In our series of Must Do Things Around Greater Houston, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities to bring you five fun, tasty, and enticing reasons you should give each a visit.
Located just next to The Woodlands in southwestern Montgomery County, Magnolia was settled in the 1840s. It has gone by several names, including names “Mink’s Prairie” or “Mink,” but today it’s known simply as Magnolia. The city hosts the annual Texas Renaissance Festival, a beloved medieval festival that takes place over seven weekends in October and November, as well as other seasonal events (during mudbug season, you’ll definitely want to hit up the Crawfish Shack). Until then, Magnolia also plays home to these five awesome and fun things.
5 Must Do Things in Magnolia
- Shop local at the Magnolia Farmers & Artisans Market – Established in 2009, Sweet Magnolia Pickins is a farmers and artisans market that is open on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month from 11am to 3pm. Head here to support local producers and shop for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, free-range yard eggs, grass-fed meats, scratch-made bread and pastas, locally-roasted coffees, fresh goat cheese, Texas olive oils and unique artisan crafts like handmade jewelry and soaps. Click here for directions.
- Live the suite like at Haras Hacienda – With a sleek, contemporary Spanish look set in a beautiful natural landscape, this boutique hotel provides a state of the art luxury experience. Hit the Haras Restaurant for a modern blend of Mexican and American fare, from chimichurri carne asada and Mexico City street tacos to a juicy four-cheese burger and spring pasta with basil and parmesan. At the Haras Spa, treat yourself to a deep tissue massage, clarifying facial or deep conditioning hair treatment. Click here for directions.
- Chill out at Deacon Baldy’s Bar & Food Trucks – This hip craft beer and cocktail bar and food truck park hybrid already has some pretty big name trucks lined up. Cousins Maine Lobster first came to fame on ABC’s Shark Tank, and now you can get a taste of its New England-style lobster rolls and lobster-loaded quesadillas, grilled cheeses, and tots right in Magnolia (just save room for the whoopie pie dessert). At The Lucky Fig, Masterchef TV personality Luca Manfe brings “farm to streets” Italian fare in the form of organic polenta fries, local eggplant and cheese panini, and housemade pasta. And at Craft Burger, Food Network’s Chopped winner chef Shannen Tune crafts perfectly juicy burgers topped with everything from smoked gouda and tomato jam to shaved truffles and cheese curds. There are milkshakes, beer-battered onion rings, and hand-cut fries, too. Click here for directions.
- Sip Texas ales at Lone Pint Brewery – One of the Lone Star state’s most iconic beers is Lone Pint’s Yellow Rose, a single malt and single hop IPA that you can sip it right from the source at this Magnolia brewery. Lone Pint uses raw whole cones to craft distinctive local Texas ales that are tasty, hoppy, and quaffable. But the coolest part is the brewer’s dedication to renewable energy, as the spent grain gets fed to a local dairy farmer’s cows and the spent hops live on in the beer. The brewery is open for tastings and tours every Saturday from noon to 4pm (tours start at 2pm). Cost is $10 and includes a pint glass and 3 tokens. Click here for directions.
- Get smokin’ with killer barbecue – In August of 2016, award-winning pitmaster Aaron Bisher took a break from the competition circuit to open The Feedlot BBQ. Now, you can BYOB and line up to get a taste of Bisher’s competition-worthy barbecue, from monster beef ribs to fully-loaded brisket plates. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Click here for directions. At D’s Farm Road BBQ, pitmaster Dwayne Sides is serving up backyard and roadside-style barbecue that has locals talking. The smoked prime brisket is a house favorite, as are the skewers of house candy bacon. Click here for directions.