All Systems GO! The countdown for Simpleview Summit 2023 has reached 10 days left! Are you ready for blast off?

To help you prepare for the epic week in Houston, Texas, here are some ideas on how to pack and what to expect upon arrival to the culinary and cultural capital of the south.

  • With an average high temperature of 80 degrees in April, pack lightweight and breathable clothing to explore the host city — cotton and linen are good choices
  • Business casual outfits and light sweaters are encouraged during conference hours as the conference rooms can be a bit chilly
  • Pack your favorite pair of walking shoes (or country boots) to wear while exploring Houston
  • Make sure you pack your sunscreen and swimsuit to enjoy the one-of-a-kind Texas-shaped lazy river pool at the Marriott Marquis

Visit Houston has a great information page about the Houston International Airport (IAH) and the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). Find the answers to your travel questions — from expected Uber costs to airport navigation. If arriving during rush hour, expect delays in receiving luggage and making it to the Marriott Marquis Houston.

Grab a Drink (or Two)

Grab a drink at the bars in downtown Houston to unwind after your day of travel. Within walking distance of the hotel, you can check out Reserve 101 for the best New York Sour you’ll ever have. A few blocks further is Angel’s Share — a one-of-a-kind charity bar with high-quality cocktails and bites. My favorites are the “drink-your-face” espresso martini paired with the made-to-order chocolate chip cookies. Angel’s Share also has a great selection of zero-proof drinks; try the Pomegranate Sparkler made with Spiritless 74, a pomegranate and citrus syrup topped off with sparkling water.

If speakeasies are more your vibe, check out Captain Fox Hearts Bad News Bar. I’ve never had a bad drink or disappointing customer service there. Lastly, just a few blocks from the Marriott Marquis is a rooftop bar called Z on the 23rd. The drinks are on the pricier end, but the views of Houston are immaculate.

While in Houston, don’t hesitate to email me with any questions on concerns. I want to make sure you have an excellent experience and end up loving Houston as much as I do. You can also read my other articles, “Make the most of your time in Space City: 3 unexpected (& free) adventures in Houston,” and “Headed to Houston for Simpleview Summit? Here are 8 can’t-miss foodie spots for a taste of Texas.”