The fun of summer doesn’t have to stop at Labor Day. In the Houston area, where fall weather hits a sweet spot with warm days, mild nights and minimal rain, The Woodlands Hotels, a trio of premier properties on the city’s verdant north side, are inviting guests to savor the best aspects of the past season into December with heated pools, delicious food and drinks and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Travelers also enjoy the best of both worlds. Each hotel offers a distinctive location within the idyllic community – consistently ranked among the top small cities in the country – and is less than 30 miles from many of central Houston’s top attractions.

The Woodlands Resort

The Woodlands Resort, an amenity-laden getaway tucked into 350 acres of greenspace and forest, kickstarts the season’s special programming for guests on September 17 and October 1 with a 2 ½ hour Photography Workshop showcasing the resort’s many unique and picturesque backdrops. The autumn fun continues with the September 23 and October 28 Nature Walk and a Craft experience or the Paint & Sips Class on September 30 and November 18. Flow into fall with Yoga & Mimosas on October 22 or Goat Yoga on September 10 and 11 and October 8 and 9. Families can also expect loads of Halloween weekend fun beginning on October 29 with a spooky story time around the campfire, poolside foam party, costume contest, crafts, and more. Then, get the chills on October 30 at the Spooky Brunch Bash followed a dog-friendly Howl-o-ween lunch.

Elevate your stay with the Picnic Package. Enjoy deluxe accommodations, bike rental for two, backpack filled with seasonal essentials, $50 dining credit and access for up to four to the signature Forest Oasis Waterpark, featuring two pools, 30-foot helix waterslides, 1,005-foot lazy river, kiddie pool and splash pad. Head to Back Table Kitchen & Bar, located on the waterfront, 18th green of the Panther Trail Course – one of two courses serving resort guests - for some delicious, southern-inspired fare with global accents, as well as signature seasonal cocktails such as The Upside Down and decadent shakes like the Boo Table Confetti Cake. The restaurant’s new Wine Down Wednesdays classes, held every week, offer the perfect pairing for a night out.

The Westin at The Woodlands

Walk this way to The Westin at The Woodlands, a pedestrian-oriented property on programmed Waterway Square and steps from a myriad of shopping, dining and entertainment at Market Square, The Woodlands Mall and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Relax poolside in a private cabana overlooking The Woodlands Waterway or take in the scene at the chic, rooftop Como Social Club, known for its creative cocktails, social hour and popular live music programming. Adults can relish in Halloween thrills on Saturday, October 29 at Como’s Halloween Glo Party, complete with a costume contest and live music. Foodies don’t have to go far to indulge in the modern Italian fare of acclaimed Sorriso at street level, and they can even get in on the action with a live Pasta Making Demo on Thursday, October 13 with Executive Chef David Buckley. 

Embassy Suites by Hilton The Woodlands at Hughes Landing

For those with a more adventurous spirit, the lakeside Embassy Suites by Hilton The Woodlands at Hughes Landing is a hop, skip and a jump from Lakes Edge Boat House, offering kayak, stand up paddle boarding and water bike rentals. Also nearby is Texas TreeVentures, an outdoor aerial course. Guests can explore a range of waterfront culinary options along adjacent Restaurant Row, and onsite E’terie Bar & Grill is a popular spot for both visitors and locals. Don’t miss a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool, sunset cocktails at the fire pits overlooking the lake, or their seasonal pumpkin spice flan. The restaurant’s Sips and Sounds will continue through the fall season, offering specialty libations for music fans alike.