Famous Spa Set to Reopen in February as the Largest in Texas

Trellis Spa's new reflection pool, with custom oak-branch-inspired chandeliers

As 2020 comes to a close, folks are assessing the mental and physical toll the year has taken — and looking ahead to the new year with a sense of hope and anticipation. Among the activities we all hope to prioritize are self-care and relaxation. So what better time for the largest spa retreat in the state of Texas to open its doors?


In February 2021, the Trellis Spa at the Houstonian will reopen, boasting a massive expansion that creates an indoor-outdoor spa experience. The space totals more than 26,000 square feet, including a 6,500-square-foot bathing area dubbed the Soaking Pools and Garden, inspired by long-established bathing circuits found in many cultures around the world. Day access to the area is available, as are private cabanas, which can be rented for a minimum of three hours for parties of up to 10. This area is also home to a floating art installation commissioned from Casey Parlette, who handmade each vibrant butterfly in the piece.

Back inside, Trellis now offers its own dining room, situated upstairs overlooking the gorgeous oaks for which The Houstonian campus is known. Executive Chef Neal Cox has crafted a health-focused all-day menu. "Guests can enjoy a bottle of wine and appetizers, or choose from many nutrient-rich entrees," says Trellis General Manager Renae Cassam.

The makeup studio and pedicure bar also tout views of the verdant landscape. The Tranquility Room has been expanded, and the reflection pool has been redesigned — the custom chandelier pulls inspiration from the branches of oak trees — all ensuring pre- and post-treatment is just as relaxing as the service itself.

Speaking of treatments: Expect old favorites to make a return, alongside new touchless therapies — Cellis Slimming, which smooths and rejuvenates the body's complexion, and the MLX Dome, which uses infrared, plasma and light therapy to increase metabolism and energy levels, among other benefits. Orveda and Natura Bissé products mean facials and skincare are as luxurious as ever.

Upon its reopening in February, Trellis will put numerous safety protocols in place. In the meantime, The Houstonian is operating Solaya Spa & Salon in Highland Village.

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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Abbie Preston Edmonson gives a special presentation this weekend

DESPITE SOME APRIL showers, there's still plenty of fun to be had! From art-centric and Earth Day activities to family-friendly fests, check out a rundown of the weekend's best bets.

LEARN FROM AN ARTIST Tune in tonight for an hour-long talk by ceramicist and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft resident artist Abbie Preston Edmonson about her creative process. She'll give a virtual presentation about her work and a special demonstration in her studio space.

Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez (photo by Kimberly Park)

TAKE A VIRTUAL PAINTING LESSON OR COOKING CLASS Be inspired by the great state of Texas during a virtual painting lesson hosted by Honey Art Cafe on Friday night. For only $20, stream a two-hour virtual lesson and make a series of stylized mini paintings inspired by West Texas and Big Bend National Park. Honey Art Cafe also has supply kits available for purchase for beginners or artists low on supplies.

And if painting isn't quite your speed, see what you can cook up in the kitchen! Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez leads a "date night" cooking lesson for couples on Friday at 6:30pm. Hosted at the restaurant, the socially distanced demonstration, which costs $150, includes a reception, followed by an interactive demonstration and seated dinner.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! Join the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center from 10am-4pm on Saturday for a fun- and information-filled day! Explore informative booths, nature hikes, fun displays in the Discovery Room, and Earth-friendly take-home activities. Or join Discovery Green on Sunday from 12-5pm, when the park will screen a series of short films about Houston's environment, host a panel about February's freeze, and showcase a live painting demo by local artists working on murals to decorate the park.

GO ON AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD ADVENTURE Fifty-one years ago, the Apollo 13 crew splashed down safely back on Earth after their famously harrowing mission to the moon and back. Space Center Houston is celebrating that anniversary on Saturday, hosting two livestreamed panel discussions with current NASA experts as well as Apollo-era legends.And now through May 2, local NASA and Apollo 13 fans can check out the center's new spring exhibition, titled "Apollo: When We Went to the Moon," that looks at the legacy of the Apollo era through the lens of the engineers and astronauts who actually lived the experience.

FIND FUN AT THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FEST Traders Village hosts Kids Fest on Sunday, with games, activities, interactive shows, live music, acrobats, magicians, clowns and more. Parking is $5, but the event itself is free, sure to keep the whole family entertained from 12-4pm.

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