Every Monday, “My Top 5” shines the spotlight on someone helping to create and shape Houston culture. This week, Donnette Hansen, owner of Rainbow Lodge in the Heights, reveals her own favorite Houston destinations and activities.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Donnette Hansen
- Orvis – I love to spend an afternoon at Orvis. I’m an avid flyfisher and from gear to flies, they have it all. Catalogues are fun but there’s something about being in the store… With bird dogs on lead, life is good.
- Washington Avenue Pilates – When I have time, I find the positive energy at Washington Avenue Pilates very uplifting. Hilary Opheim runs the ship and her team of trainers is fantastic.
- Margaritas at Cyclone Anaya’s – I’m a margarita fan. My current favorite is at Cyclone Anaya’s on Durham, and I have to give a shout out to my main man over there, Alex. I like the “El Don” which, after a slight modification, my friends and I call the “El Donnette.”
- Skeet Shooting – I love to shoot skeet. I was on the team in college and I enjoy a good gun club. Two notable clubs here in town are Greater Houston Gun Club and American Shooting Centers.
- Gardening – Few people realize I have a full kitchen garden on Ella across from the restaurant. The 21st Street Garden at Rainbow Lodge, as I call it, is where I go to dig in the dirt, plant seeds and battle weeds. it’s one of the ways I recharge.
About Donnette Hansen
Montana-born and Texas-raised, Donnette Hansen graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio. She spent a year at the New York Restaurant School before acquiring the Rainbow Lodge in 1988. After developing the restaurant into a destination for fresh gulf seafood, regional wild game and fine wine, she relocated Rainbow Lodge to White Oak Bayou in 2006. “I had the unique opportunity to acquire a 100 year old log cabin restaurant inside Loop 610,” explained Hansen. “You don’t get any more ‘Lodgy’ than that!” Settled into its current, Rainbow Lodge features a fantastic collection of antique fishing collectibles, mounted fish and trophy animals. Warm rugs and fabrics add color to the rich log walls and three stone fireplaces.