School will be over soon and it’s not too early to do some planning for summer getaways.  Even if you have a summer vacation planned, some nearby day-trips throughout the summer can be fun and even informative for you and the children in your family.


Without even leaving Houston there are a number of interesting sights and opportunities for an enjoyable and often educational experience – especially in the Houston Heights (home of Norton Automotive Group).  The Heights was started in 1891 as Texas’s first “planned community”.  Just north of downtown, it is filled with unique shops, restaurants as well as both quaint period houses and new, modern apartments and single family homes.  Driving down many of its streets can be an enjoyable exposure to a truly eclectic mix of architecture, culture history, and modernization.  The central Heights Boulevard combines some art with a park-like center all surrounded by older homes and a wide range of businesses.  The Heights is also home to the Contemporary Arts Museum.


Other interesting stops right here at home are:

  • Heights Antiques at 2110 Yale Street has nearly 10,000 square feet covered with all kinds of salvage, treasures and everything from European china to cowboy boots and deer antlers.
  • Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery at 241 W 19th Street is a center for Latin American culture and artifacts as well as a wide assortment of books.
  • White Oak Music Hall at 2915 N. Main Street has three stages with live music, a rooftop bar, food trucks, and games.
  • El Bambi at 4721 N Main Street is a secondhand clothing store that also carries housewares and home décor items.


And remember to visit Norton Automotive Group off 18th Street, on Seamist Drive to get a deal you can live with far beyond the summer – regardless of any credit history.

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