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Montgomery County Guide

With Owner and Builder Using Older Materials
by Marsha Canright

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Montgomery County is home to 34 nearby towns — some of which were given some interesting monikers: Stagecoach, Cut and Shoot, Beach, Four Corners, Bobville and Cowl Spur. But the county, which is one of the fastest growing counties in the state, also lays claim to two of the most impressive communities just northwest of Houston.

Conroe and The Woodlands are thriving towns that are growing jobs, erecting homes, and attracting businesses and residents.

Conroe revved up in the late 1900s, during the lumber boom that took place in the area. Soon, it became a major shipper of cotton, lumber and livestock. Today, it’s the county seat of Montgomery County and a suburb of the country’s fourth largest city. It is also home to Lake Conroe, a 22,000-acre man-made lake renowned for its boating, water sports and beautiful shoreline homes.

The Woodlands, which ranks in some studies as the fastest growing city in the state, was a vision of an oilman and entrepreneur, the late George Mitchell. In 1964, Mitchell bought 25,000 acres to launch his thoughtfully planned master community. It has 150-plus miles of walking and bike paths, and golf courses. Recently, ExxonMobil opened a new business complex there, home to 10,000 employees.

There is also a town called Montgomery, which is one of the oldest municipalities in Texas. Home to numerous antique shops, it is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Texas flag.

Each of Montgomery County’s towns has its own history and personality — all of which are worthy of exploring.

Not to Be Missed:

The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County

1506 I-45 North Feeder (Next to Candy Cane Park) in Conroe, TX. It maintains four current galleries: “Glimpses of Montgomery County,”“Towns, People and Events,” “Hands-on Children’s Room,” and an entire room devoted to the renowned Texas painter and sculptor, Mark C. Clapham. Info: 963-539-6873 and www.heritagemuseum.us

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Dr., Spring, TX. Surrounded by lush forests, the pavilion, presented by Huntsman, is an outdoor amphitheater that provides the Greater Houston region with an array of performing arts events, educational outreach programs and contemporary entertainment. The picturesque venue is the Summer Home of the Houston Symphony, Home Away from Home of the Houston Ballet and a presenting venue for the Houston Grand Opera. The Pavilion is also known as The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands. This month: Kelly Clarkson (Sept. 1); Music of the Americas (Sept.10); Lenny Kravitz (Sept. 17); Rick Springfield (Sept. 22); Van Halen (Sept. 25); and Daryl Hall & John Oates (Sept. 26). Info for future events: www.woodlandscenter.org

Conroe’s 26th Annual Cajun Catfish Festival

334 N. Main St., Oct. 9-11. Three stages of continuous top-notch live music (Wayne Toups, Parker McCollum, Roger Creager Crowd, LeRoy Thomas and others), carnival, art show, catfish pageant, food and beverages. The 2015 festival takes place Friday, Oct. 9, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, October 11, from noon until 6 p.m. Info on musicians and more: www.conroecajun.com

www.catfishfestival.org

The Montgomery Wine & Music Fest takes place Sept. 19, in the historic downtown of Montgomery, TX. Wine tasting tents open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sixteen wineries from across the state are participating. Two music stages and a children’s area. Wine tasting package: $25 online or $30 at the gate. Includes 5 tastings and a souvenir wine glass. Info: www.experiencemontgomery.com

The Texas Renaissance Festival

(800-458-3435 or www.texrenfest.com), 21778 FM 1774, Magnolia, TX 77363. The 2015 Texas Renaissance Festival is one of the most anticipated events each year. Stroll through the 60-acre site and enjoy live music and entertainment, great food, cold drinks, shopping opportunities full of unique and handmade items, carnival rides, theatrical performances and more from different cultures of 16th century Europe.The Texas Renaissance Festival (Ren Fest) is scheduled for every Saturday and Sunday between October 10 - November 29. Admission is $27 per adult and $13 per child.

If you happen to miss Montgomery’s wine event, here are four of the county’s wineries to visit when you can:

Cork This Winery (936-597-4030 or www.corkthiswinery.com), 21123 Eva Street, Suite 100 Montgomery, TX 77356. Cork This! is a boutique winery specializing in custom made wines created from the highest quality varietals.

The Rancher’s Daughter (936-449-4100 or www.ranchersdaughter.net), 14387 Liberty St Montgomery, TX 77356. The wine bar offers various home décor and accessories, in addition to over 50 wines from other Texas wineries. In addition to the other wines, they also offer their own Merlot, Chardonnay, Rancher’s Red, Cowgirl Blush and Pearl wines, which are made at Salado Creek Winery & Vineyard.

Cozy Grape Wine Bar & Bistro (832-461-9892 or www.cozygrape.com), 14340 Liberty Street, Montgomery, TX 77356. Their vision of the Cozy Grape: to provide something new and unique in the Montgomery. They are an intimate, cozy, comfortable and affordable wine bar, offering a world class assortment of wines. They offer a varied selection of Craft beers, many of which are produced in Texas or just down the road in Conroe.

Bernhardt Winery (936-894-9829 or www.bernhardtwinery.com), 9043 County Road 204 Plantersville, TX 77363. 2015 Concert Series April 12 thru November 15. Every Sunday evening about an hour before sunset, enjoy a lawn concert with great music and relax with family and friends. At sunset, the music stops and all raise a toast to life and love. The winery is open for tasting and purchasing — by the glass or bottle. Bernhardt Winery produces approximately 6,000 gallons of wine each year. Their Tuscan-style tasting room sits on top of a beautiful hill overlooking endless hills and valleys. They carry traditional wine merchandise, along with fine jellies, jams and sauces.

In Montgomery, TX:

Liberty Bell Antiques, 14363 Liberty St., 936-597-4606.

Hours: Tuesday -Saturday 10am to 5pm, Closed Sunday & Monday antiquesusan63@aol.com or www.libertybellantiques.com — For Current Estate Sales Check Us Out at EstateSales.org

Garrett House Antiques, 315 Caroline, 936-597-5400. Garrett House is a hand-picked collection of fine antiques, jewelry, and art—to name just a few. www.garretthousetx.com

Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Road. 936-647-1383. The spa and lodge are conveniently located in the idyllic Lake Conroe resort community only 40 minutes from downtown Houston and minutes from The Woodland. Immerse in personal attention from staff while indulging in many body-pampering and beautifying spa treatments. www.deerlakelodge.com

Montgomery County events: www.experiencemontgomery.com