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A Texas-Sized Lazy River - Houston

Dear Diary,
The last leg of our Spring Break travels brought us to Houston, Texas.

We splurged on an overnight stay at the downtown Marriott Marquis, and our room overlooked Minute Maid Park - home of the Astros.

My sports-enthusiast child marveled at the proximity.

(The oil refineries could be seen at the edge of the horizon.)

(It was crazy to think that so much of this city was so devastated by Hurricane Harvey.)

While my son took in the stadium, I honed in on the one old Victorian home that seemed so out of place amongst the sleek, modern skyscrapers.

It's the Cohn House, and I can only imagine the grand splendor it once boasted.

Built in 1905, the home was originally located on Rusk. The city purchased the landmark in 2003 and moved it to its current location.

From what I gather, it was the home of Arthur Benjamin Cohn, a businessman who helped found Rice University in 1912. A few years later he sold the house and the surrounding land. As downtown spread outward and upward, the home cycled through various owners and fell into disrepair.

The city plans to one day turn it into a visitor's center at the cost of over $80 million. There was the hope that it would be completed by the 2017 Super Bowl, but for some reason, the plans fell through.

The property remains in its abandoned state as it has for years. I believe the city still intends to restore the home as a visitor's center, but it is not known when it will move forward.

I hope it does soon. I'd hate to hear of this piece of history being torn down.

The rest of the day was spent at the hotel's Texas-shaped lazy river and infinity pool. At a maximum depth of 3-foot, we were able to relax poolside while the kids expelled their energy before dinner.

Where we ate - Ninfa's, 2704 Navigation Blvd.
... And the fact that I have zero pictures should tell you how delicious the traditional Mexican cuisine was. Get a table on the outdoor patio!

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