5 Must Do Things in Magnolia

Book a stay of relaxation with lodging, food and spa activities at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia | Courtesy of Haras Hacienda

In our Must Do Things Around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and enticing reasons you should give each one a visit.

Located just next to The Woodlands in southwestern Montgomery County, Magnolia was settled in the 1840s.

Since then, it’s gone by several names, including “Mink’s Prairie” or “Mink,” but today it’s known simply as Magnolia and is home to one of the most popular breweries in Texas, along with these other must-visit spots:

5 Must Do Things in Magnolia

Shop local at the Magnolia Farmers & Artisans Market

Shop fresh produce and handcrafted goods at the Magnolia Farmers & Artisans Market | Courtesy of 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.

Live the suite life at Haras Hacienda

Satisfy your appetite with Mexican American fare in the dining room at Haras Restaurant | Courtesy of 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 green chile enchiladas and Mexico City street tacos to a juicy cheese burger and truffle fries. At the Haras Spa, treat yourself to a deep tissue massage, clarifying facial or deep conditioning hair treatment.

Chill out at Deacon Baldy’s Bar & Food Trucks

Grab a draft beer and grub on rotating food trucks at Deacon Baldy’s | Courtesy of Deacon Baldy’s

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 bbq and wood-fried pizza to burgers, tacos, and burritos. Enjoy it all alongside a lineup of 40 craft taps, cocktails, and wines, if that’s your thing.

Sip Texas ales at Lone Pint Brewery

Sip on craft brews fresh from the taps at Lone Pint in Magnolia | Courtesy of 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. Open daily; Sunday to Thursday noon to 7pm, Friday and Saturday noon to 10pm.

Spend some time with a horse at Pinebrook Farms

Get up-close with a stable of beautiful horses at Pinebrook Farms | Photo: Maddie Garcia; courtesy of Pinebrook Farms

This local gem has been raising, training, and showing horses since the early ’60s, and it now offers horseback riding lessons, horsemanship, and other activities via camps and adult courses.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .