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Conveniently situated on I-45, adjacent to Conroe, Spring, and The Woodlands, Shenandoah provides a great value for those looking for a place to stay in the North Houston area. It also has a lot to offer for a city of its size—home to five shopping centers, several family-friendly entertainment venues, nearly 60 restaurants, and 12 quality hotels (a new 106-room Hampton Inn & Suites should open later this year, bringing our official hotel count up to 13), Shenandoah’s great amenities provide visitors with a variety of options when considering things to see and do, whether you’re looking for an afternoon excursion, weekend getaway, or extended stay.

The W XYZ® bar at Shenandoah’s Aloft Hotel is a great place to mix and mingle, and opens onto the property’s beautiful private patio and pool area.

In Shenandoah, shopping choices abound with the city’s five retail shopping centers. Earlier this year, Portofino Shopping Center opened new Adidas and Cycle Gear stores, and a Buy Buy Baby and J. Crew Factory should be opening soon—and they will both be new to our North Houston area.  Additionally, Famous Footwear will be relocating within the center. Just up the road, at Metropark Square, a new Daiso store opened in October, 2022, and management has also announced several new restaurants and salons will be opening later this year (some which are listed below)—learn more at

Additionally, Shenandoah is home to several family-owned specialty stores, including Picket Fences, Precision Camera and Video, Bikeland and Bike Lane, that offer their customers an incredible depth of knowledge, selection, and service—and spring is a wonderful time to visit them and see what they have to offer, whether you’re looking for something to spruce up your home, capture family memories, or take advantage of the season and explore the outdoors on a new bike!

Foodies will appreciate the breadth of the city’s dining scene and restaurant offerings in Shenandoah. Restaurateurs provide a variety of cuisines, dining experiences, and price points, whether you’re looking for something quick and casual, or a more sophisticated, fine dining adventure you might enjoy at Killen’s Steakhouse, with two-time James Beard semifinalist Ronnie Killen.  Recent openings this past year include Jax Burgers, Crawfish Café (just named Best Crawfish in Houston by the Houston Press), and Goode Co. Fish Camp, the first location for this new concept from Goode Co.

Other concepts that have announced they will be coming to Shenandoah in 2023 include Adriatic Café, Califa’s Tacos and Beer, The Dolly Llama Waffle Master, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, Graze Craze Charcuterie Boards & Boxes, Kyu Ramen, Munch Munch Mochi Donuts, Surreal Creamery, TBaar, and The Pho Fix.  These new dining and food-related establishments will continue to expand our already diverse offerings and enhance our food scene.

Entertainment options include a state-of-the-art AMC cineplex with IMAX, Dave & Buster’s, Main Event, and an Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park. When you’re looking for something fun that the entire family can enjoy together, these attractions provide diverse, family-friendly entertainment options, and they’re all indoor and climate-controlled—a nice feature given our Houston weather, especially as it begins to warm up.

If you’re a big concert fan, then it’s hard to top this season’s concerts coming to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. All our Shenandoah hotels are located just one to three miles of this incredible venue, and all provide real value and savings you can use during this inflationary period, whether for dining, entertainment, or other needs.

If getting back to nature is more your style, Shenandoah and the surrounding area has options for that as well—outdoor enthusiasts can connect with nature as they explore the W.G. Jones State Forest or George Mitchell Nature Preserve, just minutes away, and Shenandoah’s City Park with its array of beautiful trees, outdoor play equipment, tennis and pickle ball courts, soccer field, and splash pad provides lots of amenities for individuals and families to enjoy.

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