Places to Go Hughes Landing a hot spot for shopping, dining

August 4, 2018

With picturesque views of Lake Woodlands and an outdoor concert venue, Hughes Landing has become a must see attraction in The Woodlands.

What was originally swampland along the edge of Lake Woodlands has been transformed over the past six years into a hot destination for shopping and upscale dining. From Whole Foods to Fleet Feet Sports and Pier 1 Imports, shoppers can find all the necessities for house and home. With restaurants such as Fogo de Chão, Truluck’s Seafood, California Pizza Kitchen and Broken Barrel, there’s something for everyone’s palate to savor.

Lorrie Parise, manager of communications with the Howard Hughes Corporation, said the concept behind Hughes Landing was a joint effort by the Howard Hughes Corp. development team. Construction began in 2012 and The Howard Hughes Corp. opened its first office building in 2013. Restaurant Row and Whole Foods Market opened in March 2015 with other retailers following. One of the most recent additions to the area is another multifamily complex which is currently under construction.

“They’re doing a new multi-family complex. We don’t have an exact year on when (Hughes Landing) will be completed. It really depends on the market with additional space coming to the area,” Parise said. “There’s still room to grow.”

The 66-acre mixed-use development was the recipient of the Houston Business Journal’s Landmark Award in the mixed-use category in 2016. According to the Journal, the award “recognizes real estate projects that make significant impressions on the Houston landscape and improve the look, feel and image of the city.”

The upcoming multi-family complex will feature additional restaurant and retail venues, adding to the diverse options already open. Parise noted that the ability to live, work, shop and eat all in the same area contribute to the uniqueness of Hughes Landing.

“What makes it so unique is that it’s all in a walkable setting on the lake. You do have your hotel space, various office space, the multi-family living,” she said. “You can actually live there, shop, go to the restaurants and see entertainment. And we have several pieces of art.”

There are currently six pieces of abstract art spread throughout Hughes Landing. The latest installment, called Acrobática, is a geometrical transforming sculpture by world-renowned artist Rafael Barrios. The Howard Hughes Corp. also will be adding art benches in collaboration with The Woodlands Art Council in late September.

In addition to shopping and dining, Hughes Landing features a plethora of entertainment options including a boat house and outdoor venue for concerts and other events.

“It’s on Lake Woodlands. There’s a lot of water sports you can do there. There’s the boat house so you can rent a kayak or do other water sports,” Parise said. “We have the Rock the Row (concert) series in the spring, summer and fall with Woodlands music. We have the Wildflower Festival coming up in September. We have Arbor Day in late January. We try to offer events for everyone. It is also one of the prime locations for the Fourth of July to see the fireworks.”

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