Houston Honeymoon

David and I didn't want to go too far away for our first long weekend (our first night, actually) away from Georgia.  For our fifth anniversary, I planned a fun Tour of Texas to revisit some of our favorite places and discover some new. 

As luck would have it, David had an emergency at work and we weren't able to leave Houston.  We were, however, incredibly lucky to snag a room at the Hotel ZaZa for the weekend.  It was perfect!  Although we've gone to weddings and happy hours at ZaZa, we've never stayed there, so it was brand new for us.  We were still in the middle of Houston so David was available to buzz on over to his office if he needed to.

I can not say enough great things about ZaZa.  It's definitely my kind of place - it seemed like I was handed a mimosa or champagne every time I turned around!  We also had a cold bottle of champagne and strawberries waiting for us in our room, free breakfast at their restaurant and free drinks at the pool all day Saturday!

The hotel doesn't allow guests to take photos, so I borrowed these from their site.  It was actually nice...I didn't feel like I was being chased by the paparazzi, ha!

The ZaZa will also forever hold a special place in my heart because it's where I had my last drink (seven of them, count 'em) a few weeks before finding out I was pregnant with Georgia.  I forgot what they are called, but my friends Heather and Matt served them at their wedding, which was one of the best I've attended, next to my own of course! 

In a sugar-rimmed champagne glass, pour about an inch of strawberry rum.  Fill the glass with your favorite champagne and drop a couple of berries into the glass.  They had a mixture of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.  So yummy!

Spending Saturday at the pool was awesome.  David woke up really early and took his laptop down to work poolside while I slept in.  They have an amazing blueberry mojito, and we met some really interesting people.  One family was in town from El Salvador picking up their little dog from her hip replacement surgery.  Only in Houston!

We also spent some much needed time at Za Spa getting a couples massage.  I went back later Saturday for a spray tan, which I highly recommend. They have them for half price ($20) on Thursdays, which is when you need to get sprayed if you want it to look great for the weekend.  I got the darkest they have...I think it was called Chocolate Tropic...and it turned out great.  No streaks and it wasn't orange or too dark.

We had a delicious dinner at Reef.  It's not one of the hot new places, but it's always amazing and definitely on the "must eat" list for anyone visiting Houston.  It's been featured on plenty of Food Network shows, including "The Best Thing I Ever Ate".  I had my usual, the grilled scallops and fried mac & cheese.

If you ever find yourself in Houston, visiting or not, without a place to stay or eat, do yourself a favor and get reservations at both of these places.  I'm actually happy we didn't get to travel out of town now.  We had an amazingly relaxing weekend and got royal treatment without having to drive very far.