Fall Offerings at Three Marriott Hotels Range from Bike Valet to Snacks 

Quickly becoming a destination for visitors seeking wellness-oriented breaks and escapes, north Houston’s City Place has further elevated its status as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with a newly completed trailhead to the Spring Creek Greenway, the longest, connected, urban forested corridor in the nation.

Direct access to this premier natural asset – spanning approximately 40 miles, covering more than 12,000 acres of native flora and fauna, and serving as a beautiful backdrop for cyclists, hikers, equestrians, kayakers and bird watchers – enhances an amenity set rich in trails, greenspace, parks and mostly free fitness programming.

Guests of the sustainable and pedestrian-oriented community also enjoy three onsite hotels, flexible meeting and event space, a variety of dining, retail and entertainment options and a location in close proximity to a range of family-friendly attractions, ranging from Lake Conroe and Old Town Spring to central Houston’s numerous cultural offerings.

“City Place is perfectly situated to tap into its natural surroundings, while offering every urban convenience,” said Warren Wilson, Executive Vice President of CDC Houston, Inc., the community’s master developer. “We’ve worked diligently to find harmony in these two aspects, creating what we believe to be a wonderful crossroads well-suited for staycations, group travel, weddings and more.”

For cyclists, a number of nearby bike shops offer rentals for those ready to explore the Spring Creek Greenway and miles of trails at City Place with options including Biking RootsECO EZ-Riders and Sun and Ski Sports. Kayakers and canoers can immerse themselves in Spring Creek with rentals and guided tours available via Southwest Paddle Sports (advance reservations encouraged). And equestrians of all levels have the opportunity to experience scenic trail rides through the corridor by saddling up with Cypress Trails Equestrian Center.

Additionally, Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a number of complementary nature and adventure series along Spring Creek in close proximity to City Place. Each month, Trails as Parks naturalists lead a guided hike starting at Jones Park. Guided canoe sessions are showcased at parks serving Spring Creek several times a month, including Canoe the Creek, held every second Saturday morning at Jones Park, and Kayak the Creek on the first Thursday of the month at Dennis Johnston Park. The bi-monthly Friday Cart Tour gives nature lovers an up-close look at different sections of the greenway with Precinct 4 staff at the wheel.

City Place programming includes complimentary yoga and meditation classes each Saturday at 10 a.m. on the Plaza green. Popular HIIT workout group, Camp Gladiator, provides classes every Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Fit4Mom Stroller Barre brings together new mothers and on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Both Camp Gladiator and Fit4Mom Stroller Barre are free for the first session with memberships available for ongoing attendance.

For those looking to make a night or weekend of it, the AAA Four Diamond Houston City Place Marriott has launched a new bike valet program with complimentary overnight storage. In addition to a prime location directly on The Plaza, amenities include a heated pool overlooking City Place Park and locally inspired dishes and craft cocktails in a rustic setting. Fall rates start at $149 per room.

The nearby Residence Inn Houston Springwoods Village is showcasing its Snacks on Us package with rates starting at $129 and a $10 snacks credit perfect to stock up on trail mix. Get a healthy head start on the day at the Courtyard Houston Springwoods Village with the Room and Breakfast rate starting at $104 per night.

Resources available to plan your outdoor adventure in and around City Place include RunGoAllTrails and TravelStoryGPS.

Photos courtesy of Alex Montoya; Harris County Precinct 3