Our guest blog this week comes from Mrs. Hines Class in The Woodlands! When we moved to The Woodlands in 2001, we were delighted to discover so many amenities like the 14 outstanding pools throughout the villages, over 160 miles of pathways and trails, easily accessible shopping centers in every village, various recreational and sports parks and exemplary schools. 

We quickly got seasonal pool passes. And as a young mother without a car at the time, I took advantage of the trails to take my then toddler to play at the park, splash around the kiddie pool and even to get to the grocery store in my village shopping center. 

Over the years, we’ve hosted birthday parties under park pavilions, watched fourth of July parades, attended concerts from the hill, cheered on marathon runners, participated in Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, attempted ice skating all right here in our community.

Now that our daughter is a senior at The Woodlands High School and we’ve moved into a different village, our life has slowed down a bit. We take advantage of our surroundings by sitting on park benches and watching to waterfalls or rocking on our front porch and listening to crickets, seeing the occasional glow of a lightning bug and gazing at the bright, shining stars, courtesy of living in the midst of nature. 

the woodlands waterfall

We never tire of seeing a herd of deer at the edge of the woods, always slowing down to count them and hopefully not scare them away. 

Throughout all our years here, we’ve always taken advantage of the extensive dining options, enjoying fine dining at Jasper’s, Perry’s and Kirby’s for special occasions as well as casual dining at Rico’s or Chili’s with friends after church. 

Since we’ve moved here, a bustling restaurant scene including popular pubs and a roof-top wine lounge popped up along The Woodlands Waterway. One of my favorites is Goose’s Acre which overlooks the water and hosts a champagne brunch on Sundays. 

The best reward of living in The Woodlands is the small town atmosphere. Local restaurant owners calling us by name, running into people you know at the grocery store, having friendships that span our fifteen years in The Woodlands, sharing the same family doctor as many of our friends...it provides a deep rooted sense of community. 

houses in the woodlands

And it makes us happy to say that two houses and 15 years later, we continue to call The Woodlands home.