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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Ring in 2014 in The Woodlands with our New Year’s Eve Escape package

Ring in 2014 in The Woodlands with our New Year’s Eve Escape package Blog Entry Image

Come celebrate New Year's Eve in The Woodlands, just a few minutes drive north of Houston. After counting down to 2014, escape away to your own private retreat with deluxe resort accommodations, breakfast for two, champagne, and late check out at 2 pm. What better way to start off the new year than in a relaxed state of mind? Come stay with us close to home, but worlds away! Call to book now - 281.367.1100.

Enjoy Christmas Champagne Brunch at The Woodlands Resort

Enjoy Christmas Champagne Brunch at The Woodlands Resort Blog Entry Image

Let us do the cooking for you and your family this Christmas Day at our Holiday Champagne Brunch.   Feast on traditional favorites such as Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and more while listening to live music and enjoying views of Lake Harrison.  Seatings at 11:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Pricing is $52 per adult, $22 for children 6-12, $15 for children 2-5, and children under 2 are free; pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling The Woodlands Resort at (281) 364-6292.

Four Ways to Lessen the Stress of Holiday Travel

Four Ways to Lessen the Stress of Holiday Travel Blog Entry Image

The Holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. However, the process of traveling to be with family and friends is not always so wonderful. Here are a few tips to lessen the stress:

Let go of what you can’t control
Wintry weather, crowded airplanes and highways, flustered personnel, and unexpected delays are all aspects of your trip that are beyond your control. If you know this going into your travels and accept it you will be in a much better mental state of mind.

Stay Connected
There are plenty of apps that can help you stay up to date on the lastest changes to your travel itinerary. GateGuru keeps you posted in real-time on any updates to your itinerary such as security wait times, flight delays, gate changes or layover time adjustments.  It also provides gate-by-gate listings of restaurants, bookstores, ATMs and other services at 120 airports worldwide.

Give yourself enough time
Arrive early at the airport. Check in online before you head to the airport and print your boarding passes at home. If driving leave early enough that unexpected stops won’t hinder your drive time schedule.

Pack a ‘delay’ survival kit
Think of this as anything you would need to keep the peace – extra snacks, games, books, and magazines. If traveling with kids make sure you have enough necessities to cover an unexpected delay – diapers, wipes, and formula.

Win a family four pack of tickets to The Woodlands Ice Rink

Win a family four pack of tickets to The Woodlands Ice Rink Blog Entry Image

We're giving away ten Family Four packs of tickets to The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center starting today through December 18. Don't miss out on your chance to skate on the largest seasonal outdoor ice rink in the southwest. Enter here for your chance to win: https://a.pgtb.me/z3pLSG Tickets include free skate rental.

The Woodlands Resort Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe

The Woodlands Resort Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe Blog Entry Image

This recipe from Executive Chef John Brazie marries the classic holiday flavors of peppery gingerbread with creamy cheesecake.

Bake/Cook time: 250*F, in a water-bath for approx. 60 minutes or until done

Yield: One 10" round pan with toasted graham cracker crust

INGREDIENTS


• 2 lbs cream cheese   
• 12 oz granulated sugar    
• 4 eggs
• 1 oz vanilla extract   
• 2 oz. molasses   
• 1 ½ tsp salt   
• 1 tsp ground ginger
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1 tsp ground cloves   
• ½ tsp lemon zest
• Toasted graham crackers   

DIRECTIONS

1. Pre-heat oven to 275*F.
2. Line the bottom of the baking pan with parchment paper then cover with a thin layer of toasted graham crackers (If using a "spring-form" style pan, make sure to wrap some foil to cover the outside bottom and sides of the pan so no water from the water-bath will leak into the cheesecake pan/mixture)
3. Cream the cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl with a paddle, scraping sides of the bowl and the paddle to keep the mix smooth.
4. Add eggs slowly to the cheese mixture, scraping the bowl’s sides and paddle as needed to keep the mix smooth; add vanilla extract to incorporate.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the molasses salt, zest and spices; add it slowly to the cheese mixture to incorporate, scraping the sides of the bowl and paddle to keep the mix smooth.
6. Pour the mixture into the 10” pan.
7. Place the cheesecake in the pan into a large, shallow roasting pan. Transfer to the oven, and carefully add enough water to the roasting pan to come about halfway up the sides of the 10” pan. Bake until the cheesecake is set but still slightly wobbly in center – approximately 60 minutes. Carefully remove the 10” pan from the roasting pan, and let cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight).

Holiday Happenings in The Woodlands

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With the arrival of December, comes a flurry of exciting holiday events and activities in The Woodlands. 

Menorah Lighting
Where: Market Street
When: Sunday, December 1st at 4:00 PM
What: For the third year, Chabad of The Woodlands will host a Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting at Market Street.

Breakfast with Santa
Where: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
When: Saturday, December 7th & Saturday, December 14th at 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
What: You and your children will enjoy this wonderful holiday event.  Visit with Santa and the Ice Princess and then enjoy a lavish buffet that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.  Don't forget the camera to catch the moment! For more information or for reservations please call 281-364-6292.

Elf Academy
Where: The Woodlands Mall
When: Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 AM
What: Become a certified elf at The Woodlands Mall Elf Academy. Kids can earn their certification by completing various holiday tasks at different workstations.

Holly Jolly Symphony Spectacular
Where: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
When: Thursday, December 12th @ 7:30 PM
What: Ring in the holidays with the Houston Symphony as they perform holiday classics and popular carols.

The Ice Rink
Where:  The Woodlands Town Center
When: November 23 – January 20 (daily)
What: Open from mid-November through mid-January, the coolest place to be in the Winter is The Ice Rink At The Woodlands at Market Street Town Center, the largest seasonal ice rink in the southwest.

Caroling on the Square
Where: Waterway Square
When: Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
What: Holiday carolers from local artists and choirs will get you in the holiday spirit at the 3rd Annual Caroling on the Square series at Waterway Square.

Winter Wonderland
Where: Woodlands Town Center
When: November 23 – January 20 (from ducks until 11:00 PM)
What: Enjoy a walk along the Winter Wonderland pathway and be delighted in the fantasy land of magical Christmas lights, toy soldiers, elves, the doves of peace, musical angels and snowmen. Admission is Free!

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