Celebrate Labor Day with a weekend of fun at The Woodlands Resort Article Image

Celebrate Labor Day with a weekend of fun at The Woodlands Resort

Featured Article – Aug 24, 2014

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop just yet. Here are the top five reasons to close out the summer with The Woodlands Resort this Labor Day weekend.

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The Woodlands Resort to Open Lazy River July 18

The Woodlands Resort to Open Lazy River July 18 Blog Entry Image

We are extremely excited to announce we will officially be opening our lazy river on Friday, July 18!

Our new 1,005-foot lazy river winds its way through the acclaimed Houston area resort’s Forest Oasis Waterscape™ surrounded by lush natural foliage and plenty of opportunity to be splashed. As riders enter the river, a majestic mosaic by Houston artist Denise Liebl greets them. The beauty of Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers and other wildlife found in the uninterrupted waterways of The Woodlands is unveiled to riders as they drift amid the serene setting. Guests may also stop during their trip along the lazy river to get out and enjoy a refreshing ride down the resort’s new plunge slide, landing in the lazy lagoon pool.

The new lazy river adds to the oasis of fun at our resort, which includes favorites such as two-story spiraling double water slides, lagoon-style pools, waterfalls, underwater music and murals and Puffy’s Sprayground™, a synchronized water experience with waterspouts and fountains.

“The addition of the lazy river truly makes our Forest Oasis Waterscape one of the ultimate water experiences of any resort in the nation,” said Greg Parsons, General Manager and Vice President of Hospitality for The Woodlands Resort. “Whether guests are looking to enjoy the thrills of racing down our 30-foot waterslides, playing with their little ones in our sprayground or floating their cares away in our new Lazy River, a fun, relaxing and refreshing experience is available for all!”

The addition of the new lazy river is part of The Woodlands Resort’s $60-million expansion and renovation, which also includes the opening of a new guest room wing and high-end steak house and updating of the property’s 60,000 square-foot conference center. The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is owned by a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC).

If you want to experience the new lazy river and one of “America’s Most Family Friendly Resorts” as recently named by Fox News, you are invited to make a reservation at The Woodlands Resort by calling 866-361-5674 or by booking via the resort’s website at www.woodlandsresort.com.

Fox News Names The Woodlands Resort One of America’s Most Family Friendly Resorts

Fox News Names The Woodlands Resort One of America’s Most Family Friendly Resorts Blog Entry Image

Fox News named The Woodlands Resort to its list of America's Most Family Friendly Resorts. Below is an exert from the article:

"Planning a getaway that the whole family will love?

Young kids want to play, teens want to hang, and parents probably just want to relax. But these top U.S. destinations have something for everyone. From awesome pool to unique activities, kids and adults can keep busy on their own- and once in a while come together as a family.

From coast to coast, check out FoxNews.com's list of the ultimate family friendly resorts...

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center - The Woodlands, Texas

The Woodlands Resort is home to its very own waterpark. Perfect for hot summer days, the Forest Oasis Waterscape has waterfalls, twisting three-story waterslides, underwater murals, and more.

The sprawling property features a golf course, 21 indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a day spa with nature-inspired treatments. During summer weekends, this resort features numerous kid-friendly activities throughout the day including puppet making, water balloon games, snow cone and s'mores making, and a "Dive In" movie at the Oasis Pool when the sun goes down."

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Should I use a debit card or a credit card when checking into a hotel?

Should I use a debit card or a credit card when checking into a hotel? Blog Entry Image

The answer to this question all depends on how you prefer to have the transaction processed.

It is common practice when you check into most hotels and resorts that a security deposit, or hold, is immediately charged to your debit card or credit card. The security deposit covers any possible incidentals and protects the hotel from people skipping out on their bill. The deposit will be refunded minus any expenses charged to the account during the stay. However, it is important to note that it may take several days for your bank or credit company to release the hold.

This means that either the money in your checking account, if using a debit card, or your available credit on your credit card will be temporarily unavailable to you until the deposit is released. This usually isn’t a problem unless you need access to these funds in your checking account, or if your credit card is near its limit.

So, if you prefer for the cash in your banking account to not be held, it is recommended that you use a credit card.

Dive into Fun this Memorial Day at The Woodlands Resort

Dive into Fun this Memorial Day at The Woodlands Resort Blog Entry Image

Waterfalls. Twisting three-story waterslides. Underwater treasure hunts. S'mores at dusk. Dive-in movies. Enjoy these activities and so much more this Memorial Day weekend at The Woodlands Resort – the perfect getaway that’s just minutes from downtown Houston.

Favorites such as our resort’s two-story spiraling double water slides and lagoon-style pools will be in full swing, ready for the kids and adults alike to enjoy waterfalls, underwater music and murals.

Puffy’s Sprayground™, a synchronized water experience with waterspouts and fountains, serves as the perfect play area to cool off. Face painting, balloon art and live music add to the festive poolside atmosphere.

At dusk, you can gather around the fire pit for build-your-own s’mores and jump back into the pool for nightly dive-in movie screenings.  Check out this weekend’s activity guide here.

In addition to the poolside offerings, our Texas resort provides a variety of recreational activities including, bicycles for rent to cruise around the more than 190 miles of hike-and-bike trails, two championship golf courses, and 21 first rate tennis courts.

When it’s time to truly unwind, visit The Spa at The Woodlands Resort, featuring nature-inspired body treatments, relaxing to results-oriented facials and a variety of pampering for the hands and feet.

There is something fun for everyone this Memorial Day. Book now before it’s too late!

Know Your Nature Photo Contest Winners Announced

Know Your Nature Photo Contest Winners Announced Blog Entry Image

We’re extremely excited to reveal the answers to and winners of our Know Your Nature Contest. Each day between 5/5 and 5/9 we posted an extremely close-up photo of nature found at the resort. Our winners were randomly selected from those that correctly guessed what was portrayed in the photo

Monday, May 5: Pine Cone

Winner: Mary Ramon of Dayton, Texas

Tuesday, May 6: Deer

Winner: Molly Urbani of Bellaire, Texas

Wednesday, May 7: Pine Tree

Winner: Jim Polley of Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Thursday, May 8: Mallard Duck

Winner: Marissa Castro of Pearland, Texas

Friday, May 9: Crepe Myrtle

Winner: William Scalercio of San Antonio, Texas







































Each of our winners will receive an Escape to Nature Pack from The Woodlands Resort that includes:

  • A backpack;
  • Water bottle;
  • Puffy PineCone™ plush;
  • $25 Gander Mountain gift card; and
  • A “Bed and Breakfast Package” from The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center that includes:
    • One night Deluxe Accommodations for 2
    • Full breakfast for 2 in The Woodlands Dining Room
    • Unlimited access to Sauna, Steam Room, Whirlpool
    • Unlimited Access to Fitness Center and Forest Oasis Waterscape

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all that played. We will be kicking off another contest in the coming weeks

Four questions to kick off your wedding planning

Four questions to kick off your wedding planning Blog Entry Image

Congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s time to plan the biggest party of your life. But where should you start? We recommend staring with the basics:

• What?
• Where?
• When?
• Who?

What is your wedding budget?
We know it’s not the most romantic topic to think about, but the answer to this question will serve as a guide to the rest of your wedding planning. Being realistic about your budget up front will save you a lot of stress in the long run.

Where do you want to hold your wedding?
Do you want a destination wedding? A wedding where you grew up? Do you want your wedding ceremony and reception at the same location? Indoor? Outdoor? The most popular venues book up far in advance so you will want to nail this down early in the planning process.

When would you like to get married?
Have you always dreamed of a spring wedding or maybe a winter wedding? The time of year you want to get married may dictate where you will get married. At the same time, the availability of your dream wedding location may dictate when you get married. Again, we cannot stress the importance of deciding the when and where early on in the planning process.

Who do you want to invite to the wedding?
This is sometimes a little harder to determine right away, but try to get as close to the final number of guests as possible. You certainly don’t want to try to squeeze 200 people into a church made to seat 50.  Make a list of the people you absolutely want at your wedding as a jumping off point, then build from there.

At the Woodlands Resort, we provide our brides-to-be with a wedding planning checklist to assist with the planning process. You can check out our wedding checklist here. It provides some great tips for each month leading up to the big ceremony.

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