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A lot of people already know this neighborhood as having magnificent homes and fantastic Christmas lighting schemes, but if you love to look at flowers - this neighborhood boasts millions of azaleas and other flowers in the early spring time - it shouldn't be missed.
The main consideration when walking in this neighborhood is just that - it is a neighborhood. There are lots of private streets (marked as such) and people here enjoy their privacy as we all do. That being said, there is one event each year, put on through the River Oaks Garden Club, where a few of the River Oaks residents' open their homes and gardens to the public for viewing. In 2012 this, Azalea Trail, as it is called, takes place March 9, 10 and 11. Elaine and I decided to get a sneak peak by exercising in the neighborhood. And we are glad we did, because it was spectacular.
We parked at Homewood Park located on Lazy Lane and walked along Inwood and Willowick (with a short side trip down River Oaks Blvd.), for about 2 miles (one way), before we turned around and retraced our steps. There were so many flowers in bloom, providing so much sensory over-load, that on the return trip we were shocked by all the things we had missed during the first half of the walk.
|Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar|
|Fiat 600 Multipla|
After the walk, we drove just a quick 1/2 mile to River Oaks Shopping Center and enjoyed the weather, a treat, and a coffee, on the sidewalk in front of the Epicure Cafe. We even got to see a Fiat 600 Multipla parked near us at the cafe; that in itself was a nice little treat. If you've never been to this little shopping area, it's a great find. It has some wonderful shops and restaurants, and is located just next to River Oaks at Shepherd Drive and Inwood Street.
Hope you are all enjoying spring as much as we are.
Happy Houston Trails,Tamara