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Houston is optimally located—it’s near the ocean, but also features distinct city life. You can explore the opera scene, delve into the historic district, or dine on fine cuisine, then visit its budget-friendly attractions. Those who live close enough, or feel up for a drive, to have a staycation in Houston are really in for a treat. While there is much to do in the downtown areas, it’s not hard to venture beyond where one can spread out. Come enjoy this sparkling Texas town while bunking at one of these amazing staycation locations.

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Woodlands Resort Woodlands Resort
Woodlands Resort

Woodlands Resort

One of the best resorts in Texas, The Woodlands Resort sits just beyond the main veins of downtown, offering numerous pools with impressive water features, a slide, and a big screen to watch movies on while floating under the stars. An extensive variety of foods are offered throughout, so everyone is happy. Relax at the spa or spend the day practicing your swing on the golf course. Experiences are customizable via various packages, rooms and suites.

Rayford Crossing RV Resort Rayford
Rayford

Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Rayford Crossing RV Resort sits on the cusp of both hiking trails and the city—its a staycation win-win and a down-to-earth option for the fam. Pull up the RV and enjoy amenities like a resort-style pool with hot tub, dog-friendly spaces, fire pits and a pond brimming with little fishies. Don’t have an RV? No worries. Book a stay at one of the simplistic yet contemporary cabins with clean finishes and cozy sleeping space. We think the price tag might be a major selling point as well.

Post Oak Hotel Post Oak
Post Oak

Post Oak Hotel

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is the place to go when wanting to feel like royalty. Spacious cabanas offer privacy around the luxe pool, rooms are dripping in elegance, and every dining or lounging space is totally swanky. Guests can take their staycation next level and board a private helicopter flight, or enjoy high-end shopping at their fingertips. The hotel also boasts an extensive wine collection, so you can taste a vast variety of world-class creations.

Hotel Icon Hotel Icon
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Hotel Icon

Hotel Icon

Hotel Icon is a highly-rated hotel in Houston that presents the same sleek appeal as other city hotels, for half the price (or more). Decor stays true to the building’s original purpose—in the early 1900s it served as a bank. Rainfall showers, clawfoot tubs and ornate furnishings create a lavish feel. The rail system can be accessed easily, but folks who want to soak in the atmosphere can easily get to major shopping and restaurants nooks in 10 minutes on foot. Onsite, guests can enjoy local meals with local Texan ingredients—so staying in at night, one can still get a taste of the area.

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Summer Getaway House

Summer Getaway House

Not only are the surroundings of this modern home refreshing and relaxing, but guests will also have plenty of privacy while feeling like they are at a secluded villa. Probably being the most amazing place in the house, is the streamline backyard pool, which is a clean-cut space of sparkling blue water, greenery, and a strangely attractive tall privacy fence. The open floor plan branches off into three bedrooms and bathrooms, so bring your closest friends or family.

Gorgeous Clear Lake, Houston Home with Pool and Spa Gorgeous Clear Lake, Houston Home with Pool and Spa
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Gorgeous Clear Lake, Houston Home with Pool and Spa

Gorgeous Clear Lake, Houston Home with Pool and Spa

Having a pool obviously makes it that much easier to have a true staycation within an awesome Airbnb. Well, this pool is set to impress. A massive rock feature cascades into the aqua waters of the lovely curved shapes of this aquatic beauty. Attached is a spa, to relax in day or night, melting away any stressors. The interior design of the home is both traditional with a touch of modern farmhouse. Barnwood, planked walls, lovely tile work in the kitchen – it all comes together so well.

East Downtown Micro-Luxe Container Living Pod East Downtown Micro-Luxe Container Living Pod
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East Downtown Micro-Luxe Container Living Pod

East Downtown Micro-Luxe Container Living Pod

Stay in East downtown, where children’s museums, parks and other major attractions are super close by. But that’s not what makes this property totally unique. Shipping container construction, which happens to look quite sleek and stunning, makes this somewhere fun to stay. A spiral staircase, balconies off some of the rooms, but a still evident shipping container appearance makes for one awesome Airbnb. Those cool blue hues are actually quite relaxing as well.

Townhouse with Private Pool Private Pool! Long Term Availability
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Private Pool! Long Term Availability

Townhouse with Private Pool

The towering townhome bursts with contemporary glory, from the inside out. Wide-open living space, plenty of rooms to sleep in, and an aesthetic that is dazzling – one could definitely feel like a celebrity when staying here. Close to Washington Avenue, so much culinary wonder is within reach, but you’ll definitely be tempted to cook in that gourmet kitchen a night or two. And of course, there’s a pool! A truly gorgeous one, surrounded by two-tone tile, completed with a spa.

Private and Stylish 2-Bedroom Upstairs Apartment Spacious, private, and stylish 2 BR upstairs apartment in Montrose
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Spacious, private, and stylish 2 BR upstairs apartment in Montrose

Private and Stylish 2-Bedroom Upstairs Apartment

Based in a beautiful brick home, it would be hard to guess this place, being so spacious, was an apartment. But not your average apartment, one with endless deck space to enjoy brunch or a charcuterie dinner with wine, and with covered spots to avoid the harsh Houston sun. Need to cool off? A small pool is tucked away on a cozy deck extension and completely glistens with its thousands of blue glass tiles that line it.

Beautiful Estate with Gym, Game Room and Pool Beautiful Estate with Gym, Game Room and Pool
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Beautiful Estate with Gym, Game Room and Pool

Beautiful Estate with Gym, Game Room and Pool

So the interior of the home is absolutely gigantic and gorgeous, featuring bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs, spacious bedrooms and even arcade games. Thousands of square feet are at your disposal. Outside, find a breezy, covered patio space with plenty of places to stretch out and relax, and then there’s the pool. Emerging like an oasis in the middle of the backyard, guests can feel like they are at the beach while enjoying its breathtaking design.

Riverfront Houston House Riverfront Houston House
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Riverfront Houston House

Riverfront Houston House

Waterfront in Houston! The views can be fully taken advantage of from the open concept kitchen and living space, which is loaded with windows that allow both river glimpses and tons of light to pour in. Migrate toward the deck to discover multiple recreation spaces, whether you want to sit in the sun or be protected by some shade. Enjoy the river by bringing along your boat—there will be a slot to dock. And have fun cooling off in the water!

Unique Historic Showpiece Home Unique Historic Showpiece Home
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Unique Historic Showpiece Home

Unique Historic Showpiece Home

History is evident in this gorgeous glamorous home. Formerly a Prohibition-era meat store, an architect came in and completely reimagined the space into one of the most unique homes in Houston. Brick walls still remain intact, and even meat locker doors have been placed on some of the rooms! A massive soaking tub sits in the middle of one of the suites, and various courtyards and outdoor space pop up in the most unexpected places. If you’re looking for something more out of the box but still breathtaking, you’ve found it.

Getaway Brazos Valley, Navasota
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Getaway Brazos Valley, Navasota

Getaway encourages guests to disconnect and “unplug from work, WiFi, and routines, and reconnect to who and what matters.” Getaway’s dreamy, custom-built tiny home is approximately an hour outside of Houston, nestled in the heart of nature and away from everyday distractions. The cabin comes complete with a queen bed, hot shower with shampoo and conditioner, a two-burner stove. chairs and picnic tables, a campfire grill grate and additional provisions are available for sale as well.

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