
103
Posts

Drives: 2012 E91, 2015 911 C2
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Houston, TX

iTrader: (1)

You're talking about an area larger than New Jersey. More specifics are needed. My office is in "Houston" and it's 80 miles to Galveston. If you're visiting family in Spring, for instance, you don't want to stay in Galveston.
Appreciate 0
      09-07-2019, 03:47 AM   #3
pablo219
New Member
1
Rep
11
Posts

Drives: E90
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Bali

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by flgfish View Post
You're talking about an area larger than New Jersey. More specifics are needed. My office is in "Houston" and it's 80 miles to Galveston. If you're visiting family in Spring, for instance, you don't want to stay in Galveston.
+1
Appreciate 0
      09-07-2019, 01:20 PM   #4
ezaircon4jc
Colonel
United_States
790
Rep
2,737
Posts

Drives: 2014 535i M Sport
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: San Diego

iTrader: (0)

We're visiting both cities. Family is in Arlington so we figured as long as we're making the trip we might as well see something else. My wife found some interesting things to do/see in the AAA book. We currently (can be changed) have reservations downtown Houston (Holiday Inn on Bell st) and the Hampton Inn in Galveston.

We did San Antonio a couple of years ago.
Appreciate 0
      09-07-2019, 01:32 PM   #5
flgfish
Private First Class
flgfish's Avatar
75
Rep
103
Posts

Drives: 2012 E91, 2015 911 C2
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Houston, TX

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ezaircon4jc View Post
We're visiting both cities. Family is in Arlington so we figured as long as we're making the trip we might as well see something else. My wife found some interesting things to do/see in the AAA book. We currently (can be changed) have reservations downtown Houston (Holiday Inn on Bell st) and the Hampton Inn in Galveston.

We did San Antonio a couple of years ago.
If I had a day in Houston, I'd look at the Museum District & Hermann Park area. Lots of interesting culture in that area. The zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are both great & right there. It's also not a long drive to NASA. Their static display of the Saturn V rocket is one of the most impressive things you'll see anywhere.

Houston has incredible food all over town. It's a diverse town of migrants, so you can pretty much find whatever your heart desires. I'm told we have the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam, and the southwest part of town has the best Vietnamese food you'll find in the US, if that's your style.

Galveston is just, well, Galveston. You have the water, and you have the pier, and you have the touristy stuff. Kemah, not far from Galveston, is an attraction and fun for kids especially. The water has been blue instead of brown lately, so fingers crossed it stays that way a couple more weeks.
Appreciate 1
      09-07-2019, 03:02 PM   #6
MPBK
Everyday I'm shuffling
United_States
359
Rep
1,013
Posts

Drives: '12 SG 135i DCT; '18 MG M2 DCT
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ezaircon4jc View Post
I have a question for Houston/Galveston members. We'll be there the end of October and I wonder if any of you could recommend a place to stay in either city. Additionally, places/areas to avoid.

TIA!!!
Areas to avoid: Houston and Galveston.
Worthwhile: Austin
U welcome.
Appreciate 3
wdb1521.00

      09-07-2019, 04:12 PM   #7
ASAP
Bavarian Motor Works
ASAP's Avatar
No_Country
2600
Rep
4,341
Posts

Drives: '20 M2C
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by MPBK View Post
Areas to avoid: Houston and Galveston.
Worthwhile: Austin
U welcome.
Austin is honestly a seriously overrated city... it gets so much hype but its not really all that. 6th street and rainey are super ratchet and the feel of that city is a weird mix of wannabe hipster but in the end it still feels like a small city... by far and large, D town is the best place in TX.
Appreciate 2
P1et5806.50
wdb1521.00

      09-07-2019, 04:42 PM   #8
kscarrol
Brigadier General
kscarrol's Avatar
United_States
2106
Rep
3,130
Posts

Drives: 2011 E90 M3
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Orleans, LA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ASAP View Post
Austin is honestly a seriously overrated city... it gets so much hype but its not really all that. 6th street and rainey are super ratchet and the feel of that city is a weird mix of wannabe hipster but in the end it still feels like a small city... by far and large, D town is the best place in TX.
Agreed. We visited Austin recently and while we generally had a good time this description is pretty accurate. I will say we were shocked by the number of homeless folks panhandling... and they were aggressive about it! Reminded me of San Francisco.
__________________
2011 Space Grey E90 M3, DCT, Comp. Pkg.
1997 Z3 2.8, Artic Silver, Tanin Red interior, MT
1974 2002tii, Inka, 5 sp manual
BMWCCA # 327475
Appreciate 0
      09-07-2019, 07:01 PM   #9
grocerylist
Private
41
Rep
89
Posts

Drives: BMW M235i
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Seattle, WA

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2016 BMW M235i  [0.00]
Austin isn't cool because of what there is to do urban wise in the city (other than food and some music) but more because of the nature and green spaces that are in and surrounding the city like swimming holes (Barton Springs, Hamilton Pool, Blue Hole, Deep Eddy, Jacob's Well, Barton Creek Greenbelt, etc).
Appreciate 0
      09-07-2019, 09:22 PM   #10
P1et
Major General
P1et's Avatar
United_States
5807
Rep
9,090
Posts

Drives: my wife's cars
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Texas

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ASAP View Post
Austin is honestly a seriously overrated city... it gets so much hype but its not really all that. 6th street and rainey are super ratchet and the feel of that city is a weird mix of wannabe hipster but in the end it still feels like a small city... by far and large, D town is the best place in TX.
Rainey is terrible and 6th Street is even worse. I'd never recommend either.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kscarrol View Post
Agreed. We visited Austin recently and while we generally had a good time this description is pretty accurate. I will say we were shocked by the number of homeless folks panhandling... and they were aggressive about it! Reminded me of San Francisco.
Austin is quickly turning into a shantytown. It's awful.

Quote:
Originally Posted by grocerylist View Post
Austin isn't cool because of what there is to do urban wise in the city (other than food and some music) but more because of the nature and green spaces that are in and surrounding the city like swimming holes (Barton Springs, Hamilton Pool, Blue Hole, Deep Eddy, Jacob's Well, Barton Creek Greenbelt, etc).
Some of those places aren't even in Austin. And to come to Austin just to see Barton Springs or the Greenbelt?
Appreciate 0
      09-08-2019, 08:39 AM   #11
damnitBobby
Major
670
Rep
1,163
Posts

Drives: 2018 M3 ZCP
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

For Houston checkout midtown and the heights for nightlife, the galleria for shopping, take the 50 min drive to Galveston for beach, and hit up yelp for some of the best foods places in the nation.

And lol Dallas is suburbia boring. Not saying Dallas is a bad city but Houston has way more charm and culture. Austin is cool but agree with the other poster a little overrated. Definitely hit up the nature around Austin because it gets overlooked.
Appreciate 0
      09-08-2019, 11:30 AM   #12
P1et
Major General
P1et's Avatar
United_States
5807
Rep
9,090
Posts

Drives: my wife's cars
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Texas

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by damnitBobby View Post
For Houston checkout midtown and the heights for nightlife, the galleria for shopping, take the 50 min drive to Galveston for beach, and hit up yelp for some of the best foods places in the nation.

And lol Dallas is suburbia boring. Not saying Dallas is a bad city but Houston has way more charm and culture. Austin is cool but agree with the other poster a little overrated. Definitely hit up the nature around Austin because it gets overlooked.
Had dinner at La Lucha this week. Probably some of the best fried chicken I have ever had.
Appreciate 1
      09-08-2019, 03:39 PM   #13
ezaircon4jc
Colonel
United_States
790
Rep
2,737
Posts

Drives: 2014 535i M Sport
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: San Diego

iTrader: (0)

Thanks guys! I'm taking this all in! PLEASE keep the ideas coming!!

TIA!!!
Appreciate 0
      09-08-2019, 05:21 PM   #14
grocerylist
Private
41
Rep
89
Posts

Drives: BMW M235i
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Seattle, WA

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2016 BMW M235i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by damnitBobby View Post
For Houston checkout midtown and the heights for nightlife, the galleria for shopping, take the 50 min drive to Galveston for beach, and hit up yelp for some of the best foods places in the nation.

And lol Dallas is suburbia boring. Not saying Dallas is a bad city but Houston has way more charm and culture. Austin is cool but agree with the other poster a little overrated. Definitely hit up the nature around Austin because it gets overlooked.
I used to live in The Heights before I gtfo and left for Seattle. The Heights is great and Montrose is also very good for nightlife but hard pass on Midtown... just like the Washington Ave area it's very douchey. Reminds me of Austin 6th street, just far less busy.

And yeah I'd have to agree that Dallas is pretty lame compared to Houston. Full of the Thirty Thousandaires, Thirty-K Millies, whatever you want to call them pretending they are millionaires. Houston is far more diverse, and by far has the best food and variety of food in the state.
Appreciate 0
      09-08-2019, 07:04 PM   #15
tcphoto
Major
562
Rep
1,058
Posts

Drives: E92 335i MT Coupe
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Madison, GA

iTrader: (0)

I haven’t been but I’ve heard of and would check out the International food scene in Houston. Netflix has David Chang’s “Ugly Delicious” with an episode in Houston. I’ve been to Dallas a few times for work and found good food but it really is Suburbia personified.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      09-08-2019, 11:41 PM   #16
Germanauto
Brigadier General
Germanauto's Avatar
United_States
3454
Rep
3,084
Posts

Drives: BMW, Lexus
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: NW, SoCal

iTrader: (0)

If you've been to Florida or California's beautiful beaches then Galveston will feel lame in comparison. The town is small but has its charm, especially during the day when you can see the beautiful southern architecture. The $10 ticket to see the Ocean Star oil rig in Galveston is well worth it if you have any interest in science/engineering or want to see something cool. There are a couple nice hotels along the main beach, they are just a few minutes drive to the little downtown.

Houston is roughly 70 minutes from Galveston. Discovery Park area in downtown is neat but I walked the rest of downtown and there's really not much to do. Unlike other downtowns there's no central shopping district, you have to drive a little west to the Galleria which is pretty nice. There's some beautiful homes out there too. I can't comment on Houston's nightlife and dining since I was staying in Galveston. Houston is very visibly diverse, so I'm sure the dining scene is great.

Buffalo Bayou is not one of the beautiful waterfronts you see in other cities but is still worth checking out for a little bit. Rice Village is worth a visit for Torchy's Taco's, if you've been to Seattle it's like University Village but much smaller.

Honestly, Houston was the only American city I ran out of stuff to do, but I will surely return one day for the Johnson Space Center. The entire metropolis is too spread out and suburban.
__________________
Make BMW Great Again

Last edited by Germanauto; 09-08-2019 at 11:46 PM..
Appreciate 1
      09-09-2019, 01:10 PM   #17
ezaircon4jc
Colonel
United_States
790
Rep
2,737
Posts

Drives: 2014 535i M Sport
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: San Diego

iTrader: (0)

Nightlife isn't really our thing; we've never been "clubbers" (well, if she gets out of line... ). We do like a good lunch or dinner out. My wife LOVES to tour old houses and "antique." I don't mind at all indulging her, even though to me all old houses are the same.
Appreciate 0
      09-09-2019, 01:57 PM   #18
Captain Blood
Pirate and thief, avast
Captain Blood's Avatar
United_States
7803
Rep
10,001
Posts

Drives: 135i DCT
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Tortuga

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2012 135  [5.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by MPBK View Post
Areas to avoid: Houston and Galveston.
Worthwhile: Austin
U welcome.
And don't drive in.....Houston, Austin, or Dallas. Seriously bad traffic.
__________________
I need a vector, Victor.
Appreciate 0
      09-09-2019, 06:16 PM   #19
Mason Hatcher
Private First Class
United_States
158
Rep
126
Posts

Drives: BMW 230i
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: FW-TX

iTrader: (0)

In Galveston you can take several small boat tours out to see the dolphins. Moody Gardens is super cool too.
Appreciate 0
      09-09-2019, 06:38 PM   #20
infinitekidM2C
Brigadier General
infinitekidM2C's Avatar
United_States
1324
Rep
4,796
Posts

Drives: 2019 M2 Competition
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Orange County, CA

iTrader: (4)

Garage List
Stay at the OK Corral. Best whores in Texas i reckon.
Appreciate 0
      09-09-2019, 07:02 PM   #21
ezaircon4jc
Colonel
United_States
790
Rep
2,737
Posts

Drives: 2014 535i M Sport
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: San Diego

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain Blood View Post
And don't drive in.....Houston, Austin, or Dallas. Seriously bad traffic.
Worse than SoCal???
Appreciate 0
      09-09-2019, 07:15 PM   #22
akack79
Brigadier General
115
Rep
3,150
Posts

Drives: '18 F80 M3 ZCP
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: T E X A S

iTrader: (18)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ezaircon4jc View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain Blood View Post
And don't drive in.....Houston, Austin, or Dallas. Seriously bad traffic.
Worse than SoCal???
Nope, SoCal traffic far worse.
__________________
2018 F80 M3 6MT ZCP
Appreciate 2
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:53 PM.




bmw
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST