Sleep Inn & Suites Stafford - Sugarland
4810 Alpine Drive
Stafford, TX 77477
Phone: (281) 494-2900
Fax: (281) 494-0001
Arts & Museums
If you want to learn about everyday life in the south during the 19th century, head to the Museum of Southern History. It features mid-19th century artifacts, clothing and quilts along with Civil War uniforms and weapons. Special exhibits include a sharecropper's cabin, a chuck box that was used on cattle drives, the Texas Rangers and the Battle of Galveston displays of the American Civil War. The museum also has a research library and a separate room for traveling exhibits.
We all love sugar and this is where most of the Texas sugar refining is done. On the same grounds since 1843, the plant now imports most of its sugar. Everyone with a sweet tooth or an interest in industrial processes can tour the facilities to see how sugar is cultivated, processed and packaged. The company got its name in an unusual way. The original owner visited Manhattan and stayed in the luxurious Imperial Hotel. Impressed with the property, he decided to adopt the name for his company. A few years later the city (Sugar land) was named in honor of the plant.
Located inside the sprawling Houston Galleria, Zen Art Space courts local Houston artists for its always-changing exhibition space. It's hard to pass by Zen Art Space's retail location without being intrigued by the brightly colored and eccentric window display that features an explosion of painted knick knacks, sculptures and canvases. Pricing varies depending on in-store appraisals, but the gallery's emphasis on local artists ensures that costs are reasonable.
The West was settled by disenfranchised people of all kinds, hoping to build a new and better life for themselves. Afro-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women were an integral part of our Western heritage and their historical role is celebrated at this unusual museum. The museum, located on a working, 150-year old ranch, houses art and interactive exhibits and offers tours and lectures. There's even horseback riding and a petting zoo thus making it a fun stop for families with kids. Call ahead to schedule a visit as this museum is open by appointment only.
Visit this 480-acre park and see how things are done the cowboy way on a large cattle ranch. It's like taking a trip back in time to experience first-hand ranch living. You can watch the wranglers ride, rope and cook their food. Add some elegance to the tour by visiting the lovely Victorian-furnished home. If the kids are along, they will adore the enormous 1930s tree house. This is a living museum where you will learn about the commitment of the pioneers and black cowboys throughout history. The history of four generations of the George family is documented and available for viewing.
There is something about small, famous museums that draw people from afar, and this is one of the state's gems. Maybe it is because it was the dwelling place of Jane Long, "The Mother of Texas," or maybe because of the historical ranch activity. Whatever the attraction, visitors are able to follow much of Fort Bend county's history from the start of the Austin Colony in the early 1800s to the sugar cane pioneers. On the grounds you will be able to view the 1840s Long-Smith home as well as the 1883 Victorian residence of Texas Congressman John Moore.
Not just another art gallery, this company is committed to assisting clients in the selection and purchase of art, as well as generally supporting artists and promoting the arts in the community. It exhibits and sells a wide range of contemporary works, including original paintings and prints, photography, sculpture and furniture art. The elegantly modern space is also available to rent for special events.
Located on Houston's gallery row, the John Cleary Gallery showcases the finest in fine art photography, both in the gallery and at prominent photo fairs in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Previous exhibits have featured Jeffrey Becom, Jeffrey Conley and Charles Cramer. The gallery holds a Christmas show each year featuring several artists' work.
McClain Gallery was established in 1980 by Robert and Cynthia Cage McClain. Their thoughtfully-selected collection features contemporary work as well as art from the 20th Century. A great alternative for aficionados and collectors, this venue hosts inspiring exhibitions by European, Asian and national artists. Among the myriad media showcased here are painting, sculpture, photography, paper art and three-dimensional installations.
A local leader in contemporary art, Heritage West gallery showcases leading artists like Staunton Gilchrist, Peter Brown and Mona Marshall. It also offers some Texas-inspired art. Be sure and check the event calendar for coming attractions when visiting. Many of the artists personally appear for exhibitions, book signings and presentations. The gallery prides itself on displaying an assortment of artwork, including abstracts, photographs, sculptures and landscapes.
Rice University has a worldwide reputation as a great institute of learning, especially in the arts. Campus visitors who appreciate contemporary art will love this gallery located inside Sewall Hall. Known for attracting skillful and popular artists like Stephen Hendee, Barry McGee and Diana Cooper, the gallery focuses on featuring one event at a time. There are also many other attractions on this beautiful campus. After your gallery tour, take time for a campus stroll and admire the beautiful oak trees on Rice Boulevard.
The cozy arrangement of furniture that accompanies the paintings on the De Santos Gallery walls is sure to make you feel right at home. The collection of framed photographs adorning the walls display the works of over 25 artists. There is also a library which stacks a small array of books on its shelves. The works are spread over three floors as there is also an outdoor patio for visitors to take a breather. While it promises the same quality as any other gallery, the friendly setting is sure to make guests feel welcome time and again.