DescriptionPearland, 17 miles south of Houston, was named after the pear orchards that grew there in the 1890s. The orchards are long gone, but today the thriving upscale community is home to those who prefer a suburban lifestyle with proximity to the buzzing city life of Houston.
While in Pearland, shop the day away at Pearland Town Center (11200 W. Broadway St.), an outdoor shopping village that houses Barnes & Noble, Dillard’s and Macy’s, as well as some 80 specialty shops and 20 dining establishments.
Play 18 holes of golf or take a tennis class at Golfcrest Country Club (2509 Country Club Dr.); phone (281) 485-4323. Southwyck Golf Club (2901 Clubhouse Dr.) offers a links-style course on the front nine and has an academy where you can take lessons to improve your game; phone (713) 436-9999.