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. Originally published in 2016, we are now refreshing, updating, and adding to this series, including new neighborhoods and destinations.
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 (follow the schedule on Facebook). 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 pasta, 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 life 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 offers a variety of mobile eateries and specials, with street eats from Texas-inspired pies and gourmet ‘wiches to Greek gyros and good ol’ bbq. Enjoy it all alongside a lineup of 40 craft taps, cocktails, and wines, if that’s your thing. 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 at D’s Farm Road BBQ – Pitmaster Dwayne Sides serves 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.