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Sugar Land

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Sugar Land is a city southwest of Downtown Houston.

Understand

Founded as a sugar plantation in the mid 1800s and incorporated in 1959, Sugar Land is located in Fort Bend County, 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston.

The land in and around Sugar Land [1] was originally owned by the Mexican government and was granted to Samuel M. Williams through Stephen F. Austin. There were several factors which governed Williams receiving this grant, among them was the fact that he spoke Spanish, was well educated, and wrote a fine Spencerian hand. Williams called this land “Oakland Plantation” because there were many different varieties of oaks on the land - Pin Oak, Post Oak, Water Oak, Red Oak, and Live Oak. During this period of time, land grants were measured from one oak to another. Sugar Land is home to the headquarters of Imperial Sugar and the company's main sugar refinery and distribution center was once located in the city. Recognizing this heritage, the Imperial Sugar crown logo can be seen in the city seal and logo. Today however Sugar Land is effectively a suburb of Houston and it's residents are decidedly more white collar than blue collar with a large number of international energy, software, engineering, and product firms based inside the city.

Get in

The Sugar Land Regional Airport on Highway 6 (mostly for small planes).

About 16 miles from the Galleria area (near west side of Houston). Highways that lead into town include Highway 6, US Highway 59 to running through Sugar Land to Victoria, State Highway 99, and US Highway 90A. Sugar Land currently has no bus system, or passenger Railway system.

Get around

See

Do

Parks

You can stroll through some of the city's parks

Events & Festivals

Sports

Sugar Land Skeeters which is Sugar Land's own minor league baseball team plays at Constellation Field across from the Sugar Land Regional Airport. [2]

Buy

  • First Colony Mall, 16535 Southwest Freeway, Suite 1 (located south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6), (281) 265-6123, [3]. is a regional shopping mall anchored by Macy's, Dillard's and JCPenney.

Eat

  • Bombay Place, 15295 Southwest Fwy, 281-325-0071, [4]. Indian restaurant with a buffet.
  • Brook Street Bar-B-Que, 1418 Highway 6, 281-313-4000, [5]. Barbeque restaurant known for their brisket and BBQ chicken.
  • Escalante's Mexican Grille, 15933 City Walk, 281-242-1100, [6]. Upscale Tex-Mex restaurant with a wide selection of margaritas. $$.
  • Grimaldi's Pizzeria, 16535 Southwest Freeway Ste. 2500, 281-265-2280, [7]. An offshoot of the popular New York City pizza chain, they are famous for making pizza using a coal-fired brick oven.
  • Mission Burrito, 15810 SW Freeway, 281-325-0033, [8]. Fast casual Mexican restaurant known for their burritos.
  • Rajun Cajun, 16100 Kensington, No. 400, 281-277-0704, [9]. Cajun restaurant known for their po-boy sandwiches and fried seafood.
  • Sabai Thai Cafe, 2705 Town Center Blvd, 281-325-1007, [10]. Thai restaurant known for their Yellow Curry. $$.

Drink

  • Baker Street Pub and Grill, 15970 City Walk, [11]. 11-10. Features a full menu and full service bar, state-of-the-art audio and video systems, complimentary wireless Internet access, live music several nights a week, and traditional games of skill such as billiards and English steel tip darts.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, 1401 Highway 6, Building B, 281-313-9464, [12]. Mon-Sat: 11am to 2am, Sun: 11am to 12am. This is part of a chain that has locations around the country. While this is officially a bar, they're still a good place to get some really good chicken wings, burgers, and various other finger foods. Almost everything there can be coated in one of 14 different sauces ranging from a mild and sweet BBQ sauce to their unbearably hot Blazin'. $$.
  • Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 15929 City Walk, 281-242-7468, [13]. A staggering variety of beers, some wine, scantily clad staff. Also good food. $3-$6/pt.

Sleep

  • Drury Inn & Suites Sugar Land - Houston, 13770 Southwest Fwy, Phone: 1-(281) 277-9700. Six-story hotel with 133 guest rooms each with complimentary WiFi. Amenities include a 24 hour business/fitness Center, an indoor/outdoor pool & whirlpool, and guest laundry service. Pets are also accepted. [14]
  • Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Sugar Land, 722 Bonaventure Way, Phone: 1-281-491-7777. Six-story hotel with 202 spacious guest rooms each with complimentary WiFi. [15]
  • Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land, 16730 Creek Bend Dr, Phone: 1-281-491-0300. Located in the heart of Sugar Land, the Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land is only minutes from major area businesses such as Fluor, Schlumberger, Imperial Sugar, Minute Maid and Texas Instruments. [16]
  • Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Phone: 1-281-275-8400. Offers 31 meeting rooms with 26,500 sq. ft. of meeting space. Located in the Sugar Land Town Square within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the First Colony Mall. Complimentary shuttle. [17]

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