The new Fernando Botero sculpture in front of La Colombe d'Or, facing Montrose Boulevard

THE FINE AND famous La Colombe d’Or hotel in the Museum District is approaching a big birthday — so big, in fact, that the 32-room boutique hotel flaunting more than 425 pieces of art and sculpture will celebrate all year long. Who’s invited? You, of course!

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The rooftop pool at The Laura

FROM THE MOMENT guests scale the marble staircase to check in at the Laura Hotel, it’s clear that a staycation here is a grand affair. The still-new gem, which was previously the Hotel Alessandra, has everything needed for an end-of-summer escape — from inventive cocktails in the bar to hip vibes at the pool.

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PREFER IT SHAKEN or stirred? The heat is on, so you be the judge. Houston’s best bartenders will gather to compete for the honor of creating the “Official Drink of H-Town” on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6-8:30pm at Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Last year’s winning cocktail was the Punch Drunk Love by mixologist Brooke Lightfoot.

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